Welcome to the Order of the Opus Gluei!!!

New challenges every two weeks and open to YOUR interpretation - all art forms are welcome!

Come and play with us!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Challenge #180 - INCHIES!!!!

Inchies are teeny tiny little pieces of art 1 inch by 1 inch.
How precious is that?
You can make them on their own, add them to a card, 
share them with your friends, or even,
 add them to a canvas.

These are inchies:
 And here are inchies added to a canvas I made:

Chat Noir here.....and its allowed to frame your inchies too, and have bits and pieces  over the edges (as you can see from Electra's super ones at the top).  Here are a few of mine, and a couple at the top have frames.  When I started, the concept of an inch was so small that I couldn't believe it had once been just what we used (we're metric in Australia now)( THEY are tiny little squares).

I think I need more practise with these, but that's what's so good about Opus Gluei, its okay to be a beginner!
Deena here:  these are all of the inchies that I swapped with the other was so much fun to do.  I am also mounting mine to a canvas (including all of my swapped ones from around the world because they are just so cute and fun and truly artsy)...

Rosemary here and I have been making inchies for a few years now and love to swap them, the creativity is LIMITLESS.   As my fellow Poobahs have demonstrated, you can use inchies as a part of your art (canvas, ATCs, etc.) or collect and enjoy them.
For this challenge I wanted to show some inchies I've made.
 and then how I've used some of them on cards as a little special embellishment.


Show us your inchies!

Past, present or some you have made
for an upcoming swap. 
 (shh, don't tell anyone this,
 but we Poobahs have a secret love for Inchies) 
Maybe you will too, once you try them!

You have until April 20th to link up with us
in the comments below.
We look forward to seeing your inchie masterpieces!!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Challenge #179 - Touch Me, Inspire Me

Are you touchy-feely or just like playing around with smooth paper, bumpy burlap, or even perhaps making french knots with embroidery floss?  Perhaps you like to collage in your art journal or add a touch of texture to your cards?  Do you like to visit blogs and get inspiration that you give your special spin to?  

If so, then this is the challenge for you!

The Opus Gluei Poobahs want you to take on this fortnight's challenge to:


Show us some texture or perhaps something on the Internet that has inspired your creativity!

Rosemary here and I went over to Pinterest, as I often do, to soak up pretty eye candy when I came across this lovely.  I have a thing for peacocks and I loved this card so I decided to put my spin on it for this challenge.

and so with pen, paper, embossing folders, ink, rhinestones, and a doily I made:

Lots of wonderful touchy feel goodness here - velvety ribbon, embossed and inked cardstock, the texture of the doily, and so on.
Full details and pics of how this emerged are on my personal blog.

Electra here  I found something I really liked on Pinterest.
(I know, how difficult is that to do?)
and here's what I came up with:
deets can be found on my blog.

Deena here:  I went with more of a textured look with paper piecing and 3-d elements with my card:

Chat Noir here, and I am venturing down a new path which involves lots of good lighting, clean glasses (the spectacle kind, but a tea glass wouldn't go astray either), wool and a crochet hook. 
I feel like I'm channeling my grandmother as I hook the wool over my fingers and talk glibly about single chain and trebles.........  So far I've mastered the first little slip knot, one tiny paragraph of instructions in my book, and a small collection of circles.  I love how each side has a completely different texture.  I'm planning to fold and pleat them and turn them into brooches, but I haven't quite got that bit clear in my head!  Here's the book if you're interested.... so many cute little things, and they often begin with a circle.

So, we are hoping our ideas inspire you to share your creativity with us!

You have lots of time to
link up below in our comments.

 We'd love to visit and see what you've made, and you can even link projects that are from our previous themes.
We are just that laid back around here!