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Wednesday 6 March 2019

Love, Friends and Flying with the Zinskis

Hello all!  Thank you so much for your lovely response to my latest stamp launch with PaperArtsy.  The new collections are full of positive thoughts and ideas, which I hope you'll enjoy using on all sorts of projects.  When I was creating my samples for the new collections, I thought I would "colour code" them.  They all started from a neutral base, but then each set was assigned an accent colour.  Then across the sets there were "matching" styles, hopefully showing how the quotes will work in all sorts of crafting genres.

When it came to sharing more details here, I couldn't decide whether to divide up the posts by colour/collection or by shape/style, so I'm doing a bit of both in each post!  To start with, here's the full collection of samples for EAB09 The Love Collection, with its accent colour of red (well, of course, if you're dealing with love and hearts - though red is a pretty rare sighting around here!)...

And now I'm going to pull out one of those samples, and look at the matching ones from the other new collections, EAB10 Friends & Friendship and EAB11 Wings & Flight.

Let's start with those whimsical Zinski characters...  They're a hop out of kin from my usual crafting style, but it's fun to stretch one's wings in new directions occasionally (see, wings... even in my thinking I'm mixing and matching my quote collections!).

I started with some neutral Tim Holtz design paper, and used the stamping platform to stamp the Zinski girl. 

I'll confess this particular rag doll does make me very happy for some reason - it's that carefree, childlike exuberance, I think.

She's painted with Fresco paints - Cherry Red and London Bus to create the vibrant red tones, and some Chalk, Snowflake, China, Magic Moss and Granny Smith for accents.

The quote is stamped and embossed with Wow Earthtone Pepper embossing powder, and mounted on some card painted with the same bold red Fresco paints. 

That's Friedrich Nietzsche hitting the nail on the head with the words, as he so often does.

I did all the painting while the stamp and the card were still in their stamping platform positions, so that I could then stamp over the top to get all the details nice and sharp again.

The techniques are exactly the same for the "matching" Zinski cards using the other word stamps - keeping things very simple.  Now we move into EAB10 Friends & Friendship, and the colour accent is green.

There's some more of that large script paper in the background.  (I think it may be from the French Industrial paper stash, if memory serves.)

Pairing these two made me smile... look at the tolerant affection in the expression on this chap's face.

I hope he knows how good a friend he has in his tall pal.  The greens are a combination of Magic Moss and Granny Smith Fresco paints.

And the red, blue and white accents use the same paints as mentioned above.

The words are by Baltasar Gracián, a seventeenth century Spanish writer and philosopher... again, all too true.

Again, the Earthtone Pepper is in action on the quote.  I love the subtle shimmer and peppery texture of it.

And finally for this "mini collection", we're off into the wild blue yonder with EAB11 Wings & Flight.  Blue really was the obvious choice for this selection of quotes, and this is one of those magical pairings of words and pictures where it all just fits!

This Zinski girl is paired with what may be my favourite words out of this whole new release.  (I say that, but then I see another quote and think, "no, that one's my favourite... no, or this one...)

I love the mischief and daring in her eyes as she considers the possibility for flight.  And with those little wings made real by sheer force of her imagination and desire, she's already ready to take to the skies.

The blues are China and Smurf, with accent colours as already listed.

Some slightly different background paper this time, but still Tim Holtz, and still in those gentle neutral tones.  And again the stamping platform came in to its own to allow the painting and re-stamping to keep all the details fresh and sharp.

So there they are... the mini Zinski collection celebrating Love, Friends and Flying.  I'll be back soon with some close ups of some of the other samples, just so that I have them all collected together here at Words and Pictures.

The samples themselves have gone off to grace the PaperArtsy boards for shows, so this is the only place I'll have a record of what I created.  I hope you'll enjoy seeing them all gathered together.  I've even got pictures of the WHOLE group together - but you'll just have to wait for the final post for that!

Thanks so much for stopping by today, and I'll see you again soon.  Happy Crafting all!

You must not ever stop being whimsical. And you must not, ever, give anyone else the responsibility for your life.
From Wild Geese by Mary Oliver


Valerie-Jael said...

Wonderful stamps and creations, looks like you had big fun. Hugs, Valerie

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I'm simply blown away by your creativity and your latest quote stamps. Although the very colorful little Zinski dolls are simply adorable, and their sayings are so very appropriate, I think I like the "red" collection best. I have a "thing" for hearts and you have provided truly extraordinary inspiration. Thanks for sharing these and I look forward to the next installation of these quotes and sayings.

Anne (cornucopia) said...

Lovely assortment of artwork. I like the ones that are brown and red best: the color pairing looks great.

Astrid Maclean said...

