Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Maturing Love

Good morning!  It looks like I have time for one more Valentine project for you! I hope I can recall all the steps I took to make this, as I have a difficult time talking about my work without holding it in my hand.  This heart has already been sent off to it's intended recipient.



 I made this mixed media heart with maturing love in mind.  The 2 sides of my 3 dimensional paper mache' heart reflect different phases of romantic love.  On one side, love is new, exuberant, and full of promise for the future.  I symbolized this with the obvious word "promise", the bubbles, and the shimmery word "love". I intentionally left this side uncluttered to also reflect the blank slate of new love. Well, sometimes we bring baggage, but not with this first love!



The reverse side portrays a more mature love, one that has seen both good and bad times, but weathered the storm, nonetheless.  The hearts may be slowly drifting apart, but still not far from one another. The lives becomes cluttered with the ups and downs that life throws at them, but it's a comfortable clutter that surrounds them and makes the pair the couple they are. There is still that sparkle, although the bloom starts to fade and the rust of time dulls it somewhat. The symbolism of this mature love is in the obvious drift between the hearts and the rust on the flower, the bead and the hearts.  The clutter of life is symbolized by the, uh....clutter--I mean micro beads and  beads that surround the two hearts.!  I've tied knots in the cord and held them with glue to symbolize my lovers are still bound together, no matter what. I've made a sparkly heart in the background to show there is still a spark between these two lovers, and shimmer on the flower to show that although the rose is fading, there is still some life.






Photos taken in natural morning light to try and capture the sparkle and shimmer.  Not quite successful for that, but I did catch a lot of shadows!

The rusty key at the bottom tells us that love has been around a long time, and whether we are young or old, have fresh or faded love, love is the key that opens our heart!


Now onto the technicals:

Background:  Paper mache' heart, gesso, Distress paints, Crackle texture paste through stencils, and smeared on like butter on toast, Picket Fence DP and Krylon paint marker splatters as in my  previous post, stamped images, random rubbings of Distress ink into cracks, and finally given a coat of Faber Castell Glaze.  (I gave this a real thick coat in areas and allowed it to drip down.)


Embellishments:

Brown vintage seam binding stained with Distress stains, balled up and left to dry overnight for fabulous crinkles. Swiped with texture paste and holographic glitter sprinkled on while it was still wet.  Silver cord wrapped up with it in a bow.


Two silver beads from my stash--one left as is, the other altered with Rock Candy Distress Glitter and partially "rusted" with alcohol inks and Distress powder.   Nestled in with the bow.



Die cuts:  hearts from Sizzix, cut from silver metallic card stock, embossed with small gears Tim Texture Fade, covered with Black Soot Distress Paint and wiped to leave only in the cracks.

"Promise" embossed with Tim's Valentine Texture Fade from silver scrap, cut out, and treated to the same paint job as above.


Silver Micro beads, black small beads adhered with Multi Matte Medium.  Rusted slightly along with the rust at the bottom of the hearts, using the same technique as the larger silver bead.


Flower:  off a child's charm bracelet purchased at a yard sale.  Altered with Holographic glitter (although impossible to snap up with the camera!), alcohol inks and Distress powder.

Shimmer from the holographic glitter just barely showing up here on the flower.

Silver cord and beads hanging from cord:  cord is knotted and a glob of Multi Matte Medium applied, sprinkled with holographic glitter while wet.  Absolutely shimmery in real life, but I'm afraid you will just have to use your imagination.


The glitter on the knots on the cord just would not show up at all;  but it is very shimmery in person.

Holographic glitter applied to textured heart above the smaller silver heart and to the stamped "love" on the reverse side.

And a tiny bit of shimmer shows up for the camera on "love".

And on the stenciled heart above the silver hearts here.

Bubbles:  my new purchase from local craft store.  Aren't they the bee's knees?  I couldn't wait to use them!


and FINALLY the key:  another charm from that same charm bracelet, given the rust treatment as above, and hung with an eye pin.


I had an absolute blast making this heart--no plans, just making it up as I went.  I hope you like it.  I know I LOVE  when you visit and leave one of your lovely comments!  I read and appreciate each one, and eventually I reply to every one! Hugs and Blessings!

Sara Emily

I would like to enter this into the following inspiring challenges:

A Vintage Journey Challenge 24 "Love is in the Air" My Tim Holtz influence is in his techniques, his products, his use of rust and vintage ephemera in his work.

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #9 "Think Pink"

The Artistic Stamper February's Creative Challenge "Love"

Our Creative Corner "Tic Tac Toe--Let's Have Some Fun!" Hey!  I have a FULL card this time!  Metal, stamps, paste/ glaze, die cuts, embossing powder, paints, stencils, ribbon/cord,  and embossing folders!

