Friday, March 11, 2011


Cindy McMath of Pink Bird Studio recently posted a background she had made after visiting Terri Kahrs blog.  Terri and a friend, Roc, had made a video of some backgrounds they had made using ordinary stuff around the house.

To make a long story short, I visited Terri's blog too.  After watching a couple of her videos, I made this postcard:

Sorry, this scan is so dark :(    I had a large crumpled sheet of newsprint that was in a package I received.  I cut it into approx. 8 x 10 sheets and used color washes to spray each one.  Then I cut a 6 x 4 piece from one of these prepared backgrounds.  Sponged around a Tim Holtz mask with pine needles distress ink.  Stamped the words (stampers anonymous) with archival black ink.

Then, as Terri and Roc had done in one video, I used an old credit card dipped in white ink to make marks across the bottom of the card.  The lid from one of the color wash sprays provided the circles, and a section of rubber shelf liner added some other areas of texture.  The little girl and bird images are from ARTchix Studio and the cute little hat is from Lisa's altered art.  So much fun to do this!

Now I have several other sprayed pieces to use to make more collages.  



Joanna said...

I LOVE the colours in this, Joy! Everything in this piece sings to me, I feel happy just looking at it. Thank you for explaining how you achieved the effect.

Have a lovely weekend,


Barbara DeLisle said...

Love the colors

Cindy McMath said...

Joy, this turned out so great! Love this technique, and I really like your results! I ended up leaving mine abstract and cutting them up into ATC size. But I'm going to make more and use them for backgrounds.

Cindy :)

susanne said...

You are so creative Joy. This is gorgeous! I love that bird sitting there watching everything ... such an interesting piece of art. Love it!!

Miss Iowa said...

Super cool!

Lynn Stevens said...

Gorgeous color combination and sounds like a great way to make a background. Worked so well with your images and the white paint adds a lot of POP. WELL DONE Joy!!!!!
hugs Lynn

arts4all said...

All the above! ;-0 Many thanks for sharing your technique tips. The composition is just right and you've created the perfect sense of perspective. I feel as it hat bird was sitting still just waiting for the girl to appear out of the background. You are very clever to have made the white line to be both the ground the girl is standing on, and the up-in-the-air perch for the bird.

I'm not positive I'll do the book swap - I do make little books, but so far haven't been able to part with any of them! I get attached to some of my work and don't want to let it go ;-0


arts4all said...

Well, it should read 'that bird' ..... ;-0

Lenna Young Andrews said...

It is beautiful, Joy!! Love the colors. Fun to read about you playing too!!

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Hi Joy,
your card turned out beautiful!!
Love it. Thanks for sharing how to do this.
Have a wonderful day.

Joanna said...

Hi again Joy,

Just wanted to let you know I'm having a little giveaway to celebrate my first year's blogging, so if you wanna pop over......


Joanna said...

Oh wow, Joy! Thank you so much, I received this absolute beauty today, safe and sound. It is even more stunning in the flesh, so to speak. It really does make me sing - my DD Hope and I have just been oohing and aahing about the background and the, well everything actually!

It was so very kind and thoughtful of you to send this as an RAK, and I shall treasure it.

Warm regards and love,


Scrappy Grams said...

My first time here. Now I have to give this a try! So exquisite and original. :)

ANGIE said...

Hi Joy. Just wanted to let you know that you won my giveaway!! Please go to my blog and email your mailing address.



Alexa said...

I love your card. The background is stunning and the colours are beautiful. :)

Jacqueline said...

This ATC is gorgeous Joy!! I love those colors too!

Terri Kahrs said...

Holy cow and a BIG wow, Joy! This is fabulous and it's such a treat to know that you've been enjoying our videos! Thanks so much for your blog visits! Hugs, Terri xoxo

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Hi Joy,
thanks for playing along in my giveaway and for your lovely comments.Also for putting my button on your sidebar!
Good luck to you and have a great

Nancy Maxwell James said...

what a gorgeous collage! I love the colors and design! Thank you for the sweet comments on my blog! I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday! :)

Christian Hollingsworth said...

The card almost has an eerie feel to it. I love it. It's perfect.