Sunday, 30 August 2015

Life is Art!

Hello there everyone
So its the last Bank Holiday weekend here in England until Christmas - Hope you're all enjoying , whatever your plans or the weather may be. Not sure what I'll be up to as yet other than being here today to share my latest make for this months challenge 'Things with Wings'  over at A Vintage Journey
As the clock is ticking to meet the entry deadline I will get straight down to business so to speak . 

I have altered a small canvas

The canvas was covered with a dictionary definition page. As my focal image was to be an embossed heart I  chose the page with 'Love' definitions. Acrylic paint was then applied randomly over the covered canvas to lighten some of the print. 
Detail was then added to the covered canvas using stamps and a stencil. For the stamping I used both Watering Can and Black Archival ink and Tim Holtz Honeycomb and Speckle stamps. For the stencilling I used Tim Holtz Dot fade stencil and some texture paste aswell as Tim Holtz dotty stencil with Weathered Wood Distress ink. 

A spritz of Perfect Pearls and some silver gilding wax was applied to add a touch of shimmer and opulence to finish off the background. 

The hearts and wings were die cut using Tim Holtz Heart Wings Bigs die and grey board. I love the asymmetrical design of this heart .The heart is inked up heavily with Chipped sapphire distress ink and triple embossed using ultra thick embossing powder. On the final layer the embossing is stamped into with a chosen stamp to create the design and texture on the heart.
The wings are painted with acrylic paint and distressed with Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink and the edges caught with a touch of silver gilding wax. 
The quote 'Life is Art'  was stamped in Watering Can Archival Ink and mounted onto steel grey card stock.
To assemble, the wings were positioned and adhered in place and then dimensional glue was used to adhere the embossed heart.The Quote was fed into a memo pin, making sure the 'is'  was the word that could be read through the ring of the pin.The quote was left sitting proud of the canvas again to give dimension.Two more memo pins were added for embellishment and grey gems were placed into the centre of the rings. Inverted eyelets were added to embellish each of the four corners of the canvas. 
Two screw eyes were screwed into the top of the canvas and a length of silver chain attached to enable the canvas to be hung .
 And here it is again my 'Life is Art' altered canvas - Hope you like
I do enjoy making pieces of wall art and I was so glad  I chose to revisit the triple embossing technique for the heart as the result, I think, is so texturally pleasing . 
I would like to enter this into the following challenges  
A Vintage Journey - August Challenge - Things with Wings 
Thats Crafty- 'Alphabet Soup Challenge'  
( I have used letters of the alphabet in the quote and on the dictionary definition background )
( I have used text print background and Text stamp)  

Thank you so much to you all, both new and old friends and followers alike, for taking the time out to stop by today . Your visits and comments are very much appreciated. 
Hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend and the coming month (eek! September already - how did that happen?) brings with it nothing but good health and happiness for you all . 
Time for a brew here me thinks so see you again soon 
Take care 
Amanda x


die amelie said...

LOVE this, Amanda! Beautiful texture and the colour scheme is just beautiful! Claudia x

Cheryl Grigsby said...

So lovely, Amanda. I love the embossed metallic look of the heart and your canvas background is so beautiful!

Samantha Read said...

This is absolutely . . . stunning ... gorgeous and beautiful. Love it!!
Sending hugs from Poppy and me xxx

Redanne said...

Oh WOW Amanda, this is fabulous! I love the triple embossed heart, it is so, so beautiful and I love the hint of the words in the background and the way you used those pins. A really stunning piece!

Thanks so much for joining in our challenge at A Vintage Journey! Hugs, Anne xx

Jools Robertson said...

Amazing, exquisitely beautiful detail on the heart
Need to try

Jools x

butterfly said...

Glorious! Love the triple-embossed stamped texture on the heart - it looks completely amazing. And the subtle metallic hues work so well to make this canvas both dramatic and elegant. A fantastic "thing with wings". Thanks so much for joining us on A Vintage Journey.
Alison xx

Amanda said...

Love the monotone and texture, fabulous
Amanda x

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Lovely piece Amanda , love the triple embossed heart, adds so much texture, I also love the addition of her memo pins and the print in the background . Lovely. Tracy x

Nikki Acton said...

Wonderful Amanda! Just love all the texture and the beautiful composition, Nxx

Annie said...

An absolutely stunning project the details and the heart is FABULOUS xx
Annie x
Great to have you on board with us at AVJ x

Buttons said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!!! I LOVE that heart! Thank you so much for joining us at A Vintage Journey with this stunner. Jenny xxx

teri reed said...

Pink, this may well be my all time favorite!!! It is absolutely beautiful, great work my friend!!!

Barbara Schiassi said...

Stunning piec Amanda! I love every single detail! Barbarayaya

Sara Barker said...

What a unique canvas! It is wonderful to see something so different and truly creative. Now THIS is art!

Donna B. said...

A gorgeous project! I love the wings with the heart. Thanks for playing at the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.

Brenda Brown said...

OMG Amanda this us utterly delightful, I just love the design using one of Tim's older dies and the stamping in the EP creates such wonderful texture. Love it xxx

Team Clark said...

This is a fantastic creation, I love the dimension on the heart. What a perfect background for it!

Rachel said...

such a beautiful canvas. i love the textures. Thank you so much for playing with the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!


Juliz Design Post said...

Wow, what a fabulous design with super techniques and details. Love the quirky feel too it and your embossed heart is a showstopper. Thanks for joining in the challenge at AVJ and good luck.
Julie x

Julia Aston said...

Love this canvas in the white/black Amanda - your embossed heart is just gorgeous - thanks for joining us in the AVJ challenge! Julia xx

Dots Dabbles said...

This is so beautiful Amanda! Love the textures.
Dot x

butterfly said...

Big congrats on your well-deserved Pinworthiness at A Vintage Journey!
Alison xx

Paper Profusion said...

Hi Amanda, this is truly stunning and your AVJ win is so well deserved. Love how you have arranged the pins. I've peeked at your guest post for Friday coming, it looks fantabulous! Nicola x


Wow Amanda - what a stunning work of art. Love the background detail and the rich texture of the heart. Absolutely FABULOUS!
Sylvia xx

Joi at RR said...

Just beautiful Amanda. Loved reading about your heart creation and love thinking of the love dictionary pages that you used in the background too. Your heart is stunning. Thanks bunches for sharing. j.

Julie Steed said...

Love that heart! Who am I kidding? Love the whole thing!

Stephanie Rodgers said...

This is AWESOME! Love it! So glad Marjie Kemper posted your blog link on her Tuesday Tutorials today! I'll visit often.

Moira said...

A gorgeous make Amanda and so brilliant to be covered in the Marje Kemper Tuesday Tutorials xxx