Building Wings

Hi friends!  Happy Friday!  Today I'm sharing a mixed-media canvas I made for the Hop to Stop. I'm honored to say that Verve (along with several other fabulous companies) is a sponsor for the hop. Link up your purple creations over on the official Hop to Stop post by October 14 for a chance to win!

Why purple? Purple is the color of National Domestic Violence Awareness month. 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men will experience domestic violence over the course of their lifetimes. Domestic violence is something that exists regardless of gender, socioeconomic status, religion, education level, etc. For more information about domestic violence, its impacts, and available resources, visit the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence.



The hop started on October 1, but I wanted to make a mixed-media piece so had to find a day to set aside a little more time than a card.  That day was yesterday.  The inspiration for the canvas came from the Kobi Yamada quote, "She took the leap and built her wings on the way down."  It really spoke to me about the times in life when we just have to leap first and figure out how to fly as we go.


So I designed a little sentiment with the quote and printed it out, then did an image transfer with some soft gloss gel to transfer it to my canvas. It was my first attempt at image transfer, so made a few boo boos.  To somewhat correct, I went over some of the words with pen and cut out parts of the sentiment to glue over the top.  Not perfect, but the imperfections are what make this life truly beautiful, don't ya think? The canvas is 6"x 6" and I created the background with adirondack and distress paints in purple and aqua tones.  The butterfly is Tim Holtz tissue paper that I added.  I stenciled on some chevrons with whipped spackle to go with the on the way down part of the sentiment.  Then I stamped the believe, hope, soar and fly sentiments from Wings of Love around the canvas and some wings partially off the side.  I really wanted to emphasize the hope, (as I wanted to play along with the Mix140 Mix-Ability challenge on SCS), so added a couple chipboard chevrons, colored with distress inks.  I scattered a bit of stars and dots from the Hocus Pocus Shaker Mix randomly, then glued down with matte medium and added a bit of paint and stickles.  Most of my detailing is done with a signo white gel pen and a black Scarlet Lime pen.  I added some dots around with some puncinella and distress ink, then rubbed some microglaze over all the places I used distress inks to seal it in.


If any of you would like to use this sentiment, I've provided it as a free digi below.


To download simply click on the image (anywhere but on the little Pinterest circle) and the image will pop up in a new window.  Right click and choose save image as to save to your computer.  I would love to see what you create, hashtag #vervestamps on Instagram or Facebook.

Enabler's List
Stamps: Wings of Love (Verve Stamps)
Mediums: adirondack and distress acrylic paints, distress inks, gesso, charcoal pencil, gelatos, white gel pen, black pen, Pitt Pens, stickles, matte medium, soft gloss gel, whipped spackle
Accessories:  Hocus Pocus Shaker Mix (Verve),  chevron resist chipboard, Tim Holtz tissue paper, puncinella, chevron layering stencil, 6 x 6" canvas, MicroGlaze

26 comments

  1. How beautifully you have created a work of art. Saw you entry at the Hop to Stop and dropped in to have a closer look. Your projects are gorgeous...I will be dropping in again.
    Do drop by my blog when you can
    Cheers
    Dr Sonia

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  2. Beautiful canvas Julee~ I would have never known you were covering boo boos unless you told me. I love the way it looks though~I think it came out perfectly imperfect. ;) These colors are wonderful together too~ Thank you for the free digi!

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  3. First off...thanks so much for being a sponsor for the Hop to Stop, Julee! This is such a work of he(art). I love all the words of encouragement including that awesome sentiment. Lovely depth and colors on this beauty1

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  4. GASP! Julee, this is so beautiful and so meaningful for The Hop to Stop. It literally takes my breath away. You are wonderful to be both a sponsor and an artist.

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  5. Wow - That's pretty much all I got other than the sound of my jaw thudding to the floor. This is an absolutely stunning piece of art. All of the thought out details are so well designed. I can't thank you enough for your support of the Hop to Stop!

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  6. This is gorgeous....Is there anything you can't do? The touch of blue really draws the eye back in! Well done!

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  7. this is inspirational and so lovely at the same time... The colors, texture, and sentiments are all used so cohesively. I agree with Becca this is a work of art!! Just... just.... just... well, amazing..

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  8. Gorgeous! Way to make purple shine :)

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  9. Wow, bright and beautiful your mixed media canvas is, and the sentiment is great and thanks for sharing. And thanks for being a sponsor for this cause as well as the previous Coffee Loving Blog Hop. Keeping up with the Hops is almost a job in itself; but I enjoy seeing everyone's creations and techniques and what a wonderful way of being able to do this.

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  10. Incredibly gorgeous! Have to agree with you about the imperfections Julee. I love the beautiful background, texture, the sentiment and elements. Thank you for sharing :)

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  11. Wow...this is ....awesome..love the sentiment...thank you for the download! Love, love, love!!!

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  12. So much to love about this artwork! The color, the meaning behind it and the fabulous layout and sentiment! Stunning! I am a caregiver for an 86-year-old woman who was abused by a non-relative so particularly appreciate the attention on this difficult issue!

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  13. Wow!! Oh, wow!!!! Just super-amazing!!!! A stunning work of art!!
    LOVE all...your perfect imperfections...(as a wonderful song says!) :D I don't see imperfections, however. I see an adorable warm mixd media canvas, full of love! I pinned it!
    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/534802524479801496/
    Thanks for sharing the explanation of your make and for the fab sentiment!

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  14. Your participation for such a great cause is inspiring. The purple is awesome as is all your collage of stamps. Can't even see the boo boo in your transferring. Love this piece.

    Beth
    http://sunflowers-dragonflies.ca/blog

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  15. Absolutely Gorgeous! I love the sentiment and beautiful canvas.Such wonderful encouragement.

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  16. I love butterfly creations. They have a special meaning to me. This is gorgeous!!
    Hugs,
    Karen C

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  17. Julee, all I can say is WOW! This is incredible, the textures, the colors and the variation of design! Thank you for the download

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  18. Your canvas is stunning! Thank you for the wonderful digi stamp and for sponsoring the Hop to Stop Domestic Violence.

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  19. WOW!! Your canvas is absolutely gorgeous, Julee!

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  20. Wow! Such a beautiful creation for The Hop to Stop. Your purple beauty caught my eye and I stopped in to get a closer look. What a powerful message here! I like the sentiment - thank you for sharing it. The texture on your canvas is wonderful! Thank you for supporting this worthwhile and very serious issue.

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  21. FABULOUS mixed media project! This is really stunning and a great idea too! Thanks for the inspiration!
    Take care!
    Michele

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  22. Wow. This is an amazing piece of art. Fabulous canvas. :-) x

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  23. This is GORGEOUS! Thanks for the fab digi and for sponsoring this important hop!

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  24. Absolutely beautiful! Love all the details and little bits that you've added!
    <3 Emily L.

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  25. What a beautiful mixed media canvas! It is simply eye catching and stunning!

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  26. This is just gorgeous- love, love, love!!! I just added my card today- last minute, but love the sentiment you made and will try to create another- not too sure. Thank You. Love it on your canvas!

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