Saturday, December 12, 2009

Some more new art...and a bit further out of the abyss

My oh my, another new art piece.  And I'm very pleased I got this done today in a few hours.  And that it was easy and spontaneous, and mostly playing around.  And I didn't even "plan" to make art today, I just decided I wanted to, on a whim (and a prayer).  This is another background piece, but could stand on it's own I think.  Lots of yummy layers, but I wasn't thinking layers or focusing on that when I made it.  Why?  Well because when I focus on "layers", and think about it, it kinda freaks me out and ruins the spontaneity.  I'm also very pleased that I did some stamping on this, which I don't do often enough.  And also used a stencil, with some new semi-transparent paint.

The base is an 8x10 inch piece of thick chip board.  (Well, I have lots of that since I bought 75 pieces off ebay a while back, so I might as well use it.)  And I glued down torn pieces of National Geographic pages, then sanded them, then used an awl to etch over them in order to distress the piece.  Then rubbed over it with brown paste shoe polish and Golden Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold fluid acrylic.  A new product for me, and one I'm very much in love with.  Then I glued down some strips of netted fabric, and used a triple tip paintbrush to paint the black lines.  I also used a toilet paper cardboard core to stamp the large circles.  And then a foam stamp for the numbers, and a stencil for the hearts.

Gee, layering isn't so hard or intimidating.... as long as I don't think about it or focus on it.  I seem to be into torn NG pages at the moment, but hey, if it works, why not?  I have lots of NG mags, so I might as well use them.  But I'm thinking torn pages from other mags could work too.

Am I out of the abyss yet?  Well, probably not, but at least I'm headed in the right direction.  At any rate, I'm pleased with this piece and thrilled I have some new art to post.  And truthfully, after the week I've had, that's good enough for me.

Over and out for now.  Onward and upward.

 

13 comments:

Chaska said...

Oh, what a nice piece this is! I'd say you are definitely out of the abyss and blooming!!! Sorry about the mixed metaphors.:-) It's so much easier when creating constantly, isn't it?...at least it is for me. Let me get sidetracked for several weeks and I'm lost.

Sue said...

Really nice, Val. So good to see your fresh work - and thank you so much for reminding me to not over-think things.

ALTERED ARTIFACTS said...

Stunning ...love the colors!

Socrates said...

Very fine. A lovely piece of work. Love the layers. Sox

peggy gatto said...

the richness and the texture is awesome!!!

Lynne said...

I've been following your blog for a bit. I must say this is my favorite!
Nlessings,
Lynne

LisaC said...

Wow Val, this turned out great. I think you're right... it's a beautiful piece in itself. I love the colors and lines. The circles really complete the piece.

Lizbethem said...

Sorry to hear you have been down, but I hope this new art piece signals a return of hope and optimism. God bless you this Christmas!

Pat said...

Yes, you're coming back big time! Really a beautiful piece! Don't use it for a background because you don't want to cover any of it up. Gorgeous!

PAMO said...

Val- thank you for your recent comment on my blog. I hope you know that I follow you and appreciate your art. I'm glad you are making yet another step out of the abyss. Your friend, Pam

Stacie @ azoho.com said...

Great colors Val- love this! I'll catch up with you soon. ;-)

mammagil said...

Hi Val, Well I just gotta say (given my absence!) that I know whatcha mean about an abyss!!! I really like this piece tho the colors and deepth of layers is really nice great comming out I would say!! Pray for me and my uninspirational abyss!!!!!
Luv ya, Melissa

Helen Percy Lystra said...

Beautiful