Tuesday, 2 February 2010

On Terra Firma....A Brief Stop From The Magic Carpet

...Actually, technically speaking, so to speak, I am on Terra Firma...but my head is away high up in the clouds...or at least I have to admit that when this piece started out it was supposed to be for the Play Date Cafe challenge which is HERE...but once I got cracking on it the colours I was supposed to be using got covered up with loads of browns and blues and then I added Terra, stamped into it...then went a bit bonkers with the gold paint....erm...so it isn't an entry after all ROFL This is another entry for the OWOH giveaway...I am just so blown away with the amount of comments I have had on the original post that I wanted to add this one it to say THANK YOU for all your lovely comments....




This piece started life as an 8" square canvas which is a cheapy one from The Works...and has a shallow side, which is excellent for flipping over and using as a shadow frame, the recess is just the right depth. I prepped the canvas back with Gesso...a couple of layers which then made the excess canvas curl up, so off that was chopped and then I layered some Terra over the whole of the frame...and whilst this was still relatively wet, I stamped into it with a diamond background and a script stamp. This looked ok but a tad boring...so on went the Trad Tan paint ... ah, yes, I have a confession...I am now on my 10th pot of this and I think I should take out shares in Ranger...I seem to be keeping them afloat with my Trad Tan paint purchases LOL




Once the Trad Tan was dry, I used some blue and then some Sable paint (more of Claudine Hellmuths amazing range) Still a bit boring...so I used some Croco paint and slapped on a few patches of this....think it was the Bronze colour...but to be honest, by the time I had finished faffing with the paint, it kind of got covered a bit.




Still not happy with the frame I hit on the idea of using Gold Ferro...now, if you haven't used it...you must...it is so versatile and has a great texture that is just perfect for stamping into...again, using the diamond pattern...just remember, when stamping into Terra or Ferro so scrub your stamp before it goes in and as soon as it comes out...otherwise it sticks like .. er...stuff
to a blanket (note how ladylike I am being today)




Finally I was happy with the frame... so I got the old Melt Pot out and heated up some Beeswax....readied some tissues and napkins and made a collage...using sections of the printed tissues/napkins...cutting out the birdies...and remembering to leave their tails on this time ... and then used some of the plain layers of tissue to stamp onto...using the same ones as used for the frame...and also a cute ickle birdy by Crafty Individuals. I used Timber Brown StaZon for the stamping...blimey, this pad is soooo dry...new one needed immediately I reckon!




The finishing bits were popping some gold Precious Metal paint over the frame, toning in all the colours to a blend I was happy with...and then I added a couple of shapes I made using Fimo and a Push Mold...and added some Micro Beads and pearls...and lastly, the obligatory mini bottle...where would my art be without Trad Tan and mini bottles eh?




Thanks for looking...have a great day and....if you haven't already seen the OWOH posts and giveaways please scroll on down to see what I am entering for the swaps...cheers!

Hels x

37 comments:

Clarky J said...

This is fabulous hels - love how much details you add to your work x Janet

Lori said...

This is just the greatest piece Hels! I love all the little details, and that Ferro stuff is pretty amazing, I might have to try and get some of that! Beautiful piece, no wonder you have about as many comments as are entered in OWOH! lol.

Elaine A said...

Hels -

This is just absolutely breathtaking! I love the way it looks. What a simply marvelous job you have done with this.

Elaine Allen

Dan said...

I love the texture you've achieved on the frame! :)

Karen Ellis said...

Holy Moly, Hels. Lookin good!! Your projects are phenominal! (gee I hope I spelled that right! *smile* )

jonaks said...

wow this is so lovely. I just love looking at your artworks!!!

Sandy said...

OMG Hels, I´m overwhelmed.

Your work is absolutely unique. Big applause for this piece again. Love them Hun.

* Shaz * said...

another simply gorgeous piece of art Hels.. your work truly is amazing xx

Diane.W. said...

Hi Hels!!!
You are sooo kind,giving more of your fab creations away.
This is another stunner & those lil birds are so cute :o)x

Helen said...

Another great piece of art! I wish I could stay home all day and make art.... why can't we get paid for staying home, that's what I want to know!!
Must try some of that gold ferro, not got that colour!!

Joanne said...

I am so glad I found your blog so I can drool over your gorgeous creations. I can't get enough of those birds either! x

TinaB said...

STUNNING!!!!!!!!!!! Love it hun xx

Shirl said...

What beautiful work. You have such talent ... :0)

Shirl x

Tracey said...

Oh Hels, this is my favourite, love it, just got some of the Crocco paint, but I neeeeeed all the other stash too, think I need a sugar daddy!
xx

Artyjen said...

Gorgeous....whoever wins will be in 7th heaven!
xoxo

Heavens2Betsy said...

This is just delicious Hels. Love the depth and texture.

Andrea said...

this is beautiful and loving the birds in your artwork xx

Julie Ann said...

Oh, another exquisite piece!! I just Love your work!!!

Carolands said...

Love these colours and textures, great work!

Daniele said...

its amazing how you started with one thing and finally ended up with something completly different from the original idea just love it would look nice on my wall LOl
Hugs from Daniele

Deb (dcorder) said...

Incredible project!!

Linda Elbourne said...

This is beautiful ... all the details look amazing XXX

Gerrie Johnnic said...

This is ART! Wowza GF, it just is jaw droppin' FAB....mine mine mine! even if it does have trad Tan! xxoo hugz

Shar said...

You just blow me away with your imagination and wonderful creations! Stunning and wonderful!

Anke said...

So wonderful Hels.

Hugs
Anke

Minxy said...

I am so loving the Terra, and what you've done with it, the outside of this frame is awsome :)

Basement Stamper said...

Wow, this is stunning, you did such a fabulous job with all the little details on it!

Anonymous said...

Irene says this is really cool,love it

Lynn Stevens said...

Now how did I manage to miss this one? Wow Hels your just amazing. Have I told YOU that lately??? I am beginning to sound like a broken record. I'm off to check out how you did it!!

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

Hehee sounds about right - forgetting the initial brief as it were ;) This is wonderful. I hadn't seen this when I decided to use one of my canvasses in the same way - just shows great minds think alike ROFL; I wish!
Anne xx

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

Hmm Tracey, does your hubby know about you wanting a sugar daddy LOL
Anne xx

Lorraine said...

well this is yet another marvellous creation..are your eyes hurting from looking at the vast amount of OWOH blogs out ..I have deffo got OWOHitis

Debby said...

I don't even know what to say. Fabulous adjectives just do not do this justice.

Wanda H said...

This is so incredibly gorgeous!!! Oh, I hope I win... I hope I win!!!

Alexandra said...

Wow! I love this, beautiful colours & textures. You have got such a eye for creating gorgeous things and with such detail.
I'll need to get some of this Ferro stuff too.

Gaby Bee said...

This piece is absolutely stunning!!!
Love all the little details!

KAT said...

This is stunningly beautiful - I love all the texture that you were able to create - BUT what is Terra??? wondering what you used to get all the dimension on the frame.

Now I need to go out and find some beautiful napkins - I have the wax and this looks like a GREAT way to play with some!

Thanks for the inspiration!

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