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Hello it's Julie here!
I find creating and making soothes my soul.
Let me tell you about this make which began when I visited my Super Star in his shed.
I was there to tell him that one of our beloved dogs was seriously ill in hospital - not expected to recover!
Anyways in the talking and the not crying I spied this very old and battered framed picture.
I knew that I would not be able to concentrate so playing with paint, ink and paper was a good plan.
Super Star helped me to remove the glass and the nails which were very rusty.
I work with manila folders as table protectors. When they are messy and interesting, they then become the perfect background for experimentation for all sorts of projects.
This one has a gessoed stencil background and then it was painted with diluted Viva Decor Modeling Creme
This is a muslin fabric paper piece which was stencilled with the Modeling Creme and then pounced and pounded with alcohol inks - excellent tension release!
The third piece took a bit more. It has been painted with Viva Decor Chalky Paint.
Then I drizzled white glue over the paper and left it overnight to dry.
I then used Rubbing Alcohol to vigorousy rub away some of the top layers.
To enhance the texture I rubbed Viva Decor Inka Gold over the raised areas and polished.
Inspired by the blue scrap of marbled paper I saw the piece develop as "Flow."
I got out some of my Time To Create Treasure pieces and snipped and rehearsed and glued for quite some time. Normally I create in snips and snatches between the many tasks that are needed each day but this was "Anxiety Creating".
When I was happy with where everything went I glued it all down.
Then I began the detailing process. When I work on a piece of this size I often step away and view it from a distance.
The entire piece was put onto a piece of textured vinyl which I rubbed and coloured with Distress Inks.
To make the background come together I created dimension with Viva Decor Pearl Pens - concentrating when using these is advised!
The frame then received attention. It was lightly rubbed down and then Viva Decor Ferro which has an interesting gritty texture was smeared on in a random way that pleased me.
It was now time to step away. As I had been creating "Flow" I knew exactly where I wanted it to go.
Here it is with some recently completed pieces. This is above our TV so when I get to sit and relax there sometimes, I enjoy that all the art you see has been altered and upcycled by me for our newly renovated home.
In case you are wondering our lovely Bella came home eleven days later. She is still convalescing and has no idea that she inspired a make that I enjoyed creating.