Thursday, September 12, 2013

Hope: Step-by-Step

Yesterday I posted an image of Hope, a new mixed media piece that I created in honor of the 12th anniversary of 9/11. Today I wanted to share the step-by-step process that went into making this artwork.

This piece started with a section of corrugated  cardboard from a shipping box. I cut it to a size of approximately 4 1/2 x 7 inches and then tore away part of the smooth cardboard surface.

I changed the color by dry brushing both white and black gesso on to the surface and highlighting spots with a red dye ink pad.

Adding another textural element to the piece, I used a Spellbinders M-Bossabilities folder to create a deeply embossed grid of dots into a sheet of kraft-color card stock.

I shaded the raised dots by rubbing dye ink pads in multiple colors across the surface.

I used a Spellbinders Rounded Squares die to cut a curved square from the sheet of embossed card stock. I also cut the same shape from a sheet of black card stock using the next larger die from the same set. I shaded the edges of the embossed card stock with dye ink for a finishing touch.

I shaded the black card stock by dry brushing with white gesso and adhered the two pieces together.

Using the Spellbinders A2 Curved Matting Basics B die set, I cut another piece of black card stock and dry brushed it with gesso as well.

This piece was all about hope and I used Spellbinders Lowercase Font One dies and red card stock to  show that.

Sorted through my stash of found objects, metal bits, and embellishments and found some pieces to add that mixed media element. Gotta have that!

Time to put it all together. And adhere the piece to a vintage book cover, as yet another layer, an additional design element, and a way to make the piece sturdier.

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Supply List

Spellbinders Paper Art Supplies:

GC-001 Spellbinders® Grand Calibur® Machine
EG-001 Spellbinders®  M-BossabilitiesTM Graduated Dots
S4-408 Spellbinders®  Nestabilities® Rounded Squares
S5-172 Spellbinders®  Nestabilities® A2 Curved Matting Basics B
S5-199 Spellbinders® Shapeabilities® Font One - Lowercase

Preferred Promotional Partners: Tsukineko Memento Dye Ink

Cross Promotional Partners: 7 Gypsies Paper

Other: card stock, corrugated cardboard, vintage book cover, gesso, paint brush, found metal embellishments, adhesive, scissor, craft knife


tgarrett said...

Your compositions are always spot on.

Janet Joehlin said...

This is wonderful Seth. The textures are great. Thanks!

Carolyn Dube said...

Beautiful work! I love how you use textures to their full potential!

Unknown said...

A beautiful homage

Cheryl Wright said...

Love, love, love this! Totally stunning. Thanks for the tutorial!

Anonymous said...

Love the textures!!!!!


elle said...

great piece and great step outs! Gotta get me some lower cases! ;)

Debbie Olson said...

Love your texture, colors, and composition, Seth!

Leslie Tucker Jenison said...

Love all these layers, Seth! Thanks for stepping it out!

layers said...

You are so good at demonstrating step by step, and what a beautiful tribute to the memory of that day.

Paul B said...

Fantastic artwork as always Seth. I'm always inspired by the mixed media projects on your blog, a complete joy every time. Love the white washed corrugated card. Works really well. Haven't seen those Spellbinders letters before. Must go check them out, I have an idea for their use. And having seen your latest post, how did I miss or forget about your stencils? Brilliant designs. I haven't seen such arty ones before on the market. Great to see something different and refreshing :) Pxx

Robin said...

Wow Seth! Another awesome creation. Thank you for sharing the process too. I enjoy seeing how something comes together and I always get so much inspiration. Have a great week! Rasz