How vain am I!
So I haven't posted for over a month - bad girl. My excuse - well we had a week away in the sun (read books, ate nice food, drank wine and beer, got in the pool occasionally, used up a lot of suntan lotion and watched people) and work has been rather busy. To try and keep on top of things, meet deadlines and create myself some time to dedicate to big projects I've been working late and working at home in the evenings. I know, I know work life balance etc etc but Friday saw me finally break the back of most of it and I didn't bring any work home for the weekend - hurrah!
In amongst this constant slog of work I did manage to make this for my hubby for his birthday.
It's a 12x12 canvas which I painted in a denim blue paint, stuck downs some bits of torn book pages around the edge, colour washed over the top in a darker shade of blue , rubbed back bits with a baby wipe and sprayed over the top in places through a swirly stencil with a tattered angels ( I have loads of them I must use them up) glimmer mist in a silvery blue to represent the sea. I put tissue tape around the edge and swiped a pale blue over the top of it to tone in and add an edge to the front of the canvas.
I love using tissue tape in this way as it covers up any spills and seepage from sloshing paint around on the top (I'm a messy crafter)!
The central panel has come out really well, it feels and looks like old leather. It's a piece of old crate paper so it's quite heavy anyway. I painted over in a dark midnight blue paint and then some crackle glaze and then a watered down pale blue. I've now got the hang of this old crackle glaze and it's about getting the top layer of paint to the right consistency (single cream) and enough of it to give a good but not too thick layer - practice does indeed make perfect(ish).
Some text was added in brown ink - very subtle (which means you can't really see without looking very closely - but I know it's there and I know it adds to the look and feel of the piece) I made sure I added some paint to the reverse of the square as I knew I wanted the edges to curl up a bit. Finally added some stitching rounds the edge to anchor the piece. The longer it dried the more it began to feels like leather rather than paper.
Finally the fishes, these were the starting point as my husband loves fish - to look at and eat on occasion!
I knew I wanted to use metal and puts lots of texture on using embossing folders, paint and alcohol inks. I also wanted to bend and shape them so they didn't sit flat on the paper. They sort of worked and if I'd had more time I might have roughed um up a bit more.
And the arrangement - well I'm a pisces, so they had to go that way! He really liked it and now we are just trying to work out where to display in the house!
So, leave a comment if you like, it's always good to hear praise and constructive comments (honestly I can take it - I've been staff reviews for the past fortnight so I'm well versed in giving and taking constructive feedback on performance).