What do I like?
- I love the main background. Kraft card that has had paint (Caramel, Vanilla, Chalk), stamping (mini bricks and mini numbers), candle wax resit and crunched up to break the fibres to create the cracks, distressed edges for the rips and then inked with Distress Ink.
- The brads in the corners
- The shading of it all with watercolour pencils (purple, brown and charcoal) to give depth
- The gold pitted and scrapped Treasure Gold covered Grunge Paste layer under the corrugated card layer
- The rusty wire, alcohol ink dyed eyelets and grungy alcohol stained staples.
- The burnt Lutrador
- The ripped, stamped and painted corrugated card.
What don't I like?
- Well the corrugated card top layer is too angular on the side of the small pieces.
- I wanted more of a gap between the eyelets with the rusty wire, but boy was it fiddly.
- I'm not sure about red / brown Lutrador focal point.
- And I don't know whether it works best portrait or landscape orientation.
All great individual elements, but do they all work together? Is it too much? Am I being over critical (do have a tendency to set high expectations)?
When I can decide which way it goes round I'll put it in a frame. The one thing I do know is it needs a big frame with a lot of "white space" behind it so it looks as though its floating (like an island, to be honest I think the corrugated card element does look like an island!) and you are drawn to it because its the strongest visual and you aren't distracted by anything else. Framing, a border is so important.
Anyway enough pontificating. In the end its only card and I enjoyed creating.