Sunday, March 22, 2009

Potter's Hands

Just wanted to share a project I've been planning for a while and finally got to sit down and work out this weekend! A couple years ago when my parents came to visit, we took a drive 'up the mountain' to a pottery village. Pulutan is a clay-rich community where the Dutch have taught the people how to make pottery as a cottage industry. It was a really interesting experience, and I loved being able to visit there - we'd like to go back again soon.

When the "You are the Potter" set came out from Our Daily Bread designs, I immediately remembered these pictures. Perfect match. I converted the photos to black and white, and printed them on cardstock, then added a patch of white acrylic paint to stamp the verses on. The rest of the base color is added with stippled or sponged ink, and a brown blow pen. The hands are shaded and highlighted with Prismacolor pencils.

(On the card above, I actually peeled off a layer of the paper - this one's not painted.)

This was my first and favorite one - I love how the hands look sketched instead of a photo. I'll definitely be making more of these! I haven't worked much with mixed media, but these were fun to do.

.....and I will have this Hillsong chorus in my head the rest of the day.......

Take me, Mould me, use me, fill me
I give my life to the Potter's hand
Call me, guide me, lead me, walk beside me
I give my life to the Potter's hand.........

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17 comments:

  1. What better song to have stuck in your head?! These cards are simply GORGEOUS!!!!!!!! You're SO good!

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  2. These are way beyond incredible, Dina!! You never cease to amaze and dazzle!

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  3. Vickie in AZ3/22/2009 10:21 PM

    Dina, these are stunning. You are certainly inspired and inspiring. Thanks for sharing this beautiful collection of work with us.

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  4. Amazing Cards! I love how you colored them, this is so appropriate for the picture and the verse. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Susan M Cyprus3/23/2009 3:46 AM

    These are beautiful,what a blessing to anyone who recieves one of these!

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  6. these are so beautiful
    Hugs
    Norine

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  7. I love that you used photos with these! I'll have to try peeling away a layer too. Really really nice :) <><

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  8. These are all amazing - now you just need to have some of those photos made into stamps!

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  9. Oh how I would love stamps of these amazing photos! Your artistic-ness never ceases to amaze me!!! (p.s. I LOVE that song, too!)

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  10. AMAZING! I've been taking a pottery class and you totally captured the feeling of working with clay in these cards... GORGEOUS!!!

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  11. WOW! What powerful images! I need to go find a potter & take some pictures!!

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  12. Very cool and so different, love them

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  13. What absolutely gorgeous cards!!...and such a perfect set to use. Thank you so much for your designs!! Connie

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  14. These cards are just amazing! Your abilities to envision a card and then make it come alive on cs is just wonderful.
    Sharon K

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  15. Fantastic idea!! Love them!

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  16. Love your images Dina!! These are incredible!!

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