Sunday, 8 June 2008

Clown Gothic Arch

Last week I totally forgot all about the Gothic Arches challenge. No idea how it happened apart from the fact that the week before there had been no challenge and it had been a rather eventful week.

However despite a busy day I did manage to check the new theme today and it's Clowns, set by Nancy who is our overall hostess on Gothic Arches.

Some of you may remember that I made a whole set of works for Alphastamps using a Circus theme i.e. a large collage and also a set of ATC for a circus related swap on the Alphastamps Yahoo Group. I still had a bit left of the paper/fabric collage I created for those so immediately grapped it from the shelf and started work on the arch.

I added a fabric image from Alphastamps Clown Valentines sheet, which was stitched on with yellow zig-zag to blend her better into the background. I also lightly coloured the white areas with Tsukineko ink (orange-beige colour) as the white was a bit too glaring.

I added the elephant (from Alphastamps Elephants #2 collage sheet) and produced the text: Don't be a Clown! with my Dymo label maker and stitched around it. I added the transparencies (from Alphastamps Clowns # 6 sheet) turning one over so it faced the other way and stitched them on as shown. I added a clowns party hat in charm form (Artgirlz, available from Alphastamps), added a seed bead through the top of the hat and also around the clown.

Finally I layered the arch up with watercolour paper cut in the same shape and satin stitched around the edges apart from from the transparencies , as shown.

21 comments:

Stempelchaotin said...

Wow this is great.
Stunning arch.

stampingbalou said...

Frieda, this is soooo awesome - love your arch totally !

Karen Owen said...

Frieda, I love your arch! It's so colorful and FUN! I enjoyed reading about the process too.

herminesplace said...

Geweldig en ik vind die olifant helemaal te gek.

Rosie said...

Outstanding as usual Frieda! The colours and images you 've used are beautiful and the whole composition is charming!

Kelly said...

beautiful arch!

KardKrazy said...

Oh, this is wonderfully done!

Ginger said...

Wonderful found items and added to your clowns i thought it was so sweet loved the ideas you had on this one(abosoltely cute!) loved it!

Liesbeth said...

Wow, wonderful !

Sija said...

Schitterend!

vintage wil said...

beautiful tag !!!

Faye said...

What a gorgeous work of art. You can tell that a lot of time and effort were put into this. Just beautiful.

Lisa said...

Wow! Just beautiful. Your artwork is so amazing and inspiring.

Laura said...

Ooo, I LOVE THIS, Frieda!! Oh, thank you so much for sharing the clown collage sheet resource! I bought several, wow I love them!

filetta said...

it's very very original ! love it really ! great composition !

Nancy Maxwell James said...

your arch is adorable! fantastic details and images! lovely work as always! :)

Lorraine said...

i like the bright colours and all the layers you have put on..and the explanation is helpful..thanks for your great comment on my work it is much appreciated.

Barbara Hagerty said...

Beautiful, Frieda! Wonderful colors and images! Bravo!!

~*~Patty said...

Your arch looks fab! Just Love the elephant too!

Kriss said...

Oh...wow! Beautiful. Fabulous colors, and I love the elephant!

Lenna Andrews said...

So lovely, Frieda! Bright & fun. The images you chose are purrrrfect!

Yours creatively,
Lenna Andrews in Avon, CT USA
http://www.alittlecreativespace.com
http://creativeswaps.blogspot.com

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