Sunday, 28 October 2012

My heart was broken

I learnt a valuable art lesson today with this piece.  When things go terribly wrong with a piece, don't throw it away, just keep working it until the problem is resolved.

I am so pleased I did.....

My heart is full of hope
Because this piece went through a major rework, it has a ridiculous number of layers.  I'll omit the error layers in the description, so as not to confuse anyone.  The first layer was gesso, followed by high build molding paste through a stencil.  Then came golden fluid acrylics in red, white,  yellow and my new favourite Iron Oxide (it sparkles).
While that was drying I used a gel medium transfer technique on the cherubs to put them on canvas (worked really well).  Then I used a scrap of canvas as a stamp and randomly stamped with heavy paint.
The wings are grunge paper, painted brown / black then embossed with silver, then again with UTEE to give a look of tin.  Distressed them with black paint to knock back the shine.
The large heart is a technique I've been playing with for a few weeks.  Card stock with high gesso peaks, texture paste, bead gel and high lift molding paste.
Next I applied paint techniques using burnt umber, fine gold, fine bronze, teal, white and some more iron oxide.

The heart shape was torn from orange card stock, painted it with Lumiere paints and then glued it to the base card before stamping with a crackle stamp.  It was finished off with some random stamping and my trusty oil pastels.


  1. i looks wonderful - good that you did not give up and went on!!

  2. What a great lesson! One I follow when it comes to writing too! :)
    It's just lovely!
    Be sure to enter my GIVE-A-WAY!

  3. Wonderful piece with a fantastic patterned heart!

  4. I love learning about your creative process, Liz, which never fails to amaze me. This is a lovely piece and I am so glad you decided to persevere rather than throw it away. It worked out perfectly.

  5. It's a really, really, really beautiful piece, Liz! I'm so happy you kept working on it until it was perfect!

  6. Layers in art are wonderful because the add beautiful depth to a picture...this is lovely so glad you persevered!

  7. A beautiful and special piece made very meaningful from your creative endeavors!

  8. I'm glad you kept going with this as it turned out so beautifully.

  9. such alot of work, I just love the lustre of that heart and want to touch and feel it

  10. Happyly, you've persevered!
    Beautiful work Liz!:)

  11. What a fabulous result, Liz! It's a GREAT piece!!

  12. This heart is stunning-I'm so glad you kept going. I love the entire piece.


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