Birds & Words

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Faded Layers

Incredible, incredible showing for the Painted Industrial CC3C!!  You guys continue to amaze.  The artistry just keeps ramping up.  Be proud of yourself, keep creating and keep entering!!  We've got a lot of challenges to go and a lot of chances for you to win.

Faded layers is a fun technique to play with.  Learn it from Compendium of Curiosities III on page 58.  You can get your signed copy from Tim's blog.  I enjoyed this one because, for me, it took some working with it to achieve the result I wanted.  It always seems the art I have to work for is the art I find most satisfying.  My project this week was inspired my dinner with life-friends of ours who were updating us on some of the work they do with people who have some pretty difficult life challenges.  I was picking through some of my Ideology and saw the word banner "Salvaged" and thought of how my friends were working to salvage the lives of people who are incredibly valuable human beings, but can't see it.  Thanks for all you do, Mark, Brooke and Bekah.  I love you.
I decided to do an art journal page on Specialty Stamping Paper.  If you haven't played with this surface, you must!  It takes ink like nothing else.  I dragged Victorian Velvet and Vintage Photo ink pads down the paper vertically to create some strips.  I think it sort of looks like woodgrain.
Here's a detail shot of the Faded Layers technique.  It lends a very cool texture to a flat surface.  Give it a go!!  Here I've used Tim's Harlequin and Eye Chart stencils.

I used a favorite stamp from Tim to add text to the foundation layer, as well as stamping the same text on Mr. Umbrella Man. It made me think how powerful words are, how they can tear down or build up, salvaging one's heart and spirit.  Both for the speaker and the listener.
Our friend Mark works with homeless people in the shelter's bike shop to raise money for the shelter and to build marketable skills for people who need some encouragement.
 Another close shot of the Faded Layers technique with some pieces layered against it. 
This quote makes me think about who I think I am, who I think I'm not, and of the things I don't even try because I don't think I can make a difference.  The challenge made me think a lot this time.  Art journal pages are that way sometimes!!

This challenge is hosted by the Funkie Junkie Boutique.  A generous $25 gift certificate goes to our randomly drawn winner.  The Curiosity Crew Choice will receive a REEEdiculous amount of Tim's signature product, donated by the Duke of Distress himself (credit to Hels Sheridan for that title).  Maybe you are following the challenges, but haven't entered yet?  Maybe it's not who you are that holds you back, it's who you think you are not.  I just made that up.  No I didn't.  But maybe you ought to be brave and enter!!  All the details are on Linda Ledbetter's blog.  Be sure and comment on all the Curiosity Crew host blogs so you'll be eligible to win.


Ready, set, create!!!


75 comments:

  1. Great page with great inspiration.

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  2. Stunning! The faded layer technique on your tag looks like fabric that has been batiqued. The whole piece looks just beautiful!

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  3. As ever, a beautiful creation, that little birdy just finishes the whole piece off perfectly x

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  4. Beautiful tag with a beautiful message.

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  5. Cheryl, I love the construction of your creation. The faded layers are fantastic - so very subtle. Love it. Jean.x

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  6. This is amazing Cheryl, just love all the layers you have added, beautifully finished.

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  7. Everything you create impresses me. YOU are a work of heART!

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  8. Love your take on the technique! These layers are just fabulous!

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  9. Oh Cheryl... I do love your tag... but I simply LOVE the bird on the bike tire... I so laughed... I LOVE IT... what a charming and delightfully created panel you have here... and love the man with the umbrella too... GREAT presentation. Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie

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  10. It really does look like woodgrain! I really enjoyed your explanation of how your art page came together.

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  11. Your journal page is beautiful and what a wonderful story of how you were inspired by your friends. I love the layers you created and the sentiment is perfect. Umbrella Man and the bike are wonderful finishing touches.

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  12. What a lovely meaningful project you created Cheryl! love the background you created here!

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  13. What an amazing amalgamation of techniques into a gorgeous, detailed piece....I'm going back for about the fourth look...just wonderful.

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  14. I need to remember to use that sentiment for someone who battles within! Cheryl, I love that woodgrain effect and your faded layers are gorgeous. Love this much. Enjoy the weekend.

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  15. Cheryl...your card turned out awesome! Your faded layers is really cool and makes for a wonderful background for your mini tag and "salvaged" word band. The background you've created from dragging the Victorian Velvet and Vintage Photo down the Specialty Stamping Paper looks amazing! I have never tried that...but I think it's a must now. :) Love the inspiration behind this piece, too. You're such a sweet spirit and it shows through your work. <3 Candy

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  16. Your friends are fantastic and worthy of this card! Tell them so for the rest of us!

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  17. Cheryl, not only is this gorgeous and impressive, but your inspiration behind it and your thought process through your creativity is so touching. I just love it.

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  18. This is fabulous. Loved that you turned this into an art journal page. Love all pieces that come together and the little birdie on the bike is the finishing touch!!! Fabulousness!!! Hugs.

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  19. This journal page is awesome. I love that you explained your inspiration behind the page, knowing the story makes it all the more beautiful. I love the muted colors and the layers. Awesome.

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  20. Very cool faded layers....love your bike with the little birdie.

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  21. This is beautiful and has a beautiful sentiment behind it. Art is awesome and YOU are awesome, and I'm just loving that beautiful tag! Can't wait to try this; thank you for the inspiration!

