Sunday, February 8, 2015

Moo-Mania: Masculine

Over at Moo-Mania and More, the challenge this fortnight (still LOVE that word) is Masculine.

I tried a new technique using Sharpies, but didn't create step-out photos because I wasn't sure if it would work.  I'm not terribly sure it has worked, at least not for the images I used.

I have a friend who gave me several stamped images.  Too good to throw away, I saw a theme.  I had no idea what type of ink she used, but I was adventurous and got out my Sharpies and some 91% Isoprophyl Alcohol.  I tried to back the images with a few dictionary definitions I thought sounded appropriate, too.

Those apples won't get delivered by RFD, but might get sold from the back of this truck.  I began each piece by swiping randomly over the image.  I was going for a painterly look, thinking the Sharpie ink would spread out much like watercolor pencils do.  Silly me!  They didn't act like watercolor pencils at all when they were subjected to the alcohol. The yellow spread the best of any of the Sharpie colors.  Each color reacted a bit differently.

The horse was probably the worst mistake I made.  It was an accident looking for a place to happen.  The alcohol spread everywhere except where it was supposed to.

However, I hope no one objects that I offer this for the Masculine entry at Moo-Mania.  After all, these are mostly what we think of as "manly" things.

Thanks for visiting.  I'm always grateful.  Be sure to visit Moo-Mania and More for many more masculine entries.  But hurry.  You don't have much longer to get your entry in.


17 thoughtful remarks:

see you there! said...

Not sure what you were going for because the results you got are terrific. I like the extra care of matching the dictionary pgs to the image.

Darla

froebelsternchen Susi said...

That reminds me on the quote of
a man should never lend his horse, his name and his wife..or so...
I think it turned out quite well with the alcohol.. Thank you so much for being with us this FORTNIGHT at MOO Mania & More Challenge Elizabeth!
xxx
Susi

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

Experimenting is good, even when it doesn't work out like you planned. It is a nice "manly" page. I've used a bit of water on sharpies before they dry. Mystele shared that technique and it works pretty good. xox

Nancy said...

The images and the background certainly are a good "manly" combo. I'd have thought that 91% alcohol would cause more ink spreading, too. Maybe the texture of the paper had something to do with it, as in absorbing the ink before you could get it sprayed and reactive.

pearshapedcrafting said...

Fabulous Elizabeth! Love those images! Chrisx

Divers and Sundry said...

I never understand what "masculine" and feminine" mean and think it depends on who you ask, so I imagine the presentations for this prompt vary wildly. One of my kids loved all things car-and-truck, and he was a boy; but I always think of horses and colts as a "girl" interest. I love the colors you got :)

voodoo vixen said...

definitely masculine and all in the farmer range, and I like the dictionary paper touch, always think that adds interest to a page, I never get theeffect I want when using alcohol with ink, so I think you did well!!

Valerie-Jael said...

Love all your masculine pictures! Thanks for joining us this Fortnight at Moo Mania and More and hope to see you again in the next fortnight, too! (Yes, it is a nice word, sounds somehow good!) Hugs, Valerie

Rosie Schirrmeister said...

wonderful pictures

Thank you for joining us at MOO-MANIA & MORE

Halle said...

I love those images!! The tractor is great!! My neighbor has a tractor in his garage and gives rides in the summer to the neighborhood kids. We even hook up the hay wagon and have a suburban hayride occasionally. :) Adult beverages may have been consumed. ;)

Krisha said...

These are terrific E! Using dictionary papers for the backgrounds is always a feature I like. YOU may not think the watercolor effect is right, but I DO think it is right on!!

TwinkleToes2day said...

What a great exercise, to use alcohol to sharpie ink. You may not like the horse,but I do, I think it looks ghostly, or perhaps the horses spirit lifting. I like what you've done Elizabeth ((hugs)) :o))

johanna said...

a good choice of Pictures for this manly challenge. i always struggle with this theme...
wishing you a great week ahead! here it is cold but often sunny.

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Wow! These are really great! I really like the soft fuzzy effect around the horse even though it might be what you were hoping for!

Very clever to match them with dictionary words!

More ice and snow (3-6") here today.

Artatag said...

I think your colouring came out great!! It is just that little bit of being smeared to give it an artsy look. Well done!
Hugs
Gabriele

~*~Patty S said...

Your masculine page turned out great...what a handsome horse that is and brilliant use of the dictionary pages too.
I had ideas rolling around in my head for that Moo theme but time got away from me.
You did great E!
oxo

dawn said...

What a great masculine page this is, love the images you picked. I love anything with book paper, especially dictionary paper. The sharpies/colors look wonderful Elizabeth, even the horse.