Tuesday, 6 April 2010

If Music Be The Food Of Love...

...play on! A little known fact about yours truly here... I love Shakespeare! I know, it isn't trendy to love Shakespeare now-a-days...nor is it because I am incredibly intelligent...far from it...but when I was about 15 I had an "Educating Rita" moment... *have you ever seen that film? It is one of my all time faves!* and I was studying Twelfth Night for my *ahem* O Level English Lit...hey, I wish I could say it was my GCSE but they were a distant thing in the future! Anyway, I fell in love with the works of Shakespeare and even now, I am a sucker for all things by the Bard... now did anyone see David Tennant as Hamlet... *swoons* Perfection or what! So, I am waffling away here and not even talking about the thingy I just made... This evening I had one of those moments when you hear a little voice from the Room of Stash calling... so off I went and mucked about with some mini canvases and some Terra and came up with this;




Instead of using the proper side of the canvas, I flipped it over and painted the whole lot with some Gesso - then I added on some Terra to the wooden bit of the framework...application with the finest tool known to a crafter... a finger! I heated up the Terra which made it go lovely and bubbly...then added some Silver acrylic paint - the best metallic acrylic for me is an Adirondack Dabber - and then I plopped some black paint over the top of this but didn't go right into the bubbley bits...I zapped this with my heat gun and then added some Silver Precious Metal paint over the top...again using the finger applicator. BTW .. it is a so and so to get out from under nails... be warned LOL




I set this aside to dry off completely while I got making some little Grungepaper roses - using the medium and small Flower Power stamps from The Artistic Stamper. I over stamped these with one of Mr. T'Holtz's music score stamps and then coloured them with Aged Mahogany, Fired Brick and Barn Red - so each one is a slightly lighter colour than the next.




Finally, I added on a little Adage Ticket attached in a mini clip and made a little mat to go inside the frame...again stamping over with the music score. It was a simple little piece and really fun to make, I love using Terra cos each time the effect is slightly different from before...and I just love the warty effect you get...mmm...warty, doesn't sound too pleasant... but you know what I mean!! Oh, I almost forgot to boast, I mean tell you... the Educating Rita moment worked...cos I got an A for my exam result...the only A I will ever get but I was well chuffed with that result! Thanks for looking...beddybyes time for me now....TTFN...

Hels x

39 comments:

2amscrapper said...

This is soooooooo beautiful!

Deanna Cosgrove said...

Oh, I am so in love w/this piece. I especially love the grunge flowers w/music notes----sweet!

Crafty Dawn said...

Yes I love it! your work very yum!

and Shakespear too! and yes I did see David as hamlet very good but I have to say I like the old fasion plays not the modern setting ones as I feel some times they loose their feel I have to say I really fell in love with Macbeth same exp as you lol I was doing my Eng lit I also got an A yep you gotta love THE BARD lol I was frightend of him at first but having done my Eng Lit as a Mature student I really did enjoy it.

love Dawn xx

Linda Ledbetter said...

Twelfth Night is one of my top three Shakespeare favorites! Malvolio cracks me up. As and for your gorgeous work here, I'll say it yet again: WOW!!! Beautiful, per usual.

Wanda H said...

Fabulous!!!

Briarwood Miniatures said...

"I like this place and willingly could waste my time in it"
(As You Like It, Act II, Scene IV)

Love to visit your blog, and this piece is beautiful!

(And, yes, as a poet and a once-upon-a-time time English Major in college, I'm a Bard lover myself! *grin*)

Cia

Jennie said...

This is lovely :)
xx

Helen said...

I studied Macbeth for my Eng Lit O level.
Love your canvas - the silver paint effect looks like drops of mercury, fantastic. Love the roses too....

Fliss said...

Really, really love this! the "warty" look is just fabulous and might have to invest in some Terra.
I love Shakespeare too and don't get me started on David Tennant (drool!!!)
xx
PS: Congratulations on your A too.

Loulabelle said...

Love this Hels. Gorgeous roses and great frame, love the texture. Well done on that A!!

Sid said...

Super altered canvas, fancy you being a bardy fan !!

