Saturday, 28 March 2009

Mother Nature


I suppose many of us could be forgiven for thinking Spring had arrived here judging by the lovely weather we had last week and at the beginning of this - once again we were fooled! Despite the blooming daffodils and other spring flowers Mother Nature dealt us a blow with some really cold winds, very heavy showers and grey skies!

I have completed a piece today and have submitted it for two challenges.

The theme at Awfully Big Art Adventure was set by Patty and it was to 'alter cutlery'.
Heather had set a theme of 'Mother Nature' on the Saturday Surprise blog.

Having viewed some amazing pieces of altered cutlery on other blogs I managed to dodge the husband before he put locks on the kitchen drawers and found a couple of old forks. Unfortunately, the forks weren't old enough because they were almost impossible to bend!! (They must have been nickel plated.)

Undeterred I managed to bend the tines on one even if it wasn't to the shape I wanted!

I alcohol inked the fork using 'Lettuce, Meadow and Ginger' inks. I made Mother Nature in the centre of the fork with a Sculpey head (smudged suitably using a felt pen before colouring the mouth and eyes), and made her hair from a collection of fabric leaves wound onto long wires. The wires I then wound to create arms and legs. I added a sparkly dragonfly a shell shaped flower with a silver ladybird charm and the words Create and Grow which to me represent Nature. Finally I put the little foam bird onto the top of the fork with a few tiny twigs and a piece of green wool to try and represent a nest.

This was one of those things where I was quite surprised that it turned out not bad for a first attempt.

31 comments:

  1. Love it Viv, especially the way you have carried the nature theme through. Gorgeous work and thanks for taking part in our challenge.
    Love
    Rosie ABAA

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  2. Beautiful piece Viv. i dont know about locks on the kitchen drawers DH will be locking me up soon!! hehe

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  3. This is fantastic Viv! Well done xx

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  4. Oh well done you for managing to bend your fork !
    I think this is wonderful and a lovely nature piece.
    I have to agree with Genie about us all being locked up HeHe...but its the best fun ever !
    Thanks for sharing your beautiful piece ....I love it x

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  5. That's wonderful Viv - I love it. I hadn't fancied altering cutlery but having seen yours and some others I may change my mind now!

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  6. Really well done Viv,hope Graham approves!!

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  7. I just love your altered fork, super work, it's wonderful to see how everyone creates such beautiful pieces of art with cutlery :)

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  8. LOVE love this,whatever next lol,such a beautiful piece of artwork that was a fork lol,thats given me an idea for hanging my pieces of artwork on that I receive.......now look what you done !inspired and on the fork hunt,forget the beercans LOL

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  9. Oh I got so excited when I saw this altered fork, Viv! Bravo for such an amazing creative idea! So glad that you managed to conquer the bending! You've captured nature so beautifully in this piece!

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  10. Such a wonderful whimsical and inspired piece Viv! WOW!~

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  11. Oh my goodness Viv! Your fork is just splendid! You must do another and another, every detail is just perfection = SO wonderful!
    I find I often have to talk myself out of altering certain pieces of cutlery now....nothing is safe :)
    Silver and silverplate pieces cooperate the best for bending my dh tells me!

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  12. Loving this one Viv. I like the leaves and the colours of this altered fork, Beautiful and ornamental and definitely worth dodging the hubby for lol
    Hugs June x

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  13. Wow! This is so cute and different! What a great creative mind you have! I love it!

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  14. Not bad? I think it turned out wonderful!

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  15. This is fabulous, Viv! What a gorgeous creation!

    Hugs, Vanja

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  16. your mother nature is stunting!!! bravo c'est magnifique!!

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  17. this is outrageoulsy!!!sp ruddy mind blowing awesome

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  18. This is a awesome piece. Kudos to you.

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  19. Hmmmm. Alcohol inking the silverward. Does it wash off I wonder? I love this effect and Mother Nature is beautiful. You should submit this for publication.

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  20. Oh Viv, this is wonderful! Love the thought of Spring! I like how you bent your fork..reminds me of a hand.

    I am so ready for Garage Sales...I will be looking for cutlery.

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  21. wow, this is really unique! Great inspiration to think out of the box! Great work

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  22. Just a perfect artistic statement of Spring and Nature both!

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  23. Wow Viv! You have been doing some serious altering! So unique and beautiful. Hugs to you, Leslie

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  24. Now that is just fantastic, I love the new stuff your doing Viv, big change from atcs lol, thanks also for me vote of 9 on me no mouther lol, goonna see sassy monday for two nights........shes got champagne yee haaaa, he he hope your ok huggies j\une xxxx

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  26. Wow this is astonishing. Hadn't thought that alochol inks would "take" on a fork. Betcha can't get into the cutlery drawer now - banned!!

    Fabulous piece of art Viv...

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  27. WOW , LOVE YOUR ALTERED CUTLERY IT LOOKS SO ENCHANTING. WELL DONE , Jaqi

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  28. Whoa !!
    Gorgeous work !! I love how you bring out the title..relate to nature.

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  29. Your spoon is positively magic! I LOVE it!!

    And I love the music on your blog,too. "You'll Never Walk Alone" by Gerry and the Pacemakers was the "B" side of the 45-RPM of "Ferry Across The Mersey" in the U.S., and I wore that record out listening to it constantly!

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  30. Wow a first attempt! Its fab - I've just spotted altered cutlery on the blogs and fancy having a go - yours is inspiring

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