Friday, February 26, 2016

"L" stands for the next Craft Barn letter


The latest Craft Barn challenge is L and I looked long and hard to find a word that no one would come up with that I could also find a way to depict in art.

I remembered I had a rubber stamp of a sheep, which might pass for a lamb.
 
After all, by it's very definition, a lamb is a young sheep.

I stamped the sheep/lamb three times until I was sure I had it right.  Each time it was stamped as perfect as I am capable of stamping.  Then I stamped it on the gold joss paper and some of the gold came off on the rubber stamp and the black looked distorted under the light of the scanner.  You just have to believe it's a sheep with a bow around its neck.

Also in the same American Heritage Dictionary was this drawing of parts of a lamb which is good to know in case you are a meat eater.

Besides the definition, letter, and illustration taken from the dictionary, I started with a gelli print with swirls of red and yellow, then added a colored doily and a piece of stamped joss paper.  It all went in my altered book I've dedicated to this challenge.

Once again I visited everyone for the last Craft Barn challenge, but apologize because I am only on Blogger.  If your link takes me to Facebook, Flickr, Instagram, or Pinterest, I can't comment, and often have the image blocked.  For that I apologize, but with my slow internet connection and old computer, it's all I can do to keep my blog going.  It's also obvious I'm having problems with my computer, since I've had this art finished since Wednesday.   Also, I would have been by to visit my dear internet friends over the previous three days if I could have.  Thanks to all for visiting, though, because it means the world to me. 

25 thoughtful remarks:

Pamela Gerard said...

This is cracking me up......I do believe it is a sheep and I believe you stamped the best you could....you are so funny...

Annie said...

Oh my goodness, poor little lambie's fate in his future! Hahaha. Actually, the imperfection of the stamping on the special paper gives the sheep stamp the appearance of being a lamb. I think that worked out quite well for you. A terrific page!

kaybee said...

You always make me smile - fab gelli background, and yes, I can see a lamb in there! :D

pearshapedcrafting said...

BRILLIANT! This is a great way for me to start the day, a reminder that your lamb will soon be on a plate! (not for us by the way!) You really made me laugh! Sorry to read about your ailing computer and poor internet connection! Hope it gets better soon! Hugs, Chrisx

Corrine at corrinegilman.com said...

Your whole piece looks like a person to be, head and neck and I like what I see from that perspective. xox

Cindy McMath said...

Love this whole piece Elizabeth! I think the lamb stamp looks great on the joss paper. Love the vibrant background.

Meggymay said...

Love this page, and how you showed us the lamb and then how it is named for cuts of meat, but most of all its the stunning background that draws me into the page.
I know how you feel about connections and comupters, hope you can keep it going.
Yvonne xx

~*~Patty S said...

Your gelli print makes a super background and using the joss paper along with the paper doily makes very nice design elements. I am going to imagine your little lamb romping in the green grass instead of on a plate ;-)
Hope you get your computer woes squared away.
That is more than annoying when it is such a part of every day life.
oxo

Sybil Grieco said...

Nice entry. I love that you showed the cuts of the lamb as well as the animal. Great use of gelli prints.

Jeanie said...

I'm with you on the other social media sites. I DO have FB but apart from my blog, that's it. I would fall in and never get out!

And that's a great interpretation of L. Gee, the first L word that comes to my mine is Library. Or Love, but probably everyone did that. The lamb is perfect!

Linda Gibbons said...

Love the juxtaposition of the sweet lambie and his dinner table future. Great page , Elizabeth!

sheila 77 said...

I do like your posts, Elizabeth, because they show how you made your artwork. I so relate to the stamping - do it three times perfectly, stamp on the real thing once and oops! Anyway, if you hadn't mentioned it, we would have been quite happy with the "lamb"!
As for keeping up with commenting, that is a losing game.

And you are so right to keep off these time thieves, Instagram, Pinterest and so on, although they can be fun.

My name is Erika. said...

I like your lamb, imperfect as it is. It gives it a little more character. And I bet no one else used a lamb in the way you did! :)

froebelsternchen Susi said...

I missed your page Elizabeth - don't know how I managed but your blog was deleted from my bloglist ..I am sure I had not deleted anything the last 3 weeks...who the heck did this?????

I so love your " imperfect" lamb .. it fits to the page very well ... I specially like the background!


Dianne said...

you make me smile...in a disturbed kind of way! yes, I know we eat sheep...but this is quite a blunt reminder...too funny! love the gelli print...and you are not the only one who doesn't get along with stamping very well! lol...your page turned out way cool!

thassos456 said...

Fun page, the background is gorgeous. I love the two lamb images together on one page. Made me love. :)

Halle said...

Yum...lamb. SORRY!! But you were the one that posted the butchering poster.
I'm not sure what to think of our March 1st. We had a dusting of snow that I woke to but now it has cleared to a bright and sunny sky.

Julia said...

Fabulous gelli print background. Using that lamb leg is inspired! So funny, well done.

WendyK said...

I had just bought half a lamb. so your work really made me smile. A great word to use.

Lou said...

I love your gelli print background, something I haven't experimented with yet. There are lots of lambs in the field behind where we live right now... I don't think we better show them the diagram at the bottom of your page!! Lou x

Craftyfield said...

Fortunately (for me) the stamping doesn't need to be perfect all the time... Some artistic designs call for the "distressed" look! The background is gorgeous and I am a little sorry for the lamb who is obviously destined for roasting very soon.

Scrapmate said...

I love this, the lamb and then the cuts of meat made me laugh so much because the normal reaction on seeing a lamb is to go 'aww' but this cutie is destined for the pot! The gold coming off in places on the stamp sounds like a good technique to remember for another day. I like your work very much, you always offer something interesting and out of the box (I mean that in a good way).

Jane said...

Wow, this is great, love the lamb!! Brilliant step by step!! Thank you for joining in The Craft Barn Challenge!
Jane x

Lesley said...

Great page! I love the cuts of lamb, great idea! Sorry I'm playing catch up and am late with commenting! xx

maggie said...

Sorry, so, so late visiting. Lovely gelli plate background to your piece. I'm finally embracing imperpections when stamping but it's taken years to get to that point!