Sunday, August 8, 2010

MMM: Memories

"Time Flies"
Altered pocket watch

I just returned from Art Unraveled and this week's Mixed Media Monday prompt, Memories, gave me the excuse to work with some of the techniques I learned while there. First of all, I was thrilled to have painted my first face! I took a wonderful class with mixed media artist Cynthia Anderson and by the end of the day, I had completed the little girl you see here. This will truly be a memorable image for me, and I was excited to use it in the piece above. . . .

I started with an empty pocket watch and a pair of wings that I bought at the vendor fair. The little face was made by reducing part of the original image (created on canvas) by 60% so that it would fit inside the watch. Once I got the size I wanted, I further enhanced the copy with paint, pencils and various pens before adhering it to the interior with matte gel. I then used more gel to add German glass glitter to the inside rim of the watch. I love knowing that this will tarnish with age while still providing a lot of sparkle. The exterior was distressed with some black ink and the wings were attached to the back the E6000. 

Thanks for letting me share my memory with you. I look forward to seeing what everyone does this week and encourage you to check out the giveaway on my sidebar if you have not already done so . . .
Kristin xo

29 comments:

Diana Evans said...

oh wow!!! this is gorgeous Kristin!!! you are so clever and the title of the piece is perfection!!! what fun!!!

Crafty Mom said...

WOW! I thought the face was clip art! That is AWESOME! I've been too busy to participate this week in MMM. I can't wait to hear more about Art Unraveled. :)

XOXO

Sherry Goodloe said...

Time Flies . . . yes, nice title for your gorgeous piece! Looking forward to hearing about AU and all of your adventures :)

Michelle said...

How wonderful! I love pocket watches!

Julia Christie said...

I love her -can't believe this is your first face! She is super sweet, I love the mouth. What a great use for an old pocketwatch too.

Smiles and glad you had a good time.

indybev said...

A beautiful face for your first effort, and the old pocketwatch has been given new life! Good work.

Cheryl said...

that is super cute!!!

Nan said...

This is outstanding! What a wonderful time you must have had. Your face is just adorable and I LOVE how you showcased it!

Carin said...

Kristin, this is so lovely! I can't believe that's your first painted face- she is stunning! Glad to hear you had such a gret time and could put the techniques you learned to work straight away.

johanna said...

so very, very special!!

joanna said...

What a fantastic watch Kristin!! you did such a great job on the little girl! can't believe this is your first face!! love the title too!
xoxo

Silvia(Barnie) said...

A wonderful altered clock.

jenny said...

Kristen, just LOVE your altered pocket watch and the sweet little face you have painted...so very gorgeous...

Jenny x

faerwillow said...

~welcome back...i am in awe...this being your first face...she is adorably sweet with her big almond shape eyes and full little mouth...how wonderful she is...the pocket watch is a magical piece to add to such...a reminder to always take a moment and savor what you have...time does fly...warm wishes and brightest blessings~

Mandy C said...

this is gorgeous work Kristin

Amy said...

WOW girl you should totally design more faces..you are a talent at that! She's the sweetest face I have seen today..well, besides my own children's faces of course-LOL..but gosh,, so fabulous..I can see you are having a grand time at the art classes..so lucky girl you are!!!

WrightStuff said...

If that's your first face I think we'll be seeing Da Vinci in a couple of months! What a gorgeous piece. I could see this for sale in a classy gift shop - utterly gorgeous.

ALTERED ARTIFACTS said...

WOW... this is a first! you must just ooze talent!

Martina2801 said...

This is just so stunning, Kristin! Amazing interpretation of the theme.

haendi said...

This is lovely and apt with a young daughter growing up.

Glenda-TwoCoolTexans said...

Love this.

dani said...

i am excited for you. the painting & the texture of it is awesome. great job!

missy k said...

Kristin.... I love 'Time Flies'

Such a beautiful face, what a wonderful class to have taken. I love the wings. So pretty.

I bet everyone loved your gum!

Emakesart said...

Hello, and welcome back my friend! This piece is wonderful! That face is amazing! So pretty. And what a fantastic idea with the watch face....oh... i get it...watch "face"! And I love the wings. And what is it resting on in the picture, it makes such a pretty backdrop.

Also, thank you sooo much for the wonderful comments! The crown I made for my son means a lot to me, so it makes me feel good to know that their's others out there who appreciate it too. When I showed it to everyone at Elias' birthday party everyone got quiet and just stared at it like .."what? THAT'S what your giving your son for his 1st birthday" (not my husband tho, it's his favorite piece). I knew they just didn't "get" it, but it still bothered me. I posted it on my blog because I knew YOU, Kristin, and other artists would "get" it. That's what I love about this blogging world, finding kindred spirits, so again...THANK YOU!

xoxo Esther

Kylie said...

what a gorgeous little girl, would love to see a 'whole' pic of her!! love all your work!! beautiful...

Jingle said...

unique!

Emakesart said...

Hi again! I love it! I was going to ask if it was a ceiling tile! Great idea! And that's so funny that you thought of me, because I was seriously thinking of you when I was taking pictures of the crown! Did you notice the door as the backdrop again?!

xo Esther

scrapwordsmom said...

Welcome back, Kristin!! I bet you had a magical time. This piece is so inspirational to me. Love it!!!:)

Diane said...

Kristin, this is beautiful! I must admit I envy you - how fantastic it must have been at Art Unravelled! Diane