Friday, April 17, 2015

Follow Your Dreams - Shadowbox

Hi Everyone!

A word, phrase, or quote and at times, a dream will inspire an art ideas. From that inspiration I create a shadowbox, canvas, sculpture, or alter some other innocent artifact. Words once again have inspired me to create mixed media shadowbox; I call it “Follow Your Dreams”. These words conjured the image of a cage with the door that is ajar and the birds flying. The theme creates an allegory for our inner psyche; a desire to achieve our goal and dreams and to do so we must reach outside ourselves.

How it's made

For the shadowbox I used a picture frame, which I painted with gesso, then painted with Martha Stewart pearl aqua paint. I also added textured designs to the front and sides using a stencil and Modeling Past. The cage is made out of 16 gauge galvanize steel wire. I cut individual piece of wire all the same size and slightly bent them. The wire is held together FIMO clay. The clay at the base was textured using Lisa Pavelka border clay molds. I then baked the wire into the clay in the oven for 15 minutes at 250 degrees. After baking the clay, you might find that all of the wire pieces may still get loose. If this happens, add E-600 glue in the hole and the wire will bond to the clay. I used Prima flowers and various clocks, key, and keyhole metal embellishments; which have been painted. The grass is made using texture paste, which has been painted with green paint. The birds are made out clay from a silicon mold that I made from a necklace charm. I like the bird charm so much that I wanted to use it for other craft pieces  that I had make a mold so I can make clay embellishments. The swirl piece that looks like it’s holding the cage and the letters is Dusty Attic chipboard. The cage’s background was made with a musical notes stamp, using Staz-On ink. So get on out there and follow your dreams!


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