17 July 2011

SUMMER OF COLOUR CHALLENGE - WEEK # 6 RED

It's week 6 of Kristin's Summer of Colour Challenge!  What fun this has been, do check out the submissions and consider joining up - 4 weeks to go!

Gave myself a real challenge this week, why not do something for the first time and put it out for all to see!  I guess that is along the lines of "go big or go home"!   I bought a 10 Seconds Studio metal embossing kit a few months ago and haven't had it out of the bag until now.  I had this vague idea about doing an embossed metal page with the elements to include some religious reference reflective of Cuba.  Lucky for me (!) there is a "Day of the Dead" mold that had included some icons perfect for what I wanted.

The major religion in Cuba is Santeria.  This is a merge of the beliefs brought by slaves from West Africa, the Roman Catholic religion and the traditions of the indigenous population.  There is a link to voodoo in this but I am not well versed enough to explain that!

Antiquing this in black would be an obvious next step on this piece.  However there is very little of that heavy Spanish look to be found in Cuba.  Am I brave enough to apply some blue and perhaps yellow paint to this?  Ha ha - not yet!  I plan this to be the cover for my journal (with photos) of Cuba.


46 comments:

  1. WOW. I love it. Would look so good as book cover plate. Julie

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  2. Wow, AMAZING! Great job with the 10 Sec. Studio!

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  3. WOW Sandi this is just the most amazing creation!!!! Just fanatstic for the Summer of Colour - RED this week! And it does have a real Cuban feel!! Wow again!!!

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  4. Can I say wow too!? That is beautiful! I've wanted to try this as well,love it love it!

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  5. This is gorgeous! the colours and texture are just so rich! Great piece for our red week.
    x

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  6. Wow, love the embossing, great effect. This has quite a folk art look which I really like, well done.

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  7. Oh wow Sandi this is so fabulous. Have never seen metal done as brilliantly as this.

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  8. Amazing!

    This is going to make a stunning cover for your Cuba journal. I love it!

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  9. Sandi this is gorgeous! A beautiful cover for your Cuba journal - and what a fabulous journal that will be!
    Jessi xox

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  10. What an amazing piece! you definetly went big. :)

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  11. That is very beautiful piece.

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  12. this is a fabulous design!!!
    I just love the patterns!!

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  13. Oh what a wonderful cover!! I LOVE your embossing here - all the depth and detail is stunning. And the red is just perfect - thank you for sharing it with us, xo

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  14. You certainly did put yourself out there and the results are fantastic. I have never heard of 10 sec. studio but will be looking into that. I was in Tucson a few years ago and they were celebrating the Day of the Dead, which was a first for me. I found it fascinating.

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  15. well...this is amazing...what a perfect cover for your cuba journal...i love it just how it is!!!xxx

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  16. This is a wonderful piece. I love all the texture and rich colors. It will make a perfect cover for your book.

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  17. My Gosh this is gorgeous!

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  18. Stunning!!!! Beautiful color, texture and so much depth. Mfabulous cover.

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  19. This will be a favorite for sure!!! Wow. And I agree, why put black on it when you can go big and do blue or yellow?! I LOVE this piece. Good for you, trying something new! It's truly stunning and will always be a treasured reminder of your Cuba trip. Can't beat that!~kathy

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  20. Gorgeous; I love it! What a fabulous cover...I agree this will be a treasure to keep you thoughts of Cuba in! enJOY

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  21. wow Sandi! absolutely stunning piece! we want to see it when you put it as your journal cover!
    xoxo

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  22. Looks like it should be on your wall for all to see! It is gorgeous!

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  23. It is wonderful when something new turns out so fabulous! Love this piece. Such a cool looking technique.

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  24. This is .... gorgeous! Definitely something to be proud of and now it will be such a pleasure to open that journal every time! The burnished look you achieved is so pretty.

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  25. Sandi, Wow!!! This is simply amazing and a great RED piece. I also want to thank you for explaining how you did this, it was really nice to know. Your piece is absolutely wonderful.
    :) Chris / CS Designs
    http://www.cs-designs.blogspot.com/
    http://www.doodlepieces.blogspot.com/

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  26. Sandi this is really, really beautiful. Did you use alcohol inks to color it? It will make a beautiful cover for your mini album of Cuba.

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  27. really enjoyed reading your post and the art is awesome!

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  28. Oh. My. Goodness. I have never seen this technique, wow it's stunning and such an artistic cover for a journal but so much more durable than paper to protect your pages. I love seeing new things, thanks so much!
    ~Scarlett

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  29. Geez this is cool! I came to your blog by way of your comment on mine. When I saw the name of it, I thought "this is the James Bond of art" hehe

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  30. Lovely artwork and I also love the backround you picked for your blog-so enchanting.Denise

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  31. This is just fantastic Sandi. I love it so much. The colours and textures are lush.
    xxx

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  32. This is beautiful it will make a great cover for your journal.

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  33. Wow! I love this! And your blog is beautiful too.

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  34. Wow, how lovely! It'll make such a unique cover for your Cuba journal.

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  35. Absolutely stunning Sandi... love the look you have created with the embossed metal... very beautiful...

    Jenny x

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  36. Wow! You have done a magnificent job!!
    What a cover for anything!! You could actually just frame it and hung it on your wall.
    Really stunning!
    Definitely you should do more of this type of work as you have talent for it.

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  37. A beautiful blog. Love your red. I also love TSS.Going to add it as my bling for purple.

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  38. Love seeing your Cuban themed art each week. This is wonderful! :) Nan

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  39. OMG...this journal cover is amazing and just the cover for a trip to Cuba! So stunning and dramatic! gerri:)

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  40. wow, this is true eye candy!!!

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  41. This is gorgeous Sandi!! I love your embossing..and the colors are awesome!!

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  42. This is beautiful Sandi! Love the story too! TFS!

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