Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Ars Longa Spread


There was more inspiration from my clematis pictures for another spread in my Sketchbook. This time I painted the background of both pages with Neocolor II wax pastel which are water-soluble so after scribbling all over the pages I went over it with a water brush. On the left the photo itself was added (I'm scavenging from nature here) and overstamped with a flourish stamp. These were coloured in with purple Neocolor outside the photograph. The text: "live in the present moment" (scavenged from a daily calendar) was glued on.

On the facing page I did another clear tape transfer of Michelangelo's David's head, scavenged from an advertisement. I've really fallen in love with this clear tape method. It first came to my notice in Tim Holtz's book Distressables and I had tried it out once or twice but my love affair only started properly when Lenna mentioned it in Tag Techniques swap. After doing the tags I wondered if I could try it out on a larger scale and yes, that worked wonderfully well and as I love transparencies this method has been added to my toolkit! By sheer co-incidence (or rather a great example of synchronicity!) the technique is also in the spotlight on the Gauche Alchemy site. The text on this page (Art longa, vita brevis, or roughly translated Art lasts a long time, while life is short) came from a rubber stamp and I've coloured in the words with purple again. The final touch came when I discovered I actually had a postage stamp featuring a clematis. Vita bella (or life is beautiful), well sometimes! David also acquired a sparkle in his eyes in the form of blue self-adhesive rhinestones.

Not much space left in this sketchbook for The Sketchbook Project, perhaps another 3 or 4 spreads and then it will be time to make the cover. I have already decided what to do there but am waiting till the book is full, in order to have exact measurements re the thickness. As you might expect from a quilter I'm going for a fabric cover!

8 comments:

Lenna Young Andrews said...

oh you are a tease!! A fabric cover, why of course!! How wonderful that will be. You know, you are inspiring ME to try a larger tape transfer! I love seeing your sketchbook spreads and will miss them when you are done. Maybe you will continue in a journal of your own?
Oh! I just finished a wonderful book that my mom gave me, it is reviewed on the sidebar of my blog. If you have not read it already Frieda, I will highly recommend it; I had trouble putting it down. it is about artists and art among other things: The Swan Theives. I saw it was on Kindle as well! xo

ColourFly said...

Oh my god, I love your sketchbook!!!!

Sabine

Spardha said...

wow!!.. its beautiful! :)

lara said...

beautiful! beautiful! thanks for shouting at gauche alchemy and sharing that sketchbook!

Carmen said...

It's gorgeous. Thank you for sharing with us - is that the project where you send your book away? However will you part with it?

Maggi said...

Wow, this is beautiful Frieda! I love how you used the technique! I cannot wait to see the cover you come up with for this sketchbook, it is amazing so far! Thanks for playing along! :)

joyce rodli said...

very kewl transfer and the more I see your stitched heading, the more I itch to take up needle and thread and beads...

Amy Wing said...

Frieda -
Bet you thought we forgot about choosing a winner for this challenge, huh? You've won a $10 gift certificate to the Gauche Alchemy Artfire store (gauchealchemy.artfire.com). Please send me an e-mail at MyMust at GaucheAlchemy dot com and let me know where to e-mail your gift certificate code!

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