Friday 29 June 2018

2018 #11 Enshrined: Code Artistry with VID {by Keren Baker}

2018 Topic 11: Enshrined Artistry

Well. if anyone can be inspired by DNA, then I guess its going to be Keren! Enshrined in her box, I'd like to think there is a dribble of spit, or a drop of blood or a scrap of hair on the back of each of those 'buttons' on each 'strand...but maybe that's a step too far?? ~ Leandra

Hi everyone, it's Keren Baker with you today, and I'd like to share with you an exploration of some of the thoughts I had from the topic that translated into a piece to inspire me to get going when my mojo is gone!

I started musing on the word 'enshrined'. I began to imagine something small and intricate housed inside a resin piece then remembered I didn't have resin, nor have a clue how to use it, so that led onto thoughts about things that are kept or enshrined in something else. Because I think oddly most of the time, it wasn't long before DNA came into my mind; the very basis for who we are and our innate characteristics (including artistic capabilities) are enshrined in this code. So as I went searching through the annals of Ink And The Dog, I came across some wonderful stamps that would help me construct an ode to DNA! ;-)

My Science-y daughter disparagingly commented that it's not DNA, there's no double helix. I tried to explain that it was a representation of it, but she wasn't convinced. To create the code 'enshrined' in a box, I first created the strands using my Silhouette Cameo, and then cut them out of cardstock 

I'd found some perfect stamps for attaching to the top of the strands 

It was easy to create the background using some Heavy Smoothy and stamping the beautiful background created by Backgrounds 5

It was stamped 3 times and then I positioned the pieces of DNA raised up with a layer of foam tape. In order to make it look enshrined within the project, I created a higher layer of foam tape and added a frame created using another Ink and The Dog set.

In order to give it a bit more interest, I wanted a sentiment I could cut apart to add to the bottom of the frame and this little stamp was perfect. I added some multi colours of inks to the larger 'but' to help bring emphasis to the quote.

Creating something that has resonance with you doesn't require much in the way of products- just some inks and using images of different sizes and textures. Starting with a word and finding a concept that you use images to produce really encourages creativity. Maybe our double helix has enshrined this ability in us, or just perhaps it's as the sentiment says- we just need to get going!
Thanks for being with me tonight,

Keren x

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Lucy said...

This is brilliant, Keren, sl clever and great use of all the stamps!

Lucy x

Miriam said...

This is lovely Keren - really clever. Love it!

Helen said...

Clever idea, Karen. Great use of the stamps.

Susan Battensby said...

This is great Keren, you are very clever, I love it.

Hazel Agnew said...

Keren this is so clever. Looking back everyone seems to be using the word clever. Fab stamps and great piece! Xx