Friday, October 29, 2010

Inspiration Avenue: Not sure what to call it!

It's Friday and my day to show my IA challenge. This week's challenge at Inspiration Avenue was a bit hard to define in a word. In fact, Tammy gave us a lot of words to choose from. Of course, there was a catch. Isn't there always? And since it was a bit hard to define, I'm going to quote Tammy from the IA site:
The only catch is to use one of the words from above and create aged looking piece of art. Think vintage, patina, rusty, distressed, antiqued, holey, shredded, you get the picture.
Well Tammy, that was right up my alley. This was the catalyst I needed to finish the front of my 3-ring binder that I will keep my swap items in from a personal swap. My theme is layers of old, peeling rust, and I've been busy rusting nails, fabric, and paper. I love rust, so the above photo shows my entry this week.

Want a bigger view? Click on the photos to get the whole picture.

I still need to rust the key. It is new and I found it at Home Depot


where I also got the nails.


And like Tammy, I couldn't settle with just one word. Thankfully, both "play"

and "friends" were words we could use.

I danced for joy, just as my rusty friend did, when I saw both words were acceptable.


And this sweet vintage gal will watch

over the world while the book fills with art I receive from friends.

Layers and layers later, this cover is now ready to hold some fabulous art. Thanks Tammy for this wonderful challenge.

Today's blog is Tammy's at Art and Inspiration. I think I've only been to Tammy's blog once before, and that is a real shame on my part. She makes lovely wall hangings, paintings, tags, and art journals. She has recently moved to South Carolina (in the US), so has been busy selling one house and getting another one in order. Although mixed media art has taken a back seat to other things, her photographs showing her new home town are still superb. I hope you will enjoy a little Art and Inspiration today. And thanks, Tammy, for issuing this great challenge.

21 thoughtful remarks:

Halle said...

I love the wrapped nails! Great accent. Wonderful photos as well! Did your camera get fixed??

Healing Woman said...

Love your contribution..especially the gal with the crossed eye! She's cute. I know you showed what you use to rust but I must ask again, is it bleach and ? I don't do any rusting because I usually find rusted items at my local flea market but you never know when you will need to in artwork. The nails are nifty looking.

La Dolce Vita said...

fab texture E! loves it! xx's

Tammy said...

This is so cool! I love all of the rusty details and that you wrapped the nails in fabric. The young ladies image is very sweet. I am so glad you came out to play with us and enjoyed the challenge. I just love art swaps too. I try to partake in as many as I have time for. Love this!
Oh and thank you so much for the kind words about my blog. You are a doll!

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

Hi Elizabeth, a wonderful front cover for you binder. I love the nails tied in the bow, a great embellishment. What have you used for her body and legs, did you just cut the shapes freehand?
Anne xx

~*~Patty S said...

what a great look your binder cover has E
Love everything about it, the bundled rusty nails in fabric are a super element too
oxo

Jaime Haney aka ArtsyFartsy.Me said...

I love this rusty piece! How creative with nails wrapped in fabric. I love it and love the girl that looks as though she's jumping for joy!

Hope your feeling better :)
Happy Halloween!

p.s. come by my blog to see a scary site!

Doone said...

Hi E & B

Hope today is a less painful day - love your interpretation of the challenge -

Dx

Dianne said...

who knew that rusty bits could be so inspiring?! I love the bit of fabric wrapped around the nails...I am almost done with your pages, so you may receive them early. it's been a challenge, but fun!!

WrightStuff said...

Great details and grunge. Really lovely piece!

Terri Kahrs said...

Great grungy rust, Elizabeth! Love those bundles nails too! Hugs, Terri xoxo

Incipient Wings said...

i love rusty elements in art...this turned out gorgeous!

see you there! said...

Wonderful layers, love the rust and how many details there are to see. Great cover for a collection of art from friends.

Darla

Batu said...

These are beautiful photos of your work - especially the nails up close!

Evil Edna said...

really like this, it looks so tactile. The rusty nails are a great touch.
EE

Marilyn Rock said...

I'm lovin' the rusty details with this piece; fantastic. xxoo

Becklee Cottage Designs said...

Love it, transported to another time

Marlynn said...

Crap, girlfriend, this work of art is breath-taking, stunning, beyone-words, and did I say I like it? OK, it has given me ideas for your pages now to just get back to the ones at hand! LOL. Was that in secret-code..... ; )

artangel said...

I'm drooling over all the rusty and aged textures you've created - just yummy!

priti.lisa said...

As always I am astounded at how perfectly you put so many pieces together and everything fits and nothing is without reason!
Truely beautiful, Elizabeth!

gemma said...

This is so cool.
I love the aged patina....
WOW!