Thursday, April 22, 2010

Gothic Arch Attempts

The girl is from Paper Whimsy, the flower and birds are mine.

I was able to use more of my new tape here. I love the metal corner pieces.

Another Paper Whimsy girl and more flowers and birds. I am trying to use up all my scrap with these.

I worked with this young woman's image in photoshop before printing her out and using her. I hated the background on this one till I just kept playing.

This is the first Gothic Arch. Dealing with the top space has been a real challenge for me. The girl is from Paper Whimsy.


This past Sunday I was traveling around the blog world. When I was finished the two things that really stuck in my mind were a Gothic Arch challenge and the second was an artist who was trying to make a collage a day. Having never done a Gothic Arch, and loving to collage I thought I would give it a go for a couple of days. I have realized that even to committing to something once a week can be hard { I did an ATC a week in 2008} - one a day even harder. I decided to start with small ambitions.

First I had to make or find a template for the Gothic Arch. Googling it I found several different styles and was able to come up with several ideas for size and type to make my own. I decided to mount mine on 4" by 6" card stock or heavy watercolor paper - postcard style. Then I could make a book, send them out into the world, etc...Here are my first five Gothic Arches. I am finding it an odd shape to work with an admiring all the Gothic Arches and their makers much more than before.

14 comments:

peggy gatto said...

Designs are so fresh, clean, easy on the eyes so you can really look at the details!!
Beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Your gothic arches are lovely. I like the background you have chosen for the "extra" space. It's very different from your actual arches, but looks good with each one. Thanks for sharing. I really enjoy your blog.

Julie Bowman
bowbates@ameritech.net

Debby said...

They are all so fabulous, love those whimsies.
debby

Jann said...

Your arches are wonderful! There are templates on the Gothic Arches blogspot site, if you're interested in more!

Ophelia said...

These are awesome...

Terri Kahrs said...

To be honest, Elizabeth, your arches are exquisite!!! I'd never even guess that you had a tough time with the top of each of these lovely pieces. Now I'm going to HAVE to give your new template a try!!! Hugs, Terri xoxo

me said...

Gorgeous!!!

Janet Ghio said...

Beautiful arches!! Just stunning!!

crimsoncat05 said...

I've never tried working with this shape space before, but I can totally see how the shape could make composition a challenge-- they are all great!

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Your Gothic Arches are beautiful -
love everything about it.
Have a great day.
Hugs
Marie

JAN said...

wow your gothic arches are incredible..i have never made oany of these before but sure feel inspired now..may i ask where you get your vintage images.ty jan

Heavens2Betsy said...

Fabulous Gothic Arches - I love the metal corners you've used. Great idea to make them into a book x

Catherine said...

These are gorgeous, Elizabeth! So glad you have joined the Gothic Arches challenges! :)

Lindart said...

Wonderful arches - I love them all! I should get back into arches...