Wednesday, February 26, 2020

The Layers of Love-A Peek-a-Boo Project

I’ve always loved the textures of vintage time worn carpets and the images of religious iconic bleeding hearts. These are the inspirations for this installment.
Supplies: Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-4 Inch Trading Coasters, Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-2.5 Inch Trading Coasters, Digital Images of Vintage Carpets, Bleeding Hearts and Victorian Vignettes, Art Deco Rust Painted Finishes, Paintbrush, Weldbond, Scissors, Sandpaper Block, Art Deco Triple Thick  Glaze, Rub ‘n Buff Autumn Gold, Deco Art One Step Crackle Finish, Wash of Water and Black Acrylic Paint, Rayon Thread of Red and Copper, Scotch Tape, Sarong Silk Ribbon
1.  Make copies of digital images of carpets, bleeding hearts, and Victorian Vignettes adjusting the sizes to fit onto GSLC Trading Coasters.   
2.  Paint edges of GSLC 4 Inch Trading Coasters with Art Deco Rust Painted Finishes.
3.  Glue carpets images to GSLC 4 Inch Trading Coasters.
4. Cut and Gently sand the edges using a sandpaper block.
5.  Paint edges again of GSLC 4 Inch Trading Coasters with Art Deco Rust Painted Finishes

6.  Coat GSLC 4 Inch Trading Coasters with Deco Art Triple Thick Glaze.
7.  Edge GSLC 2.5 Inch Trading Coasters with Rub ‘n Buff Autumn Gold.
8.  Glue Bleeding Heart Images to GSLC 2.5 Inch Trading Coasters.

9.   Cut and gently sand edges with sandpaper block.
10.                 Add more Rub ‘N buff Autumn Gold to edges of GSLC 2.5 Inch Trading Coasters.
11.                Coat GSLC 2.5 Inch Trading Coaster with DecoArt One Step Crackle Finish.
12.                Antique hearts with a wash of water and black acrylic paint.
13.                Wrap GSLC 4 Inch Trading Coasters with red rayon thread securing with scotch tape then reseal with Art Deco Triple Thick Glaze.
14.                Wrap GSLC 2.5 Inch Trading Coasters with copper rayon thread securing with scotch tape then reseal with Art Deco Single Step Crackle Glaze.
15.                Once Dry add a tiny Victorian Vignette to each GSLC 2.5 Inch Trading Coasters.
16.                Layer GSLC 2.5 Inch Trading Coasters and GSLC 4 Inch Trading Coasters placing small pieces of Sarong Silk Ribbon between the layers securing with Weldbond.
17.                Use Metal Clamps to keep them tightly secured together.

 Some Final Thoughts.
To further the textures of the vintage carpets I added rayon threads and remnants of satin sarong ribbons.
The Sacred Heart symbolizes the deepest love that can exist in the Roman Catholic Practice. It is to symbolize Jesus Christ’s Actual Heart and His love for all of humanity. I find the images riveting and intriguing. May the layers portrayed in these art pieces comfort you and encourage you to acts of sacrificial love.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

How Deep is Our Love?-A Peek-a-Boo Project

To know someone fully is to dive into the depths of the deepest oceans. When we first fall in love we do not dive in too deep, it’s a drop in a cup of water or the shallow waters of a springtime shower. It’s only as we stay together and weather the storms that we discover the magnitude of our lifetime companions. This is the inspiration for this project.
Supplies:  Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Sandra Evertson | Coral Wreath, Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Sandra Evertson | Filigree Heart, Vintage Wooden Frame, Faux Black Velvet Paper, Ruler, Acrylic Paint-Prussian Blue Hue, Antique Gold, Quinacridone Nickle Azo Gold, Cobalt Blue, Cerulean Blue Deep, Pymole Red, Pyrrole Red, Paintbrush, Paprika, Digital Image, Wooden Piece, Jigsaw, Distress Stains in Shades of Blue, Brown, and Yellow, Weldbond, Glossy Accents Medium, Iridescent Glitter, Double-sided tape.
1.  Cut apart GSLC Coral Wreath and Filigree Heart.

2.  Choose a Vintage Wooden Frame for your completed project.
3.  Measure a piece of Faux Black Velvet Paper to fit snugly inside of frame.
4.  Use a Drybrush Technique to paint GSLC Filigree Heart with Prussian Blue Hue, Antique Gold, Quinacridone Nickle Azo Gold.
5.  Add further details dry brushing with Cobalt Blue and Cerulean Blue Deep acrylic paints. Allow to dry fully.
6.  Use a dabbing technique to paint GSLC Coral Wreath with Pymole Red and Pyrrole Red acrylic paints.
7.  Sprinkle with paprika and dab on highlights of Pymole Red and Pyrrole Red acrylic paint-Allow to dry fully.
8.  Photocopy a digital image of your choosing.
9.  Cut a small piece of wood to create a frame for your digital image.
10.                Stain wood with Distress Stains in Blue, Brown and Yellow tones.
11.                Glue image to made wooden frame using Weldbond.
12.                Add Glossy Accent Medium to image.
13.                While Glossy accent Medium is still wet sprinkle with iridescent glitter.
14.                Assemble project using double sided tape to layer into vintage wooden frame.

Final Thoughts:
I like how the filigree heart is guarded by the red coral wreath protecting it begging someone to take a closer look. My partner and I are vastly different as the ocean from the desert. A love that can endure the differences and embrace the substances that matter last a lifetime. We are a mighty team, better together that apart, fuller because of our emptiness and sweeter because of shed tears. I love seeing what of our dreams will still come true, we have some huge ones left to dream.