Monday, 24 January 2011

Simon Says Stamp and show - A childhood memory

Good morning everyone, hope you had a good weekend and managed to create something just for you....
Over at Simon says stamp and show this week the theme is A childhood memory. Hmmmmm, at first I felt a bit daunted trying to tie down a specific memory so I decided to approach things from a different perspective...... One of the earliest things I can remember is my fascination with what sometimes may be referred to as "Junk".  I collected all sorts of bits and bobs from other peoples discards and arranged them in ways that pleased me. Well I guess I have not changed that much in the intervening years as I still like to do that!
So I raided my  bits and pieces and hauled out my inks and stamps and created a book, which will in time be filled with fragments of ephemera
Hope you enjoy it and I look forward to seeing your memories so pop over and play along, the link is on my sidebar.


There's a lot going on here but I started with the chipboard cover (20 x 20 cm), covered with gesso, some old dictionary paper, I painted over it all with inks. I glued some of my filigree flower paper and stamped with a script and flower stamp randomly.
The girl head is something I picked up along the way which I cut in half and attached. The flowers are chipboard covered in old dictionary paper and inked as well as some of the others I had made a while ago.



Some vintage lace from a bootfair as well as old jewellery from the same source. A UTEE bronze seal I made and broke but did not want to throw away. Some Tim Holtz grunge flourishes that I metalised with alcohol ink mixative in gold and silver, old buttons, micobeads and glossy accents for texture and shine. I painted her hair with gold ferro paint and onto the page too.....
All in all this was great to do and I think the end result echoes, for me anyway, the pleasure I had as a child and still have today from playing with bits and pieces that on their own look quite sad but together create something unique.



Be blessed in your memories today and create something special for you.....

17 comments:

Paul said...

Wonderful. I adore all those chunky collaged elements. So textural & tactile, i just want to reach into the screen and touch it all (in a non-pervy way of course). Px

Sharon said...

Wowsers! I had to look at the project several times to take in ALL the details! Really, really beautiful.
Sharon
aka Celticrafter

newfiecrafter said...

This is gorgeous love that little figurine ,so many elements and detail I had to go the second time to look at it all.Your work is amazing
Marilyn
aka newfiecraftier

Jinny Holt said...

ABSOLUTLEY stunning, lots to look at and take in!!

Thanks for sharing

Jinny :~)

NANCY DARE said...

Love your book!...your bits & bobs came together great!

IsaNorris said...

STUNNING !!!! fantastic work
isa

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

This is fabulous! So many different objects and textures. Wonderful techniques. It looks like it was so fun to make - a total treasure. Glad you could take a trip down memory lane with us this week at Simon Says Stamp and Show!

Candy C said...

LOVE THIS!! Absolutely beautiful!!!! All of the layers of pieces, textures and colors are just wonderful!

Hels Sheridan said...

wow Neil, this is AWESOME!!! So much detail to look at!!! FAB!!

redmom said...

Neil this is just stunning!!! I love your take on the challenge and can't wait to see you fill up that book!

marc said...

fab every part of it a work of art new to your blogg may your day be filled with great things like your art big love marc

Nancy Wethington said...

Beautifully created! Thanks for playing along with Simon Says Stamp & Show challenge blog.

craftattack said...

This is really beautiful!

craftattack said...

This is really beautiful!

LynneForsythe said...

Neil...your creation is absolutely BREATHTAKING!! THANK YOU SO MUCH for sharing this piece with all!!

Thank you for joining along with Simon Says Stamp and Show and the teamies!!!

Nancy said...

I love this, Neil! What a great use of things you've collected along the way!
Thanks for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp & Show Challenge!

Chris said...

This is fantastic Neil! I love how you put all your 'treasures' together to make such a stunning and cohesive piece and the gorgeous muted colours and the textures too, it's stunning.