Phew…. I really needed that break! I put everything out of my mind, locked myself in my creative space (as much as one can lock themselves in the corner of the busiest part of their house) and started with a blank piece of paper. Then a few canvas boards. Then some cardstock… I really needed the release that art brings me. I’ll share all my creations with you in due time, but here is the one that started the stress purge:
I started off by spritzing the whole paper with water, then using Tim Holtz’s Distress Reinkers and dropped colors of ink on the page. I mixed that with some of Lindy’s Stamp Gang Hot Shots for a touch of glimmer.
I wanted more of a ‘circular’ theme than I got with the original background so I used any glass I could find within reach and dipped the bottom (or the rim depending on the size) in some ink and intentionally left glass rings on my page.
Once the page was dried I outlined the boarders of the different colors using black pens of different thicknesses.
Once I was satisfied with the background I used some molding paste and one of my geometric crafter’s workshop stencils and added some dimensional rectangles to the piece. The molding paste was white, but I have learned that when it is applied over a water based ink the dye will be absorbed into the paste. I wanted that with this project. If I wanted it to be pure white I could have sprayed a working fixative to the piece after the inks dried.
To mimic the circles on the background I used a compass and drew different size circles on my page, layering them on top of one another. I then headed over to my sewing machine and followed the sketched circles with my zig zag stitch.
Finally, to bring back both the circles and the rectangles I used a combination of square and round embellishments to finish the piece off. You can find these square scrabble tiles, a round charm, round brads and grommets, and rectangle acrylic tiles that were colored using alcohol ink.
I have to say, I really love this piece – the way the geometric shapes are layered and repeated, the colors and the way the flow and the sentiment – what I needed to do while making it – remember to BREATHE! And then to DREAM of what is possible!
Hope you are all well~