This piece and today's tutorial was inspired by the concept of passing time. We are in the middle of hot and sticky days in NYC -- and it is still only June. It always strikes me as funny how in the hot NYC summers people are often complaining about the heat and wishing it were winter. And equally in the freezing days of January, people are often wishing for a hot August day. Some recent experiences have showed me that we would all do better to be in the present and make the most of what we have at any one moment.
That being said, icy colors and imagery rules the roost in this time piece.
I started out with a 4" x 4" cradled wood panel.
To this I added a coat of black gesso and some silver ice details care of a favorite clear stamp and my silver Encore ink pad from Tsukineko -- which I have to say is by far the best metallic ink I have ever used.
My winter wonderland continued with a slice of Precious Metal foil from Spellbinders and their Crackle texture plate, which reminds me of cracked surface of a frozen lake.
Look at the deep emboss that this texture plate makes in the foil...
...made even more icy by lightly sanding the raised surface with a sanding block.
Time for the details. It all started with this vintage watch face, which I paired with a die cut silver foil shape.
I dug into my stash of Spellbinders dies to find more circular shapes, applied to different foils and card stock -- and graded in size.
I couldn't leave out a bit of metal and rubber sourced from the hardware store -- definitely one of my most favorite places to find mixed media supplies.
To complete the piece, I adhered the Crackle foil to the surface of the panel and started stacking - from large to small diameter. In time, my ode to the cold weather came together.
Spellbinders Paper Art Supplies:
Other: cradled wood panel, gesso, paint brush, clear stamp and mount, card stock, hardware, sanding block, adhesive, vintage clock face