15 Sept 2013

The Chemist by Anne Redfern

I was chatting to the lovely Anne at Manchester show, as she has very kindly allowed me to share this with you.  Please make sure to visit her blog for more great work

The Chemist

Do you ever have times when you would like to create something, not for any particular challenge, but just for yourself?  These days I seem to take forever to create things for challenges - so this one is just for me and just for fun.  As a child, my lovely Dad built me a beautiful Doll's House and I spent many months decorating it and building furniture for it and creating little scenes.  When I saw Tim's new stamps of 'The Chemist' I immediately wanted them so that I could make a Chemist's shop or some kind of display.  Easier said than done!  I tried using a configuration box but the images, although quite large, just did not work.  I don't have one of the new slimmer configuration boxes with a lid, which would have been perfect, but undaunted I used a box that I already had in my stash.  After all, this was meant to be just for fun.........

The box is 6.1/2" square and just over 1" deep, it is very sturdy and you can see in the photo that I have started marking out a window.

And this is what the shop front ended up looking like.  The finished item has an acetate window but I left it off so that I could photograph it better.

The Chemist's pots and jars are coloured with Distress Inks and they have been set on a small table created from card.  The Chemist and pot stamps come separately so that you can place them in different situations.  I love that about this set of stamps.  The wall in the background has been created with backing paper and the 'chemical formula' on the wall has been stamped with black Archival Ink.

The lamp shade was created from card and the bulb is a Tim Holtz Ideaology bulb.

The window frame has been painted with PaperArtsy Fresco Finish in Vintage Lace as the base.  This was coated with Crackle Glaze and then over-painted with Fresco Finish Chocolate Pudding.

The bottles are Ideaology - they have been tinted with alcohol inks, one in Rust, one in Denim Blue and then the jars were filled with coloured sand.

The labels are by 7Gypsies.  What self respecting Chemist in those days would have been without a bottle of Arsenic....

The sign base above the window has been created with a Tim Holtz On the Edge die - Plaque and Postage.

The colours on the chemist sign are the same as the window but I applied a thicker coat of Crackle Glaze and used a thinner top coat to give a more weathered look.  Alpha Parts have been used for the word.

I am so pleased with this set of stamps, the images are large - well done to Brett Wedele for designing them and to Tim for using those designs.

Thanks for looking!  Take care and have fun creating.  Big hugs, Anne x


  1. Hi Ali, thanks so much for showing my Chemist shop, I really do appreciate your kindness. Hugs, Anne x

  2. this is wonderful Anne - so good to see it again too xx

  3. Anne you are so talented and inspiring, this is a great piece.
    Big Hugs Angela x

  4. Bravo, Anne - lovely to see the Chemist's Shop get another outing - it's incredibly special!
    Alison x