Saturday, August 28, 2010

CCC #11-Blended Batik


Happy week 11 everyone! Before I go too far in this blog; I have a few disclaimers: 1. I have an active dislike of irons (I will not say irrational fear...) 2. My girlfriend Julie was to come over and have a play-day; but she's sick. 3. Since I had planned for a party, and my husband will be golfing all day, I felt it only right to partake of the menu; I've had 2 pineapple mojito's; I just realized I probably shouldn't be driving to meet my SIL for dinner; and 4. I have a brand new digital SLR; these are the 8th shots from it: I don't know how to work the software that came with it' and am giggling too much to read the manual-you'll just have to live with what is coming out. I think they still look better than the little olympus that died last week; but I should refer you back to #3.

So, this week was page #36 in Tim Holtz's book for the challenge at Studio L3. (pretty cool; finally figured out this link stuff..sorry, refer to #3) Aside from disclaimer #1, I was looking forward to this challenge; I can't find a good white ink; and this is a great substitute; as long as you know you want to do something thats paler than your background--before you do your background. So, how did my image not turn out pale?? I don't know; somewhere between during my first tag the checkboard popped into my head; and of course I started it backwards. So on take 2 I did the red first, then the black over, then continued with the instructions--can't share them here! LOL! I tried to go back to the original celtic knotwork in green; but now it looks really boring; and busy; and way too pale- But this one---I'm really liking it! And since I wanted to show the technique in a more normal fashion, I also used it on the little tag. Now, because the clip was increadbly shiney, I used some alcohol inks to tone it down, and took a close up (because I can! LOL!) to show that detail, with some of the batik effect.

Now, as if one challenge in my time-deprived life isn't enough, Simon Says Stamp and Show also has a weekly challenge. And since this is an item inspired by Tim, and this tag is darker than I usually do, a tad grungier, so to speak, I'm sorta cheating by sending it to both places. I will try on future challenges to not have one piece do double duty!
And lastly, some good news; it has taken 1 hour 22 minutes to load the photos (and yes, I start those first; and you wonder why my blog can ramble...); in which I've had 2 ice teas (normal ones..Sheesh..) and feel that I can safely drive to dinner in the next half hour. So have a good weekend everyone! Julie; I hope you feel better soon, and you can get your challenge done! See you all on week #12!

10 comments:

  1. Really love this red and black tag! You have created a stunning Batik challenge piece!

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  2. Very cool tag, Kim! Looks like you rocked this week's challenge (despite the pineapple mojitos! LOL! - sorry I missed out on those!)

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  3. Kim, I'm giggling right along with you after reading your hilarious post (and I haven't even had a pineapple mojito...yet). Brilliant blogging, girlfriend, and a gorgeous blended batik tag, too! I am LOVING that checkerboard background-- it looks awesome, and the little chess pieces are the perfect accompaniment. Great mini tag with the cool sentiment as well. You ROCKED it, party girl! ♥

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  4. Nice tag! One bit of advice, since I don't iron either, do not attempt while mojito-ing.

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  5. I love that saying! Your tag is perfect!

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  6. Omw....your are hysterical! and your tag is pretty good toooo!!
    thanks bunches for playing along with the Design Teamies and Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge Blog!

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  7. This tag is brilliantly done and the colors are so yummy! I also love the sentiment you used on it.

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  8. First, a pineapple mojito??? Huummm, gotta try one of those.

    Ok, back to the tag *hee hee*. Love your red tag and all the embellishments!

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  9. Woohoo! Anytime your crafting includes giggling and cocktails, things are going well!

    Love your creation, and will be trying to achieve your beautiful two-tone color effect!

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  10. Oh wow, totally gorgeous. Annette x

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