Friday, 10 October 2008

TIN CAN ALLEY



Welcome to our Week 4 Challenge! As you can see - for this one we've raided the trash (well we wanted to use something everybody would have!) and recycled some empty cans (also very ecologically sound).

Now we never wanted to set ourselves up as "arty experts" in this blog, we are making the same journey of discovery that you are. The truth is that often we've never tried the challenges we come up with either, so bear in mind that sometimes our examples may be a bit "off the wall"? Obviously we do this deliberately to encourage you all to realise how much better you can do ......

Rosie's husband calls the black effort her "Harley Davidson" can - and you can see what he means! It had a coat of black gloss and then got liberally decorated with silver bits. In case you were wondering, she punched the holes for the dangles using her trusty Cropadile.

She's gone a bit metal crazy at the moment, so her other effort features this heavily too! The celtic pen holder was done using a sheet of art metal which she embossed and then antiqued. The finished panel was wrapped around and fastened to the can (with difficulty).

Linda took a very different approach (not being as metal struck as Rosie) and gave her can a coat of gesso, followed by a lot of layers of paint and paper till she was (fairly) happy with it! The Ralph Waldo Emerson quote reads "adopt the pace of nature her secret is patience".

Now show us what YOU can do .....

28 comments:

Jaqi said...

Oh My Goodness, Ladies, What a challenge.....This is a great idea, what will you think of next? Im really looking forward to trying this one, Well done again, this will be a huge hit.....Jaqi x

Angie C said...

Oh Wow, these are fantastic, what a great idea too. Hope to join in this week - such a fun theme.

studiorose said...

Wow, these are beautiful! I love both styles equally; yet they're so different. Great inspiration! And thanks for reminding me about the Crop-a-Dile. I bought one a few months ago but hardly ever use it (I already had a heavy-duty eyelet setter). I had forgotten that it will punch holes in just about anything. I'm visualizing a wire handle at the top...

Chriss Rollins said...

HEY .. thought I left you a comment under Jaqi's...but it's not here..
so will try again..lol
I love the altered tins esp the HD one think it's cos I am into black at the moment.
I eventually got my doll atc posted on my blog.
I have my empty tins poised ready.
Good luck R n L with challenge number 3.
chriss x

MAGPIE said...

Ok then your cans are FANTASTIC girls........
Empty cans at the ready but not until Sunday ......

Sharon xx

Stempelchaotin said...

Oh what a great theme.
Here is my first Tin. I hope you like it.

Thanks for looking.

My Tin

Kimmie said...

I love this kind of recycling :)
I made a shrine with a canned chicken can ....

Tropical Shrine

Mam said...

You two must sit up late at night plotting and scheming ways to make me crazy! I love it. Here goes. I'm going to try it!
Nancy

Viola said...

Fabulous pieces!! :o)

Here`s my entry:

Art Adventure "Tin Can Alley"

Jaqi said...

Heres my under the sea tin, Ive had a great time making it , Thank you Jaqi

http://jaqi-scrapbookinginmysleep.blogspot.com/

Janny said...

Lovely theme, here is my entry, thanks for the challenge;o)

http://wwwtricolore.blogspot.com/

Minx said...

I only found your site tonight through a friend... and thank god i did.. finally a fun altering challenge blog, i've died and gone to heaven lol
I adore these tins, both your works are brill.
I have just rummaged through my bin for a tin lol.. hope to get this one done in time... i'll be back...hopefully lol

Kreativgeschwafel said...

wonderful idea and really a challenge for me ... your blog makes me step outside my comfort zone !!! <- which is wonderful :-))
anyway, here's my tin for you:
altered tin
tfl
ilonka

Minx said...

All done.. and had sooo much fun doing it.. see it here :O)

studiorose said...

I combined this challenge with another one ("Spare a Square") and really like how it turned out. Y'know, I had NO idea how many paintbrushes I had until I decided to pull them all from my "main" bucket of tools and store them all in one place - my newly decorated can. Good grief! (On the bright side, I have more room now in my main tool bucket to buy more gel pens and Sharpies!)

Thanks for a really fun challenge; I enjoyed this immensely and can't wait for the next one!

Here's my post:

http://studiorose.wordpress.com/2008/10/12/remember-that-certs-commercial/

Lorraine said...

have just discovered your blog courtesy of the talented Viola. I have altered a tin today so feel free to check it out on my blog. Lots of inspiration on this blog..must get round to doing some of them!!

Mam said...

OK, Girls! I've done it. Now, I can't wait to see what everyone else has done! Thanks for having a look.
On my blog.
Nancy

Carol said...

Enjoyed this challenge here's mine

Carol
:)

MAGPIE said...

Well another weeks challege done.... Thank you once more to Rosie and Linda for choosing this one as I now have a tin to put my pens in........
I have enjoyed it again and seeing the styles from us all so much inspiration.....
What next.......? this is so exiting.

Sharon xx

Jaqi said...

I will 2nd that Sharon, the new blog is a huge success, again thanks to Rosie and Linda for taking the time to keep us all on our toes.
Like Sharon, I cant wait to see what we are going to do next, Im sure we are not the only ones wondering, Thanks again Jaqi x

Claire said...

Rosie - you wild child you !
Love your 'Harley' can.

Susan Hickam said...

I love what you two came up with. Here is my entry :

http://sweetpeasuescottage.blogspot.com

inkythings said...

Just found the site this morning and it's brilliant!!!! Love the work you've both done.

Here's my tin

http://inkythings.blogspot.com/2008/10/altered-tin.html

Thanks for looking

Sue said...

Hello everyone - I've made a tin vase. Hope you like it ...
Tin Vase

Chris said...

Finally!! I got mine up on my blog...lol Thanks for all the challenges girls they have been fab :)
hugs
Chris xx

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

I have been scrambling all week to keep up on challenges. Here you will find my can:

http://bitze.wordpress.com/2008/10/17/oliva-long-stocking/

Loved this challenge and seeing everyone's creativity!

Paul B said...

Thx to Jaqi for pointing me to this site. I didn't know of this site but coincidentally I've just altered a tin can myself. I'll now keep a watch on your blog for future challenges :) In the meantime if you want to see my take on altering a tin its here:

http://theartsiders.blogspot.com/2008/10/altered-tin-can.html

Cheers

Paul x

disa said...

I love it ! Very creative ! That's actually really cool Thanks.