Wednesday, 15 October 2008

An Awfully Big Art Adventure - An Altered Tin ...

The challenge over at Rosie and Linda's this week has an environmentally friendly and green theme - alter a tin ...... I don't generally eat tinned stuff but after ferreting around in the back of the kitchen cupboard I found a tin of baked beans. I didn't really fancy beans on toast, so they are in the fridge (maybe later) and the tin was washed out.
So, what can you do with a tin? I didn't dare attempt cutting holes out of it with scissors and pliers (I once had a most unfortunate experence opening a tin of corned beef, which involved copious amounts of blood, fainting and five stitches) so I stuck with the old faithfuls - Alcohol Inks, my Crop-a-Dile and some eyelets.
I thought the end result was pretty boring really, so I decided to use it as a vase. I shoved a piece of that florist's foam in the tin (gosh that stuff gets everywhere) and stamped out Fresh Bloom by Stampendous a number of times, water coloured the flowers with Aquatone sticks, used gel pens to highlight the stamens and stuck them to florist's wire. The curly bits are pieces of that Japanese cord beginning with 'M', which I can't remember the name of - lol.
The tin still looked boring, so I put ribbon through the eyelets and put some smaller stamped flowers around it.
I took the photo before I went to work this morning. The light was really bad outside and it was raining anyway, so this was taken indoors - flowers look great - shame about the tin .....

11 comments:

Linda said...

You made me laugh...'flowers look great, shame about the tin'. Well I think its a lovely effort - you have used alcohol inks (which are always good fun and produce a great effect)and those flowers are absolutely beautiful!!
I shall be looking on the Stampendous site for that stamp.
Thank you for joining in with the challenge Sue - we are so glad to have you with us!
Love Linda x

Janny said...

This is a lovely combination;o)

inkythings said...

Hi Sue

Firstly - thank you for visiting my blog.

Your tin is brilliant !! I love the colours you have used - the flowers are stunning.

Hugs Hilda

Susan Hickam said...

Hi Sue - thanks for your kind comments earlier- glad you like my pics and my tin. I love your little flowers and I suspect your tin came out much better than the photo shows us. Sometimes the photos just don't show everything. See you soon.

Stempelchaotin said...

Wow wow wow wow this is so great.
Absolutely stunning.

craftytrog said...

Looks fabulous Sue! You can't go wrong with alcohol inks! Love your flowers too - so 'fresh'!!
Alison xx

Juanita said...

I think it is fantastic. I am horrible at altering thigs. I would have not even tried, so you are ahead of the game where I am concerned.

studiorose said...

It looks good to me! I lovelove the flowers, and the tin sets them off beautifully; you need it to be more "plain" so the flowers take center stage. Nice work!

Jaqi said...

Well I like it, you did a great job, and im sure the people passing by your window enjoyed it too. The flowers look wonderful, Well done, Jaqi

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

Love how you put eyelets in the top rim of your tin, your flowers are brilliant and they would brighten any rainy day!

Linda Elbourne said...

I have been AWOL for a little while hun and have n't you been busy? - some fabulous stuff on your blog ... am loving it all X