Thursday, January 5, 2012

Valentine's Altered Canvas

How do you get 11 photos in a 12 x 12 inch space? Easy! Frame everything!

I have a habit of collecting bits and pieces of this and that. Tiny brass doll house frames, old 35mm slide mounts, chipboard, photo mats, ribbon and the finished piece even has a framed fortune cookie paper fortune above the paper "love".

I started by picking a color scheme, and then pulling everything but the kitchen sink. Then I set about altering nearly everything. The canvas was painted black and then a Ranger gold metallic paint dauber was brushed along the top outside edge. The Prima paper flowers were sponged with ink because they were too pink before a bit of Tim Holtz' Distress Ink in Vintage Photo (used that technique ALOT in this project).

The slides, the photo mat and the cut out were stamped in CTMH Bamboo with a paisley Tim Holtz background stamp, the heart is the same stamp in Ranger's Cranberry ink. Everything got sponged with Vintage Photo ink. Overstamped the mat with a script stamp, the slides with some words from various Inkadinkadoo stamps.

The chipboard and Grungeboard wings were first colored with Ranger's gold metallic dauber paint. The Believe got a second coat in a pouncing motion to make it look like beaten brass.With a bit of glue and gold foil, I added some sparkle to the Love, the edges of the heart and most of the wings.

I found some brass filigree flowers in a jewelry store, these are attached with tiny brass screws - didn't realize they made screws that small.

Photos were taken by friends over the past 18 months, converted all of them to black and white and shrank them to fit various frames, slides and the film strip. Ribbons, trim and even a few red rhinestones finish off the piece. 

I created the word Love by using Cricut Craft Room and my Classic Font cartridge. It allowed me to weld the letters together, and slant the word, even add a swirl to the bottom of the L - that later got covered...oh well.

The keys were sticking to a simple color palette: black, red, ivory and gold. ALL metallic elements are brass or gold. All the photos are black and white, making even really small ones (tiniest is .75 x 1 inch) "readable" - they are also of the same subjects and in similar pose. Instead of journaling, I took red ink and stamped the month the photo was taken.

We're both divorced and over the past 18 months, he's taught me to believe in Love again. Happy Valentine's Day Love!

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