I like to create little pieces of inspirational art to be displayed around my home. I found a set of oversized playing cards at the dollar store, and use them as my base. I've talked about the fact that I am a firm believer in surrounding oneself with positive messages. I came by this practice naturally, my mother was a trailblazer when it came to positive affirmations being displayed around our home, on bathroom mirrors, the fridge door, our bedroom doors, any place she knew we would see daily. The more you take those kind words in, the more they become a part of your being. I proudly carry on the love of the" positive" for my little family. The artpiece below is one I created for my fabulous nephew, Dwayne. We are proud members of the Sault Ste Marie Chippewa tribe. I found this Elder meditation in a Native publication that we receive, and thought it was a perfect 'start your day' message.
My Creator, let me know what You would have me be today. Let my intentions be honest, respectful, humble and loving.
I began by die cutting feathers from watercolor paper, using my Evolution Advanced and feathers die from We R Memory Keepers/Lifestyle Crafts. I cut alot! I wanted feathers for the base and a bunch of feathers to be gathered at the top of the artpiece.
I ran a bunch through my Xyron "X" so that they had edge to edge adhesive coverage.
I adhered them randomly onto an oversized playing card that I covered in gesso.
On my palette, I sliced off some black Gelato and mixed it with Faber Castell glaze.
With a paintbrush I covered the entire base with the mixture, really concentrating on the edge of the feathers, for lots of definition and dimension.
Next, I took a slice of Gelato and rubbed it over the embossed surface to add even more dimension and texture. I love a pleasant surprise and got a really cool one with this technique-the extra layer of Gelatos created a matte layer over the shiny glazed layer-the results are THE BOMB DIGGETY!!!!
For the feather tie at the top of the artpiece, I wanted an entirely different technique. I doodled a variety of penwork on each feather.
I colored each section with a different aquarelle watercolor pencil, varying pressure for nice lights and darks.
Lastly, with a wet paint brush I blended in the colored areas for a gorgeous watercolor effect. I gathered the decorated feathers and created a feather wrap and adhered them on the upper left corner of the artpiece.
Supplies-Oversized playing card, Faber Castell Glaze, Black Gelatos, Aquarelle watercolor pencils, black Pitt Artist Pen, We R Memory Keepers/Lifestyle Crafts Evolution Advanced & feather die cut, jute, American Crafts foam tape, Xyron 150 Sticker Maker (permanent adhesive)