Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Vintage, Art Deco

Hi Everyone, We all know how popular Art Deco themed crafting is in the UK at the moment. It's not every one's cup of tea I know, but most people seem to like it, if not for it's glamour or colour scheme but also the opulence of the period. For all of our followers around the world if it hasn't hit your stores yet then I'm sure it will soon...
So, this week in our lessons it's all about Art Deco.. I wanted to ring the changes a bit. So instead of going for an Art Deco image either from a Topper or some Decoupage I wanted to start from scratch and use elements that depict the period apart from the glamorous fashion.You know me, Inks are my favourite thing to use and Alcohol Inks especially.
As they work best on non porous materials such as Acetate & Glossy Card Stock I suspected that they would work easily as well on Peel Offs as obviously they are non porous also.
I'm sure we've all seen films from the golden age of Black & White and associate this colour range with the Art Deco Period. However, Pastel tones and tints and vibrant colours were also big at this time..
So for this project I have Incorporated both..I took a transparent peel off of a Dragonfly and applied some Stream coloured Alcohol Ink directly to it.As it is alcohol based it dries pretty much instantly,therefore allowing a second, more stronger application of the same colour to be applied straight away.I then added highlights using the Silver Mixative Alcohol Ink.As I said it dries pretty much instantly so you can work on them straight away.In this case that meant peeling the Dragonflies from their backing and sticking them onto some White card stock and cutting them out.I then took a small Square of White Glossy card and applied Pitch Black Alcohol Ink to it.It required a couple of coats to achieve the right tone of black I wanted.
I then took a Peel Off which had a grid on it.This one was of a Sudoku Grid, but I have used a crossword grid also...This was stuck directly onto the now Black card stock and cut out.I then cut a border into some Black Mirror card, (I know, Mirror card again!!!!) using the Art Deco Martha Stewart Around the Page Set and put the card together,adding a sentiment in an Art Deco Font I had printed from my PC.Pleased with how this turned out I made one with a bit more Silverand also chanced my arm a bit my veering away from the Black/Silver/White theme with some stronger colours.I think these bolder colours really accentuate the opulence of the era and if nothing else is another way to replicate the period.
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  1. Amazing results achieved with this one Andy, today's class proved that.

    Whilst the black and white versions were so striking and classically Art Deco, the cloisonne effects achieved with colours were really attractive.

    Once again proving that the humble peel off knows no bounds, this one should create some interesting projects.

    Well done, as ever, thoroughly enjoyable, easily attainable and beautiful to look at. No, not you Andy, I'm talking about your work this time!

    Renee x

  2. Having played with the inks & peel-offs during your Saturday class I know how easy this effect is to create. Am loving the Deco style that you have come up with for these examples.

    By the way...know anywhere I can buy some cheap till roll LOL

    Toni :o)

  3. I wish I lived closer to you so I can learn TONS! I love your dragonfly layout.

  4. What amazing cards you created! 3 different colors, and all 3 look so much different. The pink/red one is my fave!