Sunday, 18 August 2013

Family Tree - Altered Canvas

Hi you all!
I have re-purposed another canvas, this time a 6x6" one. First of all I gave it some structure with embossing paste, and then threw lots of colour at it, and sprinkled it with fairy dust. I wanted to create Autumn colours to fit with the fallen leaves.
I used photos of my Great Grandmother Rachel, my Mum as a little girl, and me on my first day at school. I cut the photos with a round punch and fixed them behind some TH fragments. I painted round the edge with some gold paste from Viva. The tree has been die-cut from cardboard, gessoed and distressed. I used a piece of a broken chain to link the photos. The leaves were cut with a Sizzix die. I wanted to dip them into molten Utee, with clear and gold mixed. I found a bag with some bits of what I thought was clear Utee in it, and mixed it in the melting pot with the gold. It smelled rather strange, and then I realised I had mixed friendly plastic with Utee. This made a rather sticky mixture, which I would not recommend, but I was still able to dip the leaves. I stamped over them with a small leaf while they were still warm. But I do like the way they turned out!




I am linking to Simon's Monday Challenge, die cuts.

Have a great day, take care, and thanks a lot for coming by!

26 comments:

  1. Hello Valerie. Your processes are endlessly fascinating and mysterious - friendly plastic and Utee? I do like your family tree and your leaves have turned out so well. This is a remarkable piece on just 6 x 6 inches.

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    1. The mixture was not intended, but gave some good results!

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  2. This is a beautiful canvas, I love how you have done the phtos, linked with the gold chain, and the wonderful colours! Hugs, Sarah

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  3. Ooh Wie schööön,ein toller Canvas,etwas Myterious,der Baum ist klasse und die blätter kommen gut zur Geltung durch das Utee,gefällt mir gut.

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  4. Love the texture and deep colours on your canvas. Great art! I've joined so I don't miss any :) Greetings from Canada, Shirleyx

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  5. This is a lovely family tree!

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  6. What a wonderful idea Valerie. Your background is gorgeous. I need to learn to experiment more and if I ever get back to my craft room I pledge that I will!!
    Sandy

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    1. Sandy, I so hope and pray that you will soon be well enough to get crafty again! Take care of yourself!

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  7. das ist wunderbar geraten Valerie und auch Dein Album gefällt mir riesig gut!

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  8. This is gorgeous! Love the textures and colors. Marvelous idea to use family pictures too!
    Hugs, Cathy-Lynn

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  9. This is totally lovely, Val. Really stunning! Hugs, Barb

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  10. Sounds like you had fun with the utee mix. Its a fabulous canvas, great textures as well.
    Yvonne

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  11. Lovely canvas Valerie and also a very happy accident your leaves are fab.

    MaggieH

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  12. hello,
    this is a fun and creative family tree ~

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  13. A fabulous canvas Valerie so rich in colour and texture. I love the little family tree and your experimental leaves look fab. Xx

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  14. Da hast Du einen tollen Stambaum gestaltet, gefällt mir riesig gut. Die Textur ist Klasse und durch die Farben und Blätter wirkt Dein Canvasbaum total echt.
    Ich wünsche Dir einen guten Start in eine schöne Woche,
    lG Anja

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    1. Danke! Für mich kann die nächste Woche nur besser werden! Dir auch eine schöne Woche!

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  15. Wasn't your grandmother a beautiful woman! Great piece. Love the moulton 'stuff' on the leaves - gives so much texture. hugs, Donna

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  16. Valerie...this is a very cool use for the branch tree die cut! Love your background with all of it's color and texture! Your three little picture frames placed among the family tree branches are so sweet! Love your idea! Thanks for sharing your art with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. <3 Candy

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  17. Friendly plastic and UTEE? Now THAT'S original! Your mixed media canvas is fabulous. And I love that you tried new techniques. How fun! Thank you for participating in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog's "Make the Cut" challenge. ~Michelle

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  18. Love the word re-purposed Valerie :)

    This is a wonderful canvas and I can feel the textures from her.Your leaves are terrific

    Love Chrissie x

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  19. Another amazing canvas Valerie !
    Von ♥

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  20. Oooh look at all that lovely texture! The leaves are phenomenal and they have so much depth. A happy mistake on your part with the leaves. Beautiful canvas. Thanks for playing along with the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

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  21. That is just amazing, Valerie! I love how you are all linked together!

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  22. Super! Love how you framed those special family photos, and the textured background is breathtaking.

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  23. Gorgeous Valerie! I love the leaves and the chains too, what a perfect family tree! ~Diane

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