Nicki said...

love this its absolutely gorgeous!
Nicki
x

Sandy said...

Wow this is absolutely beautiful. The roses are fabulous. Love this piece of art hun.

Kim Piggott said...

Wow!
This is totally awesome!
Such amazing work I love it!
Those flowers are stunning and your design is gorgeous!
Loved reading your post too!
hugs
kim x

Andrea said...

tell you what Hels I will give you an A++ for your artwork as its always in that grade and this is a wonderful example, you also deserve an A++ for your friendship, lots love xx

Joanne said...

I was making red roses in my dreams last night. Must get that stamp from Jennie to make itsy bitsy ones 'cos yours are just perfect. I did o-level lit., Great Expectations - or pregnant elephants to us kids!! It was one I passed too. Funny 'cos all I did was learn a few lines so I could quote them. Oh! by the way - I'm directly related to old Bill!!! xx

Angie said...

This is so beautiful ....love the flipped frame ....brilliant ... must not forget this technique xx

joy said...

Hels, your creations are just fascinating and, as a recent follower of your blog, I am blown away by them. And, I love reading your posts - so much fun and very informative, too! I have one question (pardon my ignorance)- what is Terra???

craftimamma said...

How on earth you can create gorgeous art among the chaos of moving I don't know but this is such a pretty piece. Love it!

Hugs
Lesley Xx

Dan said...

Wonderful metallic effect! :)

Linda Elbourne said...

You see ... I thought you would be saying "OUT OUT DAMNED SPOT" ... this morning ;0)
Very lovely work X

craftytrog said...

Smashing texture! Love it! xx

Claireabelle said...

Just fantastic Hel's, as for 'O' levels, no idea what they are? LOL
x

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

Gorgeous artwork Hels :) and I love Shakespeare too - well done on getting an A :)
(my SS entry's on my blog now here)
Anne xx

Paula said...

beautiful work!

Shar said...

Stunning! Also, this former english lit major thinks Bill is still cool!

Cardarian said...

Lovely bit of art, I wish I could do that sort of stuff - I am not even close but I will be some day ha, ha..I am old enough to know about Educating Rita - good film that was!
Shakespeare??? Yes I like him too!
Cardarian

Debbie S said...

This is lovely, especially the constrast between the warm reds and coldness of silver. I love silver and would use it all the time but the other colours would get jealous.

Lori said...

Lovely piece, Hels! Love the silver and the red roses, together, they really pop! Shakespeare was something I never quite got into... but good job with your A!

Shazza said...

fabooooolus! Hels, I have failed to make a decent rose, need you to come help me :0)
x

Debby said...

Love your work Hels. Saw some new stuff by Paper Artsy. Where is that store located? Can you email me as I have some questions and am going to be over in London next month. Thanks. Debby and I am in the EWV group with you. stampitout@sbcglobal.net

whyducks said...

I just love it, it is so gorgeous. I am totally inspired!

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

I've got a little something for you on my blog ;)
Would you mind emailing me your addy when you move hun just in case ;)
Anne xx

TinaB said...

Beautiful!!! Love it.xx
BTW, What are o'levels .... lol
My year were the first to take GCSE :-O xx

Gerrie Johnnic said...

Lovely darlin', just lovely! What a kewl idea using it backside! hugz

DonnaMundinger said...

Seriously AMAZING, Hels! LOVE the "warty" frame. this would be so perfect for my DH since he practices the piano almost as much as I craft and his little studio room (walk-in closet) where he has his keyboard (so I don't have to hear) is red and black! Gorgeous! xxD

Angelnorth said...

Fab little canvas, love the roses filling up the hole in the centre. And yes, PM paint is a beggar to get off!

KAT said...

Love the flipped canvas and the Terre - we can't get that here so I am going to try to do something like this with acrylic paint since it will bubble when you heat it... What a great idea to flip that canvas!!!

Lynn Stevens said...

Beautiful Hels! wonderful tip on heating the terra, A must try, hope the move is going well. Will be hard to box up all your crafty goodness, but will seem like Christmas when you un-pack it!

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