Friday, 3 August 2012

BIG on Texture

I cannot quite believe it but its been a year since I joined Creative Expressions as a DT member, and the exciting news is that they have now announced a DT call for the next DT term, to find out how to enter pop over to the Creative Expressions blog for all the details.
As part of the challenge you are requested to create an artisitc piece that showcases texture in some way. I decided to decorate a wooden heart that I found neglected in my stash so I decided to give it a new lease of life. Quite apt I thought as this is for a new DT call.
I covered my heart in metal foil tape which has been embossed with the riveted Texture Fade, which adds fantastic texture to the background of my heart, its so tactile! To add to the industrial feel I have coloured the metal with ginger and pitch black Alcohol Inks and then sanded with wire wool.
I stamped "Always Dream BIG" from Sam Poole's Art Sayings plate as I thought this was the perfect sentiment when responding to a DT call. I have added a little colour in the form of broken china Distress Ink adding a little walnut stain to the outside edges. For added texture and dimension I have also included some spirals of rusty wire.
I wanted to add further stamping but in a slightly different way so after much deliberation I decided I would use ultra thick embossing enamel and stamp into the enamel whilst hot, again giving me further texture to my piece. Whilst the enamel was hot I added Lapis Black and Malachite Fire Embossing Crystals to add colour and interest to the enamel. Whilst the enamel was hot I stamped Sam Poole's Bubble Wrap stamp into the enamel and then added highlights of silver Paint Dabber with my finger. "INSPIRE and CREATE" has been stamped onto white card, coloured with Distress Inks and added to my background.
Two of my hearts were stamped into for added texture and the other three were left as is, but the enamel still gives a wonderful smooth tactile finish.  For added interest I included Chitchat stickers, again coloured with Distress Ink to blend with my background. Two of the hearts have wings attached using the Simply Wings Art Parts, coloured with broken china ink, I love the dimension the wings give to my creation.
This close up shot shows in more detail the fabulous texture in the background and I love the industrial combined with the softness and texture of the enamel.
To complete I added black ribbon to hang the heart and again to add further texture and interest.

Good luck with your applications.

Thanks for stopping by. Tracy x x





23 comments:

Kim Dellow said...

It is fab Tracy! Kim

inkypinkycraft said...

This is s stunning piece, packed full of texture..your colour choice is amazing, as always...
A truly stunning piece!
Exciting news too, trace x

Lisa Somerville said...

Stunning piece Tracy - so much wonderful texture and detail to look at!

Sandy said...

UNBELIEVABLE Tracy.
Love the metal and the colors.
A Stunner.

Have a sunny weekend my dear friend.
xoxo

Annette said...

wow a stunning piece of work x

butterfly said...

Magnificent - texture, colour, design, techniques (and thank you so much for all the detailed explanations), I'm absolutely in awe of this piece! Utterly inspirational, thank you!
Alison x

...the yorkshire fox... said...

...Tracy this gorgeous heart just oozes texture, I adore it, from the embossing to the colours & loVe the cool spirals of wire...a truely gorgeous piece...Mel :)

Carol Q said...

am going to have to add that texture fade to my collection Tracy - love what you made - fab texture!

Annie said...

Hi Tracy thank you for sharing this fantastic piece. The texture fade embossing is amazing absolutely must have it x how fantastic would it be to be part of the DTfor CE. X x

Paula Whittaker said...

well youve definately fulfilled the brief for that challenge.....great project

Buttons said...

Such a beautifully textured piece. Love the colour of those hearts and the stamping into them. Good luck with the DT entry. Seriously tempted myself as a good chunk of my stash is from CE. Hugs, Buttons x

flutterbycrafter said...

Wonderful, so much texture and so different xx

herminesplace said...

Love hearts and yours look fantastic

Anita Houston said...

Mahoosively fabulous...every detail...a new favorite now!

Lynn Stevens said...

That texture plate is so on my wish list! Fabulous project Tracy. Of course I always find eye candy whenever I visit your blog.
hugs Lynn

Sandi said...

beautiful, all those textures and beautiful colors, hugs

Brenda Brown said...

A truly designer piece Tracy. I love your use of texture and shape and your creativity stands out a mile.
Hugs Brenda xx

Gillian .... said...

Metal & Texture = one awesome project Tracy, love it. x

Heather said...

Once again, you did an amazing job! I love the way you think outside the box! Thank you :-)

Suzanne C said...

What's better than one beautiful heart but 4 beautiful hearts with various textures! What an awesome project!

Gabrielle said...

I absolutely love this Tracy! The textures are fabulous and I really love all the elements. I too have no idea where the last year's gone! Thank you for being such amazing support - I have really valued your friendship x

Luthien said...

wow!! this is an absolutely amazing piece!! i just love the metal tape effect and the patina on it is just super delicious!! xo

hazel said...

I love everything about this Tracy, fabulous textures.
xxx Hazel.