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  22. Not just beautiful but thought provoking too. LOVE that faded layers tag and the colours you've chosen. Thank you for the artistic inspiration. Jenny x

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  23. Love that quote. Your page is fab. I love all the stamping.

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  24. I really love how your faded technique came out. The colours you used for it are really good too. Funny how some peeps just cant see how valuable they are.

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  25. Cheryl, I just love how well your faded layer bachground came out! I also love the fact that you used another layer behind it as well as a small tag! fabulous journal page. love it!

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  26. Loved your card, the faded layers and the details as well!

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  27. Love your project with so many interesting details. It is easy to get lost in it.

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  28. The woodgrain effect is awesome! And I love umbrella man in anything! Such a fun piece with lots of fun details!

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  29. You had me at umbrella man! He's my all time favorite die.

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  30. Fabulous, fabulous post ( you tugged at my heart strings) ! This art journal page is amazing; love the colors; the "composition" spoke volumes (even before I read the details of your post... I felt there was a message ... it just drew me in) love every detail of this page ... the layering omg fantastic !!

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  31. HELLO grungy goodness! LOVE that tag on this fabulous background! Gorgeous!

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  32. Cheryl--LOVE that cute little bird you perched on the bicycle wheel!! I don't know what I keep looking at most--your Faded Layer background piece or that darling little bird!! Too Fun and Inspirational. Thank you for sharing the story bts about your friend and his work--That is how creativity is brought about and this art journal page is a lovely example! Gorgeous and thoughtful CC3#8 inspiration piece, Cheryl! XOXO-Shari T.

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  33. I say here-here to all the beautiful comments on your fabulous and inspirational tag turned art journal page. As a newbie I am excited about attempting this inking technight. Thanks for sharing that the technique may take some serious efforts to get the results we desire. And after my first attempt I agree with you! Thanks for the encouragement!

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  34. I love the look of the dragged ink .. another technique that is super cool but I always forget about it till I see someone else do it. I love your comments !

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  35. I love the backgrounds, both the faded layers and the dragged look, must have a go at that one!

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  36. Love the background you created!

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  37. The background you have created with the faded layers is awesome - love the dragging too

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  38. Wow, I wouldn't have thought of putting the harlequin and eye chart stencils together, but they look great!

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  39. funny, the bicycle withe the little bird on it

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  40. This is wonderful, you certainly have mastered this technique

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  41. its lovely! The faded layers technique is brilliant - I adore the repetition of the pattern elsewhere on your piece too - beautiful xx

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  42. All of your layers are so interesting. Love the message and the colors are peaceful and thoughtful...to go with your message! You have so many techniques at your command!

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  43. Fabulous card Cheryl!!! Your background is fantastic. Love the umbrella man too. Karen.x

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  44. Love that quote ! Awesome background too!

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  45. Very cute card. I love your techniques. Great inspiration :-)

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  46. Smashing background colours , little bike is cute & nice that the word salvage is very pertinent to you x

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  47. Gorgeous use to the technique and wonderful project. Nikki x

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  48. This is a wonderful tribute to your friends, and I agree, he effort makes it much more special. Your layers came out great too!

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  49. Love how the harlequin stencil looks on your faded layers bg Cheryl. Fab project!!

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  50. This is so beautiful, and clearly so meaningful. Wow. Love how you've brought it all together!

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  51. I love your background effects! Wonderful words and incredible details! Love your use of alcohol ink,unusual palette! BArbarayaya

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  52. Not only do I love the artwork on your project, but the story behind it. Lovely!

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  53. I am intrigued by your amazing background and your caring friends.

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  54. Cheryl your page is Gorgeous! You have done a fabulous job with the faded layers....and a lovely story to go with it.... Thank you for the beautiful inspiration ...Jan x

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  55. Beautiful piece - love your faded layers!

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  56. The story that this tag is based on is very inspiring. I like the wood grain effect and the harlequin faded layers. I like how all your elements cametogether.

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  57. The story that this tag is based on is very inspiring. I like the wood grain effect and the harlequin faded layers. I like how all your elements cametogether.

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  58. Stunning piece! The wood grain is really pretty! Love it! Hugs, Sandra

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  59. What a beautiful journal page, lovely addition of the faded layers central panel, and the background is fabulous.

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  60. What a lovely piece! I love how each element expresses the personal inspiration for your creation. Thank you for sharing.

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  61. Your background turned out great!

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  62. So lovely, and I love the stamp! One of my favorites. The texture you created is awesome! So deep and rich. Have a great day!~kim

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  63. Great challenge, great technique. Thanks so much!

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  64. Love it and the techniques and inspiration are really making me wanting to join in with the challenges

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  65. Great page Cheryl! Thanks for sharing your inspiration!

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  66. Wonderful! Love all the colours on the faded layers.

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  67. Love your faded layers and he combination of the umbrella man and the harlequin background. Love the bike too. Tracy x

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  68. This is lovelyCheryl! Your faded layers are gorgeous and the whole page really works so well love the stamping x

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  69. Fabulous artwork. Great inspiration. Love the various art aspects of your work.

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  70. This is just a wonderful piece of art and Mr Umbrella nan is my favourite stamp I think x thanks for the inspiration, I just loved this technique and certainly will be using it again. I even used a pearl mix active on top before the last part of the technique was put to work.

    Denise xx

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