Country View Challenges "Drips and Drops"  Drips and Drops symbolized by the bubbles, the Splattering of Picket Fence paint and spritzed Krylon silver paint marker, the "dribbling" of the micro beads, and the drips of glaze.

Finnabair "Sparkle and Shine Blog Hop and Challenge" You've got to see the great sparkly project they have there!

Paper Artsy Topic 2 "Shiny Stuff" That aged metal heart has really inspired me again!

36 comments:

  1. Now you listen to me girlfriend, how I am I supposed to choose one of these hearts as my favourite when they are both so spectacular!! lol. Seriously though, this is amazing! I love all the micro beads, my fav!! Another stunning and well put together project!

    Thank you so much for joining us at Our Creative Corner for our 'Tic Tac Toe' challenge! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

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    1. Aww! thank you, Pamellia! You always make my day so much brighter with your happy thoughts and generous compliments! Hugs!

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  2. Fabulous creation, Sara!! XOXO-Shari

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  3. Sara - Congrats on your last win - so well deserved. Your hear is truly wonderful. As we all know, weathering the storms of life is what makes our love stronger and it is so nice that you included that thought. Also thanks so much for your nice comments on my blog. I do love to hear from you crafty folks and your sense of humor is priceless. Thanks for joining us at A Vintage Journey.

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    1. Sandy, you really made me smile, because it makes me feel so special when someone comments on my comment! Then I know they've really read them. It is also so heart warming to know that you read my text, too, because you commented on that as well. I also REALLY appreciate not only the win at AVJ but your congratulations mean so much to me! Hugs!

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  4. Hi, Sara! Such a gorgeous post! Wow! You are one talented Crafter!
    I'm so glad you stopped by my blog so I could find you!
    :-D
    Hugs,
    cathy

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    1. Cathy, how sweet of you to visit and leave this lovely comment!

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  5. Fabulus work of art ! Thank you for taking part in Finnabair 'Sparkle & Shine' challenge. Best of luck. Hugs, Marta xx

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    1. Thank you, again, Marta! I'm happy to have found that challenge. It looks like I might be learning a new style!

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  6. Wow! This is fabulous! Don't remember whether I congratulated on your last (well deserved) win at AVJ but I reckon you are headed for another win with this!! Chrisx

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    1. Wow, thank you, Chris! I really appreciate that you stopped by and left this wonderful comment! It's so sweet of you to give me such high praise, but there are so many great entries...we'll just have to see who the guides choose! I do know I've won in one respect, because I had so much fun making this!

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  7. This is truly a work of art! The textures and details, as well as what they symbolize, are amazing. Blessings!

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    1. Thank you, Arnoldo! What a wonderful compliment coming from you!

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  8. Another beautiful heart. I just love the colors and texture and all the charms you added that have such special meanings. Thanks so much for joining us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.

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    1. Thank you, Donna! What a wonderful compliment!

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  9. you've gone and done it again Sara!! Those micro beads did it for me I have to say. Whenever I've tried to use them, I end up scraping them off - you need to give me some lessons! A beautiful piece. Thanks for joining in with my challenge for a second time at Our Creative Corner. Juliaxx

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    1. Thank you, Julia! You really made my day! And your challenge was so much fun!

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  10. What a fabulous mixed media creation! I know exactly what you mean about trying to recall the steps once the piece has gone somewhere else... but thanks for sharing the steps with us even so! Thanks for playing along at The Artistic Stamper, at Country View Challenges and for joining us on A Vintage Journey.
    Alison xx

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    1. Alison, thank you for your kind words. They mean so much to me!

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  11. Wow, another stunning creation! I adore the colours and different textures, stunning and gorgeous yet again!! Beautifully put together ! Thanks so much for adding it to our Love is in the Air challenge at A Vintage Journey!

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    1. Wow, Astrid, this is such a HUGE compliment coming from such a talented artist! Thank you for making my day!

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  12. Such a pretty, stunning heart! Thank you for joining the Finnabair "Sparkle and Shine" challenge!

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  13. what a beautiful project. Thank you for joining the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!

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  14. what a gorgeous piece and the recipient will absolutely adore it. I love all the personal meaning you included... every item has a reason to be there! so fabulous. Thank you so much for playing with the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!
    -Rachel
    rwkrafts.com

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    1. Thank you, Rachel, for your very kind comment. I really love it when someone takes the time to read through my (windy) posts. You really got the meaning behind this! :)

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  15. OMG, stunning creation Sara. I would never thought it is a paper mache' heart. Wonderful alteration.

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    1. Aww, Shilpa, thank you for your heart warming comment!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by and becoming one of my newest followers! Your shadowbox is a real stunner, and I left you some love.

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  17. Gorgeous 3D mixed media heart! Love all the details and textures!! Thanks for joining us in this month's Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!

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