Monday, 14 April 2008

Take it Further - March



At last here is my finished project for March's Take it Further challenge - Coffee Rings. Sharon challenged us to notice the little things and I decided to embrace the little things that annoy me e.g. coffee rings and explore the design possibilities. This picture shows the whole book made of brown parcel paper 5 and a half inches by 5. As an aide memoire I wrote how I did each page on a tag and I mounted the tags on a ring and incorporated it into the stitched binding. The wording is done on the computer and printed onto acetate.













I started off with actual coffee stains on paper and fabric and played around with various ideas and using rings and circles with other media. Techniques include stamping, stitching, beading, reverse applique, air dry clay, markal paint sticks, needle felting and embossing. The pages are just samples of techniques and ideas and any one would need developing further to become a finished project but I feel I have met the challenge by turning my dislike of coffee stains into a positive design.

16 comments:

Carol said...

What a fantastic body of work. this is just a delightful project, you should be very pleased with the result.

Kay said...

I couldn't agree more. Excellent--and not that unfinished looking, either!

Ruth said...

Very cool!

Tanguera said...

What a wonderful idea. These are great. Who knew coffee stains were such wonderful works of art.

Doreen G said...

Fantastic Lynne -so many different techniques- well worth waiting for.

Guzzisue said...

excellent excuse to play :)

paulahewitt said...

This was a great idea -a lot more variation in techinques and styles than i imagined you could produce from coffee rings.

Paddy's Daughter said...

What a great idea, just proves simple things work best. love the variety.

Sequana said...

This is one of the very best projects I've seen in the TIF challenge since it began.

You should enter it somewhere, show it somewhere, DO something with it! *S*

At the very least, you can be proud of yourself.

EMBELLISHER said...

Most inspiring. So well finished.

McIrish Annie said...

awesome job! I love what you did. taking something so everyday and making a real work of art.

Possibilities, Etc. said...

LOL but this is WONDERFUL! You have made great art with those xx*%??xx! coffee rings! I like it a lot! I have made collages with used filters - but would never have thought of this.

Emilia said...

this is wonderful and cool idea!! I love your blog and certainly will come visit a lot!! Keep creating and inspring us!

bilsblog said...

I can't add anything to previous comments, but did want to say how much I enjoyed this interpretation of the challenge. Each page could be developed into another piece, but I particularly liked the stitched circles in the bottom photos.

Jackie said...

A very clever study of an everyday sight. Well done!

Fiona Whitehead said...

Wow - an inspired idea - love your work