16 August 2012

A tag, a postcard and an ATC art swap


Hi everyone, hope you've had a great week and it's almost the weekend....very much looking forward to it!  My week became very special today when I received a package from my blog friend Mel at The Yorkshire Fox blogspot. I'm a huge, huge fan of Mel's beautiful creations, her style is everything I love with the most beautiful special touches and unsual addtions of fabrics, wirework and glazes, hearts abound and clever design always have be ogling for ages :). I'm always inspired after visiting Mel's blog and I'd encourage everyone to pop over there to see her wonderful creations. Mel has the most gorgeous and eloquent writing style too and always leaves the lovliest and most encouraging comments. A friend indeed! Thank you Mel for the beautiful, beautiful things you made for me.....above and beyond and I'll treasure them always.

As you can see from the close up shots the level of detail is incredible and I love Mel's style, colour and texture. I hope you enjoy the photographs I've taken of Mel's work, I've tried to do them justice in the photographs but as always in real life everything is even more beautiful.


I marvel at the intricacy of the wirework!


The trademark hearts, I love all the variations!

A beautiful sculptural flower....I won't tell you what it's made of, I'll leave that for Mel, but I would never have guessed in a million years! The texture of it is lovely.

A superb time piece, a metal piece that's cleverly embellished.

Here are the pieces that I sent to Mel. The tag had to include a heart, I think of Mel and I think of hearts :). This heart is made from corrugated kraft card coloured with distress ink and then embossed with clear embossing powder. The tag background is a TH distress ink technique and I've stamped using archival black ink with Paper Artsy letter stamps. Finished off with button twine, doodling with black.white pens and a chit chat sticker.



The postcard sized piece is acrylic paint over watercolour paper, a butterfly image transfer, more paint through stencils, TH tissue tape a chit chat sticker and then everything sprayed with a couple of coats of matte sealer. I think may be this photo is showing the colours a bit brighter than they are, can't quite remember.






The ATC used THs distress marker onto speciality stamping paper technique, with frayed burlap distress ink pad. I've die cut the lala land crafts filigree corners from blue card and sanded it back here and there. The rose is made from printer paper, spritzed with cosmic shimmer misters and free hand cut for a rolled rose. 

Again, thank you Mel, it was lovely to do an art swap with you and I hope we do another very soon. Thank you also for the wonderful extras in your beautiful packaging, the rusty key is really wonderful. If you made it to the bottom of the post, ha ha, I like you a lot. Enjoy your evening. 

19 comments:

Sasha said...

You have both created some fabulous pieces, Chris. Lots of wonderful colour and texture on every pece.

Merry said...

Two very talented people. Love all the texture and wiring in Mel's work. Your work Chris is as lovely as always...so much fantastic ink and doodling.

Denise and Louise said...

Wow what talented ladies you are!! All of this artwork is totally stunning. Off to visit Mel's blog now.
Hugs
Denise xx

Alberto said...

Oh, gosh! what a wonderful post with so much inspiration!
i love your atc! the rose is adorable and colors are so perfect! precious details too!! everything is amazing!

thank you for share!
ALby

Nicola said...

Stunning works of art from both you and Mel, Chris! Love the creativity that oozes out of these gems and your post has left me totally inspired!
Hugs Nicola xxx

Redanne said...

Hi Chris, just came over from Mel's place to say how lovely your pieces are and also how similar your work is to Mel's work - how lovely to swap with a kindred spirit! Your drawings are amazing too. A x

cat lacigale said...

wonderful pieces, both of you !

Anjas-Artefaktotum said...

Awesome delightful creations of two talented ladies. Love all details, textures and colors!

whyducks said...

Wow I love them all!

Riet said...

This is so wonderful Chris.

Hugs Riet.xx

Sue C said...

Fabulous work from both you ! Been having a browse around Chris, and I love your sketches, absolutely gorgeous ! Sue C x

Only By His Grace said...

Exquisite work from both of you.
Way out of my league.
You have me guessing what the flower is made of now as Mel didn't say on her blog!!! could it be made from an old pair of jeans??
Hugs Maz

Juls said...

Hi Chris

I have been M.I.A in blogland recently, and now doing a major catch up to see how everyone is getting on, hopefully life is settling into a more normal rountine now&I can get back to visiting more regularly again. I have loved having a good look round your blog to check out all I have missed, such a fabulous variety of creations, love all your sketches! truley inspirational work!! Hugs Juls

Gay Peplow said...

Gorgeous work from both you Chris and Mel, well done they're fabulous pieces. Beautiful colour and lots of interesting texture, your heart is just superb:0) Have a great week, hugs Gay xxx

Christina C. said...

Oh my goodness, Chris, you are both so very talented and creative! Sigh....adore your works of art!

Sol said...

Gorgeous Tag´s all of them.. But I love the one you have made for Mel. with the heart on.. Gorgeous Background and Gorgeous Colors.. :o)..

Delphine said...

Whether yours or Mel's, they are all gorgeous, Chris! Stunning details and fantastic colours on all! You are both so talented! I LOVE your heart ATC and I love Mel's flower, I would love to know what it is made of:-)! Hugs Delphine xx

Danielle said...

OH! la la.. Chris, they are all so beautiful, so inspiring. I love the wirework on the mannequin. Phenomenal! Hugs.

Sandy said...

Big, big smile on my face. Now we are at the meat and potatoes. My favorite fare. I find these tags exciting - extremely creative and full of wonderful texture and freedom. It is truly like playing and the sky is the limit. I have been to Mel's blog before. I am watching my Andy Skinner videos. Love them but am not ready to take the kitchen torch to anything -- I have a great need to see some more of your art journaling.
Sandy