Zinky's or whatever they are called will never quite do it for me, but you have made them look like great fun with your creations here, well done!

maria's knutselplezier said...

What a wonderful collection of gorgeous cards!! I love the quotes from paper artsy, but all your projects are really lovely!! Enjoy!!

Lucy Edmondson said...

These have so much charm, Alison, the pairings of the Zinski characters with the appropriate quote is just perfect, and shows their versatility,

Lucy x

craftytrog said...

I love how you used the Zinski designs with your wonderful new quotes Alison! Great samples! xx

Meggymay said...

It really is a fun way to show how your beautiful word quotes can be used with these quirky images. Fabulous inspirational pieces of art.
Yvonne xx

Patty O'Malley said...

Oh, these adorable characters made my day! Not my usual stamp that I gravitate to but there is something about them that I love!

Dorthe said...

I`m saying like you , very seldom, red is seen on my table of creating, but I love your collection , Alison , and that red cheeked gentleman .
Have to say that the sweet and fun Zinski stamps, would not be on my table , but they are cute, and live a lovely life, onto your neutral text background, and with your wonderful textstamps.
Hugs, Dorthe xx

Amanda said...

Love that you paired up you quotes with these guys, they are fab. I’m now in possession of your 3 new sets and just need to play now (another fabulous collection)
Amanda x

Helen said...

oh wow, what amazing samples, I love how you've chosen an accent colour for each set. that Zinski girl in red is perfect for your quote! I look forward to seeing more and especially them all together!

Redanne said...

I do love the Zinski characters, have some unused myself somewhere, they go so perfectly with your wonderful quotes. I particularly love the girl with the wings and the girl in red is just adorable. Your samples are beautiful! Anne xx

Etsuko said...

Stunning creation about LOVE, You Zinskis characters are really adorable with lovely quotes. I love them all. xx

suzyb said...

Just love all of them Alison, if I had to chose a favourite, I couldn't.
Love your art and your style and well, all of it.

Brenda Brown said...

Oh my it’s a fabulous and unique post Alison. Lovely to see one colour set together and the reds are magnificent, so varied and interesting and then to see the mixed Zinskis together brings all the quotes into play what a fabulous job you have done with them all both the samples and stamp collections. Xxx

My name is Erika. said...

I love seeing the pops of color Alison. The fun images are a nice change for you too. You have a huge range of styles. And I am loving the new stamps too. I picked them up. Hope all is well and you are having spring. Hugs-Erika

sarascloset said...

How fun are these little pieces of art! I love how you've added their rosy cheeks, and I think I'm a little in love with the girl in the red dress. She reminds me of a doll my mom made for me when I was small. (I guess Mom was ahead of her time!) Hugs!

froebelsternchen said...

ou simply used the Zinski designs with your wonderful new quotes in a unique way! Gorgeous!!!! Big hugs, Susi

Annie said...

I so enjoyed this post Alison and the Zinski's are so cute x a real change for you ad I love the red x Great words too

Have a lovely weekend
Huge hugs Annie xx

Let's Art Journal said...

What fabulous and fun makes! Your quote stamps are wonderful, you have such a way with words 😁. I love how you teamed them up with the other stamps and a specific accent colour as part of your designs - beautiful! Happy Friday and Weekend! J 😊 x

pearshapedcrafting said...

What a fabulous combination of stamps! This is going to cost me money!!! I wish I could buy some time too!!! Have a great weekend, Chrisxx

Mac Mable said...

The wonderful quotes sure do match perfectly with the fun images. Such fun ideas and samples and tons of inspiration....Thank you x. The earth tone pepper embossing powder looks gorgeous and loving your choice of acrylic colour paints and how you've used them x. Looking forward to seeing more x

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

What a fun post...and congrats again on your newest stamps! LOVE all this red...shocking for you I'm sure...and of course I'm pinning! The whimsical characters are perfect for all your quotes...laughed out loud on some...LOVE!!!

Neet said...

You have done it again - given us a whole host of lovely artwork that is. The one thing that strikes me is how different these are and yet they carry elements of the work you have done before - but they marry! Alison, you can turn your hand to anything!
Loved the display of red when it came up but then also loved the Zinski's in blues and greens.
What I like about these is that you have used similar backgrounds to the artwork I have adored in the past, even down to the spattering of white you use at times.
These are terrific and I hope you understand what I am trying to say - I just love them all.
Hugs, Neet xx

Mrs.B said...

Wonderful samples Alison and it just shows how versatile your quotes are teamed with these quirky characters.
Avril xx

Cocofolies said...

Sorry for the late commenting on this marvelous post Alison!!!!!!
I adore what you did with these cute Zinski stamps and your new (great!) quotes, they match perfectly with the designs you chose! All these cards are so adorable!!!
Hugs, Coco xxx