Sunday, 6 May 2007

Decorated papers and copper necklace






I made a special copper 'red velvet' necklace (top photo) for Judy who sent me this HUGE role of annealed wire that she managed to find in a Bunnings store. It's terrific wire, thicker than what I've been able to find so far. It will be great for Keith Lo Bue and Richard Salley type of jewellery, my next challenge. The necklace is made from a copper fancy buckle that was curved in both directions. I hammered it flat, then threaded red velvet ribbon through the slots. I made a copper back and joined them all together with micro eyelets, fabulous little eyelets only 1/16 in dia. The 'bridge' is a copper, pipe or hose bracket that I aged and then added Nina knots and beads.

I've been busy over the weekend decorating paper for various projects I have under way. The first photo shows stage one of the process, this is where very watery paint is applied to paper towel and then lace, fabric, stencils, whatever will leave a mark, is brayered over the tissue and through to the paper. When this is dry, then I really go to town adding lots of colour. I have a production line going on my bench top. When this is again dry, I decorate even further with my hand carved stamps. The last two photos show the finished papers. These will then go into my journals and be worked on even further. I always scan them first so that I can change the colours in photo shop and have more colour combinations. I'll be teaching this technique, as well as others and journal making at Hann Made Studio later in the year. You can email me or visit my web site for details.

16 comments:

Steph said...

Ro, the papers are gorgeous and the necklace is brilliant!

Abby Creek Art said...

Really extraordinary how you make the papers, Ro. They are beautiful...so is your necklace.xo

Megan Pickwell said...

Ro what wonderful papers, I just love them, they are so vibrant.
Lucky Judy!
Meganxox

Sharon said...

You know I love those bright papers. So cool that you show your process....love that.

MargaretR said...

I love that necklace!
You have been so busy over the weekend with those papers. You have inspired me to make more papers yet again.

Ursula Clamer said...

Great necklace Ro, Judy is one lucky gal. I like the way you decorate your papers. I might actually try the first step, hadn't thought of doing it that way. Ux

Marie C said...

Wow - fabulous papers - you make it sound so easy - but I know it's not!! Very inspiring tho! :))) Love the necklace too!

Judy Scott said...

oh my goodness such amazing eye candy, the papers are awesome, how I would love to just nip over and take your workshop too.
Your necklace is brilliant too I visited a bunnings store whilst staying in Brisbane ~ they have everything! I love how youve worked velvet and copper together, Judy x

Jo Wholohan said...

Fantastic papers Ro, love the colours and the bold stamp images. And of course the necklace is devine!!!!! Stunner :))

Hey what do you use to carve for stamps tools and lino or eraser of something??? Havent had a go since high school so thought i would give it a try

Marie said...

Ro,finally a moment to catch up on my blogland friends! Your recent posts have some amazing metalwork and I love the painted papers!
Thanks for the Thinking Blogger nomination too! I'll be sure to carry on the meme as soon as I can.
art hugs
Marie
xoxo

Judy said...

Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhh,
I got to recieve the absolutely gorgeous necklace, i was so thrilled, especially as it was done by Ro and the special touch adding the red velvet - which also has significance for me - you are such a darling Ro. I like the papers too - you are a busy bee.
xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox

Susan Tuttle said...

Hi Ro,
That necklace is so stunning--it is perfect for Judy--what a lucky gal! Those papers have so much dimension--beautiful colors!

Thank you for your warm words regarding the book.

Susan
xo

Deb Lewis said...

What luscious papers ~ Great color combinations... and that necklace! I'm in love! Lucky Judy!!

debra said...

I just spent several days doing the same thing and painting some fabrics as well. Isn't it the most fun? That is my favorite part of the whole process. Sometimes I love my papers so much I hate to write over them! Your papers are gorgeous!!

Jen Crossley said...

Ro The necklace is stunning!!! a girl after my own heart Jewerly and metal
Jen

pilar said...

What delicious papers! I love your use of color and shape. I wish I could see these in person.