Monday, June 30, 2014

SOC4, Week 4: Pink, Apple Green, Dark Green

For week 4, Kristin, our delightful host at Twinkle, Twinkle has once again picked the latest SOC4 colors and they are pink, apple green, and a bit of dark green.

When I learned the week's colors, I found some fabric that I had dyed unsuccessfully.  I knew I would use it eventually, and this was the time.  I got out my green fluid acrylic that was as close to apple green as I owned.

I watered down the fabric and used the green to color the background.  I really liked how the original dye colors began to blend with the paint.

I picked the side I thought looked the best and folded the fabric in half.   Ironically, I had cut a stalk of celery last night, and had saved the end, hoping to see if I could make a cabbage rose.  I wasn't sure it would stamp and actually look like a rose, but I was game for anything because I love experimenting with the SOC entries.

Color me impressed.  Color me shocked!  I was thrilled, and decided to keep going.  Granted, if you are a stamper and want exact, pristine images, this is probably not the technique for you.  But if you like the handmade look, this rose has a certain charm to it.  Note that I grabbed a sheet of scrap card stock and laid between the two sides to keep the paint off the back.

Once the roses were stamped, I looked for some dark green

to draw the stems.  Please note, the paint and the background are still quite wet.

One really interesting piece was the card stock I had used to keep the paint off the back side of the fabric.  In case I didn't make myself clear, I folded the original fabric in half and placed the card stock in between the two halves.

Still quite wet, I knew this piece was not going to dry any time soon.  I also realized I had no idea how to finish it, although I know it is far from finished, and a bit of thread outlining the elements is not going to be enough to call it a finished piece.

So today, I give you my interpretation of the SOC colors, and I'll add this to a pile of WIPs (or works in progress).  I hope to have it finished by the wrap up, so any and all suggestions are welcome.

Thanks so much for visiting.  I apologize that I didn't get to everyone last week, but I've had lots of problems with my internet.  I finally called my ISP last night (Sunday) and they diagnosed the problem from their end.  I hope to visit everyone this week.

50 thoughtful remarks:

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Oh my gosh! This is just gorgeous! WOW!

see you there! said...

Very impressed with your celery roses.

Darla

BJ said...

By far the best thing to do with celery in my opinion! Hate the stuff, but as pretty pink roses quite delightful. BJ

pearshapedcrafting said...

Beautiful! I adore those roses! I don't seem to be able to eat celery these days(for some reason it makes my heart race!) This really doesn't look like an unfinished piece but I'll lol forward to seeing more of it! Hope your internet is sorted-we have spent hours on the phone to our ISP and it still seems to work only if you stick your tongue out, squint and stand on one leg! lol! Chrisx

pearshapedcrafting said...

Sorry - that's "look forward" !!

Nicole Beadwright Campanella said...

Wow! this is amazing. I love the stamp you made.
Nicole/Beadwright

Dianne said...

Brilliant! Love the celery heart print! and of course the color combination is lovely too...since you doubled the fabric, I can visualize this becoming a very nice tote bag. just a thought...or a lovely cover for one of your sewn journals. so many possibilities!

dawn said...

WOW!!! LOVE the stamp and your flowers came out BEAUTIFUL!! So glad you could work with these colors easy enough. They are perfect for summer.

I just posted my T time and will link it up later tonight or early morning. Hoping it makes sense, running on not much sleep right now. Renee had to close the last 4 nights in a row, uugggg. I'm so used to bed by 10 and now it's after midnight and up at 5. Starting to wear me down today.

Way to go on getting your SOC done so fast. Not sure what I will do yet.
Have a good day!

Cindy McMath said...

Elizabeth this is fantastic! I don't know how you manage to get these pieces out so quickly. I'm inspired by these colours though and can't wait to give them a go.

I would say this could easily be a finished piece. But if you insist that it needs something else, some stitching would be fun and maybe a few beads and/or sequins for a bit of bling? And of course something I often throw into my work - words.

Great use of this week's colours and I am so impressed with the celery rose and the fabric colouring techniques!

Helen said...

I've seen lots of people stamping with different kinds of vegetables recently, but not celery to my knowledge... it makes a great flower! Well done on your speedy SOC entry.

sue :) said...

Great job so far, can't wait to see the finished project. I see stitching up the stem maybe a few beads. What ever you decide will be fab and enhance the piece even more.

Tammie Lee said...

such a fun piece,
very creative of you.

sheila 77 said...

At first I thought this was a rose stamp you had made, but what a very fine rose the celery has made. Lovely work with the three colours and I'm sure it will be dry soon. Maybe some echo stitching would fit the bill. I like the idea by Dianne of making a bag.

Valerie-Jael said...

Wonderful idea with the celery rose! Valerie

Karenliz Henderson said...

I would have never guessed they were made by celery! Beautiful.

