Friday, September 30, 2011

Inspiration Avenue Challenge: Spain

Today is Friday and the day I set aside to show my Inspiration Avenue challenge entry, this week assigned by Lisa at The Wright Stuff. I suspect the inspiration came from her recent trip to Madrid.


I wasn't actually going to play this week, because I was not really interested in the subject matter. Then I remembered I could actually use the entry to make a tip-in for my 7 Continents altered book, which I have been working on since 2005 (possibly a world record for procrastination and UFOs).

I started with a 12 X 12 white scrapbook page, which I first painted a dark pink and allowed to dry. I then added purple paint mixed with fabric softener and intended to make paste paper. The above photo shows the paint/fabric softener mix was too thin and took forever to dry. The light spots are the light from my window shining on wet paint. I had the image nearby that I wanted to use, and was quite surprised when I realized the image was more an orange red than a pink red, even though there were bits of purple and blue in the image.


So after attempting to turn this into a paste paper (if you enlarge the image, you still can't see the squiggles I made using the comb), I cut the page to size (8.5 X 11 inches) then added red fluid acrylic that read in the orange spectrum, which I scraped over the pink and purple. This piece includes a tape transfer of horses and an old picture from the front of a travel magazine. I used red vinyl letters for the word "Spain." Now all I need is another European spread for the reverse side and I'll have one more tip-in for my 7 Continents altered book!

If this sounds like your kind of challenge, please join Lisa in her homage to Spain at Inspiration Avenue this week.

23 thoughtful remarks:

~*~Patty S said...

you made me giggle with your 2005 confession E ;)
we all have those sorts of things...but look at you one step closer to getting finished

Love your page...the horses are a brilliant touch!
Happy Flamenco Friday!
oxo

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

I'm glad you decided to do something for this week even though you weren't thrilled with the theme- I love the vibrant colors and paired with the dancers and horses- great spread!

Dianne said...

lovely...this turned out great! of course, I am a bit partial to these colors...I did smile when you mentioned the on going ufo...perhaps there is a potential post in showing your 'continental' book?!

Dianne said...

lovely...this turned out great! of course, I am a bit partial to these colors...I did smile when you mentioned the on going ufo...perhaps there is a potential post in showing your 'continental' book?!

Dianne said...

lovely...this turned out great! of course, I am a bit partial to these colors...I did smile when you mentioned the on going ufo...perhaps there is a potential post in showing your 'continental' book?!

Anonymous said...

Great page for the challenge and yay for finishing another tip in.

I've been having trouble posting a comment to your blog but trying again.

Darla

steph said...

you got me interested in the 7 continent altered book....well there you go another one down :)) lovely page and love the colors...

Halle said...

That cracks me up that you are still working on that book! Good for you sticking with it...or at least revisiting it from time to time.

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Fiery hot! You did a good job of making the colors play nicely together! I had some trouble with this challenge too, but like you, plodded ahead.

Michelle V. Alkerton said...

I love the almost moody feel to the dancers. Great job!
Stay inspired!

Yvonne said...

The colors really fit the image well. Love h ow it turned out.

peggy gatto said...

Wow, this one just moves!!!!

Jo Murray said...

Ole!!! Bravo!!! JUst perfect.

Tracey Fletcher King said...

I think we all have projects which have been on the go forever so I sympathise... and impressed you got in and covered the topic especially as it turned out so well!! You would never guess you hadn't been enthusiastic!

elle said...

Definitely inspired. Luv the contrast of dancing partners and running horses.

New End Studio said...

I like this, the colors and the images go really well together, glad you did this, beautiful.

peggy aplSEEDS said...

your 7 continents book sounds like a great idea. at least you've got it started. i have all these books to alter with ideas for themes which are all just waiting to be made. the vibrant colors of your spain page are so "spain"!

Shelinwa said...

Love this and love the reds!!! Great job

WrightStuff said...

I'm so glad you joined in... and look what you did... just a few more spreads to go! Would you like me to pick another Euro country next time it's my turn to host? Greece perhaps!!?

Terrie said...

I'm glad you decided to participate - it's great! You gotta love those colors!

Anonymous said...

Love the processes you go through with your art! I am posting as anon because blogger is out to lunch!
gemma

Hettienne said...

Congratulations on winning the September art giveaway from Inspiration Avenue!!

priti.lisa said...

Don't you always thik of sexy dancing when you think of Spain? I've never been there...but this artwork screams SPAIN to me!
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