Wednesday, 4 November 2015

2015 #20 Three Wise Monkeys {by Trish Latimer}

 2015 Topic 20: Triptychs

Hi everyone, Trish here, joining you this evening with a post about triptychs!

When creating anything at all, 3 always seems to be a magic number. The whole 'rule of thirds' thing, the fact that embellishments always seem look better (to me!) in threes...I could go on! 

I find a triptych of any kind is just as pleasing to the eye, and I love creating them! My project today was born from a relaxed playing session, simply going with the flow and doing what I love: messing about with paint and background stamping! 

You may recognise the loose theme I was going along with! I think you will see this better if you click the picture.... long rectangles are always fun to fit into a blog post!

Step One: To create the background on my wooden coasters, I smeared on paint with my fingers. To begin with, the lighter colours in my colour scheme: Snowflake, Zesty Zing and Captain Peacock:

Step Two: I then smeared on the two darker colours, Eggplant and Professor Plum, and added splats of Snowflake.

Step Three: I stamped a collaged design randomly on the edges. Not too much, or it overwhelms the main image! I used a variety of circular designs, taken from...



...and EEV06

Step Four: I decided to use a hand drawn character as my main image, so sketched her out onto a scrap of card...

Step Five: I wanted to used a paper-pieced bit of card for her dress. The easiest way to do this is to trace the dress first. I used some deli paper, then cut it out.

Step Six:  I painted a scrap of card with turquoise paint (a discontinued JOFY colour), then over-stamped in white. The deli paper dress shapes can then be drawn around, cut out and pieced onto the finished figure.

I really love playing about with paint and finding new colour schemes, and the addition of crisp black stamping is always a nice contrast. Don't forget that nice effects can be achieved by not pressing the whole design onto the background when stamping, partial prints with a faded edge can look cool!

I haven't quite decided what to do with my 3 coasters, they are definitely a set, but could just as easily work separately! I may find a shadow box big enough to take all three, and keep them as a triptych. 

Whether the triptych you create is joined together or separate, it's always fun to have a theme running through all three elements, and I tried to come up with a new twist on an old favourite today! 

I had great fun in doing so, so thank you so much PaperArtsy for inviting me back for this theme!

Take care, 

Trish x

What a lot of fun this looks Trish! Love the coaster idea and how you effortlessly have created a cheeky background and put such a fun series of linked collages on top! Thanks for sharing with us! I think you've nailed a couple of recent themes in this triptych too; circles and faces! ~Leandra

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Kirsten said...

These are fab! I love the colour layering & your 'monkeys' are very cute.

Julie Lee said...

Great backgrounds and wonderful idea with those little monkeys! Liking the sentiments too! xx

Craftyfield said...

Love the humoristic approach and I think they would be a talking piece as actual coasters! All you need is a matching masculine triptych and you've got yourself a brilliant set to keep or give someone special.

JoFY said...

these are adorable!

Unknown said...

Hi Trish! What a funny cuty tryptich you've made! I Love it !

Artmadnana said...

I love the use of colour too. Great images.

Hazel Agnew said...

This is it Trish! Xx

Deborah Wainwright said...

Wow Trish love this. Love each one individually the backgrounds have so much energy, great sentiments too.
Debs x

Jennie Atkinson said...

A fabulous trio - such gorgeous backgrounds.

butterfly said...

I always love your painty backgrounds, Trish, and your "monkeys" are adorable - fabulous triptych, and lovely to see you here.
Alison x

Anonymous said...

Adore the little monkeys and also the fabulous backgrounds.

Unknown said...

Lovely triptych of coasters. The characters and wording are such fun and I love the gorgeous painty backgrounds.

Lesley. Xx

Lauren Hatwell said...

They're great. Loads to look at. Gorgeous colours. Even her hair curls like a monkey's tail. Fab! Lx

Unknown said...

This is so SUPER.... such a fun and bright background and WOW - what great drawing on your gals. Brings back good memories of childhood - LOVED your project Trish. SUPER FINE! j.

Ruth said...

Fabulous 3, just love your use of colour and they definitely brings a smile to my face. Ruth xx

Mona Pendleton said...

Pure cuteness Trish! Your little sketched girl is darling! Priceless!

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