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Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Egyptian girl or ultra modern.....

Hello my crafty friends. Today's offering took me on an unusual journey....at least for me.


I knew I wanted to do a canvas and I wanted to use the face of this beautiful girl by Tim Holtz.
I started by adding paint to the 8x8 canvas using the brayer and fresco acrylics. I used several colours including a brown, blue, orange and a yellowy green.


I then stamped the girl on tissue paper (a paper I don't use very often). I then coloured her from the back using spectrum noir pencils. I didn't want the colouring to be overwhelming and by colouring the back it really softened the look. I did emphasize her eyes and lips slightly.
I cut her out and stuck her down carefully with mod podge.


I then added tissue tape to background and this is also another thing I very often forget to use. I inked over them very lightly with distress inks.
Then I turned to the hair. I remembered I had this stencil with rolling hills and the more I looked at it the more I could see hair. I remember Barbara Gray in one of her classrooms setting us the challenge to see how many things we could think of making with this stencil. Hair was certainly not one of them! A lot of masking was involved here and also waiting in between applications to allow grunge paste to dry.


So in between waiting I stamped the butterfly from Tim Holtz again and embossed it. I coloured it with distress inks picking colours that resonated with background. I used mermaid lagoon, twisted citron, dried marigold and gathered twigs.


I used a cap from a marker and dipped it in black gesso. Then I went over it with white gesso to create a shadow: I borrowed this from the lovely Emma Williams. She had it on her recent canvas.


I coloured hair with fresco acrylics and used 3 shades including London fog and chocolate pudding.
 Then I added gilding waxes to bring highlights to it. I then stuck the butterfly in her hair.
I also used waxes on a metal corner and 3 sprockets and attached these to canvas.
As a finishing touch I added some gold pearls in her hair and also some micro beads and distress glitter mixed into gloss medium in random areas. (again I borrowed this from Emma).
And there is my canvas ready. I hope you can leave me some constructive criticism, hugs Theresa xx


I would like to enter this canvas in the following challenges:

Frilly and Funkie - raise it up
Fat-Tastic Tuesday - anything goes with a twist: make it feminine
CropStop blog - anything goes



32 comments:

  1. Brilliant xxxx so clever Theresa yet again you have excelled xxx

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  2. This is very innovative Theresa and she certainly looks Egyptian with the clever use of that stencil. I like the random areas of distress glitter and micro beads and the butterfly has been coloured really beautifully. Really very lovely!! x

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  3. Flippin fantastic.you have done it again tis truly fab, great interpretation of that stencil xxx

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  4. I absolutely LOVE this beautiful card. I would like to warmly invite you to share your amazing art with us at Word Art Wednesday, We'd enjoy having you play along, if you can, and have you share your talents with us. It would be a huge blessing to me and I really hope you will join us. We offer awesome prizes each week in our Anything Goes challenges. You can find us here:
    Word Art Wednesday
    http://www.cropstop.com/blog/uncategorized/linky-party-6-anything-goes/

    Blessings,
    Karen Letchworth, Blog Owner
    Word Art Wednesday

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  5. Wonderful Theresa! I think she looks Egyptian too, love her eye make-up and your colouring of the butterfly is gorgeous! Great way to use your stencil. Xxx

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  6. Very clever Theresa and done so well, great inspiration...xxx

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    1. Thanks Karen. Great compliment to be inspiring xx

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  7. Beautiful....thank you for sharing with us over at Fan-Tastic Tuesday..
    Hugs
    Suzy B Owner
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  8. Love the way you have totally changed the look of this girl Theresa! So dramatic with that headpiece. Thank you for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Jenny x

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  9. Thanks for sharing your lovely crafting for Fan-tastic Tuesday challenge 96 - hope to see you again soon, Hazel, DT x

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  10. Gorgeous canvas. She reminds me of Cleopatra channeling her inner steampunk. Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie.
    Hugs!
    Cec

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    1. thanks Cec. yes that describes her to a t xx

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  11. Love this canvas Theresa, very clever and the butterfly is just beautiful. Thanks for visiting my blog. Have a great weekend.
    Hugs Jennifer xx.

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  12. This is stunning work! Thanks so much for sharing it with us at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! - Ashli :)

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  13. This is such a dramatic piece of artwork Theresa and you already know how much I love it ~ it's just stunning and thank you so much for the mention, I really do appreciate it! Thank you so much for sharing your project and for playing along with us over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog... :) Big hugs! xxxx

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    1. thank you Emma. your saying so means a lot to me and i will give you your dues always. it's only fair. big hugs back at you xx

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  14. Such a pretty lady! I love the texture and her beautiful butterfly. Thank you so much for playing along with us over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog this week :)

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