Sunday, 9 September 2012

A class, a triptych and a steampunk challenge

Last Tuesday I went to another workshop at Snazzy Stamping which was to create a triptych inspired by Anna Dabrowska aka Finnabair.  My friend Pen and I had a thoroughly enjoyable evening and once we got into the zone we would happily have gone on creating all night (and I think Val might even have let us! lol).  Unfortunately time ran out and I finally had time to finish my triptych today.  There's definitely a Finn element but I went off on my own trail as well.


Finn's main way of working is to create her piece with anything that happens to be to hand (washers, paper clips, poppers, zips etc) and then spray it with ink - often black.  It takes a lot of courage to do this to your beloved creation because you could quite likely completely ruin it but I'm very happy with the way it turned out.


I sprayed the black ink through a stencil to add some interest and used shrink plastic cogs to decorate  left from another project (amongst other things).  I also liberally finger painted the embellishments with cream to help bring it all together.

This September's challenge on Happy Daze is Steampunkery so in view of the cogs and the grunginess, I thought I'd enter. they can always chuck me out if it's not steampunk enough lol. There's also a new Steampunk Junkies challenge site  - looks like this will be fun.

EDIT: The guys over at Steampunk Junkies have been kind enough to choose me as the winner on their challenge.  I feel it's only fair to share this with Val, the owner of Snazzy Stamping who's class it was that led to it's creation so congratulations Val!! :)

38 comments:

Gillian .... said...

Ooooo yes, I'm loving the Anna inspiration to this project, so glad you enjoyed the class:) x

sam21ski said...

It'll be steampunkery enough Carol - lol.

You are sooooo lucky to live near this fab shop and be able to attned their superb workshops. It reminds me sooo much of the wonderful craft shop that used to be about 2 miles down the road from me, but alas, no more :0(

Sam xxx

Sue said...

She has an interesting approach doesn't she? I love the way your piece turned out.

Netty said...

wow this is fabulous Carol, such terrific textures and design. Thank you for playing along with us at Happy Daze. Annette x

nimucha said...

It is gorgeous! I love it! :)

Chris said...

Oh wow! This is fabulous, Carol. Looks like you both had a great time at the class.

butterfly said...

I absolutely love this Carol... I can see the Finn inspiration, but love your take on where it ended up. Gorgeous layered paper frames within each segment, and the colours are scrumptious - absolutely in love with it!
Alison x

Heather said...

Sounds like a great workshop and your triptych is amazing. I'd be terrified to spray my work with black paint - well done you.

Mrs O crafty blog said...

Fabulous carol, fab textures.. Thank you for joining us at Steampunk junkies this fortnight, Pauline x

Paula Jane Atkinson said...

Totally fantastic Carol!
I think it is very you, I love it.

karen said...

taking a chance with the black paid off! Sometimes we have to do scary things with our creations....I'm always cutting my stuff up!!

Cath Wilson said...

Ooh, that's lovely, Carol. Haven't visited Anna's site for a few months but this is wonderful. Love the textures xxx

Willy said...

Wonderful piece, Carol!

herminesplace said...

This looks awesome, and probabbly took a long time to get it like it is.

Gaby Bee said...

This piece looks great! Very inspiring!

Gaby xo

Neet said...

Wish I lived near somewhere that did those type of workshops. Somehow my area has got barren!
I can, however, visit your blog and drool over all the lovely things you do, whether workshop based or created by you, everything is always inspiring.

Love this triptych - glad you and Penny had a great time.

Hugs, Neet xx

Karin said...

This is really fabulous Carol. IKWYM about spraying with black over something you already like and it can goes so wrong if you're not careful, but your piece looks perfect.

snazzyoriginal said...

Your finished project looks wonderful, I chickened out entirely on the black ink lol! Many thanks to you and Penny for your company and for sharing your ideas and inspiration xx

Rosie said...

Amazing work - you are SO talented (and I specially love your steampunk stuff)!!

Marilyn Rock said...

Carol; this is marvelous. I love all of your details!

Sarah Anderson said...

You can see the Finn influence but it's very 'you' this piece. Love it

Samantha Read said...

Wow Carol, this is simply gorgeous, love it!
Thanks so much for joining in with us at Happy Daze :o)

mimilove forever said...

cooo'eee my maggoty mate :D (shudders at thought of it again!)
LOVE the triptych, all your lovliness times 3, huzzah!

Chcok full of steampunkery, you'll walk it! :)
xx

Suzanne C said...

Fabulous! I love the way it turned out and so jealous! Would have loved to take that class. :)

fatmonica said...

This is a stunning piece-I love it!

die amelie said...

Congratulations, Carol,

on your truly deserved win at the Steampunk Junkies win!

Fabulous project!!!

Greetings from Vienna,
die amelie x

Asia King (aka Joanna K) said...

Gorgeous piece Carol, love all the layers and textures :) And what a fab touch with a bit of a 'Finn' element there x

Gay Peplow said...

Hi Carol, I think this is fabulous and very inky too!! Anna Dabrowska, Finnabair is such an inspiration and you have interpreted her influence in your own way. I love it, :0) Gay x

SuzeJo Murphy said...

Absolutely stunning piece of work !!! Loved the design, the textures ... just everything !! Thank You so much for joining us over at Steampunk Junkies, our new challenge is up and running hope you can play along again :o))

Lou Withers said...

Amazing and just love the feel of it. Lou

debbi taylor said...

this is amazing
so much work!
I apologise that it has taken me so long to get to you... thank you for joining us at steampunk junkies!
hugs
Debbi x

Janny said...

Beautiful work Carol!

Paula Whittaker said...

wonderful triptych.....would love to visit and take a class at snazzys...maybe, one day.

Alison said...

Wow! This is fabulous Carol! Love it!
Alison x

Minxy said...

Oh my this is totally gorgeous, I didn't realise you were near Snazzy's, you lucky thing you x

Pia said...

wauuuuw soooooo beautiful, cool work
hugs Pia

craftimamma said...

Oh my this is brilliant. After being introduced to Anna's extraordinary talent by my fellow Snazzy team mates I am hooked and I agree it must take tremendous courage to hit that button on the black spray, lol! Luckily your's has turned into a superb piece of art. I love it!

Hugs
Lesley Xx

Barb said...

OMG, this is amazing !!!
Thanks for sharing.