Saturday, April 27, 2013

Five Words Canvas

I had a little ponder over this month's Creative Dare - the challenge was to create a mixed media project that incorporated five words describing your life purpose, or what you want to be remembered for. I wanted to use words that expressed my personal life, ministry, and my goals as an artist - so in contrast to yesterday's project, a lot of thought went into this one!

 Here it is in the midst of my creative 'craftermath'..............

I wanted to use words that were packed with meaning. These are the words I chose, and their definitions:

Inspire: to affect, guide, or arouse by divine influence. To breathe life into. To fill with enlivening or exalting emotion.

Infuse: to cause to be permeated with something (as a principle or quality) that alters usually for the better. To introduce one thing into another so as to affect it throughout. The word implies a pouring in of something that gives new life or significance .

Encourage: to inspire with courage, strength of purpose, spirit, or hope.

Enable: to provide with adequate power, means, opportunity, or authority to do something.

Embolden: implies the giving of courage sufficient to overcome timidity or reluctance, resulting in action.

Supplies used: acrylic paints, Colorbox chalk inks, Lyra oil pastels, butterfly die from Impression Obsession, hand-cut stencil of my hand, redliner adhesive sheet, spray paint, airline map, paper scraps, cookie packaging, plastic canvas, PVA glue, Micron pen, stencils from the Crafter's Workshop

For the hand shape, I pieced some paper scraps onto an adhesive sheet, traced my hand, and then cut around the outline. The liner of the adhesive sheet went into my stencil stash to be used as a mask later. 

Stamps used: Tim Holtz, Impression Obsession/ dkdesigns, alphabet stamps from JustRite Stampers

 LOVED making this little canvas - there are lots of layers, scribbles and thoughts throughout the project, and the process was just about as expressive as the final project. Oh, by the way -- this is a 6"x6" canvas panel from Dick Blick. They're so nice to work on because of the uniform surface. Stretched canvases are a little more difficult to stamp on. These are pretty cheap too, and I just noticed they have a bulk discount! May have to stock up next time.

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  1. I so love your work, I love the idea


  2. Just Beautiful, love all the colors and your choice of words.. :)

  3. Awesome. I love the shabbiness of it.

  4. What a special piece of art! All your thoughts and work really shine through! So glad I came by to see the rest of this one...thanks for sharing at SCS too. And appreciate the tip on the canvas boards.

  5. Wow totally creative!!!

    I just love the idea of the hand!! it goes hand in hand with the words... (pun intended) lol Your's is definitely a winner in my book!

  6. Francie in Montreal4/28/2013 1:54 PM

    Oh my... I would love to hang this on my wall and read it every day. I guess I'll pin it instead. It's beautiful & inspirational and come straight from the soul. I'm not often moved to this extent, but this work spoke to me. Thank you ever so much.

  7. I love your canvas that you created for the challenge. Excellent! waving hi from the rainy hills of North Carolina ♥

  8. Dina, Thank you for this beautiful inspiration. I have been following your blog for about 6 months and am always so inspired by your talent, your loving spirit, your very interesting mission, and your willingness to share with us rookies. After viewing your mixed media week, I wanted to share my second attempt inspired by you and Jill Foster.

    Thanks for giving. Jeannette

  9. Beautiful! I love the words you've used to describe yourself and how you want to be remembered.


  10. What wonderful words filled with strength! The hand element is fantastic! Love that you packed so much inspiration into such a small canvas!