Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Inspiration: 5th instalment, and Pass The Book!

The stacks of dyed fabric and the metallic thread loved by Luana Rubin at first made me think of silk painting and batik.


Then I remembered that I didn't have any of the necessary materials for silk painting or batik...

Instead, I tried dying a scrap piece of satin with diluted alcohol inks, and turned it into a mini cushion with lots of silver trimmings:


Janice Lowry's collage and 'assemblages' are quite a way from most of what I create, so this was a great chance to try something a bit different!


The line 'the events and news of our world' prompted me to grab the newspapers and supplements from the weekend and start cutting and sticking:



Line Christensen likes to take walks, and when I read this, my mind was already turning to the outdoors. Spotting this lampshade in the background of her workspace, together with the predominant pinks and greens within this article, soon got my ideas flowing:


I stamped the trees by dipping the end of a pencil into some acrylic paint!


And the last article was about the co-author, Jenny Doh. She's inspired by the written word, she loves black and white with red, and this quotation appears on the cover of her organizer:


The cut-up newspapers were still to hand, so I put together this art journal page by trimming out all the imperatives I could find and painting over them with diluted white paint to make a background, then adding the quotation on top:


Phew! 23 inspiring women. 23 inspiring articles. 34 pieces (including 8 photographs) inspired by them.


'Where Women Create: Book of Inspiration'? I should say so!!


Many, many thanks to Sian for setting this book on its journey. I've enjoyed it so much! And now it's someone else's turn.... The full details of the Pass The Book project can be found here, but I hope I can summarise correctly by saying that Sian wants you to take inspiration from the book, and then to pass it on so that someone else can do the same :-) I should add that there's no requirement to make any projects necessarily, never mind 34 of them!! But if you'd like to have a read and see if and how this book inspires you, please leave a comment on this post, and I'll pick someone at random on Monday 2nd May - comments will close at midday GMT (that's 1pm UK time, as we're currently in British Summer Time!) I'll announce the next recipient as soon as I can after that time, and get in touch for your details :-)

Good luck! xx

*** Edited to say: 'giveaway' now closed! ***

24 comments:

JO SOWERBY said...

wow, wow and wow. ur so amazing,
Jo xxx

Cheri said...

those dyed fabrics are to DIE for (yeah, pun intended)... but seriously, that was the stuff of my collections in my quilting days - love your satin pillow take on it. And I love the ransom letters art journal page. Great stuff Mel!

Heather said...

I love all your pieces Mel :)
I hope the next recipient gets as much out of this book too!

Maria Ontiveros said...

I love your trees, and the cut & paste art journal pages are really fun!
Thanks for all the inspiration over the past few days.
Rinda

jennifer said...

So much brilliant stuff! How could any one not want a chance to look through this book after seeing all the inspiration it gave you?
Hope you find many more books that inspire you so we can keep seeing lots of lovely projects! x

Carol Anne said...

There's an artist that occasionally shows their magazine collage art at our local coffee shop. It's fun to look at. I really enjoyed your take on magazine collage.

scrappyjacky said...

I love that cushion,Mel....such pretty, tranquil colours.
This book has certainly inspired you to create.

Jinnag said...

Wow mel -you have been so productive as a result of this book - how could anyone pass up that kind of inspiration? Of course I would love to be in the drawing! J x

Anesha said...

You have been busy. Great pieces!

Jo.C said...

I have really enjoyed seeing all of your posts with what you have been inspired to create - not sure I would do it justice but good luck everyone :0)

Kai said...

I love all of your inspired creativity from this book... the book certainly "worked", as it, it did what it should have done - inspired you. Lovely projects, Mel!

Melissa said...

Oh my, I definitely want to see this book and gets some of that inspiration! Your projects are great - I love how this one book inspired such a variety and how you adapted each one and tried new techniques along the way!

Carrie Rosalind said...

Very cool! I especially love that pillow you made! :)

Fiona said...

You have been soo busy - I love the cushion colours. Sounds like a super book.

Scribble Monster said...

Wow, you have taken great inspiration and I love that pillow, it's superb. Jen x

JulieJ said...

How on earth do you manage to find time to do so much crafting? I'm truly amazed.

Lynn said...

Wow -this book has certainly inspired you - so much creatvity - thanks for sharing.

alexa said...

What a lot of inspirational and pretty things! You have been busy ... Looks like a great read.

furrypig said...

I definitely have to read that book sometime as it really has inspired you... big time! xxx

Winnie said...

Wow, you really made good use of that book and were really inspired by so much of it! I've loved seeing what you made. Hope the next person will be as inspired as you. :D

Ginger said...

I have really enjoyed seeing the inspiration this book has given you and I like the final photo which shows all those wonderful projects together. :)

Sian said...

It's always a pleaure to see where a book is going to land!

And definitely always a pleasure when I see how much someone has enjoyed one :)

Lizzie said...

Love the cushion, with all the shimmer and silver. The art journal pages are fun and it's very inspiring to see the whole collection of your "Inspiration Art", all grouped together - well done to you!

and yes, please, I'd love to be entered in your Pass the Book draw!

Kaz said...

Wow I can see why you took the twitter break!! You have been super busy!!! hope to see you soon in twitter land xx