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Thursday, 10 May 2012

Art collaboration

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This week, Dawn of http://www.etsy.com/shop/lillysnightgarden has included me in a collaborative round robin art project.

I love the work I do on HandmadeInKeswick and my Etsy and Folksy shops
I've been interested in doing some collaborative work, or mail art work for a while, and so I've been excited at the prospect.

Then, I realised that I am the first of the group to 'alter' Dawn's beautiful, clean crisp print.

Talk about intimidating!

I did just look at it for a bit, wondering what on Earth I could do that wouldn't 'ruin' it for the other participants.  (Yes I know, I didn't need to think like that, but I haven't done anything like this before.)

I was nearly paralysed with the bloomin' fear of it.

Of course, there were options:
  1. Paint it black and pretend that Dawn sent it that way.
  2. Buy something, glue it on, and pretend I did it.
  3. Pay someone else to do it for me.
  4. Lose it.
  5. Pretend it never arrived.
  6. Ignore and hope it'd go away
  7. Just get on with it!

  8. So number 7 it was.

    My mantra has long been, if in doubt, apply gesso, so off I went.  I played it cool, resisted treating the whole glossy surface and just gesso-ed the bit I was doing.  That gave some 'tooth' on the glossy surface.

    Which enabled me to apply a bright yellow pastel, which gave a lovely effect, but was very messy, so (after a painstaking clean up involving a lifetime supply cotton buds, I tried the pastel again mixed with gel medium.

'S OK, but the colour's rather restrained, so added some yellow acrylic paint.  I think some green pastel went on there at that stage.
Those TV ads for the shimmering hair colour kept popping in my head, so went a bit girlie and added gold.

then bronze
then a bit of red

I've stopped now.  Its all a bit neat and tidy for me, but I think that'll do.

On to the next person.  http://www.etsy.com/shop/Squintessential

And once its been round everyone, Dawn's going to use it as a giveaway.

Follow progress here

Weather in Keswick.

No other way of putting it - its been HOSSIN' it down here.  All day.

(Another little bit of local dialect for you there.)

It even silenced the song thrush for the day.

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ArtSings1946 said...

Love what you did and your sense of humor. What the heck is "hossin"????? Could that be raining like cats and dogs perhaps. Anyway, love this post, thanks for sharing.

Happiness to all !

lu said...

Yep Hossin it down is: throwing it down, stair rodding it, raining cats and dogs - in a big way.
And thanks for mentioning a sense of humour - not everyone see it that way!

lillysnightgarden said...

Lu, it looks fantastic! Its a great (and funny) post and hope it wasn't too terrifying being the first!


Michelle said...

Great job Lu, love the colours you've used.

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Michelle said...

Fantastic, love the textured effect it has given to the hair. Yep you are funny :) x

Deborah jones said...

Gorgeous - she now has a Klimt-y glow

UniquelyYours said...

Looks wonderful. Colours and textures are great.
Been pouring down here a lot too.


Anonymous said...

Looks amazing!!

Sarah said...

It looks great. This sounds like such a fun idea - I'll definitely be following her on her progress (I really think she needs a name).

lu said...

Thank you everyone for all your kind comments.
Yep, she needs a name doesn't she. I think I'll leave that to someone else.

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Pam Southernwood said...

It's really beautiful :)

lu said...

Thank you so much

SelenarteDecoupage said...

Great job Lu. I love shimmering golden touch.