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Champion

Champion (c) Robyn Wood - www.purplesalt.net

If you follow my Instagram you have probably worked out that one of my boys is a keen mountain biker, or more specifically a downhiller.  Downhill cycling is a sport where you take yourself to the nearest mountain track and throw yourself over the side in a race to the bottom by the quickest time.  Crazy!  But he loves it with a passion.

I created this layout to celebrate his recent achievement of a podium position for a downhill endurance race.  For this one the aim was to complete as many runs as possible over four hours.  Josh came third!

Champion closeup (c) Robyn Wood - www.purplesalt.net

This month, Darkroom Door is one of the sponsors of CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration, and I used Darkroom Door stamps on my page.  Here’s the case file:117flat

The idea is to use the above image, colour scheme and information for inspiration.  For evidence I used – cogs, metal, bicycle and numbers and for testimony I journaled about something ‘mind-boggling’ but the inspo word ‘move’ was also inspiring.  After all, Josh was on the move for 4 hours!

Champion WIP 1

I started the page with a few swipes of Gelatos and used a wet Faber Castell sponge blender to blend.  I laid my photos on top and marked out rough positioning for the next step.

Champion WIP 2

A few cogs from the Darkroom Door Steampunk set and random partial stampings of the Darkroom Door Grid background stamp added a bit of interest.

Champion WIP 4

I painted a couple of swatches of Distress Crackle to add a bit of texture and once dry rubbed it over with Gelatos – the Gelatos filled in some of the cracks to add an extra dimension of colour.  As it was a mountain bike competition, I only wanted parts of the bicycle wheels sticking out from underneath my pictures so I inked & stamped only a portion of the bicycle. (it’s still the wrong type of wheel but oh well!)

Champion WIP 3

A Tim Holtz number 3 reinforces Josh coming third – a bit of Distress Paint takes away the shiny silver to give a slightly enamel look.  Some strip journaling and a title and it was done.

Supplies used:

  • Darkroom Door Enjoy the Ride stamp set
  • Darkroom Door Steampunk stamp set
  • Darkroom Door Grid background stamp
  • Gelatos & sponge blending tool
  • Ranger Archival Ink – black, watering can & fern green
  • Tim Holtz number
  • Ranger Distress Crackle rock candy
  • Ranger Distress Paint – picket fence


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Marvellous – a tropical postcard

Marvellous-postcard-PS

In Australia it is Autumn, but in Brisbane where I live you would never know that the season has changed. It is as warm and sunny as ever but the flowers in my garden are disappearing and getting ready for the transition to Winter.

I thought this cheery card featuring frangipani’s might bring a bit of sunshine for your day. I love the quote it features – nature really is marvellous!

For this card I’m using one of my new stamps from Darkroom Door - Postcard Frame. It is fabulous to use, so versatile and just the right size for a tag or card front. Once it was stamped in red, I trimmed it out and layered on my card front with some patterned paper. Then came a bunch of frangipani flowers stamped with Momento ink and coloured with Copics. I’ve listed the colours I used down below to make it easy. Most of the flowers were coloured with the tip to tip Copic colouring method to give a bit of colour graduation. They were trimmed out and given a bit of dimension and glued down by just the centres so that the petals can stick up a little.

I hope you enjoyed this card. I’ll be sharing more on the Darkroom Door blog using the new stamps as will the rest of the design team – make sure you come and check us out!

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Full Bloom stamp set
Darkroom Door Postcard Frame stamp
Ranger Archival Red Geranium ink
Momento Black ink
Copic blending cardstock
Patterned paper – Simple Stories Snap Life
Copic markers – Y04, Y18, Y38, R24, R17, Colourless blender


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Materialized–an exhibition

(c) Robyn Wood - Materialized

A little while ago one of my online friends posted about working on a challenge based on a swatch of vintage fabric. I was intrigued by the idea and decided to join in.

Materialized – all participants must respond to the fabric, ie; the pattern, the texture or the colour palette, by creating a finished piece incorporating or referencing their swatch.
The material will plant the seed of a creative idea and the final designs will “materialize” as the ideas ger…minate and grow into the finished piece.
The result will be a diverse collection of work that incorporates fashion and clothing, textiles, jewellery, accessories, works on canvas and paper and sculptural pieces.

Here is a peek at my canvas with the swatch fabric.

(c) Robyn Wood - Materialized

The challenge was run by Liz Jones at Gleaners Inc, a handmade design retailer based in Brunswick, Victoria. The idea was to create a piece, inspired by the vintage fabric which would then be included in an exhibition as part of the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival Cultural Program (boy is a mouthful!)

The exhibition will run throughout March and you can find more details on the Materialized Facebook page.

(c) Robyn Wood - Materialized

The exhibition opens on March 7 – if you are a Melbournite I’d love to hear if you visit the exhibition!

(c) Robyn Wood - Materialized


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Life Lessons – ATC Accordion Folder

(c) Robyn Wood - Life Lessons ATC Accordion Folder - www.purplesalt.net

 

Today I’d like to share my most recent project for LuLu Art – an ATC Accordion Folder.  This was such a sweet project to make and a bit different for me as I usually use stamped images – the ATC’s in this one use collage sheets.  Available from LuLu Art of course!

If you would like to see full details – hop over to the LuLu Art blog to find my project here.  You can also watch the YouTube video I made showing details.

While you are there – check out the Design Team call!  I have had a ball of fun designing for Lisa the past 6 months so give it a go.

(c) Robyn Wood - Life Lessons ATC Accordion Folder - www.purplesalt.net


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Let the Sky Fall

(c) Robyn Wood - Let the Sky Fall - www.purplesalt.net

Whenever I sit down to create some Gelli prints, I always have an art journal out to mop up the excess paint on my plate. The prints from these ‘leftovers’ add instant texture to any background and provide the perfect starting point for a project.

Today I’d like to share an art journal page featuring some Darkroom Door stamps – Carved Birds Vol 1, Alphabet Medley & Chicken Wire. 

(c) Robyn Wood - Let the Sky Fall - www.purplesalt.net

The page features many layers of paint and ink. The birds were doodled on with gel pens & a white Sharpie paint pen to make them stand out from the background a little more.

(c) Robyn Wood - Let the Sky Fall - www.purplesalt.net

You might not have noticed but aside from using the Alphabet Medley set for my journaling, I also used the smaller set as a background stamp.  I haven’t cut each of the letters apart yet – I think I might leave each of the alphabets intact so I can use them this way more often!

I have the habit of taking lots of step by step pics so decided to create a slideshow of the process.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bh2LvAr6Zls

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