Thursday, 11 December 2014

Let's Celebrate. . . . .

Good morning everyone. Today sees a new challenge at Artist Trading Post Exchange and our host is the lovely Toni. Here's Toni's challenge for you:

I hope everyone has had something to celebrate over the last year. It may have been a wedding, a significant birthday, a new baby, or religious festival such as  Diwali and now, of course, Christmas ! We'd love to see your celebration crafty makes. It may be a card, a layout or piece of altered art. Just let your imagination fly! Remember that we are a Mixed Media Challenge and stamping must feature in your entries and please, no digital images. Although your celebration may have taken place a while ago, please ensure that your entry hasn't been featured previously on your blog.

Now, I didn't think Christmas, birthdays, weddings etc. No, my mind was on another wave length and I decided to make something to celebrate my daughter passing her degree this year. She studied Illustration for three years and an art foundation course for one year to start with. 

Here's what I made this time. I decided to use two pieces of my Daughter's art to alter a large wooden heart (similar to these). These images show the two sides of the piece:

Here are the two pieces I used belonging to my daughter:

These are both pencil drawings which I altered in an image editing programme and made them into 'threshold' images which make them easier to work with and look a little funky!

The software converts the images to these black and white versions which can be transferred in several different ways onto your substrate.

The heart is given three coats of gesso and is dried and lightly sanded between coats to provide a smooth surface.
Both sides of the heart are roughly coloured with the shades of acrylic shown. You can do this with a brush, sponge or your fingers.
Stencilling is then added to both sides using metallic gold paint, a stencil brush and stencil.
Random stamping is then added using Archival inks, with the addition some white acrylic paint for the raindrop stamp.
The design is traced onto the heart using artists carbon paper. Black acrylic then fills the traced design. In this image you can clearly see the raindrop stamp with tiny little white paint highlighting dots. The stencilling sits under the stamping but is allowed to show through in some areas without any distractions. The flagstone stamp (in turquoise) is much paler in colour and this helps to build depth.
Both sides of the heart are developed using the same techniques for continuity.
I love the way that Audrey peeps through the design on both sides.
The top of the tag is finished with some wired paper 'twine' which curls beautifully.
The letters are die cut from a piece of scrap card which has been painted and finished with crackle glaze plus a little antiquing cream to highlight the cracks.
The threshold images were transferred using the transfer paper shown - it's very much the same as carbon paper and comes in black and white. The matte medium (find similar here) was used to finish the image painting and a layer of Triple Thick glaze is applied and left to dry for 24 hours.
If you'd like to see more inspiration then please visit my teamies here and over on their blogs. An outright winner will receive a £10 voucher to spend at the Artist Trading Post who stock an endless array of goodies to tempt you. The challenge designer will choose their top three to appear on the blog. All winners can download our badge and pop it on their blog.

You have until January 7th 2015 to get your entries in - we're having a Christmas break!

Thanks so much for visiting and looking at what I've made. I'm happy to answer any questions you may have - just use the email contact point on the side bar.

I do hope your Christmas/Holidays preparations are going well!


  1. Lovely drawings, lovely projets... I do like to know which editing program you've used for this?!

  2. Fantastic hearts Julia and your daugher's art work is just stunning ! What a great take on the challenge, I love it ! Sue C x

  3. This is a fantastic make Julia, love how you've incorporated the artwork, looks so layered but smooth (if that makes sense?) and your colour choices are just gorgeous! Fab idea. Ruth x

  4. Absolutely Fantabulous Julia!!! What an awesome project- your colors, design, transfers- love love love!! Both are super cool!!

  5. Your daughters art looks awesome. This is a fabulous piece and the colours draw you to look closer at the details.
    Yvonne x

  6. What a great way to combine your daughter's art and yours, Julia - definitely worth celebrating. These are amazing!
    Alison xx

  7. How inventive to use the drawings of your daughter for these great colourful hearts Julia...again very impressive!

  8. Congratulations to your daughter Julia, an amazing artist just like her mum! I love this work of art, it's very inspiring and beautiful! xxx

  9. It is no wonder your Daughter is so talented, she clearly takes after her Mum! Julia, this is stunning! I am so glad you showed the details, there is so much to see, so much detail, so beautifully put together. You never cease to amaze me with your talent.... Hugs, Anne xx

  10. WOW!!! This is so artsy yummy! I LOVE the colors and images!

  11. Talk about a completely unique and stunning way to celebrate your daughter's talent and success! I am absolutely LOVING this Julia. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and a creative New Year. Jenny x

  12. Whoa! What great makes! Love the uniqueness of these two hearts to celebrate your daughter's success! Very Cool raindrop!


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