Here's a sweet card I put together today for Layers of Color Challenge ... Cake! A complete change of mood for me today and pink too! I don't do pink very often, but it suited the yummy, confectionery theme.
I must tell you that it is very rare that I begin a piece of art knowing exactly where I'm going. I might have a particular image or just a word or a line of poetry that I want to use, but there is no blueprint in my head of how it will look when finished. Sometimes not even a clue! This piece was the exception. I didn't know precisely how it would look, but I had a pretty good idea when I began work.
It all began as I was using the last scrap of my "Invocation to Saint Cecilia" music. I was struck by how pretty the cover of the music was. I was looking through my stash of old choral music for other covers when I saw Anthems for Mixed Voices. Immediately an idea popped into my head — a chorus of birds with an angelic choir director. In the background are bits and pieces of old hymns, German text and the Hallelujah chorus. Oh, and I took the border from the cover of old choral music — right where I began.
(Mixed voices in music simply means soprano, alto, tenor and bass. I'm sure you know that, but since my smart and well-read husband did not, I thought I would add this note.)
Okay, so what is a twinchie? It's a 2" square of art, and it's the theme of the week at Wednesday Stamper.
Here are my twinchies — Golden Voice and Chère. I used Layer of Color Art Stamps from the Beaded Frames and the Fleur Heart sets in my backgrounds. The little girl is Clara from my collage sheets. Oh, and the bird is a blackbird. Really! He's a rusty blackbird. Isn't he beautiful?
Well, it is definitely exciting for me, and I hope you will be excited for me as well. Laura Campbell of Layers of Colors Art Stamps has asked me to join their design team, and I said yes! I have been using these stamps in my art for the last few weeks, and I love them. Not being a rubber stamper per se, but a mixed media artist, I am happy that these stamps can be incorporated into my art for texture and interest. Of course, for you card makers out there, they are perfect for that too. In fact, for my recent card-making spree, I enjoyed using these gorgeous stamps.
For these gothic arches, I used Layers of Color Signature Art stamps from the Gothic Crosses, Architectural Blocks, Flower Child and Renaissance Hearts sets.
SAFE in their alabaster chambers, Untouched by morning and untouched by noon, Sleep the meek members of the resurrection, Rafter of satin, and roof of stone.
Light laughs the breeze in her castle of sunshine; Babbles the bee in a stolid ear; Pipe the sweet birds in ignorant cadence,— Ah, what sagacity perished here!
Grand go the years in the crescent above them; Worlds scoop their arcs, and firmaments row, Diadems drop and Doges surrender, Soundless as dots on a disk of snow.
– Emily Dickinson (1830-86)
This poem was my inspiration for my artwork above, a spread for Paula's Stone Angels book. I used a photograph taken by my sister, Lauren, during our recent trip to Myrtle Hill Cemetery in Rome, Georgia.
It's been kind of a crazy week with not much time for art. I did not get to participate in Wednesday Stamper, so today I decided I would make time to take part in some of the challenges.
Above is my entry for the theme, Balloon, at the Layers of Color challenge. I am in a group that trades Gothic Arches, so I decided to make mine in that shape. It's for Caryl so I hope she likes it. I stayed with my new color obsession, baltic blue, olive and black. I used Nicholas and the goose from my collage sheets, along with stamps from Layers of Color. The words were clipped from a book — a necessity since I jammed my husband's printer trying to print on vellum. He doesn't know about it yet, so shh! This week's Gothic Arch is "any theme", so this is also my entry for that challenge.
As I worked on this piece, I kept thinking "man, is this thing bright!" but hey, sunshine is bright, right? The poem is from Robert Louis Stevenson's A Child's Garden of Verses, one of my favorite sources. I need to hit the used bookstores and try to find more copies.
I'm loving this color combination. Here are two cards I just completed. (It's really hot here — best to just stay inside and play in my studio!)
Both the Baltic Blue and the Olive acrylic paints are made by Liquitex. I also played with some brand new stamps from Layers of Color. I love these stamps — they stamp beautifully and are perfect for incorporating into mixed media art.