Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Created Byhand Challenge - Chalks/Pastels

This is my contribution for this week's Created Byhand Challenge. I am not a big user of chalks - that's what I love about challenges, they really force you to try something new.

For my background I scraped soft pastel crayons on an old piece of ledger paper that I adhered to a piece of cardstock for strength. After rubbing them in I was like, huh, this is really not very exciting. Then I noticed that, in one little spot, the chalks had adhered to a bit of glue that had got on the front (I'm a sloppy gluer, that's why everything I do has to be grunge/vintage, lol!). Anyway, it looked really neat so I dragged my glue stick over the paper in several places and scraped more pastel over that and rubbed it in. Ooooh, very cool! I did this several times until I was happy with it. I will definitely be using these crayons more often now.

I also used the pastels to color my little fairy, who is from the new Fairy Sweets collection by Oxford Impressions.

13 comments:

  1. I love the colors on this card! Great job on the background paper. I guessed that you had used a printed paper when I saw it on Oxford Impressions.....so cool.
    I don't use chalk much either...I'm inspired to try this technique now.
    -judy

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  2. A stunning piece of artwork Shelley - love the way you've used the pastels

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  3. ooo you discovered a new technique!! how fab, it's a gorgeous piece as well

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  4. what a fab job you did for someone that is new to pastels! love your artwork :)

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  5. Shelly, You are a technique Goddess! I'm always blown away by your amazing art! Have a very Happy New Year!~ Kris

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  6. Wow Shelly this is awesome. So wonderful card. Love them.

    My Skull is a stamp from Michale Meng.

    I wish all the best for 2009.

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  7. beautiful skinny! gorgeous stamps (love the new OI plate!)

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  8. Hi Shelly, I just can't get back into an art mood, but your delightful creation might just do it. I hope you won't mind if I try your pastel/glue technique. I will give you credit for this original pastels application. Your skinny is just beautiful. I love the green.

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  9. That background has turned out brilliantly. I will definitely be trying that next.
    I used gesso smeared over my pastel swirls which sealed it beautifully which is so much better than using hairspray. Being done on bazzill gave it texture like a canvas.

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  10. Wow... this is gorgeous! Love everything about it. Will try your 'technique' (pastels on glue) too.. looks SO cool :-)

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  11. I love how this tuirned out for you - a very happy 'accident'!! Thanks for the sweet comment on my blog - I am getting better!
    Happy New Year to you!

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Thanks so much for taking the time to share your thoughts. I appreciate your comments so much!