Dec 18, 2011

African Safari

 My inspiration this fortnight for FSC's "travelling" theme is Africa.
The original idea for this theme was to represent the journey of mankind and to be transported back through time....
I had so much fun sourcing out the stamps for this.  And as much fun as it was, it was a bit of a surprise when they arrived...they were a lot bigger than I imagined.  
ALL of
But the idea for the project was in my head so I just had to go with it.
So a wall hanging it is!!!

Thankyou to my South African neighbours for all their wonderful stories and passion for their country and culture.  I really wanted to do justice to your homeland.
Thankyou to the South African teacher that I have worked with this year who tried to describe what an African sunset looks like when I asked for her advice.
 Thankyou Cindy Adkins for helping talk me through how to finish it all off, without really knowing what I was doing...and I hope you are enjoying the it should all make sense to you!
And a very special mention to the DT's at Fashionable Stamping Challenges for their inspiration each and every challenge...there is so much to learn, but by crikey, what a talented group you are to learn from!
Pop on over to FSC and see what they have come up with this time around...stunning!

I have just done the background in DI's, with some masking for the sun and stamped the images in black ink over the top for a silhouette effect.  The animals are on acetate. Lots of layering using papers that have been gold embossed...and finally a cardboard box (that I got from mum's recycling) that I have painted in black acrylic and gold embossed


The stamps that I have used for this project are ~
Nude, Fern, Regal Lion, Gentle Zebra, Slately Giraffe and Serengetti Tree...I Brake for Stamps
Birds...Tim Holtz collection
Postcard...a freebie from Crafty Individuals that you get when you place an order
and random sentiments from a clear cling set that I have.

I am entering this project in the following challenges...
Anything Goes Challenge Blog ~ Anything but a Card
Simon Says Stamp and Show ~ Looking thru' the Looking Glass...Projects with Depth 


Yvonne Garner said...

Dot, your wall hanging is absolutely amazing. I am so impressed with all the elements that go into your piece. Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year my friend. I am so blessed to have met you. Best, Yvonne

stampingwitch said...

wow, you create a wonderful piece of art. Your artwork have fantastic details. I love it.

Ephemera said...

Utterly gorgeous and such a vibrant and exotic hanging. I would so love to hang this on my wall. Perfectly captures the feel of an African adventure. Have a Great Christmas and New Year. XX

Meggymay said...

Wow, a stunning hanging, it looks so vibrant and alive. Love all the details and stamps you used.
hope you and yours have a Happy Christmas and a good New Year.
Yvonne. x

Fliss said...

This really is stunning Dot. The amount of depth you've achieved is simply amazing and all the textures look fabulous.
Have a lovely Christmas and wishing you all the best for 2012.
Hugs, Fliss xx

Lynne Moncrieff said...

Truly a remarkable piece of stamped art. So well thought out in the composition to achieve the most stunning result.
Wishes to you for a wonderful festive season.
Lynne x

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Wow, Dot, it's a breathtaking piece, such a wonderful African creation. Love everything on it.

Terry said...

Oh this takes my breath away! I so love the stamping and the depth you created with the animals! This is amazing!

Have a wonderful Christmas and fabulous "2012." Hugs!

Brenda Brown said...

What a stunning piece Dot. You have given it so much care and attention which really shines through. I am sure you will give this pride of place in your house.
luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

Cazro said...

This wall hanging is stunning. Each time I have looked at it , I have seen something different. I simply adore it. Merry Christmas to you and yours. Caz

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh WOW, this is fabulous!!! What a great piece! I'm going to pin it on Pinterest! xo Cindy

Cindy Adkins said...

I put it on Twitter too!

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

Super, super piece of work! You might have been going in blind, but you have definitely created a work of art! I really love how your stamping overlaps the different layers. And those stamps really are gorgeous. Fabulous entry into the dimension challenge. So happy you shared it with us this week at Simon Says Stamp and Show.

Mrs.B said...

WOW Dot, this is stunning. You have created a fabulous background and I love all the layers of stamping, you really have given it depth.
Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year
Avril xx

Sue C said...

Gorgeous project Dot ! I love how you've stamped the images, each time I look I seem to see something different. You've really captured the essence of Africa ! Sue C x

Joanna King (aka Asia K) said...

Breathtakingly gorgeous wall hanging, Dot! Love your choice of stamps and safari look ;). WOOOOW!!! Have a lovely Christmas and happy New Year! xx

Cindy Adkins said...

Hi Dot,
I hope you're having a great day~I'm still mesmerized by this piece!!!

Mina said...

oh wow Dot what an amazing peoject, I love those colours you used and the stamps are stunning and even though you think they are big you have used them perfectly
Mina xxx
I wish you and your loved ones the most wonderful Christmas

Shirl said...

Loved your work from the beginning Dot it is always so inspiring. Hope your Christmas is still being very festive.

FSC is so lucky to have you on the design team your work is always amazing and unique.

Hugs Shirley x x