Friday, 9 January 2009

My Word!

Over at Big Art Adventure this time round the theme is
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A WORD on a SIGN
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Go check it out if your intrigued!
{it's easier than me trying to explain the title lol}

I absolutely loved this idea and set straight to work creating my piece.
I choose a mini canvas i received for Xmas, as i had it sat on display all bare just begging to be altered.
And my word..
Believe.
{As in, believing in myself that little bit more.}
And here it is
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This was actually inspired by an article in Feb's issue of Craft Stamper.
I wanted to have a go with Gesso & Bubble wrap, but to be honest that didn't go well at all and nearly ruined my piece! But in the spirit of the project i carried on believing in myself that i could put it right.
I started off by painting my canvas lightly with Denim & Hazelnut Dabbers
I then stamped a couple of Ticket stamps {Invoke Art} I tried using a normal ink pad but the results didn't come out quite as good as I'd hoped so i tried my Espresso Dabber which worked better, but where i had already stamped the first ticket, i patched it up by stamping another ticket onto kitchen towel, and then tore it out and stuck it over the original, this actually gave a nice texture to the piece.
Next came the disaster of the Gesso! I did it how it says in the mag to add some gesso to a craft sheet, then roller your brayer over it and roller it onto the bubble wrap etc etc etc, but all i ended up with was a horrible white mess in the corner... for a minute i panicked but then a light bulb appeared above my head {as they do!} and i applied some denim dabber to the bubble wrap and placed it over where the gesso had failed. Hurray! it looked 10 times better {sort of} and i was happy so i carried on.
I stamped one of my fav images {Paper Artsy - Dragonfly lady -i call her} onto a page of an old book and cut her out, but she looked somewhat flat, so i twisted a piece of wire to create a tail and stamped the image again but this time on acetate with stazon and cut out just the wings.

I glued the wings with silicone and then placed the wire tail on top stuck again with silicon {so i could have more time to position correctly} and once that was dry i added just little of my new vintage photo distress stickles. I actually like these so much that i also added some to the corners of the canvas, also using the faded jeans colour.

To finish i attached My Word, which was a Tim Holtz token, {i sanded the edges of this slightly} and i pinned it to the canvas using a mini TH kilt pin {am sure that's not what there called but that's what they look like to me} any hoow, that was that.

I placed it back on it's mini easel and ta da, It all came good in the end.

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Thanks for stopping by, visit again soon x

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xx Hugz xx

.{P.S. sorry for the all over the place letter sizing, blogger is obviously having a fit or something coz it all looks right until i publish the post.. oh well !!}.

23 comments:

Stempelchaotin said...

OMG what an awesome.
Stunning little canvas. I love it.

* Shaz * said...

This is terrific Nicky xx

Virginia said...

Brilliant..Love it!!

Andrea said...

minxy this is just sooooo perfect and cute to x

craftytrog said...

Stunning! That 'dragonfly lady' is one of my fave stamps too! I was going to try the gesso bubblewrap technique too - think I'll practise on scrap paper first! Lol! xx

Rosie said...

A great word to choose - something a lot of us need to remember. I love the result, especially the acetate wings, and your sharing of the process. Thanks for taking part in our challenge!
Love
Rosie ABAA

Gillian said...

Love what you achieved with this canvas, the stamp is just perfect and so many different elements/techniques to look at. Great choice of word too.

Ann said...

Nicky your canvas is amazing - I just adore it!! I love that stamp too - must get one, LOL!! Where did you get your min easel from please Nicky??
Hugs
Ann xx

Jendy said...

This is just gorgeous! I love all the details and layers. You did a great job!

CraftyC said...

Just loving your canvas Nic, I love the little xtra's you add and think its a stunner!
Clairex

Angelnorth said...

Fabulous Nicky, love that twisted wire detail and the transparent wings overlaying the first stamping. Fantastic details!

craftypixie said...

love it !! well done youve certainly done a lovely piece here
Wendy xx

Linda said...

Nicky, that is absolutely gorgeous! Great word choice, great technique - and I LOVE those wings. Clever you!
Linda xxx

Fiona Whitehead said...

What a fabulous piece - love the wording too.

Sarah said...

good job!!!

I love stuff that comes together in its own sweet way like this did - some of my best finished pieces have gone through a few disasters along the way :D

crafty creations said...

Stunning piece of artwork Nicky love all the elements you've added and that stamp is awesome

Hels said...

Gorgeous canvas Minxy, love the whole stylee xx

J and Z said...

awesome sign!! great work!!

Sue said...

Hi Nicky - loved reading the highs and lows of how you got to the end - which is stunning. Just love the dragonfly and your gesso background.
Patience is good - see mine - lol

DF - Heidi said...

this is one of my fav stamps and boy have you done it proud awesome job

Kathryn Hansen said...

your little piece looks great...thanks for sharing not only the construction of it but your ups & downs with it too!

Jaqi said...

It looks stunning and the mini easel really makes it look fab, I love the way you have added the wire and wings, brilliant, Jaqi

IsaNorris said...

another AMAZING piece!!
ok, I'll stop now... but will be back. LOVE your work
isa