Friday, October 15, 2010

Inspiration Avenue: Pink!

This week's challenge at Inspiration Avenue was PINK and picked by Shelinwa. Also, the PINK was for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. So yesterday I set out to make something PINK.

This is one of those pieces that looked better on the drawing board than in reality. But, it was all I created yesterday, so I have to use it. Again, since my artistic dry spell, I haven't been satisfied with any of my art. However, the concept read so good in my head, I couldn't ignore it.

I began by making one of my Staz-on and 91% alcohol backgrounds. However, I could just as easily have used pink paper for all the subtle color changes this technique hid. Next I created the overlay using Lynn's technique at Her Creative Spirit. A link to the tutorial for making this is on Lynn's sidebar under bookmark. Sadly, it looks better when you use flowers than when you use Halloween decorations!

I got the idea of making the statement "Don't be a boob, get tested!" from skeleton bones and pumpkins I found in my stash while creating another piece. But the words are hard to read, and by the time I got the "Don't be a boob" in place, I ran out of room for anything else. This piece is about 5.5 X 8.5 inches, or 1/2 an A4 sheet of card stock. I added "Breast Cancer Awareness Month" to the page, along with some dry rose petals. I actually came up with the Halloween concept from Sharon at Plumrose Lane, whose "Pink for October" Halloween themed blog button (she has more, too) now sits proudly on my right sidebar through the end of the month.

Today's blog belongs to Shelinwa of Pics by Shel, who chose this week's PINK IA theme. Shel lives in Washington state in the US, so it took me a few minutes to figure out where she got her avatar name. But it doesn't matter what she calls her avatar, because Shel is one of the most impressive photographers I have seen. Her photos are stunning, and I mean stunning with a capital S. And many of her posts include five things she is thankful for that day. One of her passions (and recurring themes) is barns. Big barns, old barns, you name it barns. So please check out Pics by Shel today to see barns and other stunning photos you won't easily forget.

19 thoughtful remarks:

Karen said...

Oh Elizabeth, this is amazing! Your sentiment is perfect & using the bones makes it hit harder, well done my lovely xxx

Marilyn Rock said...

I love your "Don't be a boob" slogan - brilliant! I think this is really neat and wish I could touch it! xxoo

Mar said...

i think it all turned out well too
don't ya just hate those dry spells
but you rise above them and keep trying to create
i go stagnant...
your slogan is great!

see you there! said...

Really like the texture, and "don't be a boob" gave me a chuckle.

Darla

Patti said...

I think your piece is fabulous and that dry spells are either a subconscious state of evolution to a more advance place, or a fear that needs to be addressed. Now, I don't know if you'd agree but sometimes a break is good - just not too long:)
xo

Davi said...

Dont be a boob is a great line. Love the texture and the message being subtle!

Yvonne said...

Fantastic atc, Elizabeth!

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

Love the combo of colors (pink and orange is super) ingredients and techniques. Lynn's tissue paper inspiration IS awesome, isn't it.
Don't be a Boob, get tested
is perfect too ... even if it's not on your actual piece!
oxo

Halle said...

Love your new slogan! It's too funny!!

Terri Kahrs said...

Love your quote! And don't be too hard on yourself, Elizabeth. Your Muse will return bringing new ideas and a fresh perspective any day now!!! Hugs, Terri xoxo

Shelinwa said...

AAAh you are sweet!!!! WOW thank you for saying such sweet things about me.. (blush)

Lori Saul said...

Pink is everywhere this week and this is a wonderful artful addition (love your catchy words as well)! Have a great weekend Elizabeth!

Susan Allan said...

An interesting collage on a very textural background...it really gets the message across!! Well done!
Sue xx

Lynn said...

Well, sometimes we have an idea in our head about the way we want something to look and it fights us or comes out another way...but it doesn't necessisarily mean it's not good. Just different that what we expected. I like all the texture!

Incipient Wings said...

elizabeth this is so amazing!
i love the texture and how its almost a peek a boo message in there! very well done!

artangel said...

I really like it - the texture and the petals are lovely, makes me want to reach out and touch it!

Did you invent that slogan? It's very clever!

Melinda Cornish said...

I love it...all that pink texture! Your dont be a boob quote made me laugh......I love your art and your perspective...

gemma said...

Hi. Such pretty layers and texture.
:-)

Amanda said...

This is a great piece. Love the texture and the hidden guote.. It made me smile. And I really love when you explain your creative process, it gives so much meaning to the piece. Very nice.