Wednesday, August 28, 2013


I have recently purchased a new stash of vintage embellishments and today was drawn to three metal stars. 

I decided to build the entire artwork around these small element, something that I find myself often doing. In thinking about stars, my thoughts drifted in both spiritual and celestial directions and I wanted to reflect both of these concepts in my artwork.

I started with a blank 4x4 inch cradled wood panel and added a layer of green paint.

Using black gesso, I dry brushed a second layer to add more depth and to cut the brightness of the green.

The next step was embossing using a grungy background rubber stamp, a watermark stamp pad, and aged copper embossing powder.

Happy with the background and well aware that this was an abstract rather than a literal interpretation of the night sky, I moved on to create the foreground components. My focus was on circles, with respect to both celestial (orbiting planets) and spiritual (the circle of life)

Wanting to add a bit of copper to connect with the copper embossing powder I had used on the surface of the panel, I dug into my stash and found the perfect copper disc to use as one layer.

This ring was created using two dies, one from Spellbinders Standard Circles Small and one from Spellbinders Standard Circles Large, and hand painted paper layered with metallic acrylic paint.

This circular disc was cut and embossed with Spellbinders Standard Circles Large and red foil from Spellbinders Media Mixage Foil Pack.

I chose to use black card stock for my next element, to ground the work and to add contrast to the brighter green, red and metallic elements. I cut it using Spellbinders Sprightly Sprockets die cut set.

I backed the four open holes of this piece with red foil.

The central focus of this piece was made next using a die from Spellbinders Gold Facet die set coupled with a die from Spellbinders Standard Circles Large. I cut a piece of gold foil and used a sanding block to tone done the brightness and bring up the silver metal under the gold surface.

This piece was also backed with red foil.

Because the three gold stars were not solid, I decided to back them as well - two with red foil and one with black card stock.

I also grabbed a metal hitch fastener to eventually place in the center of the Gold Facet die cut.

My favorite part...putting it all together.

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Supply List

Spellbinders Paper Art Supplies:

GC-001 SpellbindersTM Grand Caibur® Machine
GC-015 SpellbindersTM Grand Calibur® Junior Magnetic Placement Mat
F-012 SpellbindersTM  Precious Metals Premium Craft Foils Assortment 
S5-203 SpellbindersTM Imperial Gold Shapeabilities®  Gold Facets
S5-048 SpellbindersTM Shapeabilities® Sprightly Sprockets 
S4-114 SpellbindersTM Nestabilities® Standard Circles Large
S4-116 SpellbindersTM Nestabilities® Standard Circles Small

Preferred Promotional Partners: Tsukineko VersaMark watermark stamp pad

Other: cradled wood panel, acrylic paint, gesso, embossing powder, paint brush, rubber stamp, card stock, metal embellishments, sanding block, scissors, heat gun, adhesive


froebelsternchen said...

looks great Seth!

Gwen Buchanan said...

Love the color combinations Seth.

elle said...

You are the best. What a great mini class. This is extremely satisfying to look at and enjoy!

john said...

I love your step by step sharing of the process. You are having way too much fun, Seth! :-)

Anonymous said...

WOW!! LOVE this! I agree with elle...this would be a great class!

Kim H

bcap61 said...

your creativity ceases to amaze, Seth!

Anonymous said...

Nice Seth. So much juicy texture and layering. xox

The Creative Beast said...

Love this assemblage Seth!! and I love 3 of anything - 3 IS the magic number, after all ;)

Patti Edmon Artist said...

Love the way this turned out. The stars are so cool and I love your 'night sky' interpretation!

D said...

Gorgeous background. Love how you included your thought process in your tutorial.

Becca Feeken said...

I love seeing the process behind your creations! This is great Seth! You're an inspiration!

Mickie said...

Fascinating and outstanding!

Ronda Palazzari said...

Very cool piece seth. love the texture!

bellefrogworks said...

What a beautiful piece - loved taking the "arting" journey with you!

Maria said...

Papercrafting and Mixed Media come together for a wonderful piece Seth! Thanks for the great tutorial!

Linda D said...

Great tutorial Seth! I really enjoy visiting your blog, you have so many great ideas. I can't wait to purchase the book. Thanks for all the inspiration :)

Anonymous said...

Beth P