Saturday, 20 July 2013

Gridlocked Time

The title just popped into my head and made me wonder what it really meant. Can you have gridlocked time? I don’t know – gridlock usually refers to traffic that can’t move and came from the concept of it being in a grid. Wikipedia gives a description and also says – “the term has been applied to situations in other fields where flow is stalled by excess demand, or in which competing interests prevent progress”.
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I wanted to find some time to join in SanDee and amelie’s RUST challenge, so oranges and rusty colours were in my head, rather grungy this time round.   So here is my gridlocked Time Traveller (Tim Holtz Time Traveller set), stamped onto gridded kraft card and painted with distress inks and a little picket fence distress paint. He looks quite white (more-so irl) where the flow of time has slowed him down and he is struggling with the need to move into the next point of time but has been caught in the geometry of space that prevents him moving on.
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The tag is one from my box that was used to mop up inks from a previous project and I have added some coloured grunge paste through a mask and the stamped cogs.
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The clock charm has been treated to dabs of metallic DPs and stains which were heated to bake them together, giving them a real rusty look..
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The nib is one from my box of vintage nibs I collect and the little bottle had some black soot and spiced marmalade DPs dripped into it. The pennants are ribbed card inked and then clear embossed with bronzed mica fragments added
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Seam binding was stamped with the cogs and inked and painted with DIs and DPs. Whoops didn't get a photo of that.
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I wonder if this Time Traveller will get back into the spacetime he needs to.
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Thanks for taking the time to visit, I hope you are having a great weekend, although I am missing the sunshine already in the UK, it’s really cloudy today here in Surrey. We are having a BBQ tonight, I just hope the weather holds, although rain isn’t forecast.
Have a great evening yourself.

hugs {brenda} x0x

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42 comments:

Amanda said...

Great tag, love your gridlock thought process. Cooler up here in the northwest, thankfully lol
Love
Amanda x

Buttons said...

Love this tag and the textured background. And the gridlocked man is fantastic. Hope you have a relaxed weekend. Hugs, Jenny x

Sophie said...

Wow! Brenda, das ist ein tolles Kunstwerk geworden.
Es sieht aus, wie auf altem Holz gearbeitet, so antik.
Großartig!

Liebe Grüße von Sophie xx

craftytrog said...

Fabulous!!! xx

catherine said...

This just looks fabulous Brenda as always. love the layout and techniques and of course the image.
x catherine

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Fabulous tag Brenda, love the background and the added text, really eye catching. Love the little bottle too. Fabulous designed tag and Imlove your title too. Tracy x

Von said...

Excellent tag Brenda :)
Von ♥

Sue Butler said...

Hello Brenda
This is another gorgeous Tag, full of interest and appeal, I don't know anything about gridlock time but it sounds unique.
Smiles:)
Sue

Gram's Treasures said...

Love the different techniques, and your explanation...think the teacher is coming out here. Hope the BBQ goes well, we've had a break in the weather too...thank goodness!
Joyce xx

Kathyk said...

Another beautiful project from you, Brenda - love those Time Travelling gents!

Have a great Sunday

Kathyk

Sue C said...

Fabulous tag Brenda, love the grunge paste text and the grid on the image is very effective. Sue C x

Zoe Sanderson said...

Gridlocked time!, certainly works as a Steampunk concept. The gentleman seems grumpy or is the forbidding enough that he might be gridlocked in some way LOL

You know its a terrific tag Brenda, paste through a stencil/mask a great way to add texture. Have you tried sprinking EP over it and melting that when the paste has gone off?

Thanks for sharing this with us at Craft-Room Challenge XOXO Zoe

Meggymay said...

Its a great title and a fantastic tag.
Yvonne x

Jane said...

Fab tag Brenda, he looks like an age old time traveller. The weather in Surrey was odd today wasn't it but at least it stayed dry. My daughter in Southampton had clear blue skies and 28c! I hope the sun returns tomorrow, Jane x

Dots Dabbles said...

Hi Brenda...as I was reading this I couldn't help thinking of Dr Who. I can't see how gridlocked time wouldn't work! We are only limited by our imagination afterall.
Looove the tag!
Dot x

wintonrosepapercreations said...

