So you’ve been looking at one of your old pieces of work and you want to throw it away? Hold on…. Don’t do it yet!
We have objects in our life that serve a purpose and when it’s time is up we throw it away. I had a painting that I had made a few years ago at a Paint Nite event. I was very proud of it for a while, but I eventually got over it (you can only be proud of a spider for so long). The painting had moved from hanging in my bed room, to my kitchen, to my bathroom. And that’s when I realized the next spot would probably be the storage unit or the trash. I did not want to throw it away – yet!
I paint a lot, so I figured why not get a little creative and transform it into something that I would actually enjoy looking at. Thus began the metamorphosis of the spider!
The best part about this project is that it went on in parallel with other projects. What that means is when I painted on other surfaces and had extra paint remaining I slapped it on the canvas – which makes it a ‘recycled’ or ‘green’ project on multiple levels.
Like I mentioned you can look at a spider like this for only so long!
I’ve been wanting to whip out my heat gun and emboss something for a while now…. And replacing this spider felt like the perfect opportunity.
It took me a little while to figure out the best embossing supplies but I think I was finally very happy with the ‘Recollections’ heat gun, embossing powder and the ‘Ranger Ink’ clear emboss pen.
I wish I had progress shots of me slapping paint onto the spider. But unfortunately I do not (insert sad face here).
And then the emboss process began at last. I think I did one flower or leaf a day and took my time with it….
I wanted to add a lot of fine details and the fine tip emboss pen was perfect for this!
You can see a new flower and leaf in every shot.
I love how it looks when you try to spread the embossing powder before heating it up.
So what do you think? When I look at the finished product now it has a lot of memories attached to it – it takes me back to a point in time when I had done the Paint Nite, followed by all the locations it has hung at my home, followed by all the times I slapped paint on the canvas, followed by the embossing. It has a lot of character layers (literally) attached to it.
I don’t know when I will get bored with it again and want to transform it. But for now it hangs proudly in my living room. (Insert proud happy smile here.)
Now I would love to hear about your character layered projects and the stories behind it. Use #OADLTransformation to share your work. Let me know about your transformation projects in the comments below.
Until next time,