Saturday, June 23, 2012

Color and Beauty

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I recently remarked to my husband about an observation I have made about myself. More and more I am loving COLOR. Well, I’ve always loved color, but my preference is leaning more and more toward bright and vibrant colors. I think that is one reason I was so “taken” with the new Distress Ink color “Peacock Feathers.” In fact, I was in that frame of mind (loving color vibrancy) when I happened upon the current challenge at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog. It is a “photo inspiration challenge,” which, as I understand it, means you create a project inspired by a photograph they post. I love that idea. This is the photo:

The first thing I thought of when I saw the beautiful photo is how incredibly beautiful are the colors of God’s creation. How could man ever possibly create something so wonderfully perfect as the natural colors present all around us. So, I was inspired to do a project about just that: the beauty of color.

I am also entering this as my second entry into the Compendium of Curiosities 2 Challenge at Linda Ledbetter’s Studio L3, as she has extended the tissue paper flower technique challenge for another week. Her challenge is sponsored by the Funkie Junkie Boutique and is based on the technique outlined on page of Tim’s book, Volume II.

To create this tag, I dry embossed a #8 manila tag in my Vagabond, using one of Tim’s texture fades. I inked it with Peacock Feathers and Mustard Seed Distress Inks. The tissue paper flowers were made from Tim Holtz’s Terminology tissue paper, inked several times with Peacock Feathers and Mustard Seed. The box of crayons is a stamp in the abc Primer set from Graphic 45. I used Distress Reinkers and a water brush to water color the stamp after cutting it out of watercolor paper. I inked the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. The seam binding was inked with Peacock Feathers and Vintage Photo. The little ticket is also a stamp from G45 abc Primer. It was watercolored and touched up with Glossy Accents.

I love that the Frilly and Funkie challenge gave me a fresh reason to be inspired by the beauty of color.


Jenny Marples said...

Brilliant Barbara. It's true, entering these various challenges forces us to think about the colours we use and I think that makes us better crafters. Although we can't possibly recreate nature we can be thoroughly inspired by it and you obviously have been. Love all the little details on this tag and your beautiful flowers. Thanks for sharing, hugs Buttons x

Anonymous said...

Beautiful tag Barbara, the flowers are gorgeous and the embossed background sets it all off perfectly. I'm so pleased the photo gave you the inspiration to create ! Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Sue C x

Teresa Kline said...

this is a gorgeous tag, I adore all the details...hope you will play along with us again at F&F!

enjoy *~*

Terry said...

Love, love this tag! The flowers are gorgeous and the embossed background adds such great texture! Thank you for joining us at Frilly and Funkie!

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

Absolutely stunning Barbara!!! The color, the design, the flowers, the extra elements...all fabulous! Thank you so much for this beautiful design and playing along with us at Frilly and Funkie this fortnight!!!

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

Awesome work with the inspiration colors, Barbara. Wonderful post too - I am also really starting to enjoy using the more vibrant colors. I actually broke out a bottle of the Vibrant Turquoise Dylusions spray recently and am loving it - and I've become a huge fan of Mustard Seed! Love all the wonderful details you have added here, especially the G45 stamps. So happy you joined in the challenge with us again this time at Frilly and Funkie!


Jenny Marples said...

Well done on your win Barbara!! Really deserved. Hugs, Buttons x

Marjie Kemper said...

Just had a nice long peek through your blog after a few weeks away. You've been busy! This one was so lovely with all the parts layered up. Hope all's well.