Friday 3 October 2014

ATP Tony on the wall!

First of all congrats to the Artist Trading Post Exchange team. Fabulous designers and exciting times to come.
I am thrilled to enter the first ever challenge.
I started with a piece of heavy board and brayered the Paper Artsy frescos Yellow Sub, Space Cadet and Choc Pud. Next I added some crackle glaze and brayered the same colours on top. I got some crackle but decided to sand back and scratch the surface to create an aged effect.
I must admit that planning is not my forte and I had no idea where I was going! I added some white script and a little brick wall using coffee archival and PING, the lightbulb moment.

A few weeks ago I accidentally came across some graffiti on a wall close to where I lived as a child and staring back at me was my brothers name and date, scratched in over 50 years ago. It unsettled me a bit and then I was just pleased to have that moment with him, he died 10 years ago.
So I then selected some stamps that reminded me of our childhood together and stamped them onto shrink plastic.(Julie Ann Lee did a shrink plastic piece of work last week which inspired me.)
I painted the backs of them and assembled them together with some chain and a few buttons.
I found a stamp which reminded me of him and added it to the background.
I miss him but have very happy memories.


  1. What a lovely moment when you saw the graffiti and those memories came flooding back Hazel...

    Thank you for sharing your memories and creating such a fabuls page. Shrink plastic can be very addictive and when you make a lot of charms together it's like having music with you every time you move.

    Stunning page, have a lovely weekend:-) xxx

  2. Wow Hazel your project is fantastic! Love the background and shrink plastic elements are brilliant! What a great way to remember your brother. Thanks so much for joining us at ATP Exchange for our first challenge! Hope to see you again! Sue C x

  3. Wow Hazel this is fabulous, great inspiration from your brother and I love that hidden face bottom right - stunning graffiti xxx

  4. That is a great project Hazel I love the wonderful background and the finish is amazing, many embellishments shrink plastic is fab. The project is your treasure which is packed great memories with your brother. xx

  5. Hazel this is one totally stunning project! I LOVE your background and the way you created it. I had to chuckle when you said that you don't plan - sounds very familiar! Reading your post was inspiring too - must have been one of those moments when time stood still. Lovely that you could use the moment to inspire your work. My favourite parts are the colours and that little face at the bottom right peeping out!
    Thanks so much for joining us ATP Exchange for our very first challenge!
    Julia x

  6. Wow Hazel this is an amazing piece of art and how wonderful that you were able to incorporate many happy memories of your brother within it

    Hilda x

  7. Hazel this is stunning and such a lovely way to keep your memories flowing. Love it xx

  8. Love your Graffiti board Hazel :-) gorgeous colours and the aged look is perfect.
    The stamped images make this a memorable piece for you and it's lovely to have you share it here with us at ATP. Best wishes
    Annie x

  9. Love it Hazel, it reminds me of a old door that you might find somewhere and just have to keep reading the messages and wonder who wrote them and what was happening to them at that time. Did you take a photo of your brothers inscription for keepsakes?
    Thanks for joining us xxx
    Sharon x

  10. Fabulous colours and lots of luscious stamping, thanks so much for joining us in our first challenge at ATP Exchange Hazel! Ruth xx