Free Spirits

I was delighted to receive some ARTchix sheets from The Altered Element (DT package). For “Free Spirits” I used some images from “Exotic Jewels“. After reading Nancy Maxwell James’ “Gothic Arch e-book”, (available to download at Sugar Lump Studios, a book brimming with incredible artwork, I was completely inspired and knew I wanted to make arches as the base for the artwork.  There are 18 images in total so plenty to play with. Alongside the ARTchix sheet the other supplies are as follows:- strong cardstock, Paris Trunk Inks in Tiara Gold & Green Sash, cream acrylic paint, scraps of gold organza, sequins, black marabou feather, German Scrap, embellishments, Gold marker pen and damask/filigree stamps.

The preparation for this project is quite involved but you could use short-cuts by using pattern paper as a substitute to painting and stamping each arch. To create strength I glued two arches together, therefore requiring to hand-cut 12 arches.  Then painted each arch with cream acrylic before stamping damask/filigree designs. Create holes with a crop-a-dile at this stage, 2 holes on each side of the page, apart from the front cover and rear which only has one side of the page punched.


Above shows book closed and photo below shows book when standing open.

I left the rear undecorated, only painting and stamping.

A great project to use up any scraps of decorative ribbon, organza, the odd sequin, etc.

 Edge each panel with either metallic paint or a Gold marker style pen. Paint embellishments to match the project – use acrylic paint or metal paint, or permanent markers.

I liked the idea of selecting words that related to the women in the images!

I alternated the pages so that for one I stamped with Tiara Gold and the next Green Sash.

My choice of colour scheme was soft green, golds, cream and a touch of black.

This project, apart from the initial preparation (!) was such fun to create. Working with arches was long overdue so I have to say thank you to Nancy for the inspirational e-book and the amazing artwork . I hope you will take the time out to download the e-book and be inspired to create some arched artwork.

Note – I have created direct links to The Altered Element for supplies used. More ARTchix projects are to follow very soon!

P.S. – The reason for the edit to this post is thanks to Lynn Stevens  (thanks for the push!) I decided to participate in the “Open Theme” at Gothic Arch Challenges.

24 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Annie
    Jul 22, 2010 @ 13:32:15

    Gorgeous! It looks very exotic and I love the little details.


  2. Lucy Edmondson
    Jul 22, 2010 @ 13:46:50


    Lucy x


  3. PetraB
    Jul 22, 2010 @ 13:56:52

    Absolutely gorgeous piece of art.


  4. Kate
    Jul 22, 2010 @ 14:00:15

    I especially like frisky!


  5. Lynn Stevens
    Jul 22, 2010 @ 15:17:45

    WOWZERS Lynne,
    You did an incredible job on your arch book. Gorgeous aned worth the extra effort. Now you need to play each week at Gothic Arches!


  6. debbiek
    Jul 22, 2010 @ 15:53:49

    Amazing, Lynne! Looks like you really enjoyed creating this project:) Love the little words you added to each page, too.


  7. craftytrog
    Jul 22, 2010 @ 16:06:48

    Absolutely love this Lynne! It’s beautiful! x


  8. Willow
    Jul 22, 2010 @ 16:44:46

    This is truly a labor of love and a true work of art!!! I love looking at every little detail you used to create this masterpiece!! The words you chose so beautifully matched the image!! Some great images I might add!! Thanks for sharing your talent and have fun with the Gothic Arches challenges!!!


  9. Cynnie
    Jul 22, 2010 @ 16:55:06

    What a beautiful piece of work!!! Just gorgeous!


  10. 2amscrapper
    Jul 22, 2010 @ 17:02:21

    I love your creativity!


  11. Penny
    Jul 22, 2010 @ 19:58:52

    Looks like you had a lot of fun with this one! ARTchix images are so beautiful and of such high quality,and you embellished them beautifully on your pages!!


  12. Jack
    Jul 22, 2010 @ 19:59:13

    Ha ha, I know what this is. It’s a photo album of your part-time job (tee hee hee). It’s just stunning. I am going to have a look at that e-book to. Do you know how much work your are giving me, lol. You are too inspiring for words! xx


  13. Terry
    Jul 22, 2010 @ 22:58:36

    Oh Wow! Stunning work! Love all the little details and embellishments.


  14. Nancy Maxwell James
    Jul 23, 2010 @ 11:16:30

    Oh Lynn this is such a gorgeous piece of art! The images are fantastic and each embellishment has been so lovingly added to fit the entire composition! I don’t think I told you…but my “free spirited” sister is a belly dancer! BEAUTIFUL work and outstanding art! I am so happy that the ebook inspired you to create this gem!


  15. thefrugalcrafter
    Jul 23, 2010 @ 12:23:13

    very cool shrine, I love their collage sheets!


  16. Marie
    Jul 23, 2010 @ 12:29:16

    Hi Lynne,
    I’m speechless – absolutely gorgeous- love it!
    Have a wonderful weekend.TFS.


  17. Chip
    Jul 24, 2010 @ 11:56:32

    Nice post , Will bookmark your site


  18. Evelyn
    Jul 24, 2010 @ 17:54:31

    I believe ‘majestic’ is a perfect adjective for this piece! It’s just wonderful!


  19. Chris
    Jul 24, 2010 @ 21:17:23

    How on earth did I miss this? What a fabulous piece of artwork, Lynne. I love the shape of your arches and all the wonderful detail you’ve added to them.


  20. Crafty Dawn
    Jul 25, 2010 @ 03:12:05

    This is a wonderful piece hun loving the German scrap very nicely done

    Love Dawn xx


  21. Shar B
    Jul 28, 2010 @ 00:52:36

    Fab accordian book! Your ladies are all lovely!


  22. Annette
    Aug 03, 2010 @ 23:36:05

    This is totally fabulous. Annette


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