During the last few months I have been busy working, attending to changes in our family dynamics, and spending as much time in my 'craft room' when any spare time allowed as well as planning for, and enjoying, a significant birthday milestone in September.
Throughout the 2012 journey, I have embarked on numerous projects, learnt an amazing array of new techniques, attended some select classes (in a 'brick and mortar' building) participated in online crafting, mixed media and art tutorials in a variety of mediums and have generally 'grown' as an eclectic artist, for which I feel personally fulfilled.
Am looking forward to my personal, work, and artistic challenges during 2013.
During the 2012 journey, one of the canvas series I created (a set of 3) is titled Strength, Serenity and Possibilities' This was, as it turned out, a very meaningful and insightful exercise for me. The three canvases took about six months to finalise (whilst jumping from project to project) and fitting everything in with regard to family, lifestyle, employment and art. I intend to sell them, because for me, the creative process and everything I personally achieved along the way is complete.
So let me start, in no particular order:
This canvas commenced as an online class for something totally different, which I had discarded 'for future use'. I kept, and altered the background a number of times and then decided to add a 'wreath' which represented the spirit of my being. Whilst I am not a religious person, this canvas continued to reveal layer by layer, a lot of me. Very hard to explain, as I do not open up very well to those whom I do not know personally, and well.
Canvas size 14x14"
The canvas was created first using a deep edge canvas, mixed media techniques using gesso, paint, texture, stencils, inks, rubons and quite a lot of other techniques I cannot remember now
I have to admit that when I took this photo of the 'finished piece' that I did not experience the best of lighting unfortunately, so does not show up in 'true form'
This is the right hand side of the canvas. I added some embellishments, including resin flowers to match the colour theme, and added the title Possibilities which I typed using Word and printed on to 'sticky back canvas' which I then inked around the edges before adhering to the canvas..
This is a close up of the bottom of the wreath.
Note: The wreath was created using dyed tulle (using Glimmermist sprays), vintage lace, lace from my stash, dyed rayon ribbon purchased on etsy, wedding dress fabric from my stash, pearl cluster from Bella Paperie (the pearls were coloured with a Copic marker), wire and pearls from an old necklace, to name but a few of the embellishments
Close up of the bird
I made the bird using a punch and purchased the wing feathers from a beading store.
The nest was made from some tea-dyed muslin which I molded by placing over the back of a mini muffin tin and adding fabric stiffener. When dry, added some shredded paper to the 'nest' , then the bird, and attached to the wreath on the canvas. Also added a little 'bling' for the eye of the bird
Left hand side of the wreath
I used some old/vintage music sheet paper I found in a second hand store to create a rose (my favourite flower), made a feather using similar paper (from a tutorial I did not keep a note of, sorry), added some more fresh water pearls to the wire from a broken necklace and used Glimmermist sprays to match my theme.
Top of the wreath
I forgot to mention that i wrapped the lace, tulle and built layers for my wreath using the inner workings of a couple of different sized embroidery hoops. I used 'hot glue' to place a lot of the heavier items onto the canvas. Added some home-made paper flowers and little ivory resin flowers from my stash.
Note: Some of the lace I used was from a lace wedding dress I bought on eBay some time ago, which I cut up, and to this day, am still using bits and pieces on projects.
Will post Serenity tomorrow