Friday, November 25, 2011

Inspiration Avenue: Aging Beauty

This week's challenge at Inspiration Avenue is aged beauty as issued by Luthien, whose art I really admire for all the metal and rusty bits she uses. However, this week, I had very limited time, since I was throwing a big Thanksgiving bash and some of my company had arrived early. In fact, I am still entertaining, and even though I had this ready on Tuesday, I have scheduled it for Friday, my normal day for showing my Inspiration Avenue challenge.

When I think of aging beauties, my thoughts often go to metal and rust, two things I love to play with.


While cleaning my work table, I got distracted and began making a small assemblage using my craft sheet as the substrate. Although it was just a bit of fun before I had to find the right bins or containers for each of the leftover pieces on the table, I decided to grab a piece of my rusty fabric, iron it, then sew it to a sheet of cardstock. That's when I got the idea of turning this bit of flotsom and jetsom into a piece of rust and white art for my color round robin tip-in book.


Can you believe all that color, including the turquoise, came from rust and rust dyeing? This tip-in will now get three hole punches and I'll add it to my Rust and White tip-in book. And to think, I put this page together in about three hours, with no forethought or hunting for embellishments. What a fun way to clean off my work table before company arrived and have a fun piece of rusty art when I was finished. I think this is one swell aging beauty.

18 thoughtful remarks:

voodoo vixen said...

Oh my Elizabeth, this is stunning... I would have to frame it and have it on the wall... no way should it be hidden away in a book!! ;) I have to agree with you... there is something totally beautifully about the effects you create with your rusty bits!!

voodoo vixen said...

I have been enjoying your Black Friday via the Interwebs!! I ordered a heap of stamps and saved about £60 on the entire purchase.... and just spent some more money on some beads for my Pandora bracelet... I like Black Friday!! :) I so wish they would do this in the UK... if you were smart you could get all your Christmas shopping done at a fraction of the cost... but they make you wait till after Christmas... poop!

rebeca trevino said...

Elizabeth: this is striking. don't you love it when it all comes together effortlessly and beautifully?

hope your thanksgiving dinner was a yummy success.

priti.lisa said...

I agree... this is about as imperfectly perfect as you can get!
Sometimes art is just magical!
♥♥♥

Lynn said...

Oh I agree that this turned out beautifully.
I am glad you are enjoying your guests and good food. Wishing you the most blessed of Thanksgivings!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Some of my best projects have happened without putting too much pre-thought into them! This is lovely and perfect for the IA theme! Hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving!

Marilyn Rock said...

I just love this! Turquoise and rust - two of my favorites! Hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful! xxoo

Hettienne said...

That is magical! I now also learnt something new!!

Diane said...

This is the best way of creating art--no thinking--just random and very organic--and sometimes when we plan and take hours, we're not happy with it--this is perfect!
Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

see you there! said...

What an interesting piece, so many little areas to examine and I'm sure it is even better in person. You really met the IA challenge well!

Darla

Dianne said...

marvelous rust...turned out terrific!

Halle said...

Ok that turquoise color is so cool!! Yet another awesome rusted piece!!

Terrie said...

Don't you just love it when a surprise comes together? This is truly lovely and some pretty darn gorgeous rust! I'm so glad to know another rust-lover! :)

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

Oh I LOVE what you did with this- and turquoise obtained via rust is one of my all time favorite colors! Amazing the things that come from just playing around and letting things flow- PERFECT for your round robin!

artangel said...

Sooo beautiful!! I love the colours you get with rusting metal - it's like alchemy, watching what happens!

WrightStuff said...

Gorgeous colours you captured - just magic!!

Nancy said...

Now this, I love :) I love it even more because it just 'happened'. Amazing!

VonnyK said...

This is fabulous, so clever. I thought it was metal when I first looked at it.