Sunday, March 10, 2013

shine up some stash

I've been playing with dominos again.....no not the real way......just by tarting them up a little.  The dominos have been altered with Adirondack Alcohol Inks, collaged with torn bits of Japanese Paper/text and then the bead, sequin(s) or other embellishment was added.  After everything dried, I added a layer of Ranger, Glossy Accents for a lovely, shiny, glass-like layer on the top (from a video I watched and then lost on the net).  It's amazing what a difference this makes!   I've added a glue on silver bail to one of them, but you could also add a pin back or bezel around them with peyote stitch.  What would you use them for?



I'm definitely keeping this one!  It's my favourite, so far.....


The blue one is yummy, but do you notice that the text is upside down?  Call it artistic license! The one above is the same, but it doesn't bother me one little bit!


This one includes a small washer, altered with a patina product from Ranger, but I forget the name.  I think that I also used a bit of Guilder's Paste.


I needed to add a second coat of Glossy Accents to this one as it dried with a few too many bubbles and a rough spot.  I think I liked it better before I did that.  Now it looks a little cloudy.  Sigh!


Very simple with a thin bit of cork on a dark background.

The Tri-omino is interesting!  Only problem, there's a metal bit on the back that interferes with my glue on bail.  I'll need to see if I can buy some smaller bails. 


So, what do you think?  It won't replace fibre art or bead embroidery in my heart, but it's a fun little diversion.  Don't you just love the patterning you get with the alcohol inks?  I made two of them at my place a couple of weeks ago and the rest at my friend Deb's last weekend (after a trip to The Paper Place for their annual Scrap Bag sale and then hi-jacking her dominos). I think that I forgot to photograph the other one I made at home.....I wonder where it's hiding?..........hmmmmm.......perhaps it's escaped!!!!

I think that I need to play some more, but perhaps with fabric &/or paint this time.  Oh, and there's the leather cording that's just begging to be braided........what to do, what to do?  Really, I think I need to pull some fabric to get ready for my fibre art class with Alice Vander Vennen next weekend.  Imagine that, three whole days of creative bliss!!!! 

18 comments:

kaiteM said...

You're so clever with collage, dominos are so small yet you've made them all so very intriguing. Necklace of course, also brooch/pin, even as a keyring charm.

Hey i just thought, a keyring charm that also doubles as a password camouflage if you include a bit of lettering. That would be my pick.

Anne Marie - Toronto said...

Thanks, Kaite! These are fun to do and a key ring charm is a fabulous idea!!! I even have some of the rings. I'm not really sure what you mean about password camouflage, but then I'm not all that tricky!!! LOL! Besides, I try to memorize mine.

kaiteM said...

I have too many to memorise, a few charms with odd passwords would be handy.

Judy Ferguson said...

It would be hard to choose a favorite, but green is my favorite color, so I will just go with it. Clever ideas seem to just pour out of you. Keep them coming.

Anne Marie - Toronto said...

Thanks, Judy! These pieces are simple to do and fulfill my need for colour. It's interesting trying to collage on such a small surface, but for some reason, I find them facinating. I'll be making more in the future. Green is good! It's one of my fwvourites as well.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

These are all so pretty and hard to believe they began as humble dominoes. Somehow I 'see' them as focal points on a beaded project - perhaps the 2013 one?

Sara said...

I like them all! I was thinking the same thing as Magpie...great focals for bead project!

Anne Marie - Toronto said...

MA & Sara, thanks for your kind comments! I have thought about the focal idea, but I'm not sure that I'll go that way this year. I do have a fairly solid idea in mind, but I just haven't started it yet.

Anne Marie - Toronto said...

BTW! I'm having a lot of fun futzing around with different techniques right now, so it's distracting me from starting on a long term project like the BJP. Soon....soon.....

Beth said...

Well if we had to choose a favorite... I am leaning toward the red one... and red isn't even a favorite color for me. The yellow one with the polka dots, reminds me of a Guine Fowl feather!

Linda Kittmer said...

Anne Marie, these are wonderful. I'm sure they could be used in the fibre art or bead embroidery in one way or another. I'll have to look for that Ranger product. Sounds like a lot of fun!

Paper rainbow said...

Found your blog through Linda Kittmer, ooooooohh so many fabulous things, so glad I found you. Lots of brilliant ideas, these little dominoes are just fantastic! :) I'll be back soon.

Anne Marie - Toronto said...

Thanks to Beth, Linda and Paper Rainbow!

Beth, the yellow is actually acid green and not a feather, although I do see where you're coming from. Interestingly enough, it's the one that I've actually made into a pendant and worn.

Linda,

They may make it into a fibre piece one of these days, but no plans so far. The won't fit into my BJP plans for this year, but that won't stop me from making more in the future. I've even addicted another of my friends, so I don't see this ending any time soon.

Paper Rainbow,

Thanks for visiting. I've been playing again, but haven't posted anything since the dominoes. Perhaps next weekend.

Penny Berens said...

Oh, yes, a very successful 'diversion'. They're wonderful AM.

Anne Marie - Toronto said...

Thanks, Penny! I had fun making them, but now I really do need to decide what to do with them.

Sue M said...

Looking through a few blogs today -after not doing so for a while - I can't get over the patience you must have for all the beautiful bead projects - and the dominos are yummy too!

Rachel Murphree said...

AMD these are cool and have your distinctive touch! I like the triangle one in particular, I don't think I've seen that shape before.

GabrielaD said...

absolutely fabulous! Nice meeting you today.

Gaby
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