Sunday, June 20, 2010

MMM: Something Old

"Mother's Work"
Altered pay roll card

This week's Mixed Media Monday prompt, Something Old, was a wonderful excuse to use one of the vintage Pay Roll cards that I found at a garage sale while on vacation. Although "Mother's Work" seems somewhat inappropriate to post on a day celebrating Fathers, the ideas that came from a time sheet with day work, night work and extras written on the front, just seemed to form themselves . . . sorry, but you know when a piece has a mind of it's own . . . 

The above was made using one of the dirtiest time cards I had in the box. I gave it a wash of Gesso and a splash of watered-down brown paint for extra distressing. I even placed a mug in the "coffee" in order to create a "stain" on the top left. The image is vintage Mother Goose and the poem of the same name (Mother's Work, worth enlarging if you are interested in reading it) is also from a vintage book of poems. Other touches include acrylic stamping, stamping, a white China Marker to highlight the text and colored pencils to emphasise the children in the foreground. I also added some dots of silver glitter. Lastly, the time card was placed on top of some torn and painted cardboard before being hung from a satin ribbon with a dangling clock and a single Swarovski crystal.

Thank you for looking and a very special HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Diane, our Mixed Media Monday Hostess with the Mostest. May your year be full of happiness and love.

Kristin xo

20 comments:

Diana Evans said...

oh this is beautiful Kristin!!!! your work always inspires me!!! wonderful piece...I need to go to some antique shops!!!!

Mandy said...

wowsers...this is gorgeous kristin...i adore that iustration...would love to get my hands on some vintage books...any suggestions???xxx

Cindy said...

Oh wow, Kristin, this is gorgeous!!! Love everything about it!!!
I hope you'll have a chance to visit my page that's posted on Mixed Media Monday as I planned an on-line birthday party for Diane--I thought you'd enjoy seeing it.
Hugs,
Cindy

Gayle Page-Robak said...

Beautiful idea and wonderfully presented. Love your artwork.

Amy said...

ooooo, very special Kristin!! I adore everything about it..love the distressing..fun fun fun..I can tell you had fun making this look old!
I just found some old mag's at a rummage sale this weekend..WOOT!
I love old things to.
Glad I came by to see your fantastic piece

LiveArt said...

What a lovely vintage piece!! and I think it's perfectly appropriate, without mothers, no fathers :))

Linda

johanna said...

it really is awesome!

Emakesart said...

I love this piece! I love the contrast of the old, dirty, grungy card, and torn cardboard, with the sparkle of the crystal and silver glitter! Very nice!

Oh, and i'm glad you like my new banner!!

missy k said...

Beautiful..... I love it! The genuine coffee stain made me smile....

Karenx

Rosie said...

Simply brilliant Kristin - love what you do! =D

Rosie said...

Wow, this is sooooo lovely. Great work.

Rosie

Carin said...

You mqke such wonderful things Kristin! This is just soo lovely! And nice use of those time cards!

Fabric Art said...

Kristin your work is gorgeous I have always loved Mother Goose and the poem is wonderful, great work.
Anni

Kathy said...

I loved reading about all the elements you used, especially the old time cards. and, as far as I'm concerned every day should be Mother's Day (and Father's Day, for that matter)! Lovely entry.

Faye said...

This beauty has so many wonderful elements, Kristin. It is so gorgeous.

Denise said...

Thanks so much for stopping by my studio! I love your work. Off to see more of your archives

carolyn said...

What a fascinating composition! Great work, Kristin. I need to go look again, there is so much to see!

Oxana said...

Beautiful card!!!

Diane said...

Ahh, Kristin - another wonderful and meaningful piece from you. Gorgeous art - and what a lucky find those time cards were! Diane

Mandy C said...

such a gorgeous piece of work. i love the pay roll card... and the cup stain looks totally authentic! i thought it was on there! lol