Sunday, October 11, 2009

Bones -- Halloween/Autumn Collage


Ahhh yes, skeletal bones.  And a fine looking skeleton it is.  It started out lavender, the color it came in the package.  Which was cool, but not the color I needed for this piece.  So I painted it with Lumiere Gold and then rubbed black over it, then sealed it with Future Floor Finish (FFF).  Regarding the second photo, I once again played around with the fish eye lens on my photo editor just to see what it would look like.  I like the way it looks.

Let me back up a bit here.  This is an 8x10 inch piece of chip board.  I had an unopened package of multiple colors of Mulberry Papers, so I decided to finally use some.  I glued down an orange sheet with Mod Podge, and then glued down a piece of very red lace on top of  that.  I was going to go with that as my background, but I felt the lace was too red so I glued down another sheet of orange mulberry paper on top of the lace, and liked that result much better because it toned down the red lace and gave me the colors I wanted. I really like how the orange fibers in the mulberry paper show up so well.  I sealed the background with FFF also.

The orange piece is obviously a large paint chip from Lowe's.  I considered distressing it first, by sanding it and then etching in it with a sharp awl, but chose not to.  I did however brush over it thickly in all directions with gel medium in order to give it some subtle texture.  When dry, I rubbed paste brown shoe polish over it.  Well, before I textured it, I used my trusty Hot Stamps tool with my number set and burned in the numbers.  I did the same thing with my alphabet set for the word "Bones".  I do love my Hot Stamps tool, but haven't used it in quite some time.  It's one more great tool I should use more often than I do.  It works quite well on paint chips I discovered this time around.  It's always good to learn something new.

The spiders came in a package of Halloween confetti, and worked out great for this piece.  The paint chip came with the square windows in it, so it only made sense to glue the spiders there.  I had the transparent round pieces for years and never used them until now.  It's a miracle I even remembered I had them.  

The long fiber piece is an orange chenille pipe cleaner wrapped with the orange fiber specialty yarn.  Not my idea, but a great one.  This idea, and many more easy and innovative ideas for very cool embellishments are featured in Sherill Kahn's book, CREATIVE  EMBELLISHMENTS.  It's one of my favorite books ever, a must have for my own library.

The leaves were picked up off my driveway yesterday, not long after they fell off the tree.  I immediately preserved them by sealing them with gel medium on both sides, then put them in a book to flatten them out for a few hours.  I like them a lot on this piece, but am not sure if the color works well.  I would've preferred for them to be more orange, whereas they're kind of inbetween green and orange.  I don't even know what color to call them.  Maybe I'm crazy here, but it occurred to me I could paint them red/burgundy, and maybe even get crazier still and paint orange polka dots on them.  I mean hey, this is not exactly a serious art piece, right?  It already looks kinda funky, so why not expand on the funkiness with crazy painted leaves?  That thought is still tickling my fancy, but I'm a little afraid to try it....as in, what if it screws up the whole piece?  So I'd really like your opinions on this idea.  Do you like the leaves the way they are, or should I get crazy and paint them?  I'd really appreciate your input, because I still haven't made up my mind on this idea.  Thanks for any input.

9 comments:

Lizbethem said...

I vote for the fisheye version and painted leaves. Polka dots would be wild!

Carolyn said...

Val, I like your Halloween projects. FUN, FUN, FUN

Carolyn S (MM Trends)

Lynifyni said...

I lurk on Mixed Media Art..but I wanted to let you know how absolutely wonderful this piece is...thanks for sharing how you put it together. It's a glorious piece of art...bravo! LynnF

PAMO said...

Love it Val! Your usual well done creation. With your artistic eye- I'm sure you'll find exactly what you want. I think it's great right now! And I wouldn't have realized there was a paint chip card in there until you said so!
Pam

bloubell said...

Love the skeleton piece, I have been meaning to try thr future thing, looks like it worked for you. Great job!!

Lindart said...

The skeleton piece is wonderful! I love the subtleties of it. The found leaves are cool, and I don't think they are the wrong color, I think they add to the natural feel of this piece!

Pat said...

Yes! Yes! Polka dots! I love it!

Beachstudio said...

Great art work! I love how the leaves are just the right color of green and orange, the greenish color makes it stand out just a bit, while blending in a nice way.... I like that. But I also like funky. _Linda-

nancy said...

Great stuff, Val. I really like your new header.