Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Finished Whimsy

I am very happy with the result of my attempt at whimsy. This is the first time I have ever put my handwriting on anything artistic. It is such an untidy scrawl that I never thought it would work, but it ain't half bad!

So, this is an 8x10 canvas. First I put a light coat of modeling paste down. After that dried the first color went on. Sfter that dried I put on the second color. But I didn't cover it completely. And around the edges of some of the open spaces I dabbed with a paper towel just cuz. I put the blue on sort of thick and while it was still wet I wrote in it with the big end of a flat toothpick.
Here's what I wrote:
what would you be if you could dream a new life
would you fly across the clouds or glide to the bottom of the ocean
would you dance across the stage of life taking bows and giving encores
would you sing in a voice so pure it would make people cry
or would you just be

Then I wanted some big stamp effect, but I don't have any big stamps. So I cut one out of a piece of that foamy stuff you use for kids crafts. That's what the diamond shapes are.

Then I found a bird image and cut into it so it would look like the bird had dressed up in peacock feathers. Then I found the metal thingie in my stash and there ya go!

Oh and I painted some little wooden pieces black and glued them up top.

This piece is titled' Dream' and after I live with it for awhile it will probably go into my Etsy shop.



Sarah aka Flo said...

I think your handwriting looks fantastic on here. I might try something like this in my art journal if I ever get a free five minutes :)

thanks for sharing

Sherry Goodloe said...

Love this piece!!

Cindy said...

Fabulous Mary! Love the peacock feathers, very unique!

akatrix said...

Mary, it's gorgeous! The handwriting is a great background, and by golly, I believe you created a new kind of bird. I looked through my bird books and I couldn't find that variety but he's cute as cute can be!

The Paris Salon said...

Mary ths is a beautiful mixed media piece. The handwriting is just right on there! Your colors are gorgeous and the tutorial is easy to follow - thanks!

Maija said...

I LOVE your whimsy, Mary!!

marciglenn said...

What a wonderful piece! Love the background writing and the peacock feather. Great job!

Val Foster said...

I really love this piece, Mary. It's so very creative. What you wrote is great, and I just love the way it all came together. Very cool. I've never done a canvas yet....but there's always a first time. I don't use much text in my art, but have been trying to use it more often. Great job!

Christie said...

This is another great piece,love the colors!

Linda East said...

I love this bird collage...the feathers are just the right touch...you are so talented Mary.
Linda (Okla)

Jen Crossley said...

Wow This looks amazing you must be so happy with how it turned out Just Beautiful

Dawn said...

This is beautiful Mary, can't wait for you to get back on line - miss ya xxxx

Gaby Bee said...

This piece is amazing, Mary! I admire your attention to detail and composition.
Love the peacock feathers!