Sunday, 26 February 2012

"Texture" work in progress (IA) & becoming an Olympic athlete

This week's Inspiration Avenue Challenge was "Texture". I had so little time this week but wanted to share my work in progress inspired by this challenge. In fact it gave me the push I needed to make a start. I do love building layers and textures in a mixed media piece. It reminds me of building a story and the act of creating takes me on a journey with a flexible destination depending on how it develops. I've glued string and wooden shapes on a 10 by 10 inch, deep edged canvas. Since taking these photos I've added two layers of paint. We only just got back from doing a carboot sale half hour before the deadline and so I didn't get time to take the latest photos. But below you can view this from a different angle.

I shall try show the finished piece as soon as I've finished.  It has been a super busy week which I'm pleased to say I've handled well health wise. Hurrah! My friend had a 40th Birthday fancy dress party yesterday. So I spent much of the week desgning and making costumes for a group of friends that would help us transform into comical Olympic atheltes. We all had our individual specialism and a funny quote on the back. Mine (thought of by my good friend & in reference to my mobility problems) was "SPRINTER: 0-60 in...well...never!"  On the front of the t-shirts I transfer printed appropriate wording for us coming from Cornwall like 'Cornish Olympic Team: fuelled by pasties and racing dreckly to the finish line'. For those of you who don't know pasties are Cornwall's most famous food. And 'dreckly' means you'll get there all in good time and is a tribute to the laid back affable Cornish character. I also made accessories like earings and sweat bands etc. It was lots of work but great creative fun and our friend was happy at the amusing effort we made.

Do take a look at the other entries into this week's Inspiration Avenue 'Texture' challenge - there's bound to be oodles of beautiful talent to view. Thank you to Maggie who hosted this week's challenge!

Oooh I nearly forgot: enter voucher code 'PRESPRING50' when checking out and you can claim a whopping 50% discount in my etsy shop. This means you get the chance to buy something beautiful for between 50p and £7.00. Please do have a browse. I post worldwide :-)

Wishing you all a Happy and Creative week!

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  1. It's shaping up beautifully. I can't wait to see the finished piece.
    Stay inspired!

  2. This is going to be amazing, Kat! I can't wait to see what you will do with it next. It already has the beginnings of a rich texture.

    It's funny, I think there is a bit of a psychic connection going on :) I was beginning to scroll through the comments on the challenge just now, and I happened to think, "I wonder if Kat has an entry this week?" And there you were at the end!! I've scrolled thru the comments many times, since I've been collecting everyone's entries, but this was the only time I had that particular thought. How odd is that?

    Hope you are doing well!

  3. Michelle - thank you sweetie. Xx

    Maggie - love that we are psychically linked :-)) I just left you a comment on your post! Thanks for the inspiration. :-) Xx


  4. I'm so glad you finished writing your post. You have really been busy this week! Your description of the costumes for your friend's birthday party were hilarious!! I was laughing out loud :-D

    I had a roommate years ago whose parents were from Cornwall. She filled me in on what pasties are. They sound like they are right up my alley. Yum!! But I've never actually tasted one :(

    You accomplished more in the last week than I did! I'm glad to hear you are feeling better!

  5. I really enjoyed learning about the various Cornwall words that I would not have gotten being from across the pond! Thank you for that. And I got a kick out of that saying. That could well be me, or even half past never.

    This piece is very, very impressive. I've always loved texture and this is incredible. When I first saw it on IA, I thought the wood pieces were cut outs. Amazing what an optical illusion cameras can be.

  6. Hi Kat
    Great to see you. Love this idea it will be an awesome mandala. Hope you show it when finished as well.

  7. This is amazing! I can't wait to see the final piece!


  8. Maggie - I'd send you a pasty but I don't think it would survive the long journey. Instead you'll have to come visit me on your hols & we can do a tour of the best pasty shops/bakers :-) X

    Craftymoose - thank you :-)

    Elizabeth - thank you sweetie, glad you enjoyed :-) I love the regional & international quirks that can be discovered. And its cool how optical illusions can happen & convince our eyes. I have just had a peek at the results post & seen your gorgeous winning submission - off to visit you next... :-) X

    gma - thank you :-) And yes I'll definitely show the finished mandala. I've been working on it some more today.

    Kim - thank you :-) I shall share the finished piece. X

    Kat Xx

  9. What a great way to create texture. Can't wait to see more of this!

  10. Carolyn - Thank you :-)
    Kat X

  11. I can't wait to see how your piece is going to come out, Kat. Thanks so much for your comment on my blog. Yes, fear can overwhelm but I've decided this year to make it my mission to banish fear all together!
    Jenn of

  12. Wow, that's really neat! I like the materials you used to create it. I think it gives it a lot of character. Can't wait to see the finished product!

  13. Love that Kat, the shape and pattern are great - do post a pic when it's completed! The 40th sounds like great fun, and another chance to be creative too! x

  14. Jennifer, Julie, Angie - thank you all very muchly :-) It is nearly finished so I hope to post a photo very soon!

    Kat :-) X

  15. So glad to hear that you're doing well! Your friend's fancy dress party sounds like it was so much fun. Not only the party, but preparing for it, too. Your slogans were hilarious!

    Your textural piece looks wonderful. Can't wait to see how you continue to layer it. I'm always amazed at how you use 3D elements in your pieces in ways I'd never dream of!

    I agree with your comment about being able to catch up over steaming mugs of tea/coffee (I've got my coffee beside me now, though it's not so steaming anymore... almost time to switch to tea) and maybe something sweet. :) Perhaps someday we'll get the chance! Or to create with all sorts of goodies and make a big mess!

    Big hugs to you!

  16. Anne - Big hugs back to you too! Thanks for the kind comment. The finished piece has just been posted!
    Kat Xx


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