So today's project is one dear to my heart. As many of you know, one of my recent passions is mixed media art. I don't get the time to do it very often, but when I do it is such a rewarding process for me. I think it's so cathartic to just get my emotions out within the layers of paint and paper and inks. My heart definitely went into this project. Laurie's daughter, Ali, who is receiving these mini canvases (hopefully today) is facing another round of brain surgery and I can't even imagine what emotions are swirling through her head and heart right now.
I chose aquas and greens because they seem like such light and happy colors... like new beginnings. The stamped sentiments are from the Borderline stamp set and I most importantly wanted to convey a sense of peace and hopefulness through these canvases. For the first canvas, I created a little angel from two pieces of glittered chipboard, to represent the prayers I'm praying for angels to watch over her. I chose the sentiment dare to dream and added some stickers to create the phrase she has great courage. Because she most definitely does have great courage and is such an inspiration to others.
For the second canvas, I wanted a starry, cloudy look, which I created with stencils and Glass Bead Gel. Stars are one of my favorite things - they shine no matter what, and that's what I think of when I think of Ali. A shining star. I paired the never give up sentiment with stickers to form the phrase she is hopeful, which is what I hope for her. That she continues to shine through the darkness and can find the silver lining on the other side of the clouds. I finished with a little bling to give that feeling of movement and rising up.
I hope these canvases brighten up her room and give her something positive to dwell on in the coming weeks.
Stamps: Borderline (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Book paper, vintage dress pattern
Ink: Archival Black, acrylic paints, Glass Bead Gel, Gesso, ModPodge, Shine Mister Huey's spray (Sudio Calico)
Accessories: Mini Vintage Oval Die Set, Flourished Trim Die (A Cut Above by VERVE), 3 x 3" mini canvases, Zva Creative rhinestones, Glitter, Glassy Glaze, glittered chipboard, prima flower, star cluster, Chitchat Stickers (Tim Holtz)