Thursday, 25 October 2012
Dance in the Rain
Foggy grey days, dim and grim... we'd better learn to dance in the rain, as it seems we'll be waiting a while otherwise! Welcome all to another collection of Words and Pictures; I'm so happy you've stopped by.
I'm catching up with the Funkie Junkie's 12 Tags of Christmas. Linda Coughlin, the Funkie Junkie herself is offering up regular tags of inspiration to play along with - find all the details here. And since you have until 17th December, there's still plenty of time to play along. If you manage all 12, there are prizes sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique.
I've got as far as number 3 so far, and here it is.
It's based quite closely on Linda's original, but - since I'm still holding out against Christmas crafting (it won't be long now, I can feel myself slipping), I've dived off in a slightly different direction again!
I absolutely loved the mirror-like quality Linda achieved with her main ingredients of Weathered Wood and Pewter Metallic Distress Stain.
That's what I used in the Marbled Stains background, along with some Picket Fence, and on my Umbrella Man (cut with the TH die). There he is, with that somehow hopeful inclination of the head, looking out from under his umbrella...
He got a good dollop of Rock Candy Crackle paint smeared over him, and I left him to get on with cracking up.
Once Umbrella Man is there, it's pretty much a foregone conclusion that I'm going to end up with maybe my favourite of all the TH quote stamps - it just seems to me a match made in heaven.
And with that notion of dancing came the chance to try out some Graphic 45 stamps I got at a bargain price on ebay. I love the movement of this couple... you can feel the swing of the hips as they go.
And the stamp along the bottom with the musicians is just fabulous - full of musical verve. I love how the fiddler to the right seems to be gazing up at giant umbrella man, willing him to join in the dance!
I didn't have any broad metal mesh, so I took some plastic mesh ribbon and embossed it with silver embossing powder - pretty pleased with the result, and it allows Umbrella Man to stand proud of the action in the background.
It still needed something else though, and with the TH rays die, I found out what it was - what a great stamp for focussing attention into the heart of the piece.
And, as with yesterday's tag, there is a little nod to Christmas in the trimmings at the top... perhaps I'm starting to slide down that slippery slope to Christmas crafting after all!
So that's me for tag three... Such fun to take off from Linda's inspirational work and see what arrives - had no idea where this one would go, but I really like where it's arrived at.
And music again, you see... I just can't get away from it at the moment - but then, who'd want to?!
Thank you so much for taking the time to have a look - it's such a delight to share this journey with others, and your support and feedback is so much appreciated. See you again soon - probably with another Funkie Junkie tag at this rate...!
I'm entering this as Tag 3 in the Funkie Junkie's 12 Tags of Christmas
Dancing: the vertical expression of a horizontal desire legalised by music.
George Bernard Shaw
Dancing is the poetry of the foot.