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Sunday, 3 February 2013

What is Art?

Hello Blog Friends

I would like to say a big welcome to my latest followers, thank you so much, it means a lot that you are interested in my crafty journey.  Thank you too, to those of you who have taken the time to leave comments on my last few posts, you have made my heart smile!

I don't have a great deal of experience with Embossing Paste with masks but I got a Crafters Workshop mask a while back, called 'Mini Art Is' and I thought I would have a play with it this weekend, when I was allowed a break from clearing out the garage.......

The words are perfect for all Crafters and I really like the style of the writing:


I created a background on a 6" x 6" flat canvas, with pink, cream and white acrylic paints and then applied black embossing paste through the mask.  Not as easy as it sounds but if you hold the mask down with some masking tape, it does make things easier.  I mounted the canvas onto some strong black card, to give a lift to the words.

Well I couldn't leave it at one so I did another larger 8" x 8" canvas and this time I used Fresco Paints in Mermaid and Beach Hut to colour the main canvas (I am in love with these paints).  I added some torn book pages and chicken wire stamping with black acrylic paint.  The topper was coloured in Mermaid, Beach Hut and Limelight and then swiped over with Peacock Feather Distress Ink. I then spritzed and flicked water over, before applying the black embossing paste.  I mounted it onto black card and then onto white card, again to give the words a lift and then mounted the topper onto my canvas.


So then I tried a third time, this time with white paste on a black background.  This is probably the most effective but I have not mounted this one as yet, but I thought it would be good to let you make a comparison.  The photos were taken this evening so the white looks a little cream but in real life it is a crisp white:


Hope you all had a good weekend, it is back into the garage for me tomorrow,  we are nearly finished, thank goodness, I really miss my Craft Room.  Hugs, Anne x



 Footnote, just in case the words are not clear, they say:

Art is just another way of expressing our innermost thoughts onto concrete media.  Where form and function come together in beauty, color and shape.  We put our feelings and experiences onto paper, canvas, surfaces of all kinds.  Allowing ourselves to release and surrender to this all encompassing force.  This need to register what was today what might be tomorrow.  And what was yesterday and the day before that.

33 comments:

  1. Anne, all three are lovely. I am delighted by how clear the words came out. I didn't expect that at all. Such a great passage. I really love the middle one with the chicken wire stamping and those lovely Fresco colours although all three have such appeal.

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  2. Oh Anne I love these. I've tried with different mediums and it never turned out right so I'm thinking I should give it another go lol huggles hun xxx Sue J

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  3. These are really brilliant canvases, Annie! You went to town with the beautiful chicken wire one!! I'm wondering: is embossing paste the same as what I call embossing powder? It looks similar in the finished product, but I'm not sure, as I don't know anything about embossing either way onto canvas. Don't overdo the physical labor clearing out the garage!! xxoo Darnell

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  4. I have this too...a pain to clean, but I love it. You did a fabulous job! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina ♥

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  5. What a wonderful stencil Anne. Your experiment with it have created three totally different looks. Very interesting indeed.

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  6. Hope the garage sorting out and moving stuff is going well. take care though as it sounds like heavy work.

    These are so lovely the last one is my fave...that look is so in style now! But it is sure a close second with the middle one. I want to learn to make those painted.inked backgrounds. I am slowly building my supply of TH inks and stains so I can eventually give these a try! I have a stash of canvass under the stairs to try them on!

    Yours are so lovely!

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  7. three great looks, I love the colours in the middle one, such gentle colours. I have just got this stencil, fab isn't it! hope all your work is finished soon trace x

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  8. These are wonderful, I love that quote. I really like how such different effects achieved are by changing the colours.
    Take care
    Hugs Sue

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  9. Well done you on having a go with these stencils. What a professional finish to your work too! My favourite is probably the white on black but each one of them is a feast for the eyes. Hope you are back in your lovely craft room very soon. Hugs, Jenny x

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  10. Glad you got chance to have a play today! Great art but really like the white onto the black - can't wait to see what you do with it......once the garage is sorted!!

