Tuesday, May 18, 2010

He Had Great Expectations

This is my third piece as Visiting Artist for the month of May at Gingersnap Creations.  I made this for the Random Redhead Challenge #55: Quotes.  Since books and text are inspiring us this month, I decided to use a quote from the author, Charles Dickens, I only ask to be free.  The butterflies are free.

I was leaning towards Maya Angelou's I know why the caged bird sings, but I really wanted to use this beautiful Victorian Fairy image from Altered Artifacts.  When I discovered Mr. Dickens was providing me with the perfect quote, my imagination took flight

Materials:
5 x 7" canvas panel painted with Adirondack cranberry acrylic paint, followed by pink paint, then a thin layer of cranberry again (so that some of the pink shows through)
Tim Holtz Alterations Sizzix Caged Bird die: cage cut from grunge paper and distressed with Black Soot ink; then covered with Perfect Medium followed by Perfect Pearls in Pewter and Green Patina and finished with a spritz of water from the mini-mister.  (Unfortunately the rain forced me to take an indoor photo so you can't see the shimmery metallic effect.)  Snap on top; gray pearls on bottom.
Public domain photo of Charles Dickens cut and placed on script paper behind the bird cage. 
Prima flowers with a black metal flower and brad.
7 Gypsies antique silver key
Alteredartifacts Victorian Fairies collage sheet for two butterfly images
Scroll from Stampers Anonymous Studio 490 Art by the Number stamp set

17 comments:

Yvonne said...

What a gorgeous piece!

Lynn Stevens said...

Saw this on Gingersnap but had to come tell you how great it is!!!!! What a story it tells!

Penny Duncan Creations said...

What a gorgeous creation!!!! I agree the pharase fits your project perfectly!!! I also wanted to Thank you for your awesome comment on my blog!! ;)

The Nostalgic Scrapper said...

This is definitely inspiring... Im truly in love with this...

Nancy said...

Very sweet!

thefrugalcrafter said...

Wow, I am seriosly loving that bird cage die cut! Wow, this is a piece of art! The colors and design, wow!

Lori said...

This is waaaayyyyyy cool, Helene! The background is an awesome color for this, and the quote along with the images is perfect!

Kathy Eddy said...

What a lovely piece. The fairy was the perfect touch. Love the cage and face within. Thanks for your nice comment on my blog too!

Wanda H said...

Beautiful piece!!!!

Kay said...

How cool is this!? The whole vintage look is just fabulous! I love those images...very nice work!

Gerrie Johnnic said...

Fantastic, and so much inkspiration here! luv it!

Shar said...

Stunning! I love how your elegant fairy is perched just on the edge of the cage! I love your quote selection!!

Queen Bee said...

Wonderful!

Rainbow said...

I love this so much!! love the vintage look !!The Victorian Fairy image is so pretty!!! again you did a fabulous job!!
Hugs
Lidia

ALTERED ARTIFACTS said...

Just beautiful! each element works so perfectly with the others, the colors blend so well... and I love that it is the man in the cage ...hahahahha
Inka

The Paper Princess said...

Congratulations - there is a surprise waiting for you at Create With Joy!

Beautiful artwork by the way!

Hugs
Ramona
http://create-with-joy.blogspot.com

Denise said...

Oh gorgeous vintage art! Love the black and white combined with a bit of color. Great images too :)

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