Friday, 13 April 2012

Altered Torso

... with an inky, stencilled and stamped background and lots and lots of circles and Stickles as dress-up! I created the altered torso for the Art 'n' Soul Torso swap over at Flickr: You could dress it in clothes and accessories. Or use it as a base for collage, stamping, mixed media, whatever you fancy - in any medium you want from fabric to metal to paint. 100% digital excluded. The challenge was set by Deb who has the most wonderful ideas when it comes to challenges, thank you so much.
What to do, what theme to choose for the torso ... I wanted the colours a little bit like Spring or even a bit summary and decided to have a pinky-summer roses colour scheme. I cut the torso base from white card (about 18cm tall) and brushed it with distress ink 'Tattered Rose'. For the first time I used a rough brush, and I quite like that it gives a bit of a pattern/texture to the background. Once the base was covered with ink I stencilled a rhomb pattern (stencil: TCW) with distress ink 'Fired Brick'. To finish the base I stamped various images using a hybrid ink 'Strawberry Fool' (stamps: Stamper Anonymous, Kaisercraft)
Now the base was ready to be decorated - Summer dress in 'girlie' colours and rose pattern - this is the front and the back of the torso
I cut lots and lots of circles using Quickutz Circle dies from Crate Paper, positioned them, glued them to the torso and filled the gaps with Stickles. The finishing touches are a little paper flower and a little pearl necklace (lol). 
The sad part of this swap is that this is the last one, the group will be closed. This is absolutely sad, it was the first ever swap I did and it felt so much like home. I will miss the swaps with all the talented and inspiring Ladies in the group. A big thank you to Viv who has been the soul and inspiration behind the group all along! Petra.


24 comments:

Jingle said...

Beautiful! I love the torsos!

trisha too said...

Beautiful inky torso, Petra, the colors are delightful!

:-)

Sue said...

Wow this is wonderful, I love the bright colours x

Cath Wilson said...

Brilliant, Petra - you really do think outside the box and those flower circles are perfect. Love the colours, too. Now I have to find out what a 'rough brush' is... off to Google, lol x

craftattack said...

Beautiful work, love how you have dressed her! Valerie

Lynn Stevens said...

WOW Petra these are Gorgeous. Its so funny, I'm in the middle of trying to make some ATC's for a dress form swap and having such a hard time with it. I need some of your mojo right now!
hugs Lynn

Terry said...

I have never done a swap! Fun and festive altered torsos! Love all the interest you created with the grouping of stamps and circles! Have a lovely weekend!

Shelly Schmidt said...

How cool is this! Love this!!!

~*~Patty S said...

Love how your pretty circles are all in the right places dear Petra ;)...your torso looks marvelous!

what a fun project!

Happy Weekend to you and yours
oxo

Dallying Debz said...

Stunning Petra. I love the idea of all the circles, it gives really good dimension and lots to look at. It would be a great way to use up lots of bits and pieces.

Vicki Romaine said...

These torsos are beautiful. I especially like the second one.

Shar said...

Too fab, Petra! What a great project!!

Netty said...

Loving your beautiful torso's. Annette x

Deborah said...

Yours really is a beautiful torso, Paula - someone's going to be very lucky when I draw the names tomorrow. Glad you enjoyed my challenges - I was thinking I'd killed the group off.

Donna Ellis said...

Love what you have done with the dress forms! So pretty, and great attention to all the details and colors! TFS

lynne said...

Hi Petra
I am working on a torso myself at the moment, a papier mache one.
The colours are beautiful and wonderful use of the stencil.
Wishes
Lynne

Linda said...

How unique! I really like this unusual creation. Very artistic. Thanks for sharing it with us at Totally Papercrafts this week. LInda

Robin said...

Very cool Petra!

Hugs,
Robin

Sherry Edwards said...

It looks absolutely fabulous Petra and I can't wait to see it in real life as I've been paired with you for the swap! I'm also sad to see this lovely group close :(

Suze Bain said...

Petra, these are fabulous! I love them. xx

Gez said...

So pretty. The colours are amazing. Enjoy the swap.

Silvia(Barnie) said...

The torsos look wonderful, great idea.

Michele said...

so creative, bright and beautiful! i love it Petra! xo

Marjie Kemper said...

Oh my gosh, her dress is gorgeous! Love that idea. Also how cool is it the way you finished the necklace off in the back!?!?

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