Kristin said...

xo

krisatlarge said...

I love how the roses turned out - SO nice!

Halle said...

Love the roses...nature is so cool to provide us with crafting fodder as well as food stuffs. :)

Penny Stewart said...

Great idea. In fact, my hand painted rose looks a lot like your celery rose. Very nice!

TwinkleToes2day said...

Wow Elizabeth, that rose is fabulous!! I too thought it was a stamp or a homemade rose stamp, not celery! (Yuckety). It may be worth buying the stuff just for this, it's not expensive ;) Can't wait to see how you finish it :D

Karla B said...

Elizabeth,this is fabulous, my friend!

peggy gatto said...

Just delicious!!!!!
Love your flowers!!

Christine said...

Very nice!

ankush samant said...

Simply beautiful! And beautifully done! :)

Love,
Ankush.

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

great use of a vegetaable leftover...and it does look like a cabbage rose....xox

~*~Patty S said...

Your celery roses turned out great E!
Anytime I cut celery like that I fantasize using it as a stamp...
I like the way you always get busy!!!
Very nice take on that color scheme...
oxo

Linda K said...

Well dear Elizabeth your celery rose is absolutely brilliant!! And I so love how the greens flow like watercolors in the background.

kat said...

That's fascinating how your celery stalk has made such a fabulous rose stamp, so very creative, I love it!

gma said...

I am going to remember and try this. Celery stalk base makes great roses. Love this. Love how you always think outside the box...what box? LOL

MeOfCourse said...

That's a great stamp. Enjoyed your outing with your friend. Great use of the colors.:)

missy k said...

Very creative.... I shall be looking at my salad drawer in a whole new way from now!!!!

Karen x

Laila said...

Beautiful. Isn't it fun to make ones own stamps. We used potatoes as children, and I've often thought of trying it now, carving an image and stamp.

Joyce said...

how clever, using a celery stalk for your flowers, love what you did. thanks for sharing

BJ said...

I am way behind in all the challenges and have since excused myself from them all now and am only doing what appeals to me. I was sick of struggling with the Craft Barn's Q&L challenge each fortnight, I'm not a Q&L person. I didn't even push myself to do the Timmy tag last month either and haven't WOYWWed for weeks now. So I guess I am liberated. Am catching up on my scrapping though and have got to December 2013 now. BJ

Carolina said...

Who wooda' thunk????

that you could create such a great rose from a celery stalk? I used to do a lot of printmaking and even made my own stamps by carving erasers and potatoes, but I never thought of this.

The end result may have been a happy experiment ---but I love it.

Thanks for visiting to view my Summer of Color post.

Thanks for visiting to view my Summer of Color post. ~CJ@ProArtz

Paper rainbow said...

My goodness you are so full of fabulous ideas, this is great!!!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Who knew celery could make such a beautiful rose--well, of course, besides you! Beading would be easy with these colors, but I am hoping to try something different.

Sharon Fritchman said...

WOW, wow, and wow again, Elizabeth! I can't even begin to tell you how much I enjoyed your post. You are SO CREATIVE!!!! The flowers turned out so beautiful and who would have thought they were stamped from celery!!!! NOT ME!!! I absolutely LOVE this and cannot wait to see how you finish it. You are amazing, my friend! Thanks for sharing!!!!!

JansArtyJunk said...

OMG this is soooooo clever...and what fab results...loving what you did with this weeks colours! :)

Caz said...

This is lovely! I loved seeing your progress pics! You got skiilllssss :-)

massofhair said...

STUNNING use of this week colours, must get some celery just for this purpose (i dislike celery a lot lol).

I am a stamper but do love the more muted look of then when stamped onto fabric. Hope you use this to make something fabulous :-) xxx

itsamistry said...

Ooohhh that's lovely and I like it as it is. You could always add beads/sequins to the flower heads to add a bit of bling :)

Deborah Weber said...

Oh this is fabulous! And a celery stamp - I so love that.

Patricia said...

Beautiful interpretation of the prompt!! Love celery stamps!

Virginia said...

Wow, love it!

linda (dots n doodles) said...

Love your fabric painting and how you approached the whole piece. Super idea using the celery as a stamp as well.

Deepa Gopal Sunil said...

This is so cool esp the celery flower in pink...very creative!
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joy said...

A cabbage rose?? From celery?? That is amazing, Elizabeth. I love the results and I think it could be made into a tote, as another commenter said. I have carved stamps from other things, but would never have thought to use celery for this purpose. Brilliant!

okienurse said...

what a cool idea Elizabeth a cabbage rose from a celery stump!! I love your pink, green and dark green piece!

Denise Price said...

Hello! I like the background of your piece; it's sort of like green, veined marble. But of course the stamped roses are the show stopper here. I think this is my new favorite of your artwork.