Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Sunday Stamper 214: Bits and Pieces

When I saw Hels challenge for this week I decided I would try and make something I have been meaning to have a go at for ages. I have a book called 'The Crafter's Devotional' by Barbara R Call which is a splendid resource to dip into when the muse has gone on holiday. On page 148 there is a discussion about symbols and as I meditate regularly I decided to try and make a small hanging. She says that 'using symbols in your artwork is a powerful tool for expressing your thoughts, feelings and emotions'.
This is what I came up with using 'bits and pieces' from my stash.
It was the very devil to photograph as it has been raining and I couldn't get the light right. To give a clearer idea here is each piece individually.
This is made of layers of papers on recycled painted card and distressed with walnut stain. The metal wings come from the Snazzy  shop and the stamped Fly is from Paper artsy.
Transition is also on painted recycled card with a gateway from Paperbag Studios stamped onto lace paper and then a large rusty key, the symbol of wisdom (don't I wish!) adhered with glossy accents.
For the sea I embellished with my machine  bits and pieces of chiffon and lace onto blue felt and then hand sewed and embroidered. I chose the sea to represent Renewal.

This one is a base of card painted with Fresco paints this time, layers with distressed pieces of paper with a small handbag mirror to symbolise self-reflection.
The last one is torn ovals of vellum and paper on a sprayed piece of card then a grungeboard heart which I painted red and then used crackle paint on. A heart symbolises love and compassion and is a very moving symbol to meditate upon.
I may well do a series of these as the mood takes me. I have hung it on my board in the room I work from at home, (not the craftroom) and hope it gives some inspiration to any who see it.
Hope you are all enjoying your week. I hear rumours that the jet thingy is on the move and we may have summer after all! Now that is something to meditate upon! x


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  2. This is gorgeous - was going to say I love the gate and key best, but then the renewal is good too. And a great idea for self reflection!

  3. This is an amazing assemblage, Barb. I love the artistic way in which you put it together, as well as the various symbolic representations. Blessings!

  4. lovely work -i love the different textures and the depth jenx

  5. GORGEOUS creation Barb, love all those different mediums and the elements all tie together beautifully... thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper x

  6. Gorgeous work - I love the bold key against the delicate gate, and those rich blues are beautiful.
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  7. Goodness me what a beautiful creation! Love the Tide section, it is so striking but love it all really - beautiful.

  8. Oh this is fabulous Barb....what a wonderful symbolic the elements that you have used...especially the key and the wings...oh and the embellished 'tide' piece...a very clever creation....Jan x