Good morning you all! Yesterday was a wild, wet and windy day here, hardly nice weather for going out, so I stayed home and passed the time reading, crafting and listening to music.
Recently I was given a photo frame, made up of 4 frames all stuck together, by a neighbour. She had got it as a present, and didn't want it. It has been mellowing in my hall closet for a few weeks, so I thought it was time to work on it, It was quite new, beautiful, shining, high-gloss white, so I decided to alter that straight away. I painted it with a mixture of old gold acrylic paint, and rock candy crackle in tarnished brass and peeled paint. When it was dry, I toned it down with some stazon timber-brown ink, which I rubbed into the cracks and along the edges. Now it looks as if it has spent the last 50 years in the attic.... I painted the hardboard inserts first with gesso, and then with acrylic paints in ocher, brown, khaki and gold. When they had dried, I stamped them with script and flourish stamps in stazon brown, which I then embossed. Even if not much of it can be seen in the end, I like to *hide* things underneath collages or in pictures.
Some time ago I discovered 4 tiny strips of hand-written manuscript, with illuminated letters. It had been used to sew the binding onto a book dating from 1663. I showed the parchment strips to an expert at the museum, and she said they are from the 14th century, and that old parchments were often re-used to bind or repair *new* books.
As the pieces are so small, they do not have any real monetary value, but I wanted to make something to keep them safe and show them. So I made four mini collages, one to fit in each frame. I have used more scraps of old paper, lace, sack-linen, and some vintage images in each frame. In each one is also a *guardian* -the wise looking man in the first one, a stag's horn beetle in the second, a Mexican deity and an eagle in the third one, and a wise old owl in the last one.
And the last one shows the completed frame, which I have hung on the wall behind my computer table, so I can look at it.
And before I forget, I made my black and white challenge for *Just For fun*. This time I did a fairy tale motive with a unicorn. The sentiment means *Once upon a time*.
Well, this post has once again turned out longer than I intended, sorry! Have a nice day you all, take care and thanks for looking in!