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Friday, September 17, 2010

Beth's Anthropologie Inspired Triptych













This is the mixed-media triptych that I made for my sister while in Oregon last month.  I started these one day while I was stuck on what to do next on the large swirl painting that I made for her.  She really likes the store Anthropologie, so I wanted to make these look like something you might see hanging in the background in one of their amazing catalogues.

 I found these three thin pieces of plywood in their garage and decided to see what I could do with them.  They all got coated with Golden's Light Molding Paste first.


On this one I dragged an old credit card, that I had cut notches in, down the whole piece.  When it dried I used the same card as a trowel to apply the molding paste through the stencil, to create a raised pattern down the left side.  After it dried I painted it then started adding the embellishments.  I found the stick in their yard, and the piece of wood and a cool rusty eye bolt in their garage.  The blue crocheted circles were cut from an old lace head covering my sister gave to me, and were beige before I painted them.



I glued on this cool lime green fiber ribbon that my sister had just bought, and then wrapped twine around the stick. Then I nailed in copper tacks to have something to wrap copper wire around to anchor down the stick.  I did the same thing to hold the eye bolt to the scrap of wood, then nailed on the crocheted circles.




For this next piece I dragged the notched card through the wet molding paste on the left, and stamped into the rest of it with bubble wrap.  When it dried I troweled through a pretty swirly tree stencil to create the raised pattern.  After I painted it, I found another small wood scrap and a rock and anchored it with the copper tacks and wire.  I also wrapped some twine around it and added the crocheted circle.


I added copper tacks and wire to the bottom for some balance.

On this last piece I drew some lines into the wet paste, then stamped into it with a stamp that I wet first, so it would release easier.  



This was finished similar to the others, with paint, then copper tacks, wire, twine, and a crocheted circle.


The three pieces are made to hang separately, but I thought they might also look nice if they were mounted all together onto a larger piece of wood like in this picture below.





Hmm...I do really like that idea too....might just have to scrounge up some more wood to make more...

 

12 comments:

Brigitte aka Scrappassie said...

Amazing, I love this. Just look at all the texture, beautiful colors and all the little items attached to your paintings. It looks so cool, and I love them too mounted on the big piece of wood. Thank you for sharing a bit of your techniques !

Jenny Blair said...

Gorgeous, love the beautiful colours, want to reach out and touch :)

Carin said...

Oh my goodness Esther, I'm drooling! I love these pieces- the texture, the materials, the colours! Just yummy! Thanks as always for sharing your techniques too :)

Beverley Baird said...

Love these pieces! And yes they certainly do belong together! Lovely texture to all the pieces!

Kellys Art Journaling/ Sharing The Journey said...

Wow; These are simply gorgeous! I lOVE them! I want to make one now! LOL. Thanks for your inspiration!

Mandy said...

wow...wow...wow...i realy love these to bits...how clever are you...the colours, the texture the bits!!!!so cool!!!xxx

Manya K Photography said...

Wow, this is beautiful! I know Oregon has a lot of wood to work with ;)

Joyelle @ An Artful Endeavor said...

These are gorgeous! Wow! Your art so inspires me!

Glenys said...

Thy are so very pretty. looks like lots of work. But I am sure they are all worth it with such a beautiful outcome.

Kristin said...

This is so FAB-U-LOUS!!! xoxo

Peggy Alborn said...

I've had "triptych" floating around in my mind for days - such inspiration at the right moment! These are incredible!

laurel said...

Just love these. They are my favorite colors and the textures are wonderful.