Gothic Arches – Shabby chic…

That’s the challenge today on GA – Nancy chose “shabby chic” and to be quite honest, I went OTT with the shabby… well, there was so much paint around this morning, and you know what I’m like when I get paints out!

Dawn

I’ve been seeing quite a bit of the corrugated cardboard around again late last year and now too, so in an effort to be good, recycle and declutter, I went looking for cardboard this morning. This was one of those boxes you get catfood puches in – nice cardboard, but tricky to dis-assemble without tearing… unless you poke the tine(s) of a fork in a groove, push and flick! Push as far as you can and the top paper lifts and you can tear it up nicely without ripping all the layers. Great texture! [The gold spots are simple round paper fasteners].

Once I’d done that, I gessoed and painted it, naturally! Lots of dry brushing – oh and in the interests of science, or the need to experiment – playing what if? – I used a toothbrush to paint with. This toothbrush has uneven lengthed bristles and so you get a more random texture and stroke…

While it was drying (before I cut out the arch), I used the remaining paint plus, in my altered book, preparing a piece for tomorrow [Mixed Media Monday]. Then I decided to see whether I can paint a picture on a bamboo placemat, with a toothbrush… it’s coming along nicely! I bet some people reading this think I’m demented – using a fork on cardboard, painting with a toothbrush, covering textbooks with paint, trying to paint on placemats, etc. It’s just having fun and I can’t stand waiting for paint to dry!

The image I used for the arch is from my seemingly never-ending stack of Miniatures by Crafty Individuals, which I love! I see they’ve brought out some new papers and stamps recently… I am tempted but my pockets are “to let” at the moment, which is probably why I’m experimenting so much! 😉

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  1. Yvonne

     /  January 17, 2010

    Gorgeous arch, Rosie!

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  2. This arch is just brilliant, Rosie! Fantastic design.

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  3. Fabulous arch!!

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  4. Love this.!!! All the scrumptious textures!!! And the color palate, blues, silver, black and a hint of gold, very yummy!

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  5. ellen

     /  January 17, 2010

    you always make me laugh how you get sidetracked when crafting. Signs of a true crafter in my eyes.
    I love the colour combination and the different textures on there.

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  6. Artsy, Shabby, Weathered..really cool!

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  7. gorgeous arch! great background!

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  8. love the cardboard background…….i’ve been playing around with that lately too. great colors and well, just everything!

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  9. Love your shabby chic ! Just gorgeous and elegant!

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  10. I really like all the elements you used in this piece. Very pretty!

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  11. Rosie, I am so impressed!!! You really understand shabby chic. I can see it in your piece but I can’t seem to produce it myself. This is gorgeous and very much in line with the theme.

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  12. Love everything about this arch – so interesting.

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  13. Really like your style. Great job.
    Elaine

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  14. I love your creation! Very shabby and simply beautiful!

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  15. Oh that’s cool, you should take a look at mine, you’d laugh!! You can never go over the top with shabby it’s perfect.

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  16. fabulous image, texture and detail! I love your art! 🙂

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  17. I really love this arch…it is beautifully textured with a terrific layout. Great imagery as well….all good stuff, girlfriend!

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  18. Love the cardboard… and the colours too!

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  19. Fantastic arch! Lots of fun.

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