Thursday, January 12, 2017

Becoming - Mixed Media Canvas & Burlap

Do you ever live in you head, or let others live in your head for free? I do both. I stay stuck with ideas, thoughts, desires and don't act them. At least, that's what 2016 felt like to me, one big state of stuck-ness. This year I am going to change this. Self help gurus, the Buddha in his teachings, stated that if you think of yourself realizing, feeling your thoughts in the present state; you set into intentions and put that energy out into the universe;  not in those exact words, but you get the point. The idea is that one will be motivated to take actions (big or small) everyday towards your goals and for me, hopefully, I can get out of my head. So the word that defines this state of mind for me is "Becoming"....which is defined as the process of coming to be something or of passing into a state. Even Aristotle wrote about becoming as "any change involving realization of potentialities, as a movement from the lower level of potentiality to the higher level of actuality".

To pay homage to becoming the new me. I created this mixed media canvas. I really like the geared/steampunk butterfly chipboard; for me, it gave so much meaning to this piece, it signifies change and action (the gears). Adding to the concept of "change", the butterfly has a copper patina color, something that happens to copper over time, it changes. The zipper is the opening into the blue yonder to realize your dreams. The clock signifies time, for me, the time is now.

How it's made

I started by painting a 9"x12" canvas with  matte yellow-bronze acrylic paint and gesso, it's a color that best matched the burlap, since the burlap is a little see-through. I used a 12"x12" Canvas Corp #canvascorp burlap. I started by cutting the opening, then glued the zipper and lace. I then stenciled both the blue paper and burlap. On the blue paper I added drywall tape and on top of the tape, I added another layer of stenciled paisley swirl shapes with Golden Molding paste. To the paste I added Titan Buff acrylic paint. I then glued the blue background paper and burlap onto the canvas. The whole piece has been embellished with vintage lace from antique and thrift stores.


The butterfly and words have been treated with with Modern Master metal paint and patina acid for a realistic copper patina look. I could of painted this effect, but wanted to try this product out. The result is very random and one has no control on how it comes out, which makes for a cool effect. The butterfly is a chipboard from Creative Embellishment.

The gears on top of the chipboard gears butterfly, the gears and the pocket watch on the burlap are from 7 gypsies #7gypsies.   All the metal on the burlap was painted with black gesso and Tattered Angels High Impact copper paint  #tatteredangels, as well as bronze wax paste. I have embedded teeny tiny watch gears and parts in the pocket watch. I used mica sheet as the glass cover on the pocket watch, which I sandwich between the watch and chipboard.  All the flowers are from Petaloo. Hope you enjoy my "Becoming" Canvas project 

I am entering this project to the following Challenges:

Canvas Corp - Word of the Year 2017 January Challenge #ccbchallenge
Creative Embellishments - January Challenge
The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #32 - Put a Stencil on It
Frilly and Funkie - What are you going achieve in 2017 January Challenge
Country View - Anything Goes January Challenge
Mixed Media Place - January Challenge













29 comments:

  1. Oh this is lovely, love how that steampunk butterfly pops out! Good luck and thanks for playing along at Creative Embellishments

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  2. This is one of the prettiest Steampunk projects ever. Love it. Happy crafting and thanks for the visit to mine, Angela xXx

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  3. What a wonderful and beautiful steampunk project! Thanks for sharing it with us at Creative Embellishments!

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  4. Fantastic. Love the butterfly and the layout makes it the centre of attention. Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie.
    Hugs!
    Cec

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  5. This is a real beauty! thanks for joining us at CREATIVE EMBELLISHEMNTS!

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  6. Beautiful canvas! And thank you, for explaining the meaning, really wonderful. So go on with the changes!
    Thank you for entering our challenge over at Canvas Corp Brands!
    Evelyn xx

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  7. aw this is beautiful and I love the thinking behind it too! That zip is especially cool! Thanks for joining us at CVC and goodluck! Hugs rachel x

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  8. This is a shabby chic masterpiece! I love the inclusion of the zipper. It adds so much character! Thank you so much for joining us at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge!
    Hugs,
    Nancy

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  9. That butterfly is gorgeous, great detail work, Thanks for playing with the Challenge this month at Creative Embellishments.

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  10. Lovely details with the butterfly and the zip!Wonderful!Thank you for joining us at MMP challenge,good luck!

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  11. Beautiful canvas! Love the fabulous colors, design elements, and zipper detail! Thanks for playing along with the Creative Embellishments January Challenge!

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  12. just STUNNING....I especially LOVE the zipper! Two Thumbs Up! Thank you for joining along with The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.

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  13. gorgeous canvas and love all the chippys :) Thanks for playing with us at Creative Embellishments :)

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  14. So pretty! Thank you for the inspiration and for playing along with us at Creative Embellishment.
    Nadine - My Scrap n' Stuff

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  15. Amazing creation wow lovely thanks for playing at Mixed Media Place challenge !!!

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  16. Fantastic! Thanks for joining us at the Canvas Corp Brands January Challenge!

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  17. Fabulous! Love the design and textures. Thank you for joining us over at CCB for our January Challenge.
    Hugs
    Linda
    CCB Member

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  18. This is really beautiful. Love the zippper, burlap and your style! Thanks for entering challenge over at CCB.

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  19. Beautiful. Thank you for joining us att CCB Challenge this month

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  20. Gorgeous canvas. Love all the details. Thanks for playing at CCB.

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  21. Using that lace with the zipper is very creative! Love all the gears and the soft colors. Great job. Thanks for playing at CCB!

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  22. So many fun elements! Thanks for playing with CCB!

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  23. This is fabulous. Thanks for joining the CCB challenge.

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  24. What a wonderful project! I love the way you designed the butterfly!! Thanks so much for joining us for the Canvas Corp Brand January challenge! We hope to see you again soon!
    Hugs,
    Canvas Corp DT Karla
    Http://creative-love-affair.blogspot.ca/

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  25. Great idea! Thank you for joining january challenge at CCB!

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  26. Awesome textures. Love the way you divided the Canvas with the zipper into the separate meaning.
    Thank you for joining our challenge over at Canvas Corp Brands!

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  27. Oh my do I love this! Absolutely stunning!! Thanks for sharing it for the CCB challenge! (The butterfly made with gears is phenomenal!)

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  28. I love the way you incorporated a zipper. Beautiful project! Thank you for playing along with us at Mixed Media Place.

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