Hi everyone and welcome to our Make Art blog hop featuring art from the eTeam and special guest, Wendy Vecchi! We’re delighted to have Wendy joining us today, to not only share her products but also to share in her unique artistic style and to be inspired by each of the hop participants.
During the hop the team is going to be sharing the projects that they created with Studio 490 products but maybe more importantly we’ll be sharing our experience of working with the products, how we created our projects, and what inspired us to create our piece.
The eTeam is a wonderful group of talented women, each with their own style. Some of us are clean and simple card makers, others love scrapbooking, and still others are drawn to altered art and mixed media projects. The goal of our hop is to bring each of these designers and their favorite mediums together and to share how we’ve used these products to express our own individual styles through our work.
But…that’s not all…eclectic Paperie is also offering a few specials during our hop.
- This week only save 25% on all Studio 490 products, this includes Wendy’s stamps, stencils, Art Parts, Book VII, and Blossom Bucket embellishments. Use code WENDY25 when checking out.
- During the hop, comment on each blog and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a prize package worth $50! Your package will include a collection of Studio 490 products as well as paper and embellishments from the store.
- We want to hear about what inspires you! Share your thoughts about why you create, what styles you’re drawn to, even share a favorite project on our Facebook page. Next week I’ll randomly select a winner from those who have commented on our Make Art Facebook posts and give away a $25 gift certificate to eP! Now…are you ready for some crafty goodness?
Let’s get hopping!
Thank you so much for joining us and make some time this week to create art and craft your story…
and now here’s my story!
A few years ago I was lucky enough to take a class with Wendy. She was teaching classes in Indianapolis and it was the first time she was actually somewhat local to where I am. Daisy flew in from California, Jen Buck drove across town to join us and a few others had signed up but due to weather weren’t able to make it in. Needless to say, I had been a huge fan of Wendy’s since seeing her stamps and samples at CHA that very first year and was even lucky enough to meet her in the Maya Road booth that CHA. But to take a class with her . . . . oh my BADness! It was too good to be true and as time and schedules has allowed, it has been the only class I’ve ever been lucky enough to take. Maybe some day I’ll be able to join in another.
A few months after taking that class, I realized that my creative style had changed and I loved making wall hangings! Even though I incorporated designer paper in my work, I still had that put it all together and make it work thing going on when I made only cards. I was hooked on what has become my own way to “Make Art” Bad Sherry Style! I emailed Wendy and thanked her for her inspiration and for introducing me to her wonderful work and style that allowed me to incorporate it all together, finally come up with my own style.
It hasn’t been often when I’ve had the chance to simply play with Wendy’s Art Parts and stamps without it being a special project that I had to use certain product on . . . so today, I’ve been able to create with just that . . . Studio 490 Stamps and Art Parts.
I began by pulling out all of my Art Part packages, laying them out on the floor and deciding what I wanted the project to look like. I finally decided on the long rectangle and frame, along with the smaller scallop trim from Sample Pack. I knew that I would be using her new Wildflowers Stamp Set (because that is the set I won when they were sneak peeked on Wendy’s blog) along with the matching Wildflowers Art Parts.
The middle of the frame is a manila tag that was colored (using Wrinkle-Free Distress Technique) with Tumbled Glass, Shaded Lilac and Wild Hone Distress Stains. The background stamp from Optical Art was stamped in Antique Linen, and the August Flower image from Art is Therapeutic was also stamped in the Antique Linen. The background from Sketch Art was randomly stamped around in Archival Sepia.
The sentiment “Imagine” from Just Word Art was stamped in Adirondack Pitch Black Pigment and embossed with clear embossing powder. The coneflower from Wildflower Art was also stamped in the Pitch Black Pigment, embossed with clear embossing powder, then water colored with Peeled Paint, Brushed Corduroy and Dusty Concord Distress Markers.
The coneflower was then stamped on the matching Art Part in Pitch Black Pigment, embossed with clear embossing powder, then colored with the same markers.
The Art Parts Frame and Scallop Trim were covered with Wild Honey Distress Ink. The outer frame was then covered with DecoArt One Step Crackle. Much to my dismay, it didn’t crackle on the Art Part. Instead of flipping it over, I decided to sand down some of the glossiness of the Crackle and when I did . . . . I LOVED the results, so I kept it like it was and covered it with a bit more of the Wild Honey Distress Ink. I wanted a different feel for the scalloped pieces, so I left them plain. I think I was after that old-time frame look when the wood was different colors . . . or even different types of wood in a lot of cases.
I love the depth created with all the different layers and adding the Coneflower Art Part to the outside of the frame gave me even more depth.
The butterfly is from the stamp set Botanical Art. It was stamped in Archival Jet Black on GrungeBoard and then covered with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink. The antenna were made by winding black craft wire about the end of a pick and glued to the back.
I attached a self-adhesive picture hanger on the back and believe I will hang this in my newly moved and reworked upstairs crafty room.
I do believe that’s all for me today . . . except one special note. You all know that I list my product at the end of each post. I’ve used product for this project that was once carried at eclectic Paperie but is now out of stock. Kim said to let you know what she will special order any of the product used on our projects . . . you just need to let her know! So if I’ve referenced something that you absolutely need to have, just send Kim an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and she’ll be happy to order any product!
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy the rest of our Make Art Hop with Wendy Vecchi!