Monday, 6 August 2012

A NEW LEASE OF LIFE

The challenge this week for Simon Says Stamp and Show is perfect for me as I am trying to use my paints a little more in my creations, and with the theme of 'PAINT IT UP' what better way to showcase those fabulous Fresco Paints.

A found neglected frame was the inspiration for my heartfelt home decor piece.
I love hearts in my artwork, I love the shape and although it often symbolises love and affection I think it's perfect for so many occasions. I adore the combination of wood and paint, a coat of PaperArtsy Fresco Little Black Dress, followed by the Crackle Glaze and top coat of Snowflake, and a once neglected frame is given a new lease of life.  This is going to be a perfect birthday gift for one of my family members.
Fresco paints are a real must for me for a crackle background they are so simple to use and for someone a little impatient like me they work so quickly. Whenever I think of using paint I always think WOOD, its the combination of natural wood and paint that appeals to me, I love the finish you achive from just a coat of paint.
The heart aperture's were given a little metal treatment using metal foil sheets which I embossed with the Cuttlebug birds and swirls embossing folder, which I aged a little with a black paint dabber. I did apply some paint with my finger to get into all the crevices, oh and any excuse for messy fingers!
I've added a word band to each side of my frame again adding a little paint dabber to give that aged, industrial feel.  For further dimension I have included some Idea-ology foliage and locket keys.
On the opposite side I added a key which I painted with silver paint dabber to coordinate with my metal pieces. I also cut two hearts from the metal foil, embossed with the Cuttlebug folder adding paint dabber to the top.
I love the embossing on metal foil it adds such fabulous texture and dimension and the wording etched on each word band make it a perfect personal touch for one of my family members.
To give a little more interest I added the bird from the caged bird die embossed with the regal flourishes texture fade, which I also love as the bird echoes the birds on the embossing in the heart apertures.
The bird and branch cut using the bird branch die again embossed with the regal flourishes adds further interest to the opposite side of my frame.

I look forward to seeing your use of paint in your creations this week. 
For more great ideas please pop over to the Simon Says Stamp and Show blog and take a look at my fellow team members they have created some inspirational projects. Remember there is also the chance to win a $50 prize from Simon Says Stamp.  I always look forward to seeing your creations each week.


Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment, much appreciated.  Enjoy your week. Tracy x x  
 


23 comments:

inkypinkycraft said...

A really stunning piece, I love hearts and these are wonderful! Trace x

Annie said...

Hi Tracy this is fabulous and a wonderful birthday gift for a special person. I just posted a painted piece yesterday so will have to get painting again to enter this challenge. Thanks for sharing this inspirational piece. Annie x

Sandy said...

Wow Tracy I´m overwhelmed.
Absolutely stunning.
Love, love, love it...
xoxo

Sandy said...

This is lovely, love all the crackle and the embossing, just fabulous. Thank you for the lovely comments you left on my blog about my French themed card, it was wonderful to get your comments on a card that was so different for me to do. I have joined as a follower. Sandy :)

Barb Cady said...

What a true piece of art! I love the embossed texture and all the different pieces you have used, especially embossing the bird on a branch die, it looks wonderful. I agree painted wood is the best! xx

Anna-Karin said...

Such a fabulous piece Tracy! Love all the textures, the embossing, birds, heart and everything else. Gorgeous!!

Candy C said...

Tracy, I love your piece. You are so right...the Fresco Crackle paint is amazing! Your white background is stunning. I love your metal embossing and die cuts on this piece. It's really just another example of your beautiful work...as always! <3 Candy

Helen said...

Fantastic painted artwork, Tracy! I too love Fresco paints, they go on anything and everything! Hope to find time with my Olympic commitments to take part, this week!!!

Sandra said...

Tracey, this is gorgeous! Love the frame and especially what you've done with it! The embossed metal looks amazing! Fabulous piece of art!

Sandi said...

what a stunning piece, love all the embossing and anitque look is wonderful, hugs

Marjie Kemper said...

Oooh lah lah, Tracy... this is SO cool! I love the texture of the heart as well as the bird on a branch die have across the bottom... it's fantastic!

JansArtyJunk said...

Oh this is GREAT Tracy!! I do love a bit of crackle!! The textures in this piece are just stunning...Love it!!

butterfly said...

Hearts are always great, but these are out of this world. From the 'weathered wood' background paint to the shabby embossed metal foil, this frame is sensational. Simply wonderful! Thank you for so much inspiration!
Alison x

Suzanne C said...

Brilliant touches of metal with the embossed surfaces. Love the hearts on the whitewashed frame. Gorgeous!

soapHOUSEmama said...

beautiful!!!!

Anita Houston said...

Oh Tracy! So so so cool and down right gorgeous!!! Love the metals...all kinds of metal shapes...WOW!!!

lynne said...

A really stunning piece of altered art/home decor. Gorgeous.
Wishes
Lynne

Emma said...

Just stunning, as always!! I'm never disappointed when I visit your blog, everything is always so gorgeous and there is always so much to look at!

Sorry for not visiting as often as I'd have liked just lately...family problems and never having a minute to myself have kept me away but I've caught up on all your cards now and they're all fab!
Love Emma xx

Lisa Somerville said...

Stunning home decor piece, love the embossed metal!

Lindsay Craftymonster81 said...

Wow! This is stunning, I love the textures and colours
Lindsay xx

email: Steph@SimonSaysStamp.com said...

Stunning piece, Tracy! I love the crackled paint look and the embellishments are fab!!

*mwah*
Steph
Simon Says Stamp!

Carol said...

I love this card/art work. What a lovely piece if metal work in this.

Terry said...

Hey there Trace, I am absolutely in LOVE with your FABULOUS and AMAZING hearts my goodness what a job you did on this masterpiece wowwzersss Hugs Terry xxxx