Saturday, 17 April 2010

Zuzu's Alter it monthly Challenge - Matchbox

I first came across Zuzu in February 2007 when I stumbled across ATCs and a forum called CM&P.
Before then, I hadn't ventured into the world of 'art'. 

You can see my first efforts here shock horror!  At the time I was rather proud of them - but not now - but we all have to start somewhere.

Zuzu very kindly offered to trade an ATC with me  - an Oriental one - and since then, thanks to her guidance, help, and inspiration, and then later those of her friends, I stumbled into the magical world of rubber stamping, altered art, grunge, embossing and so much more.  I would never have had the imagination or confidence to do these things myself.

I was absolutely thrilled to see that she is back blogging and started a Monthly Altered Art Challenge.

For some reason my brain 'freezes' when the word 'Challenge' is mentioned, and I struggle to achieve something in a week or two - but with a MONTH to make one in - then I should be able to manage it.

My first effort which I made last week is below - just blogged it today - but it's not as good as I would have liked, so I tried again this morning and I am a lot happier with this effort.

Using a white matchbox, I painted it with distress inks.
Then stamped all over it

And did the same with the tray.
One of the first things which I learned from Zuzu's art, was to 'outline' edges


So every single thing I make I edge - albeit with ink pads, pens, gold leaf, or embossed

I started with a strip of paper and inked and stamped and shaded each page to match the images I had chosen to use - and edged them with ink pads!

I thought this vintage style would be more 'Zuzu'
I inked the images, and yes 'edged' each one

And instead of it being a challenge to do

It turned into a 'fun' thing to do!

So this is a product of all the guidance and help I have received.
And I hope that each month I will be able to master the challenge!

Thank you for visiting.
Thank you for the challenge Zuzu

I hope to visit as many of your challenge blog entries as I can, but I am limited to just an hour on the web due to eye problems.

25 comments:

Zuzu's Blog said...

Stunning work... detailed and clearly took time ... i adore this lottie..

can I add that your words were very touching... so a personal thank you for that x


thank you for supporting the site by taking part

Carol Q said...

very nice Lottie. love your choice of images too.

Cath Wilson said...

Lottie, that's stunning. Love it. How far you've come! I always edge things, too - great minds or small minds??? Who cares, lol?

Gillian said...

Love the aged/vintage feel to this piece Lottie, once again thank you for joining in with our challenge x

Aisling said...

Well, I love the way these matchboxes turned out. They are gorgeous!

cmoh said...

Fabulous piece...like always. I love the multiple images inside...very creative!

Sally H said...

Totally stunning! Gorgeous images and a wonderful, wonderful creation! I'm going to have to have a go at this!

Paper Paradise said...

Asolutely beautiful. Thanks for sharing it with us. I hope to have a go at this challenge time permitting x

LazyKay said...

OMGosh - what lovely work - you've been on the ball here.

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sam21ski said...

WOW Lottie this is absolutely gorgeous - love it xxxx

Missantrhopics said...

This is so amazingly wonderful! I love it!

www.the messycraftroom. blogspot.com said...

Glad to see you've managed to craft. It's stunning I love it. It's really beautiful. Thanks for your lovely comments on my blog. Thinking of you Hugs xx Chris

Pearl said...

Oh Lottie these are amzing and I would be proud to own any one of them. You do so many different types of art and I always enjoy them. Keep up the great work! and thanks for your sweet comments. Have a great Sunday, Pearl

Ginger said...

I really like this Lottie. The time and patience it has taken you really shows in the finished artical. truly lovely.
Thank you for taking part ths month

Createology said...

This is wonderful. Very artistic and creative. Happy creating...

Patty said...

Those are fantastic, you're very talented ;)

Very Mary said...

Gorgeous!

Linda Elbourne said...

OOOOO Lottie ... this is totally gorgeous ... so much to see and all very ickle ... LOVE LOVE LOVE it XXX

Melinda Cornish said...

I think it is really beautiful...I see progression...that is an awesome thing! Melinda

June said...

Ohhh my these are so stunning, what beautiful work you have done on these, what a wonderful display, I need to catch up more with everyone. Hope all is good with you my friend
hugs June xxxxx

Rosie said...

I've never visited before - just found your blog - but love what you are doing here! I'll be back!

Lorraine said...

beautiful and elegant

Heavens2Betsy said...

gorgeous!

Moira said...

Lottie this is just so beautiful, really really gorgeous

LazyKay said...

Gorgeous.

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