Friday, 14 November 2008

GIVE US AN INCH ... AND WE'LL MAKE ART!




G'morning all, it's challenge day again and this time it's inchies!
Now before you groan and mutter things like "too small" "can't do them" or "oh no what a stoopid idea" hear me out (convinced inchie makers can skip this bit).

I was an inchie hater too - the smallest thing I ever made was a twinchie, and that seemed tiny enough. I think the problem for most of us is that the format just doesn't give enough scope? But then, browsing through my favourite magazine Somerset Studio, I came across someone who made sets of inchies, and it all started to make sense. When you look at them individually there's not much happening, but when you see a whole set ..... anyway, I made these and have to admit I actually enjoyed it!





And what's more you don't have to stick to card and paper, because look what I found on Dot's blog - fabric inchies, made by a lady in Scotland. Aren't they BRILLIANT? And I also thought .... what about metal inchies??

I can hear you asking "what constitutes a set" and please don't be put off by the quantities made here because when I consulted Linda we concluded that a set could be as few as three. Since I made mine I've also come across sets that tell a story, so I might have to have a go at that (well you all know about my penchant for telling stories).

And Linda managed to combine last week's challenge with this one and make a block with a set of inchies on it! She calls it a "Celebration of Women" and one of the pictures is of her mum.

So we look forward to seeing your sets, which as usual will be MUCH better than ours, and make us say "why didn't we think of that"! And by the way (seasonal hint) don't you think a set like this mounted into a frame would make a lovely Christmas gift??????

31 comments:

Dot said...

A great idea for a challenge! Love the ones you have shared. The ones from my blog that you have posted aren't mine though. I put a photo of the ones I created on a seperate post.
These were made by a very talented lady in Scotland :)

Have fun everyone!

Chriss Rollins said...

Both sets here are beautiful a whole lotta work.
I once did a set of 16 for a challenge/swap and thought I wouldnt make them again.. but hey ho never say never...lol

My ATC block will be on my blog tonight Chris has taken the pics for me and will email me them later.
I enjoyed doing it thanx for the challenge.

Can hardly wait to see your Inchies Linda.
chriss x

Jaqi said...

Oh Ladies, I feel this challenge will be another hit with everyone.
Ok im off to find my ruler ! and some tiny bits and bobs. Thank you Jaqi xx

crissi said...

Those inchies are gorgeous, great challenge to.

magpie said...

OOOHHHHH WOWEE......
Rosie they are fab
can't wait to what we all do!!!!
Cool challenge ladies..
Sharon xx

crafty creations said...

Great challenge and fab examples - off to NEC this weekend but hope to get them done on Monday or Tuesday

studiorose said...

This is so serendipitous - I belong to an altered art group that meets once a month at a scrapbook store. Last week we made inchies! They really are fun and when put all together, have a big impact. I've always loved mosaics, and inchies are one way to make a very special one.

Sherry Goodloe said...

I'm sure it's posted here somewhere, but can you tell me when this challenge is due? This would be my first time joining in.

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

Hello they're off again :) Another brilliant and inspiring challenge! I just happen to have something I've needed to make for our local altered arts group December get together. You gals have given me the kick in the pants I need to get started :)
Wonderful and amazing inspiration pieces....as always! As the young kids say "You ROCK" :) oxo

magpie said...

Linda your inchy blocks are wonderful....... inchs and a block
I wish...........

Sharon xx

Jaqi said...

Wow, I only started 50 mins ago and Im done. I had a great time once again. I see you have added inchies to blocks..now thats a great idea. Thanks again for your continued inspiration. I dont think I would have tried them otherwise.

You can find my inchies set here
Thanks for looking, Jaqi

Chriss Rollins said...

WOW Linda I adore how you have displayed them as it's such a shame to keep putting our art into boxes or folders.
I feel a set coming on that are out on view.
thanx for the inspiration.
chriss x

Dot said...

Love your inchy blocks! I may not have time to make some new inchies for this challenge this week. But here is a link to some fabric ones I made recently.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/createarian/2910943379/

Dot said...

P.S Here is another link to 100 I made quite a while back :)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/createarian/355235453/in/set-72157594543185922/

Jaqi said...

Wow Dot , how scrumptious are these, I love them all those fab colours, Jaqi

stamp and scrape said...

I'm not normally an inchie fan, but I loved the idea of making them into a collection. Thanks for showing us fab samples - very inspiring!
Here is my version.
Ros

Lorraine said...

there is some fantastic art on your blog..check out my inchie box on my blog..have to agree with you that they look better in sets

J and Z said...

Yipppeeeee I finally get to play!!! My inchies (tough one) are on my blog

Jean

http://bluebirdslivinginthemeadow.blogspot.com

crissi said...

Great challenge my inchie canvas is on my Blog

hurleymurley said...

Here's mine.

I just want to say that I love this website. Whenever I think I'm too busy or think I'm not in the mood to craft you come up with a great idea that gets me thinking again. Thank you thank you thank you!

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

I have my first inchie ornament to show you (of course I'll have to make a few more :) Another amazing challenge ladies, thank you SO much, you always inspire me! I can't wait to see what everyone creates with their inchies:

http://bitze.wordpress.com/2008/11/16/inchies-cubed/

Dawne said...

so glad you did this coz i never knew what i was going to do with these inchies until now.

http://dawne-abitofthisabitofthat.blogspot.com/2008/11/awfully-big-adventure_16.html

studiorose said...

Your samples are SO SO beautiful! I'm afraid I was a little rushed this week, so mine aren't the most exciting - but I really did enjoy making them and when I have time, I'd like to really go all out and do a mosaic of 16 or maybe even 32! Thanks for the inspiration.

http://studiorose.wordpress.com/2008/11/16/inchie-mania/

LaY hOoN said...

It's really a great challenge !
I love it , and this is my first try on the inchies.

http://mescrap.blogspot.com/2008/11/awfully-big-art-adventure-inchies.html

magpie said...

I worked like mad today to get the challenge finished... So small!!
Again a nice challenge... thanks girls.....
I'm done
http://magpiesarttreasurechest.blogspot.com/

crafty creations said...

brilliant work in the blogs

here's mine

http://inkythings.blogspot.com/2008/11/art-adventure-give-us-inch.html

suippa said...

Im also in..I have made my very first inchies :) here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/31270934@N06/

Kaz Scrapz said...

Mine are Here!
I've been wanting to join in with one of your challenges since you started - well I actually got around to it this week (maybe it was the thought of just doing an inch that made me think I would have the time LOL). This was quite a challenge for me so they aren't very exciting - you don't realise how tiny and inch square is until you cut the card up LOL.
Thanks for the inspiration ladies - your blog is fabulous!

xxx Karen

Kaz Scrapz said...

Oops - looks like the link I left doesn't work so I will try again :) - mine are here:-
http://bloggingourartout.blogspot.com/2008/11/metal-frame-and-inchies.html

vintage wil said...

beautiful work!
great image.

Jaqi said...

Suippa, Your inchies are great, you did so many, Jaqi