Friday, June 06, 2008

Two finished things

So far, the challenge to complete every technique in 'Mixed Emulsions' goes well. I have decided the best way of doing this is to create a series of pieces using photographs, each one using a variety of the techniques discussed. I have finished my first piece, Lilacs.

In Lilacs, I tried out many of the techniques discussed in the book. I used: soft tones, watercolour paints, wax, decorative paper, text, finger painting and corrugated cardboard. Seven down, thirty six more to go.

I really like how this turned out. I like the ties between the warm beeswax smell and the smell the lilacs would have. I picked up a piece of beeswax at the farmer's market, and dripped it around the altered photo, melting it with my soldering iron. This was my first time working with wax. I am generally happy with how it turned out considering that it was a first effort, but i know that i still have a long way to go before i become proficient with wax.

The second project i finished off today is the collage house created for Hannah, for the give-away as the 1000th viewer of my blog. Thanks again to everyone that has been visiting me here... i love seeing all the comments that you all leave me.

I created this house with cardboard as a base. The cardboard was gessoed and then painted. After scratching up the paint, I nailed the two pieces together with small golden nails. The 12 (Hannah's house number) was rubbed onto the top. I glued a piece of word art 'Keys to the past' to the metal door piece i picked up at a restoration store in town, and glued on a small key. And voila! C'est tout fini! All done, I will mail it to Hannah in Sweden tomorrow.


Origami Nightingale said...


Wonderful work! Isn't wax fun? I love the mixture of colors in your lilac piece.

I'm delighted to add your blog to my list of links on my blog!


A bird in the hand said...

Hi Dale, thanks for visiting my blog and your nice words :)
My pieces are not ATCs, the smallest one is 4x6, and most are larger than that. I don't make ATCs often (just for my monthly group once in a while), but thanks for the trade offer!

cheers, Colette

Hanna (no H at the end) said...

Yay, I can't wait. It loooks like metal on the picture, what kind of paint is it?

Dale said...

The paint is simple acrylic paint mixed with iridescent ink (the metalic sheen). The texture is from the gesso it is painted over top of, and from the sanding.

Anonymous said...

Lilacs are a favorite of mine - great job.