Wednesday, March 17, 2010

5 Day Project: a challenge

I issued a five day challenge on ABC, my favorite yahoo group. The idea was to spend no more than 20 minutes a day working on a project, which we would create over a period of five days.

Day 1

Supplies I used:
Cardboard, recycled
Spray adhesive (or glue stick)
3 colors acrylic paint (I used metallic green blue, and turquoise) that go well together
1 acrylic paint accent color to be used later (I chose copper)
Paint brush or credit card for spreading the paint

After gluing two pieces of cardboard together to make a single substrate, paint one color on each of three substrates.

Day 2

Same as Day 1. Include the accent color.

Paint the second side, but this time, overlap and mix the three colors together. Add the accent color sparingly.

Day 3

Scissors (paper) for making template
Template (not shown)
Favorite cutting instrument (I used my guillotine cutter, but you could use scissors or a craft knife)

Cut nine flags from pieces you made on Days 1 and 2.

Day 4

At this point, everyone was pretty happy with the way their project was going. However, decorating these was far more time consuming than 20 minutes. My friend Kathy even helped with mine (see this post).

Flags from Day 3
Embellishments, trims, etc.
Words, letters, etc.

I made my letters using leftover cardboard from Day 1. I covered them with some of my painted deli paper. I also chose to use the side that had the single color for the front of my flags.

The "D" was designed by Kathy and I finished it. The "R" was designed and completed by me. Enlarge any to see the design details.

Both "E" and "A" were designed by Kathy. I further embellished and finished them.

I designed and completed both the "M" and the "Space."

Kathy designed and completed the "B." I designed and completed the "I."

I also designed and completed the "G." In case you got lost, it reads "Dream Big." BTW, no rubber stamps were harmed (or used) in the making of this project.

Day 5

Crop-a-dile or eyelet setter
Template for holes
Eyelets to match your project
Leafing pen (I used this because I had no large eyelets that matched my project. I colored my eyelets before setting them.)
Ribbon to match project (not shown, I used about 5 feet)

It's now a banner and it's finished! And it only took me 6 days to make it.

Gina, another participant's banner is below. She doesn't have a blog, so I have her permission to post these images on my blog. Gina's banner reads "harmony," a gift for a vocalist friend. Her two outer flags feature the side we made on day 2, and the other 7 with the letters, feature the side we made on day 1. It is all so wonderfully coordinated, too.

Gina used buttons and ribbons for accents. Please be aware that the above five images belong to Gina and I have only borrowed them.

Other participants include:

Linda Findley, who made an Easter banner using her new Tim Holtz tools,

Donna, who cleverly chose to turn her flags into a book,

Carol, who made her flags and sent them to her daughter to embellish (scroll down until you find the post because there are a lot of photos in her header),

Cattrix, who also made a banner, and wrote a fantastic summary of the project,

as well as at least six other artists who either don't have blogs, or are in various stages of completing their projects.

Mouse over the above names and check out their completed projects, too. And while you are there, please leave them a comment. I know they will appreciate it.

Today's blog came by way of Cat at La Dolce Vita. This must be Cat's week, because I have linked to her blog every day, I think. Awhile back, she sent me a very sweet note telling me about a fantastic male artist I should check out by the name of Egmont Van Dyke. In fact, he has more than one blog, but The Artist Within Us is the one I'm featuring today. What is there to like about this blog? First, he's a man and you know I keep trying to find great art blogs by men. Second, he is a fantastic artist. Third, he is an incredible photographer. Fourth, he writes with elegance and visual imagery that makes me hang onto his every word. He also features a blog each month, as well as fine art exhibits. You won't want to miss today's blog.

I got a little carried away today. There are enough links in this post to start a blog hop, and I hope you won't miss a single link.

12 thoughtful remarks:

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

Wow, this is so cool- what a great idea! And thanks for all the links, I'm off to check them out now!
Have a great day,

Diane said...

Great Post, Elizabeth--I love banners--off to check out your links--thanks!

Terri Kahrs said...

Awesome banners!!! WEll worth the time and effort. Another great tutorial, Elizabeth, and how nice of you to help a friend out too! Hugs, Terri xoxo

La Dolce Vita said...

fun banner and I will check out your links! you are always so very generous with info and helping others, thanks so much!

Marilyn Rock said...

Wonderful banners! You are a very prolific and creative artist! xxoo

The Artist Within Us said...


I wish to say thank you for your kindness in featuring my blog today and the very kind words you said about my art and writing.

Your own flag project is is fantastic! Filled with imaginations and the end result is something I believe in. We all need to dream big in order to overcome the greatest challenges.

Warmest regards,

Kate said...

Thank you Elizabeth for leading us through the banner project. It was nice to get out the paint and play. I am embarking on my trip Saturday and hope to fill my book with lots of neat memorabilia.

Cattrix said...

Your Dream Big banner is in the Wonderful spirit of our creative urges. It says it ALL. Thank you Elizabeth, you really inspire me.

I am posting a comment for Gina, your Harmony is truly Harmony! I love the movement in the figure flags, I can almost hear the music. :)

Seth said...

What a great project! And thanks for the links. Egmont is a sensational artist and a wonderful person too. Glad you spotlighted him.

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

almost missed this post too :)
your banner project is excellent, it's always fun to see your creative process
I agree with everything you said about Egmont. He is such a gentle man and gifted artist. It is so soothing to read his blog posts and messages.

Cindy McMath said...

Elizabeth, your banner turned out wonderfully! I really love the letters you used.

Gina's is great too - thanks for sharing it.

I'm off to look at the others now (finally!).


Cindy :)

Anonymous said...

Really fun project you dreamed up, Elizabeth.