Sunday, July 25, 2010

MMM: My Favorite Things

"Our Wish"
Altered cardboard

I had so much fun with this week's Mixed Media Monday prompt, These are a few of my Favorite Things. I thought about it all week and was playing around with ideas and images when I questioned weather or not a gel transfer would work on cardboard. I decided to give it a try, and was thrilled to find that it did. With that, the decision to use my favorite supplies and theme in response to the challenge was born . . .

"Our Wish" began life as a piece of cardboard that was first separated in half before being painted with several layers of grey, cream and blue (my favorite color) acrylic. I then used gel medium to carefully transfer a picture of a baby buggy (which I have always loved and collected in various forms) that I got from The Graphics Fairy. I added a strip of wish tickets to the bottom, and washed the whole piece with charcoal (my favorite tool) and oil pastels. I then bent the top over and distressed it with gesso, yellow and gold oil pastels and more charcoal. Next, I ripped a strip of fabric (which was further enhanced with charcoal) and tucked in into the top fold before gluing the cardboard down. Final touches include a vintage #2 (to represent our hope for another child), a Swarovski button on the hanger and Swarovski crystals on the buggy's wheels.

Thank you for your time: I look forward to seeing all of your Favorite Things!

Kristin xo

29 comments:

Gillian said...

The texture is highlighted even more using these lovely colours, fab gel transfer too, great piece all round.

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh my gosh, this is adorable!!! I love how it says "wish, wish, wish!"
Soon it will be "they're here, they're here, they're here!"
Oodles of hugs,
Cindy

Lisa said...

Oooh, what a fun combination! I love the final result but even more so the process of creation that it went through. Fascinating!!

jenny said...

The is absolutely beautiful Kirstin, loved hearing how the whole process evolved for you and such a heartfelt piece too...gorgeous texture and color...fingers crossed for #2 :)
Jenny

scrapwordsmom said...

Kristin, I love the cardboard look. I have a piece of cardboard all gesso-ed up and ready for something...not sure what yet-LOL! This is a nice piece and so meaningful for you.

We tried and tried to have little ones. At long last they found my "trouble" and was able to fix it and now we have our darling children. I think it is so great you have been able to adopt your precious spot of sunshine!!:) Many blessings to you as you try for number 2. What a gift you will be to child #2!:)

Love,
Leslie

Diana Evans said...

oh this is so beautiful and I pray for your wish to come true!!! I wish for more children too!!!

Hugs
Diana

Zuzu's Blog said...

Gorgeous piece.. and didnt the gel transfer work really well! Good luck too Z x

Nan said...

Wahat a wonderful piece...it says so much and is so creative. Love that you shared your technique and hope your wish comes true! :)

Amy said...

you always melt my heart..I really do hope you can adopt again..that is my wish for you to!!! You are really the best mom! Hugs..your piece is just adorable as can be! I love the crystal's

Gayle Page-Robak said...

Excellent, Kristin...love the use of the corrugated cardboard...so neat!

Julia Christie said...

This is wonderful kristin! I love how you share the process with us. You are so very creative. I would never think of doing this and it inspires me to look at art from a much freer perspective.

Welldone! May your wish come true!

Smiles

Emakesart said...

HI! LOVE THIS! love the blue, the textures(always love texture!), the transfer, the content... love it all. You never disappoint! Oh! And I LOVE the rock wall that it's hanging on!

johanna said...

wonderful! love the texture and the color so much!

Mandy said...

wow...the pram worked beautifully...so just loving this, knowing your story makes it al the more specia...xxx

Silvia said...

Wonderful work, love the texture und the colours.

Fabric Art said...

Kristin what a gorgeous piece, love it, and with your story your piece is just perfect.
Anni

Carin said...

Oh Kristin, this is just beautiful. And I so hope that your wish comes true someday soon. xo

Faye said...

Gorgeous work, Kristin. I love your colors.

Jingle said...

very creative work.
you are talented.

Trudy Callan said...

This is so sweet and so meaningful. I pray for God to grant your wish. You are such a wonderful mommy. Your love for your family is so obvious. If anyone deserves to have more children, it is certainly you. Your family is so blessed to have you. I am so honored to know you. You are very inspiring as a person and an artist, so authentic, so real.

missy k said...

Dear Kristin

I really admire your art and your honesty in your art, it makes it so special. Just like you!

I wish your wish comes true.

Karenx

tammy said...

great textures that this created. sometimes when we experiment, great things happen. nice job.

joanna said...

Hi Kristin! ITS BEAUTIFUL!!
Hope all your wishes come true!!!
xoxo

Cheryl said...

That is just darling... wishing for babies is always a good thing!

Hermine said...

This looks great!

Diane said...

Oh, Kristin, this is stunning. I would never have believed you could do a gel transfer on a surface like that! I hope your wish for another child comes true! Diane

thekathrynwheel said...

Oh wow, this is great! I have never mastered the art of image tranfers although I have tried! Hope your wish comes true.

Jingle said...

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hope that you enjoy one or two awards there.
Happy End of July!
cheers!
;)

Ms Bingles Vintage Christmas said...

Oh my gosh.....Love this!
I am signing up to follow!
Thank you for sharing!
Leticia