Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Summer of Color Week 4: red, red, metallic


Today I'm joining our wonderful and generous host Kristin at Twinkle, Twinkle Like a Star for the fourth installment of Summer of Color.

Since we need two reds this week and I have lots of red, I decided to see which fluid acrylic red most closely matched the red bingo dabber I planned to use on the wooden block.

Red is tricky.  There are warm reds and there are cool reds.  But late last night, all these reds looked PINK to me. 

I finally decided on the cool red that most closely matched my wood.

I used a stencil sent me by Corrine of Sparkle Days Studio and added the gold by hand.  I sewed around the assembly after I added one of the painted pieces I had rejected to the back to give the fabric a bit more body.

It's amazing what a bit of sunlight does for this assemblage.

Sometimes the colors look good and other times they look washed out.

And sometimes the assemblage looks pink.

I created a few step out detail shots for your perusal.




You can never have too many detail shots.



The closer you get to the piece, the more red it looks.

And once in awhile, you even get a glimpse of gold that looks like gold.


A play on metallic, I chose to turn this into a semi-steampunk piece.  After all, dear sweet Kristin didn't tell us we couldn't use real metal, did she?  I hope you like it, because it may have taken me even longer than last week's entry.

Thanks go to everyone who visited last week.  I tried to get to everyone, but my internet went down on Friday, and I may have lost track of who I had visited by the time I was able to get back online.  If I missed you, I apologize, but please be aware, I still can't leave comments to those on Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, Tumblr, Pinterest, and some Goggle + blogs.  But I look at, admire, and appreciate any I can see that aren't marked private.

32 thoughtful remarks:

peggy gatto said...

glorious mix of color and love the hardware!

Lorraine said...

I love how the hardware shapes and forms are repeated in the stencil - or is it vice versa? Anyhoo, it came out great.

GlorV1 said...

I've your creativeness. Great use of the colors.

TwinkleToes2day said...

Another piece that I totally love. The 3Dness, (I know *wink*), of it gives it a whole new perspective and the real metallic pieces are perfect imo {{hugs}} :o))

pearshapedcrafting said...

Wow Elizabeth - this really is a stunner! I love those colours and such a clever way to use your fabric! You have also reminded me that my son gave me a huge bag of cut offs and I haven't used one of them yet - thanks for the shove…and as you would say..grin!!! Chris

Sharon Fritchman said...

Elizabeth, I absolutely LOVE this piece! I love all of the detail photos that you took of it, too. Yes, you can never have too many!!! Your use of fabric, wood, paint, stenciling, and real metal to make your Steampunk look is simply amazing! I love it! It's gorgeous!

Linda Kunsman said...

great SOC entry Elizabeth!! I love how the stencil coordinates with those fabulous gear pieces! Will get my entry posted soon:)

Deborah Weber said...

Oh how clever to use actual bits of metal - and these are fabulous bits and bobs. Love it Elizabeth.

Tammie Lee said...

the gold on top of your beautifully dyed fabric is beautiful!

wulfie said...

This is great!

lissa said...

it looks pink on my screen but I like the textures & the little wheels objects.

visiting from SOC, have a lovely day.

Valerie-Jael said...

Lovely piece for Soc, great idea! Valerie

johanna said...

i almost missed this post... would have been regretful, because your SOC entry is marvellous!

Virginia said...

Absolutely gorgeous, love the additions of the cogs!

Deb said...

This looks wonderful. I love the addition of the metal pieces.

Miriam said...

This is gorgeous, I love all the bits and no you can never have too many details pictures! If you send me your address I'll send you a postcard. :)

ULKAU said...

A very nice piece with the gearwheels. Ulrike

Julia - Vintage with Laces said...

The gold looks very pretty with the reds you have chosen and I love the gear theme.

Carol said...

Looks great Elizabeth!!!! U have mine done but haven't written the post yet..Must get that done :)

Krisha said...

I LOVE this!!!

sue :) said...

Lovely artwork this week.x

Monica said...

that is so creative and i am sure baby kitty would have loved to play with all that hard ware. It turned out more pink on my screen but a lovely shade reminded me of an indian sari.
Monica

Susan Carol said...

Your pieces are so original. Love that you paint on fabric. Its sumptuous with the gold pieces. I know just what you mean about red looking like pink, especially late at night! Your art is a lovely example of red red gold.

Kristin said...

xo

Craftymoose Crafts said...

This is really awesome--I really like the addition of the metal pieces!

Plush Possum Studio said...

Yummy yummy yummy! And with gears too!

Robyn Oliver said...

WOW Elizabeth...I love this work of 'gear' art...lots to take in, very nice

Valerie said...

Lovely piece of art!
Nice use of this week's SOC-coulours :-)

Paula Jennings said...

such a fun steampunk piece! great work with this week's SOC colors.

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

good job :) def. reminded me of steam punk :)

Karla B said...

Stunning piece!

Halle said...

This is a really great steampunk inspired piece! Love the use of the colors.