Saturday, 29 March 2014

Heavy Metal and Wild Life

Hi everybody!
It was anther wonderful spring day here, with blue skies and mild temperatures, so I spent a lot of time outside. Once again, the H*******K lost to the weather - I am sure rainy days will come!

The challenge at Artful Times is Heavy Metal.  Here I have repurposed a 6x6" canvas which I didn't like anymore. First I painted it with gold metallic, but didn't like it, so decided to make it rusty heavy metal. The canvas had been textured with tissue paper and structure paste. The head is made in a mould, the totem on the left is a ball pen I got some years back, and the heart has been made from metal foil embossed with an embossing plate from LaBlanche, and then fussy cut. After fixing the objects with the hot glue gun I painted them with Vivacolor 3-D rust paint, and sprinkled them with distress EP from TH. After heating, I went over it again with some more colour, and then added som vintage gold frantage on some parts as I thought it was getting too dark. By the way, if you are embossing metal with your heat gun, don't touch it till it cools off - ouch! I wanted this to look like some rusty old metal objects with lots of patina. I like experimenting!






After walking along the Rhine I went to visit the ducks and geese at Schloss Kalkum. They were happy to see me , well, at least happy to see the bread and salad leaves I took with me.




The goslings are growing, and I saw there are 8, not 7 as I first thought. Their parents keep them well under control, and visitors too!




Hope you are having a good weekend whatever you are up to.

Take care, and thanks a lot for coming by.

28 comments:

  1. The canvas looks so rich and decadent! Super pics too. x

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  2. Love this, it really looks ancient and rusty! Glad you had a nice day outside! Hugs, Sarah

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  3. wonderful texture you created on your canvas! It looks so gorgeous there!

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  4. I really like the effect you have achieved on this one Valerie you'd think the whole thing was made of metal : )
    Thank you for playing along with us at Artful Times
    Von ♥

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  5. Hello Valerie.
    Wowser, this canvas is really special. Looks like something from a museum's archives. I love it and you should be so pleased with it too. Aren't those duck just beautiful. Lucky you for having such species near at hand. Enjoy the rest of the weekend. Hugs Rita xxx

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  6. Fantastic metal work, and great altering., love the pen totem.
    Yvonne xx

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  7. Das ist ja mal was ganz anderes von dir,gefällt mir gut,seeehr schön,besonders der rost effect gefällt mir.
    schöne Bilder hast du wieder gemacht,die Natur ist einfach zu schöön.
    hab noch einen schönen sonntag :-)

    GLG Jeannette

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  8. Sehr schönes Bild! Tolle Strukturen und Metalleffekt ist goßartig gelungen!
    Sehr schöne Fotos ... bsonders die Gänsefamilie!
    GLG, LonettA

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  9. The canvas is stunning Valerie and I love the choice of metal colours. The pen as the totem is just amazing

    The goslings have certainly grown quickly and so lovely to share your lovely walk-thank you.

    Also thank you for joining us at Artful Times for the metal challenge.

    Love Chrissie xx

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  10. Amazing canvas, you have achieved a fabulous metallic look with the 3D pieces and textured surface, great job xx

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  11. Einen absolut genialen Metall Look hast Du da erzeugt Valerie! Die Frühlingsfotos sind sooo schön!
    HAPPY SUNDAY!

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  12. Wow Valerie, your canvas really does look like some ancient artefact. The texture and colour are just fabulous. Xx

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  13. Brilliant!! The metal effects and textures look amazing!!

    Nothing but grey skies here, I am feeling jealous of your beautiful Spring weather... :o(

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  14. This is so out of the box. How can the totem be a ball-point pen! What a surface, and these 3D objects are amazing. You're really rocking these days, Valerie.
    Lovely to see the goslings and I'm glad there was one more rather than one less, it must be quite a job for the parents to protect them.
    Hope you have a happy Sunday.

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  15. WOW your art work here looks amazing! You did an awesome job! It looks so green and pretty in your photos!

    Hugs~

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  16. I always see something new on your walks - look at those babies!
    Well Valerie you certainly achieved your goal with this. I need to experiment more - Your canvas is full of things one might see in a museum - so old, really ancient. I covet that pen.
    Isn't it time you baked something!
    sandy xx

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    1. Yes, I am planning a bread pudding this week! Did you get the mail I sent to the other address?

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  17. Val this is wonderful, it really looks like a rusty old treasure. Your nature walk looks like fun too xx

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  18. It looks like metal to me. Great job converting a previous canvas into a new piece of art. Another week about to begin. Time is flying by.

    Hugs,
    c

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  19. Beautiful texture with the metal and beautiful artwork. It's wonderful to see the photos of Spring, can't wait for it to arrive here :) I have some time this morning to catch up on blogs, sitting in the sunshine in my kitchen. Have a great week, Shirleyx

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    1. Glad you have some sunshine; hope spring follows soon!

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  20. Love, love, love this! Heavy metal perfection, Valerie! You really do live in such a beautiful place. Always love your photos. Hugs!

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  21. Gorgeous piece, I love the totem, and I would have sent you for a tetanus shot after burning your finger on that rusty piece, lol! Beautiful walk today, wish I was sitting on the bench with you today! ~Diane

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  22. Loving your repurposed canvas Valerie, it has a mystical look of times gone by. Annette x

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  23. Metal marvelous, I would imagine it would hurt, even paper with the heat gun is hot to touch....intriguing piece....love those goslings (Egyptian Geese?) Saw our mallard pair swimming in a pond made in the fields, they are back, which means the pond should lose it's ice soon, it is being most stubborn this year. xox

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  24. Hi Valerie, Love this metal look. Such a rich finish. The geese are beautiful. Great walking pics.
    Have a nice week ahead.
    Hugs

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  25. Fantastic canvas Valerie, love the brilliant metal effects. Thank you for sharing it with us on Artful Times.

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  26. I just so enjoy your walks - well the pictures you give us. It looks like a lovely day and what a lot of things you saw.
    Anyway, back to what I am really here for - thank you for entering the Artful Times Heavy Metal challenge. What a super canvas that is. Love the totem pole and the heart really grabs my attention.
    Hugs, Neet xx

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