Today is the beginning of the very last challenge on Gingersnap Creations and we are finishing where we began with a color challenge that celebrates our name and the redheaded artists behind it. This will be our 4th Annual Copper, Ginger or Rust Challenge.
I wanted to use all three colors so I've got a copper background, ginger
paint elements and an actual rusty door plate to finish it off.
I loved playing with all the different elements from laying on the paint - copper, bronze and old gold - to attaching the collage images and the embellishments.
My favorite piece was this fab doorplate that I found at a flea market. I loved the patterns of rust on the surface. I added a vintage style door knob to complete it.
I also added someone looking through the key hole representing the world beyond the door.
The flowers in the upper right represent growth and blossoming - yup, my imagery is totally subtle.... Anyway, I got these beauties on a recent shopping trip to my fav stamp store - Absolutely Everything - which, as luck would have it, is very aptly named. I also added a nice metal flower in an antique bronze to the piece too. I love it when flowers can show beauty and strength at the same time! It reminded me of all the great women who have been part of my life and my artistic journey.
My collage figures are pensive and maybe a little sad but still ready to move onward! I loved their starker cooler colors against the warmth of the background.
Thanks to all the fabulous people I met along the way through Gingersnap Creations! You've all inspired me to really push my art forward. As you can see, I've gone from simple embossed card to mixed media canvas! I couldn't have done it without the inspiration, friendship and support of all the great artists out there. It's been so fun to work with Ali, a wonderful friend and awesome stamper, through these years to bring it all together. She's the other redhead in the duo.
Without Gingersnap Creations, I would not have met and had the honor of working with such amazing and phenomenal artists.
Now, I can't be sad because I'm starting something brand-new in Unruly PaperArts with some of familiar faces and some new friends on board! I'm actually truly lucky not to have to say too many goodbyes as these lovely ladies, delightful friends and magnificent artists just can't seem to get rid of me!
Jean Franks Beck and Laura Liddell, who were on the first Gingers team ever will be joining me at Unruly PaperArts as well as already working with me at RRD. Lucy Edmondson, Gerri Herbst, Helene Huber and Trisha Too of the current Gingers team are also joining me on my Unruly escapade. Annette Goatley has already signed on as a guest contributor for UPA and I am sure her art will truly inspire our new readers!
I'll still get to have fun with Penny Bennington, Deb Corder, Stephanie Severin, and Joanne Wardle (who was also one our first ever Gingers) on the Rogue Crew. I know I will have to stay in touch and follow the journeys of Petra Berendsen, Suzanne Brookfield and Alexa Noble. It was so much fun to work beside and get to know them! Of course, Ali and I see each other all the time! We live only 15 minutes apart.
In honor of moving forward to try new things, I also made a Copper, Ginger and Rust piece to celebrate the premiere issue of Unruly PaperArts, unveiling on Saturday along with our reader participation feature - Reader Art Quests!
Hope you like it! The metallic paint was lighting up like hot fire in my lightbox so I had to wait for a break in the rain and clouds to take some natural light photography. I am not sure that this light captured the true colors but at least there are no hot spots on my pics.
I'll give you all the arty details tomorrow!