Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Jackson Pollock style

On Monday Jo and I had a craft day.  Not really had one for ages due to her working and me not being too well.  So Monday was a complete 'blow out' day where we blew away all of the cobwebs from our muses!

We both worked on 6" x 12" Stampbord blocks, but both did completely different things.  I had decided the night before that I wanted to use some Claybord inks that I had gotten in a random stash box from Graphicus a couple of Christmas's ago.

I coloured the Stambord block with Pumice Stone DI and then dropped the Claybord inks on one at a time and blew them with an air duster (compressed air in a tin which is used for cleaning computers).  I had tried early with a straw, but the effect was sooo much better with the air duster.  I used a heat tool between each colour to stop it going muddy.

I then used one of Sir Tim's saying stamps on an ATC sized piece of Stampbord, already coloured with the DI, and scratched into it before colouring the lettering with Promarkers.  I've always known that I wanted to use this stamp but just didn't know what on.  I think its perfect here!

I then used an Elusive Images (EI) stamp from the Artistic Affirmations theme plate with part of the message being raised up on a domino sized piece of Stampbord, coloured with the same DI again.  Again I scratched into it (I love doing that!!).

The base looked a bit bare in the middle but I didn't really want to detract too much from the background so I used a coaster sized piece of Stampbord, coloured with the DI and blew the inks around again.  I scratched into it (of course!), edged it with black ink and stamped another EI stamp in the middle.

All that was left to do was sort the background as it looked a bit plain.  I used a speckle stamp of Sir Tim, inked with London Fog Memento and stamped it all over the base.  I decorated 3 Stampbord inchies with the inks and scratched a border round them so they'd stand out.  And here is the finshed piece.

And look what I was given yesterday

My Mam and I were both given a rose to mark International Women's Daywhich was yesterday, by a Polish friend called Pawel. He used to be a neighbour of my parents and they always got on well with him.

Apparently yesterday is observed in Poland and he just wanted to mark it with us. You can read about it here.

How sweet.


mamapez5 said...

Hi Jill. I bet this was fun to do! I quite fancy blowing inks around with compressed air. It takes me back to my nursery where we used paint and straws. It's made a lovely dramatic piece of work.I'm glad you were feeling well enough to enjoy some time with your friend. Kate x

judith@poppy cottage said...

Hi Jill, so glad you and Jo got to play, it's good for the soul. Your Stampbord piece is fabulous, so colourful. I love that stamp from Sir Tim, I have it, as yet unused, waiting for the right occasion. How sweet of your Polish friend to give you and your Mam the roses, he sounds like a lovely guy.
Say hi to Jo for me, big hugs to you both, Judith xx

erasercarver said...

Absolutely loving this Stampbord piece, just fantastic! Sounds like you both had a great day, just what you needed.

Janet said...

Such a great technique and a fabulous finished piece. Do you think Jackson Pollock knew how to do it like you?

Janet xx

veronica said...

just great Jill, bet you had fun blowing the inks around! Hope you soon feel better once the meds kick in- hugs

craftimamma said...

Wow Jill, this is just fabulous. What a brilliant idea blowing those inks (I have yet to use mine from my stash box). I really love this piece.

Lesley Xx