Thursday, July 16, 2015

Look Ma, no hands... / Pelkkää roskaa

...meant to say, stamps. No stamps! I may have said it a couple of times already, but I really really love participating in challenges. And not least for the reason that it feels good to be taken out of one's comfort zone.
This is my second time participating in UnstampaBelles challenge - strictly no stamps, not even digital. When I first started doing atc's I had no stamps and everything was hunky dory. Now I have stamps, quite a few of them, and can't imagine a life without.

So there, create a bunch of flowers with no stamps. Not the worst of assignments.
I wanted to combine it with two others, TJK asking for memories, and Wicked Wednesdays ATC challenge with Stitching (fake or real). (Again, this is not very wicked, but there are so few ATC challenges around that I will post it there anyway. And Simon SaysStamp on Monday calls for "anything". I wonder whether it needs to be stamped?)

So I created bunches (and bunches) of flowers.

This is what I started with, lots of mismatched backgrounds that I had made ages ago. I painted white gesso through the stencils of naive flower shapes (from a children's board game).

Then I tinted the  stark white with some light purple:
I cut the flowers out of an smeared desk protecting paper:
I planned to do real stitching, but the cardboard background was too heavy. So I just drew the stitching lines: all centers and stems, and some leaves.
The flower pots were cut out of a Swedish song. The words form an interesting sequence and give you and idea of the song:

In the morning -

- I wake up missing you

- when I dream -
 my happiness grows

- night and day -

- he cannot leave.
TJK - todellakin, nämä "roskat" ja silput joutivat kortteihin. TJK:n aiheena on muistot, ja nämä kortit ovat täynnä muistoja. Ensinnäkin korttipohjat, vuosikausia sitten tehdyt. Värit eivät ole oikein minua, joten aina on muut korttipohjat ajaneet näiden ohi. Hienoa, pakotin itseni käyttämään nämä ja onnistuin! Kukat on leikattu vanhasta askartelun aluspaperista, se on täynnä roiskeita ja korteista ylimennyttä maalia, eli muistoja siinäkin.


  1. I love the backgrounds and the flowers are pure genius. I look at my desk protection sheets and think - what can I do with this, and then throw them out - sometimes they are just so pretty with sprays and inks and bits of stamped pieces and stuff! Now I know what to do with them! Thanks for sharing with us at Unstampabelles for our July challenge.

  2. Todella upeita ovat "pelkät roskasi"

  3. Beautiful artwork I especially like the colors in the bottom picture.

  4. Lovely mixed media flowers and pots you have created! (No stamping required to play along with us!) Thanks for joining us in the Anything Goes challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

  5. Kylläpä tuli silpuista ja roskista upeita kortteina.

  6. Armiidan kanssa samaa mieltä!
    Kiitos osallistumisesta haasteeseen!

  7. These are just gorgeous! Thanks for joining us at Wicked Wednesday. :)

  8. Hei! Sinä teet kauniita kortteja!!!

  9. Gorgeous flower pots and flowers. Thanks for joining us at Wicked Wednesday :)

  10. I love so many things about your project. Firstly, that the pots are made of music, and the fact that it's Swedish! Love. Secondly, you used a stencil from a Board Game. Totally awesome. Also, that you provided a tutorial. Excellent. Thanks for entering at Unstampabelles and good luck.