i was commissioned for a Christmas gift - my questions yielded the following: 'for my mom'; 'celtic symbol'; 'celtic colors'.
which led me to google, to look up symbols and colors. I found lots of greens and gold - so that's what I went with. the background is completely collaged with 2,932,491 different papers, then used dryer sheets were soul glued on top. the entire thing was inked and sealed, and then i used some rub-ons and paint, and sealed again. then came the fun part of the symbol. i found one that stood for motherhood - so ... PERFECT!!!!!
i printed it out a couple of times, not sure how i was going to transfer the image onto the canvas. i thought of using a template or just cutting out the pieces and putting them back together like a jigsaw puzzle. i attempted the symbol as a template on a test canvas, and BOY HOWDY am i glad i didn't do that on the collaged canvas, because it was a HOT mess. so i cut out all the pieces, inked them with distress inks, painted them with rock candy distress crackle, and edged them with tarnished brass crackle paint. (i am nothing if not a tim junkie)
when they were all dry (yes, i touched them constantly) i soul glued them down, went over a few areas with some gold perfect pearl powder...painted the edges and sealed the entire thing. DONE.
i hope the recipient loves it as much as i loved making it... and i didn't even get stressed out!!!! maybe i'm ... reforming. ;-) bwhahahahaha i crack myself up.