Amazing Tag Brenda. I love the use of the grid paper. Karen.x

1CardCreator said...

Awesome tag Brenda, I love the effect of the grunge paste you stenciled on especially, total look is fabulous! ~Diane

Glennis said...

Wonderful tag Brenda, I love it

Annie said...

Fab tag Brenda :-) love those layers of texture and the time traveller is one of my favourites. TFS

Annie x

inkypinkycraft said...

This is so cool, love the texture against that scrummy background! Love this stamps, a really great make x hugs x trace x

Astrid Maclean said...

Oh Brenda, this is amazing!!!! LOVE it! The background was cool anyway, but with the added scrip texture (that worked so well) it looks even more amazing and I love the other elements you have added, like the pen nib (always a favourite) and that little bottle! It looks fantastic. Now the one thing I am wondering is, how did you do the title? Oh and where are the pennants?? Oh I also just realized I never officially "followed" you, so have done so now, sorry about that....

Dagmar said...

wow such a fantastic tag!!!!

Karin said...

wow fabulous background with the grungy paste! beautiful tag! have a nice summer! Groetjes Karin

Rosie Schirrmeister said...

Wow, this tag is absolutely amazing, love it

Have a wonderful Sunday

Fandhmum said...

I love this tag, Brenda and I imagine it is even more stunning IRL
Enjoy the sunshine
Rosie x

Anita Houston said...

FABULOUS! Love your explanation too! The script in the background is great! Love the gent on grid paper, but the spring on the clock really caught my eye! Love it!

butterfly said...

Sensational tag, with such a fabulous background, and brilliant embellishing. I've been suffering from Gridlocked Time for sure, but glad to be back and catching up.
Alison xx

Tincan Crafter said...

I loved when you said this: "....where the flow of time has slowed him down and he is struggling with the need to move into the next point of time but has been caught in the geometry of space that prevents him moving on." - I felt like I related - I always love your tags - everyone of them tells a story!

Martina2801 said...

Stunning tag, dear Brenda!! Everything works so well together.
Applause!!!!

Daniele said...

another great tag loving all those embellies, such a sweet dinky bottle
hugs

Netty said...

smashing tag and loving all the embellies, xx

Paper Profusion said...

Well a huge Hello from me Brenda! Saw a link to you on another blog and I thought well I will click it one more time and whaddaya know but I can now see your blog! I'm so pleased to be able to visit you once more!

Excellent tag! I love the script stencil and your gentleman fits so well to your time design. Gorgeously embellished as always - the ink in the vial is especially fab.

We had a slightly cooler cloudy start this morning - it was most welcome. Blue skies now though. Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Nicola x

craft-roomjulia said...

An amazing 'gridlock' tag. I just love all the layering and texture. Thanks for joining us at Craft Room Challenge and good luck with the draw. Julia xxxx

SanDee1899 said...

Oh Brenda this is such a wonderful piece of art you are showing just love it! The Background with the script so fantastic and the Space Ink totaly cool! I love how you have arragend the Stamps - this is an totally cool Project!!
From me and in the name of Amelie
thank you indeed for joining the SanDee&amelies STEAMPUNK Challenge
xoxo SanDee1899

coldwaters2 said...

Hi Brenda this is a WOW tag your attention to detail is awesome, that image and the embellishments are pure perfection and it is so very vintage, I love it.
hugs
lorraine x

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Wohow, that's a gorgeous tag, love every detail.

Terry said...

My middle name is "Gridlock" these days and I mean it! Brenda, your tag of rusty goodness is certainly a gorgeous one! I love the torn edges around the traveler and how cool is the time piece hanging from that spring! Love it! Hope you had a wonderful weekend! Hugs!

2amscrapper said...

A stunning entry for the Craft Room challenge. Helene

hazel said...

A fabulous tag Brenda, I love the image. Thank you for joining us at Craft-Room Challenge.
xxx Hazel.

Kathi said...

This is fabulous. I love your gridlocked time concept.

I saw this on Pinterest and am repinning!

Maura said...

Great tag!! Seems like a good story in. There.

nefertiti said...

In french : superbe!!!!!!!