Thursday, April 23, 2009

12 x 12 Wood Mixed Media

Taking Flight has been a great book for me. I've loved the challenges in it so far, and I've completed chapter 2. The challenge was a mixed media on wood. I choose a 12x12 piece. Ok, that's sort of a lie, I found some pieces of left over wood my hubby had thrown in the garage from a previous project he had worked on, and had my Dad cut it into 12x12 squares for me. Now I have a few more left to play with, too!

First I worked on the background. A little Canary Yellow... a little raw sienna... some burnt umber, and stamped some words on the background as well. I was actually really pleased with it. It's been a long time since I could say that~!

Then I used some bubble wrap, painted with Leaf green and "stamped" circles. I also used a cap from some 35mm film, dipped in white and stamped some more circles, highlighted with a charcoal pencil.

Now it was time to play with clay! I've never used polymer clay before, and it was a lot of fun! I had no idea what i was going to use, since I didn't have any of the character constructions Kelly Rae suggests in the book, so i pulled out my stamps and just started checking them all out....thinking.... I wanted to start with a small one, being the first time using the clay, so sort of warm myself up, I guess.
I love this philosophy.... "It is not the's the journey" and I added the "Go For It!" embellishment.

The idea behind the challenge in this chapter is about Letting go of our fears. This was a part of my reasoning for the Go For It embellishment, then I decided to use a tree for the main portion of the collage. I am firmly rooted where I am today, and have an abundance of love and blessings surrounding me. There is no reason I should have any fears in trying to accomplish anything at all!


Anne said...

Hi, Sandy! Gorgeous piece! Love the warm colors and all the textures! :-)

Kim Mailhot said...

Hi Sandy !

The background is so lovely and layered ! I love the added white circles. The tree is gorgeous too. Thanks for sharing all the creative fun !
Have a great week !

Linda said...

This is looking really good Sandy - I must remember to try the technique for the circles, they are very effective.
Love your quotes too.
Just go for it.....and enjoy the journey!
Linda xx

LaY hOoN said...

The background really looking so good and rich in colours.
You did a very good in job in your first try on clay !!

purplecat said...

Hey girl you have posted in a while?? hope you are ok?
I spent the morning sorting out art supplies whilst listening to your playlist!

bLu eYd YoGi said...

hey stranger! just stopped in to say HI! I LOVE YOU! hope you are happy happy happy!

teri said...

I love seeing all the steps that went into this piece. It turned out so lovely!!

Jennifer Williams "Blueskysunburn" said...

Hi stranger. Miss seeing your posts.

Anne said...

Hi again, Sandy! I've nominated you for an award over on my blog. Hope you'll come on over and check it out! :-)

mistie said...

Well Miss Sandy. Look at you go! Beautiful colors and wonderful layers. I'm so happy for you that you are enjoying your art journey and making glorious things. I was wondering about that book - thanks for the inspiration.

Anne said...

Hi again, Sandy! I've nominated you for The Circle of Friends Blog Award as part of my first blogoversary celebration. I appreciate your frequent visits and comments! It means so much! :-)