Thursday, 6 September 2018

Anything Goes at Stamps and Stencils!

Hi, Sue is our talented host for this months challenge at Stamps and Stencils and this month it's an 'Anything Goes' theme. Here's what she wants you to do.

It's been a while - Being creative often leads you in different directions and sometimes it isn't until you start that you know where you are heading. For this challenge I thought that as we've not done it for a while it would be good to let your creative spirit wander and have a theme of Anything Goes. Your project must be mixed media and include stamping and/or stencilling but apart from that it's up to you !

So this is an idea I've been thinking about for a while and definitely inspired by some artwork by the very talented Diana Taylor of 'Velvet Moth Studio', she produces exquisite work, if you haven't visited her before you're in for a treat.

This book cover was crumbling so I didn't feel guilty about re purposing it, inspired by the title I've created a little piece of 'Wonderland'  I think the book cover was originally yellow but has now turned lovely shade of ochre.

A little stamping with a Wendy Vecchi stamp in archival ink and I decided I would stick to a yellow, grey and white palette.

Tyvek ironed on a moulding mat... make sure you use parchment paper between your iron and the tyvek!

I roughly arranged where I wanted the collage elements to go and added some crackle paste underneath.

I added in the 'march hare' or is it the 'white rabbit'?

I'd originally stamped some bottles underneath, but they had almost disappeared so one bottle of magic potion nestled nicely on the binding with the invitation to drink me.

Although I liked the arrangement I was lacking a focal point or something to link the bottle to the spine; a little lace added texture and then these paper rosebuds seemed to fit the bill and when I remembered about the queen wanting her white roses painted red they became perfect.

A few details

Lovely crackle...

I hope you've enjoyed your little tour of 'Wonderland' and are inspired to have a go at ...well...anything creative, have fun and join in our challenge and for more fabulous inspiration hop across to see what the rest of the talented team have created. R x


  1. This is such a gorgeous textural piece Ruth, each time I look at it I see something different, I love the texture and depth you created! xx

  2. What a clever composition Ruth and I love the wonderful details/textures you have incorporated in your Anything Goes project. TFS
    Sending my best wishes
    Annie x

  3. Beautiful piece Ruth, love the Tyvek and all the layers and detail. Sue C x

  4. What a wonderful Alice-inspired collage. I'm so happy to see that aged book cover get a new life as a piece of art - it gives the whole thing a resonant depth and meaning. Beautiful textural work - the Tyvek looks lovely (don't really know anything about Tyvek, and I'm refusing to go and Google it - can't afford any more impulse buying right now). And yes, I'm huge fan of Diana's work, as well as yours!
    Alison xx

  5. wow Ruth - this is wonderful - so much texture - I adore this! Not heard of the artist you mentioned so I am off to take a look! Hugs rachel xx

  6. This is absolutely stunning with such great and varied elements. I love the neutral colour palette but all that texture just blows me away.


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