Friday, March 12, 2010

I Dream My Heart Has Wings


I wanted to try something different using papers and paints. I read a article somewhere about cutting a niche in a stretched canvas to add more depth so I decided to try it. I have never been a accomplished painter but since this piece will probably never get out of my work room I just did what was fun. A layer of gesso was applied to the canvas then painted with various paints then another layer of gesso was added. After it was dry I drew the face and painted the face details. Torn pieces of old music sheets and birds were applied using matte gel medium. I cut the niche out in the form of a X and folded the pieces back and glued them to the back. I used a very small picture frame to enclose the niche. I covered it with fabric, made the heart and wings of polymer clay, glued them to the small frame then glued the small frame to the back of the large canvas over the niche. Her hair is made from handmade paper that was stamped. Her dress area, leaves, flowers were tissue paper applied with matte gel medium. She isn't perfect but I have grown to like her. Now, what should I name her?

4 comments:

Lisa Kerpoe said...

Hi Lana,

It's beautiful! What a great idea to add depth. I've only added things on top of a canvas, never thought to cut into the canvas.

Lana's Threads and Musings said...

Well, I would like to take credit for it but I read about it in a magazine. I want to do some more of that and add all sorts of treasures to the niches. Thanks, Lisa

Yvonne said...

She is lovely, Lana! You did a wonderful job, so creative! I love collage and paint etc. I have actually been working on some collages myself. I've been making so many different kinds of paper that I've been using those and I thnk it is so much fun!

Lana's Threads and Musings said...

Thanks Yvonne. It is fun. I want to try some more mixed media.