Friday, December 12, 2014

Mixed Media Place......."The Guard"

For this months project at Mixed Media Place I have worked on a 12cm x 28cm x 5cm solid wooden block. I love the solidity of this as my base. It can be hung on a wall or it can sit securely on a bench or table. It can support heavy embellishments, it can be nailed into and it is a fantastic supportive base to paint and collage over. I also love that it's not just the front that is worked on, but also the sides need to be considered and should relate to what is happening on the front; it makes me think, it gives me more opportunity to "tell a story".

Finnabair's art basics gel mediums are perfect for working with wooden blocks and basics Soft Matte Gel and 3D Matte Gel have been used through out this project. Apart from their "adhesive" ability, they dry quickly.
I've created an imaginary character, "The Guard" He has a head- dress of metal locks, clocks and the hands of time, and a paper "cape" adorned with keys, crosses and pearls, all symbolic of our personal dreams, desires, fears and insecurities.

I could go on about how all art should have some significant "deeper" meaning, but I also believe art can just be pretty, aesthetically pleasing or interesting.
It can also be you like his "earwings"?

Sides collaged with patterned and textural paper and chicken wire chipboard coloured with Distress Paint and aged copper embossing enamel.
Paper, metal, and chipboard. Coloured with either Distress Paint or Ranger Patina and then embossed with Stampendous aged copper embossing enamel.

Paper "cape" made from 7Dots Wonderland "Follow the Rabbit" paper.

A full product list is HERE at Mixed Media Place and all products can be purchased HERE at Mixed Media Place Store.

Here's a quick 5min photo video, not a step by step how to, but just some images of how this project evolved. 
Thanks for visiting, wishing you a productive and creative weekend.
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  1. wow Gayle, what can I say ..... you inspire me with your unique gift .. loveeeeeeeeeeee this x

  2. This is amazing, and watching the video and seeing the close ups really shows all the work you have put into this.. He may have ear wigs and all sorts of keys and things hanging off him, but his eyes are smoldering and alluring!! Incredible creating!!

  3. Wow, spectacular work, Gayle! You never cease to amaze me! Love how you incorporate metal into your art ... just a little different form you other styles, but stunning as usual.

    Holiday hugs,

  4. An amazing piece. I love how you put it all together. Just incredible!


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