Friday, April 1, 2016

Stacked Bijou challenge

This week the Diva's guest challenger, CZT Jane Reiter, proposes something quite out of the ordinary! She calls it a "stacked bijou challenge" and you can get the details here on the DivaCZT's blog.

I didn't like the idea of the increasing low relief of using layers of mat board so I layered paper, in some cases nesting one paper into the next one.

I used seven layers of papers, and I might even add another. Still thinking about that, but I wanted to post what I'd done before Saturday!
These are the layers, beginning with the Bijou (twinchie) in the center:
1. Bijou tile, white
Blue and pink wash; blue and white ink; blue and pink colored pencils
2. Standard tile, Renaissance (tan)
Blue wash; blue, turquoise, brown, sepia inks; brown, blue, white colored pencils
3.  Zendala tile, white, almost finished but disliked
I cut four rounded edges and added a lot of pink/orange color, then stuck the four pieces to the edges of the Renaissance tile.
4. Hand-marbelled paper
(on dark brown paper)
No, I didn't do the marbelling; I bought a few sheets from another artist a few years ago.
I used a brown pen to draw Auras in the shapes of the marbelling.
5. Canson drawing paper
(in a stunning gorgeous blue!)
It had a few black lines on it and I worked them into the design.
I also used a little metalic blue ink, gray ink, and white pencil.
6. Patterned scrapbooking paper
Off-white with an ochre colored design. I added a wobbly brown line all around.
7. Stonehenge drawing paper, 'Kraft' brown
Brown and sepia inks; brown, pink, white colored pencils; a touch of white ink.

The blue wash on the Renaissance tile was my least favorite while I was working on it, but now I think it's my preferred section. Just for interest's sake, here's a detail of one corner.

21 comments:

  1. Great idea to layer it diamond shape, circles and squares. Beautiful tangling.

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  2. Soooo gorgeous, this just takes my breath away. I love your listing all your papers and techniques. Inspirational work Margaret.

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    1. Thanks Danni. I'm always interested to know how someone did what they did.

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  3. Great combination of different paper.
    Beautiful tangled, the colors are spectacular together.

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  4. Stunning! I expressed an audible gasp when I opened up this page... blues and browns are my favorite color combination. Each layer is exquisite-my favorite is the 2nd layer on the tan tile. You are an inspiration;-)

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    1. Haha! I wish I could have heard that gasp! :)
      I've seen a lot of lovely blue-on-tan-tile pieces and wanted to give it a try.

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  5. My mind is blown - so wonderful

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  6. That's beautiful. I didn't like the original challenge either, but you have done something extraordinary.

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  7. Amazing! Just amazing. thank you the details are nice and did I say this was amazing?

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  8. Beautiful and inspirational as always, Margaret! My favorite is the blue on the tan tile.....those pearl flowers just jump off the page!

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    1. Me too Sue. I wasn't a fan of Blooming Butter until I did it a couple of times and it now seems so versatile!

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  9. Absolutely gorgeous. I didn't have any mat board, so being way too literal, I did a faux stack. Your idea to use various papers and your choices are just stunning.

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    1. Faux is an interesting other way to go.

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  10. Wow- what a creative, and ingenious stack of tiles. I am impressed!

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  11. Gorgeous result and what a great way to use a zendala you weren't completely happy with.

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  12. We all run out of superlatives with your work Margaret.
    How you eat, sleep, and teach (as well as balance the checkbook and get a few groceries now and then) is beyond most of us. The amount of time in this piece is amazing. I am sure you'll frame it at some point. Canson drawing paper comes in colors??? How amazing. Please leave your brain to science.

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  13. Beyond stunning! Takes my breath away!

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