Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Orange, Red and Yellow - Tando Creative

I am honoured to have been asked to create some items for Tando this month.  It's my first time as a designer for someone, so please, I'd be grateful for any feedback!

So this week's theme is Orange, Red And Yellow.  Immediately I saw this, I had a vision of a Russian icon...a triptych, if you will! 

I started with the Triple Arch Layered Frame, but I wanted to make it more dimensional.  Instead of layering the three cut-outs on top each other and on top of the base, I wanted to layer one cut-out on each side of the base, and create a pair of buttresses so it could be freestanding. I used a couple of the inner arches, cutting them in half.

I scraped modelling paste through a mask over the cut-outs, and set aside to dry.

Everything was then painted, both sides with DecoArt paint, using light buttermilk, Quinacridone Gold and Transparent Red Iron Oxide. 

While it was drying I stamped my images onto tissue paper using Versafine ink.  Then that was dry, I painted the back of the images with cosmic shimmer watercolour paint in Rich Gold.

 When everything was dry, I stuck the tissue paper images down, and then glued the arch cutout over the top on one side.  I clamped it and went off to do something else.  When it was dry, I turned it over, and did the other side.  When THAT side was dry, I added the words (from Tim's chitchat stickers) and painted some persimmon H2O over the top of the whole thing, and glued my buttresses in place.  I used Inka gold on the edges and the modelling paste, then I lightly added some midnight gilding wax, to age it a little.  Here is the finished article!

Side 1

Side 2

Edgeways on, for the effect of the buttresses!


Tando Creative - Triple Arch Layered Frame

Paint and Ink
DecoArt Americana: Light Buttermilk
DecoArt Traditions: Transparent Red Iron Oxide, Quin Gold
Versafine: Habanero, Satin Red

PaperArtsy: Ancestors Plate 3 (ANC3), Ancestors Plate 1 (ANC1), Clockwork Birds (HP1107EZ), Enjoy the Good things (HP1206EZ)
Darkroom Door: Art De Fleur Vol 2

Bling and Other Stuff
Inka Gold: Gold  (there are other colours!!)
Creative Expressions Gilding Wax: Midnight
Luminarte H2Os: Persimmon
Cosmic Shimmer Watercolour Paint: Rich Gold
DecoArt: Modelling Paste, Faux Finishing Medium
Crafters Workshop: Mini Tile Texture
Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Chitchat stickers


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  4. Well done Ruth on your first design, I love how you have given it an old distressed almost rusty look and how you have cleverly used the extra pieces to make it stand. Sue X

  5. It's beautiful!! I wish we could get Tando stuff here in the US!!