Okay...where to start. The background of this project....prepare for some deep thoughts. When I do projects like this, I put a meaningful process into the layers of the design which result in a lot of little details that are significant to my personal feelings or history, especially in my wording as well as the number of elements I add in clusters (pearls, flowers).
Some tidbits about my mom that are represented in the canvas:
- Her name was JOY
- Was an artist = the art of Joy
- Wrote poetry = book text
- Didn't like her wrinkles (which I thought were beautiful) = wrinkled tissue paper
- Had three daughters and a fabulous stepson = four flowers
- Passed from this life = ascending pearls from her name
- Had incredible color eyes (blue/brown) = color pallet
- Was an elegant, gracious person = style of design
Whew....and now onto a lighter note...the creative process! In these next four pictures I'll show you how I started.
- 12x12 canvas
- Book text torn and attached with decoupage glue or gel medium
- Torn and wrinkled tissue paper defuses the text and adds wrinkles for texture
- 2x2" Twinchies covered with Basic Grey papers
Dry fit (arrange without adhesives) onto the canvas.
Once happy with the layout, I started gluing the pieces in place with Glossy Accents. I used foam mount to lift some of the squares up for dimension. I added my details of pearls, lace and flowers.
- Basic Grey Chip board sticker letters "JOY"
- Handmade flowers
- Prima flowers and pearls
- Really old ephemera used for my wording: EK, Little Davies, and a lot of unknown
- Making Memories "OF"
- Tim Holts Tissue Tape
- Hero Arts Fabulous Flourish with Old Paper Distress ink
- Hero Arts Lace