Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Kintsukuroi and a Neutral CAS

What is Kintsukuroi?  It is a Japanese art form or more specifically "the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold. The idea behind it is that the piece becomes more beautiful and valuable because it has been broken and has a history." 

This technique or practice was the subject of the Mix57 challenge on Splitcoast.  Below is an example of a piece of pottery that was repaired in this way.  

I have had these papers out on my work table and found some inspiration with them.  I started out by stamping the Wild Flower from Amuse Stamps ramdomly on the Baked Brown Sugar paper with Soft Suede Ink.  Then I took a gold Prismacolor pencil and highlighted the right side of the design and filled in the little blossom ends.  I then took a white gel marker and highlighted the left side of the design.  (This makes it almost look like the bandana technique.)  I touched up the original images with a Soft Suede marker.  I used the pencil again to make the "repair" lines and then went over them with a gold glitter marker.  

Needless to say, it was a little difficult to photograph this with all the metallics.  I used a piece of woven scrapbook paper at the bottom and, in looking over the bits and bobs I had laying on the table, found this letter X in Early Espresso over which I painted some gold shimmer paint.  The final touch was to add the gold glitter dot in the center of the X.  Perhaps you can see the sheen a little better in the picture below.  HWNSNBP asked what the X was for and I told him nothing really, I just thought it would make a cool embellishment.  It kind of looks like a buckle or some belt loops or a slide.

I have a large coffee cup that I got some years ago at IKEA that has a small chip in the rim near the handle.  I keep on using this cup because of it's size and I don't really mind the chip, but I wouldn't mind getting a little gold touch-up on it.  With or without the gold, in this case, I'll just keep on using it. 

Today I stamped that Wild Flower image on another piece of Baked Brown Sugar paper and this time only filled in the blossom ends with the white gel pen.  I also extended the stem.  The CAS262 challenge was to use neutral colors.  So I took the stamped image that I had been playing with and added the scraps from the first card in a nice simple design.  I had thought about stamping the image in VersaMark on the card base but I wanted to keep it uncluttered and let the textured papers shine.

I can add a sentiment to it later.  

1 comment:

  1. I'm glad I came to read this post properly. I was away the weekend of that Mix-Ability challenge, and these days I don't try to catch up unless it just happens to pan out that way - but I was intrigues by it and love what you came up with.
    But - even more, I love your second card. It's so elegant - the simple blossom, the white on kraft, and more of that amazing woven paper.

    P.S - it never occurred to me to wonder what the X meant - it just obviously belonged :D.


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