The base on this is frozen pizza cardboard (FPC), which I used so often in the past, but then lately worked more on chip board. Well, I still have a great stash of FPC, and I'm glad I do. It works quite well for smaller pieces. I glued down some patterned sepia wallpaper from a sample book, and then etched random lines over it with a sharp awl, then rubbed over it with paste brown shoe polish. Then I glued down some fine lace fabric over that, and rubbed it with the shoe polish. Then I pulled a small textured fabric piece, from another sample book, and started fraying it to produce some nice fringe. The threads were thick and great for some more texture, so I glued some down, then glued the fringe down.
On top of that I glued down the seed fronds from my yard. For living in metro Denver, I'm happy to find great nature items in my yard. One wouldn't necessarily expect that, living in a big city, but I do often find great items for art just in my own yard if I take the time to go looking for them. I encourage you out there to try that too, and see what great finds are in your yards. Then I sealed this with Acrylic Floor Finish (AFF) from the Family Dollar store, which gives a matte/satin finish, and flicked on Aztec Gold Pearl Ex while it was still wet.
Then I raided my rusted found object stash for the rusted washer. Oh my, I love my RFO stash for sure. And also my stash of old vintage keys. I think this rusted key is very cool. I have no idea what kind of key it is or what it might open, but the small size was just right for this piece. The seeds for the flower are squash seeds, which I always wash and save for my art. The other seeds are smaller seeds from cantaloupe I think. I pretty much save all seed for my art, never knowing when I'll want to use them.
I thought this piece was done at this point, but then I spotted a piece of netted fabric on my work table, and chose to add that at the very end. I'm not sure if it helps or hinders the piece, because sometimes I don't know when to stop. Then again, it adds more texture, a different kind of texture, so I think I'm glad I added that piece. At any rate, I did, so it is what it is.
As with a lot of my art, I didn't plan this out at all. The interesting thing to me is that this piece ended up being so layered, and yet I wasn't all that aware of layering while I was making it. I was just playing around, adding this, adding that. When I actually THINK about layering in my art, or plan it, then I get very nervous and choke up about it. As in fearing how much to layer, and covering things up. Whereas if it just happens innately, and comes natural as it did in this piece, without me thinking about it....I'm so much more okay with that. It's like I don't realize how much layering I've done until the piece is finished, and then I stand back and think wow, did I do all that layering? Ahhh, if making art could always be innate and natural, just playing around and having fun and not THINKING about it. Those times are when I enjoy making art the most!!! Do you agree with your own art?