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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Heart On A String


Here is a card I made recently.  This is the one I was supposed to be working on when I "accidentally" made this collage instead using the same materials.  

I first glued down some papers from my new vintage books (oxymoron anyone?)  onto the background to create a nice base and texture.  I painted over it with off white, then added some soft washes of color.   I tore the bird's shapes out of various scrapbook papers,  glued it all down, then added some crochet bits to add additional texture.  I drew in some details with a pencil.     I wanted a bit more depth on the heart so I put 2 layers of heavy gel medium on it.  The stars/dots on the red are a raised silver pattern that was part of the paper.



I've had the image of a heart tied on a string and hanging from a bird or a tree in my head for quite a while (a few years actually!), so I decided to do one with a tree too.  I made a quick 5x7 inch collage on watercolor paper with vintage book pages glued down as a base, and then painted over with fluid acrylics.   I added some details with a pencil and scraps of paper.  


  It's a bit different from what I've been doing lately, but that's part of the fun of art. Experimenting and having fun and following your inspiration .  I'm not done using the heart on a string image, I think it'll continue to pop up here and there.  I'm not even sure exactly what it means to me yet, but that's ok. I do know it has to do with sharing your heart and being open, but I think there's more to it than that.  I'm not too worried about it right now though. 

 I know these things usually reveal themselves in time.     


13 comments:

Mandy said...

just adorable..love am in love with birdies at the moment...xxx

how to oil paint said...

nice artwork!....Daniel

Diane said...

Love :)
Love :)
Love these! :)

Rossylalah said...

It's amazing what pops up when you open your mind to experimentation! Just divine!

Sherry Smyth said...

spreading out and experimenting can give us some of the best art we create. I'm loving this piece!

Single Stone Studios said...

I love these pieces! For some reason when I see the string on the heart it makes me think that God always has my heart and won't let me stray too far. He gives me room to wander and the fly but keeps me close at the same time.

Carin said...

Wonderful pieces Esther! I just adore the birdie one! The heart on a string is such a strong symbol. I Love it!

JessiVille said...

E, These are fab! I love them both tho the birdie does speak to me a little louder, lol! You sure have a wonderful way of putting the little bits and bobs together.

Kristin said...

Beautiful! Love them both - and the tree reminds me of the giving tree in some ways . . . wonderful, natch! xoxo

Deborah said...

I left another comment further down but I just had to tell you again how much I love the texture you put into your pieces. Love this one with the birdie and the heart on a string. I am with you on unleashing your potential but I never used to see myself as an artist although I know I am creative. Definitely have to work on it and find my niche. Good luck with your gallery event.

cat said...

Really liking your little bird friend - the color & pattern combinations, the detail on wing & tail feathers... she/he has Personality :)

Brigitte aka Scrappassie said...

Beautiful art! I especially love the bird with the hanging heart, awesome texture and colors.

Manya Keseloff said...

Oh I've seen that paper before ;)

I love the heart! I love the tail of the bird with all the swirls coming out.