Saturday, December 04, 2010

Tattered Wreath

'Tis the Season' so here is a little offering that could be used as a seasonal piece or not. 

This wreath was made entirely from old bookpaper and Tim Holtz tattered florals and tattered leaves Sizzix diecuts.  The whole lot is mounted on an expanded polystyrene flat backed ring of 10 inch diameter.

The bookpaper (from an old electronic circuit book), was torn out in blocks of about 10 pages and passed through the Big Shot to cut out lots of both the leaves and the florals.

These were then separated and laid in cardboard boxes and sprayed with a variety of mica sprays, some from Glimmer Mists, Moonglow Mists and some home made sprays using mini-misters and Distress re-inkers with a little heirloom gold Perfect Pearls added.  The pictures don't do the shimmer justice as usual and the overall effect is muted but shimmery and a little antiqued.

Once spayed I allowed the mica mists to dry naturally and then assembled the various layers in a random way with drops of Glossy accents.  I made flowers of various sizes using 4, 3 & 2 layers.  There are even single flowers in places which were used as fillers.

The assembly was a labour of love and took a while and I attached using dressmakers pins threaded with a clear gold lined seed bead, a black cup sequin and a violet sequin.  I placed the flowers (some with a leaf added behind) randomly on the ring ensuring that the ring was completely covered and could not be seen at all.  The beauty of the poly ring is that you can easily reposition the florals if you need to until you are satisfied with the effect achieved.

I was going to add a Christmas sentiment but thought that it would be too much.  I added a length of wide red glitter ribbon cut in a chevron at one end added a red eyelet with the Crop-a-dile to allow it to be hung.  The ribbon was simply pinned into place with three pins from behind.

This wreath looks festive but also could be used anytime of the year with a different style of embellishment or ribbon hanger.  This creation has been entered into the Tim Holtz 'Tattered Florals Challenge'.

Sid xx

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  1. Very pretty wreath. Love all those flowers - this must have taken a lot of time. We've been watching news stories of the snow in the UK....stay in and stay warm.

  2. That's a beautiful wreath. Have been reading every post without fail. But this is the first time I comment as I could not keep without appreciating your art. I really LOVE this one :)

    - Evita

  3. Oh wow.. that´s a wonderful wreath!!!

  4. It's fabulous Sid! A brilliant recycling idea! x

  5. Wonderful job! I agree it could be used for many different seasons depending on the colors and embellishments.

  6. That is very beautiful. And to think I made 1 of these flowers last night with glimmers and that took ages!

  7. Wow Sid, how many flowers? It looks stunnibg and what a fab idea to use book pages - love it xxxxx

  8. Oh I see you have been hanging around too! This stunning love the idea of using book pages

  9. oooo that wreath is totally gorgeous!...I want one now!

  10. WOW Sid your wreath is awesome!!!!
    How many flowers did it take?
    Love it!!!!

  11. Those colors are gorgeous Sid !! Well done !!

  12. What a beautiful wreath this is and what a very super idea to use old book paper to make it. The colors are gorgeous! I would love to have one of these on my door!

  13. Now this is beauty! Great wreath. I love the colors, the paper... well I love it all.

  14. WOW, your wreath is brilliant Sid, it must have taken ages to make!! I bet it looks stunning in real life with the mica shimmering.

    I've had a bit of a look around your blog as I haven't visited recently, you've loads of other great masterpieces on show too.

    Jill x

  15. Oh my, what a beautiful wreath, and what a time consuming project! The results was well worth the time it took to complete. Thanks for sharing. Keep warm and a very happy Holidays to you and your family.

  16. Your Wreath is amazing. Your work is really nice. Thansk for sharing. Have a great day. Angela

  17. OMG Sid this is totally awesome, i just love it

  18. This screams spring. Love it. That was a bunch of flowers you had to make. Well worth all efforts. Beautiful!

    Take a peek at my Tattered Floral entries:
    Rose Box - http://eridoodle.blogspot.com/2013/03/tattered-florals-vintage-rose-box.html
    Lunch Bag rose - http://eridoodle.blogspot.com/2013/02/tim-holtz-tattered-florals-die-challenge.html

    Best of luck in the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals challenge.

  19. Sid this is fabulous! I love the mix of colors and pattern. This project makes me happy :)


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