Sunday, April 10, 2011

Grungy Monday 2 - Hello in there

The technique put forth by Linda at Studio L3 this week for Grungy Monday is a matte medium resist that T!m demonstrates here. I don't own any steel rule dies so I couldn't make my own foam stamp, but I used a stencil instead and it worked beautifully. The base is an actual page from our local phone book business section and the rest of the paper is Club Scrap (of course) from an older kit Autumn Splendor. The phone stamp is also from the Gimme A Ring kit by Club Scrap. The design of the page is from a Club Scrap challenge this month to use this sketch:

My song inspiration is a very sad and touching song by John Prine (a favorite of my family's) called Hello in there. I've used the chorus on the upper right corner of my piece and below:

Ya' know that old trees just grow stronger,
And old rivers grow wilder ev'ry day.
Old people just grow lonesome
Waiting for someone to say, "Hello in there, hello."

I don't fancy myself an artist...I simply like to play with paper, but it's interesting what a journey art can take you on if you are open to it. I created this piece with my brother in mind. He passed away 4 years ago tomorrow at the age of 47. Sometimes I still can't believe he's gone and other times I'm amazed he stayed as long as he did. He had a tender heart, but a troubled soul and although he didn't grow old, he definitely grew lonesome. I just wish he could have heard our "hello's". I hope he has found peace; I love you big bro.


  1. You touched my heart and soul with this piece, Sis. I love the art and that song certainly reminds me of Joe. Love to you, little brother!

  2. That is such a moving tribute Chrissie. I didn't know that you lost your brother so young.

  3. Beautiful tribute to your brother Chrissie. Stencils work well with the technique. Its so funny have been using this technique for yonks and never knew that Tim Holtz originated it! Have a great week, Annette x

  4. I didn't really go into how much I love this art piece because it touched me so much emotionally. I think you did a great job on the technique and I love the coloration. That black coiled phone cord is a stroke of genius. And the screw head brads are a nice homage to Jody Ody.

  5. Oh, my goodness, Chrissie, this is stunning! You improvised wonderfully with the stencil, and your resist looks fabulous. The entire design is gorgeous, and I appreciate the excellent instructions on how to re-create the cut-out.

    I love John Prine, and it's so cool to see him quoted.

    By the way, you may not consider yourself an artist, but I certainly do, and I bet everyone else who sees your work does, too! I'm so sorry that you lost your brother. This work of art is a beautiful tribute to him.