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  11. You obtained such a clear and crisp finish to the text Anne. Beautifully done.
    Hugs Brenda xox

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  12. Hi Anne,
    These are gorgeous, the quote is fab and I love the white on black, so striking. Can't wait to see it when it's finished. Great job with the embossing paste too, the finish is perfect. Have a good week, hope the garage is tidy soon then you can get back to your craft room. xx

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  13. great words Anne and I love the background too - but the white on black is just my favourite - fabulous xx

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  14. I'm guessing that perhaps Embossing Paste is like the stuff used with the Dreamweaver stencils...but not certain. You do come up with the most unusual medias -(at least to me) - to try on your art, and it is always stunning. This one is no exception. I tried very hard (looking several times) to pick a favorite. Not an easy task on a Monday morning, let me say. I'm leaning towards the middle blue, (blue is my favorite color perhaps!), but the blacks are so dramatic. I've not worked with canvas either, but saw canvas used at the show Sat. (was a whole new dimension to me as well-LOL). You've done an outstanding trio of canvas art...thanks for sharing. Have a great week, and don't work too hard in the cleanup. Hugs

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  15. I really do like that and you've used it so well.
    the quote is so poignant. It's a question we ponder over so often but never get a perfect answer!.
    Love Jo x

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  16. Wow, Anne! those are beautiful.
    Love the paint colors on the second canvas :)

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  17. Thanks for explaining this to us! I love the words too and the 8x8 is really pretty. I can hardly wait to see how you mat the black and white one as it looks chalkboard style and you could really have fun with that!
    Hugs Kelly

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  18. I bet that was a very satisfying or gratifying bit of crafting time amidst all the clean-out. This has been one of my favorite stencils in 6X6, and I just got the large 12X12 over the weekend. Happy Crafting, Anne. Hope the clean-out is progressing well.

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  19. These are brilliant Anne! Love the colours on the second one, but I am really loving the black and white...the words are great too. I saw Ali Reeve on TV last week make her own paste with cornflour...gotta have a go at that! Carole Z X

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  20. Wow Anne...these are lovely and I bet its not as easy as it looks, stenciling with writing must be tricky.

    I think my favourite is the black and white..............look forward to seeing what you do with it.

    Hope you get back crafting soon. xx

    TFS

    Annie x

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  21. Wow, it's hard to believe this clear image was from a stencil and paste! and not stamped. I love the wording too. The white on black one is so clean and clear to read perfectly. Now I must get me some of this paste, and the mask too.

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  22. Wow!! You are a master at this stencil business Anne! Your results are so perfect and that is one beast of a stencil to get right! I love the words. My favourite is the second one but they're all fab. So clever!
    Have a great week. Hugs, Juliaxx

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  23. Hi Anne, my you have been busy with your canvases as well as busy in your garage. I like the middle one best, but then thay are my favourite colours. See you soon Hugs Mo x

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  24. Very clever and effective Anne, I love the white on black! Hope the garage clearing is going well, ours is so full it would take a ten ton truck to clear it! X

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  25. Hi Anne,

    This is just beautiful! I love it. Turquoise is popping up all over!

    Hugs,
    Kay

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  26. I also love the white on black, but I think it's the canvas that wins for me (I'll wait to see the mounting of the white on black before I make my final decision, obviously!!)... Love the Fresco colours you've used, and the chicken wire in black is a lovely echo of the text. Isn't the detail you can get with the embossing paste wonderful?! Beautiful work all round...
    Alison x

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  27. Anne...all 3 are fabulous! I love that you did three, and experimented...Kudos! And you created works of Art! Gorgeous and inspiring!

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  28. really nice - it is always fun to experiment --- I like the second one the best. I have no idea what the paste is but I sure am glad that you do!! Well the more I study these pieces, the more I like the black and white. Can't wait to see what you are going to do next Miss Anne!! Isn't it to cold there to clean out a garage!?
    Sandy

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  29. WOW, Anne, This is beautiful work from a stencil, all the pieces are fantastic.. Love the Black & White.. Good luck with the garage clearing.. Hugs May x x x

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  30. how lucky are we that you managed to sneaky away from the garage for a little crafting session...great work with the paste...have to say better than my first effort. No snow here yet but the sky is looking a bit menacing...hugs kath xxx

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  31. these are brilliant - particularly the canvas with is gorgeous! I have never thought of using embossing paste through masks - thank you for the idea! xx

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  32. Lovely work Anne and yet another stencil I need. Almost bought some yesterday as there are some beautiful leaves out by Crafters Workshop but I put the card back and will wait for the craft show at Manchester on Thursday

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  33. I recognise these stencils ;) lol great minds and all that,I must say you have great taste.
    Not sure how I missed these last week. all 3 so different. the white on black looks great. x

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Your comments are much appreciated! Hugs, Anne x

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