Monday, May 2, 2011

1928 Jazz Scene

For my Design Team Work at Bella Creations, I decided to get ambitious and make a 12" x 12" collage on stretched canvas for our Bella Unique Challenge example. Now the actual unique technique is the chalked chipboard flourish which is under the flowers....  Bella members who are participating in this challenge are to make chalked chipboard for any project of their choice.  I just put mine on this multi-faceted project.
I got this idea for a canvas collage from the Creative Blocks concept both on Tim Holtz' blog as well as other examples both on blogs and at my stampers' club meeting. (Some of the members got to make the Creative Blocks canvas on Tim's fall cruise.)  I must admit after seeing these Creative Blocks in person, I was hooked to try one. LOL!  What was I thinking? Photos of individual elements are below.

Mine is not a la King Tim's style, but rather my own scrappy style using the Graphic 45 All That Jazz papers from the Curtain Call Collection. Most of my materials are from the flying unicorn on-line store.
Here is a photo of the prize from the flying unicorn for the randomly chosen winner of the Bella Unique challenge.


Warning:  this is a rather long blog post with lots of photos. Grab a cup of coffee and settle in if you want to read through it all!  You may also enjoy the song I'm playing while this particular blog post is up (the music changes with my posts.) I actually found a Louis Armstrong jazz number from 1928--The West End Blues.

 Wood ATC painted with Walnut Distress Stain, corduroy crackle paint, snow cap paint dabber, and some brown paint.  G45 papers cut to look like playbill and circle cut to fit bottle cap.  Tim's Ideaology word stick with snow cap Adirondack acrylic paint dabber. The brads look like little screws but the sunlight created a shadow causing them to look crooked--as if I couldn't hammer those nails in straight!


I took a 45 rpm record out of my collection and carefully opened the dust jacket to make a template for my jazz record cover.  The actual record is inside the jacket. ( I got this idea  from a  party kit post I saw that included making smaller versions of the jackets for CDs. I'm sorry I can't remember where I saw this cute idea.  I thought I bookmarked it but can't seem to locate it.  So if it was on your blog, please let me know so I can insert the proper credit here.)
I had fun filling a G45 memory envelope with a flower and bling brad, pearl trim looking like a necklace, and Tim's key.  What does that key open, you ask?
.....the lock on the jazz club door, of course! (It's another Tim Ideaology piece.)  Here's a side view of my smaller stretch canvas.  The sides are Tim's tissue tape along with a little Ranger black soot distress ink to blend it together.  Some silver punchinella with pearls and a Jolees music note dimensional sticker finish it off.
Here is my necklace.  I made a collage with some G45 papers, added Tim's tissue tape, black trim, and some pearls before encasing them inside Ranger Inkssentials memory glass and a black patina memory frame.  I glued the silver Treble Clef to the outside.  I couldn't properly display the ribbon cord on the layout, so I removed that part of the necklace.
Back to the entire piece sitting on a shelf.  Sorry 'bout the lighting but it was the only place in my house to take the photo.  The flowers are Prima, one brown Websters Pages bloomer, a metal G45 flower, and a couple of leaves.
Whew! Thanks for stickin' with me! What will I do with this?  I plan to hang it on the wall in my craft room.

28 comments:

Sharon said...

Wow Helene what you have created is amazing - all the detail is just perfect - this is a fantastic piece!!!!!!

Vic said...

Beautiful!

craftattack said...

Great work, you have put a lot of work into this! Valerie

Zoechaos said...

Sensational, love Jazz and you have captured the loud vibrant joyous aliveness so well! Love it XOXO Zoe

Netty said...

Totally fabulous collage Helene, so loving all the details, great Jazz music as well. Annette x

Frugal Scrapper Extraordinaire said...

Helene, what a great project. I love all the detail! The layering is great and there is just enough going on with your project to make it so appealing to look at! I especially love the small stretch canvas with the tissue tape around the edges and the pearls. The 45 rpm cover is awesome, too! I just love EVERYTHING!

Dorothy said...

awesome!

OhSuz said...

Fabulous! This is absolutely wonderful! Thanks for sharing all the deets!

stampdiva said...

Helen
I am sitting here in awe of what you have created. This is exceptional art.
Wishes
Lynne

SusanK said...

Awesome!

The Nostalgic Scrapper said...

wow...all that jazzz!!!

Tolegranny said...

I love it. It is fabulous.

bes53913 said...

Helene, this is a spectacular piece! Your composition is great and all the elements and embellishments add up to a unique and fascinating piece of art! Would love to see it in person.

Anonymous said...

Stunning! Wow. All the little details make an awesome piece of ART.
Gail in Oklahoma

shari said...

Beautiful piece! One of these days I'm going to try a canvas. Love your blog, I'm following you now. Shari (cricutrookie)

1CardCreator said...

Wow, this is so awesome! So much work and detail has gone into this! I love that paper too!

Marianne in MD said...

Wow, that is stunning! and so jazzy! Love the music with it, too. I usually hit the mute button for blog music but not this time!

Carla said...

Love all your work Helene. We are having a blast over at Bella Creations........You rock girl!

Marjie K said...

Fabulous! So many great components... love all the details and different shapes/textures.

Sherry Goodloe said...

Love everything about your creation! Great job you did on it.

Lori said...

Wow, Helene! You've really outdone yourself! This is FANTASTIC!!!!!! Wonderful work!

Shar said...

Beautifully done! I love all the depth and different layers you incorporated into the piece!

Gerri Herbst said...

This is breath taking. I love how you showed all the special hidden pockets, brillant. This piece has alot of spirit. I can her the jazz band as we speak! take care, gerri

Gerri Herbst said...

Oh...thanks for putting my blog candy on yr side bar. I do appreciate it. gerri

Sandy Ang said...

Bet it'll look fab on your wall. Love the mixed media approach to this LO!

Jack said...

When you get fed up with this sitting on your wall there is a space at mine for it. It's gorgeous.
Jack xx

Linda Cain said...

This is totally over the moon!!! Love this Helene!

~Linda

Chris / CS Designs said...

Helene, All of these are absolutely wonderful.Ditto for your entire blog. Wow, thank you for the great inspiration.
:) Chris / CS Designs
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