Friday, 24 April 2009

Photo Challenge at ABAA

Rosie and I have decided to have monthly challenges from now on and this month Jaqi is our guest challenger. She has kindly allowed us to use one of her lovely old family photographs to inspire our artwork. I decided to transfer the image onto a 5"x 5" chunky canvas using gel medium. Unfortunaltely its now the wrong way round and (too late) I realise that I should have reversed it before printing it out!
I'd like to thank Ooglebloops for the lovely netting she sent me as part of a packet of treasures last week. It fitted perfectly with my colour scheme. The pansies are from a beautiful pack of tissues! (Torn and applied with gel medium......see Norah's blog if you want to see this technique done really well!)
I used upholstery tacks to attach the wire and the plastic netting .... and very pretty they are too!


The words Only a bird in a gilded cage are from a very old (rather sad) musical hall song you can find here (you can even listen to the tune!) As soon as I saw the photo I had those few words in my mind...it just took a bit of 'googling' to find the actual song!

Anyway...thanks for the challenge Jaqi - I really enjoyed it!

12 comments:

Heather said...

What a fantastic result - I love the way all your elements have come together. I really must pluck up the courage to have a go at that. Why do I hesitate?

Shashi Nayagam said...

What you have done is awesome as always.

Jaqi said...

I adore what you have done with the image, the colours are stunning , Love the net too thank you for doing such a great piece of art with my Aunts photo. You are right the words of that song do go with the picture, Thank you Jaqi x

Rein said...

Fabulous peace!!

Sandy said...

OMG this is absolutely unique. So wonderful details and great colors. I love it.

Sandy..... said...

This turned out really nice~! I've never tried photo transfer and it keeps tugging at me to try it.
Thats a lie.... I tried photo transfer with packing tape - but not quite the same.
Anyway! Lovely job!

Lynn said...

Wow!!!! This is fantastic Linda, I love everything about it :)

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

ooo this is brilliant Linda,
Jaqi certainly provided us all with a stunning image to play with! The texture and details you having going on are fab! I am also taken with Norah's tissue technique, as I am a collector of tissues and napkins much to nice to use for their intended purpose :) I'm off to listen to your sad song
Happy Weekend to you and yours oxo

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

sniff sniff, I do recognize the melody and enjoyed reading the lyrics
Oh and I think your image turned the other way adds interest. I was surprised when I looked at the blowup of Jaqi's image to see the birdie sitting on Aunt Rosina's shoulder :)

filetta said...

it's absoluty wonderful !!! love it !!

LazyKay said...

I think 'the wrong way' is only a matter of perspective and it doesn't detract at all - beautiful!

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firstborn said...

this is wonderful! i thought about doing a gel medium transfer onto fabric, that's how it got the creative juices flowing w/ mine, hehehe.

thanks for your kind words on my very 1st abaa attempt. i look forward to more challenges!

:)mary ann

p.s., your fibre artwork is brilliant btw!