Wednesday, September 10, 2008

If we frame Nature, can we call it Art?

This is a thing I've been working on for ages on and off, and have now finally decided that it's finished! Or at least as finished as it ever will be. The idea was to look at images and artwork that reflected nature - who is the artist, us or nature? It's about 50 x 35 cm. The background was made with spray lustre paints, and each of the four larger panels were stamped, embossed, coloured and embellished over Basic Grey papers, using various stamps with a natural theme, then they were mounted on cream card and glimmer paper. The Stampbord pieces down the middle were mounted onto a pre-coloured strip that was printed with a leafy Rollagraph stamp and mounted onto glimmer paper. The Stampbord pieces themselves were pre-coloured, stamped amd triple embossed. Various small items were used to embellish the larger panels, such as ornate brads, die-cut corners, and a small epoxy frame and matching corner stickers. Crystal laquer was applied over various images for emphasis. I'm quite pleased with it, for a first attempt at "Wall art". My Dad is a brilliant artist, so I have a lot to live up to, which has always been a bit daunting, though this is nothing like his work. I shall definitely have another go though! I have just won a Unicorn stamp set from Elusive Images, so maybe I shall use it to make a picture for my little cousin's sixth birthday in December! (Sue, don't read this to Em, it will spoil the surprise!). Anyway, here it is! I'd be delighted to get any feedback.

On another subject, I have a commission to make 3 pieces if Stampbord or shrink plastic jewellery for Christmas presents, so will be putting in some thought about those over the next few days (between working of course) - it's nice to be able to earn a little cash from this expensive hobby of mine!


ingylass said...

Hia Chris

My original comment seems to have disappeared.

Well done - I am so pleased it was you after all.

I love your 'wall art'.

Love Carol x

Deby said...

Chris it's absolutely stunning and I hope it stands in pride of place in your home.

I same as you,. have many projects on the go at any one time and slowly but surely they get completed.

Can't wait to see hat you do with the Unicorns, I'm just working on a few pieces with them.

Nicky Nacky Neet said...

Love your new header Chris - what a wonderful photograph.

This latest piece of work is a stunner.

Anonymous said...

Good morning Chris,
I write to compliment you not only on your stunning art work, but also on 'our' first workshop. I thoroughly enjoyed it all and thank you so much for all your guidence and patience. I hope you enjoyed your first workshop as teacher as much as I did.
Good luck today and I'm sure I'll be back for more. love June xx

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