The fine folks over at Simon Says have issued their newest weekly challenge – make art in the style of Wendy Vecchi at Studio 490. I had heard the lady’s name before, but until I checked out her blog, I didn’t realize what I was missing!
Wendy has a unique and very recognizable style. I spent a good half hour perusing her blog, getting a feel for her particular form of creativity. It is so very different from mine! But I watched and I learned…I absorbed the Studio 490 energy…my chakras opened, receptive to the powerful vintage art…deeply I breathed in the essence of grungeboard…my fingers became virtually stained with Distress ink…polka-dotted and scalloped edge landscapes filled my brain…metal charms and paper flowers infused me with enlightenment …until at last I became ONE with the Wendy Vecchi Universe!
Om….om…be the Wendy…be the Wendy…om…
At first I didn’t think I would enjoy trying to emulate another artist’s style, but turns out I had a heckuva good time! I’ve always loved a good challenge, and this one was delightful.
I decided to go with a house shape, as Wendy uses that image a lot in her work. I cut up an old ruler and texture-embossed grunge paper for the house and roof, then colored them with Distress Inks (Mustard Seed and Broken China, with Tea Dye enhancements). The roof edges, butterfly and vines are grungeboard die cuts colored with Walnut Stain, Spiced Marmalade and Peeled Paint. I smeared a little Stickles (Peeled Paint and Copper) on the butterfly and vines. Of course I had to add one of Wendy’s signature pieces – a beautiful paper rose. I cut mine from an old sheet music book and colored the petals with Spun Sugar and Tattered Rose. The final touch is a Tim Holtz metal tag, which serves as the house number, 2240, and reminds us to cherish our homes. (I know I do!)
Many thanks to the great folks at Simon Says for having such an awesome challenge. I hope we’ll do more “in the style of” projects, because this was super fun!
Edited to add: Whoo-hoo! My little house was chosen as one of the “top three” projects this week! I’m so happy I could sing…! (To the tune of “I’ve Got a Golden Ticket” from Willie Wonka): “I’ve got a brand-new blinkie! I’ve got a brand-new blin-kie…on…my…blog!”
::sigh:: I guess you had to be there.