Friday, 11 September 2015

Autumnal Nostalgia

Hello dear Friends!
We don't know about your corner of the world but here in Europe, autumn is definitely in the air.
Olga has outdone herself creating this breathtaking piece that captures this season's atmosphere in the most poetic way...

There is something elusive and magical in late summer evenings.
Something which, through stormy weather, colder winds and rosy sunsets, calls for a change of seasons.

My very first step was preparing a quite large canvas panel by covering it with an abundant coat of Heavy White Gesso. I did it in a rather sloppy manner leaving edges purposefully untouched.

When the primer coat was drying I randomly added the next ingredient – White Crackle Texture Paste - letting both mediums mix with each other. It resulted in a desired look of old peeling paint.

The paper circles were cut out from vintage books and they were attached to the base thanks to 3D Gloss Gel.

The focal image was first glued down with Soft Gel and then, after drying, sprinkled with water to reveal the transfer. I gently rubbed the damp paper with my finger to the moment when the whole image was visible.
I sealed my transfer with the next coat of the same Gel.

When the surface became dry, I stamped along the edges of the photo creating a kind of an unfinished frame.
I also added some vintage paper strips and stained the background with tea stain to obtain an even and distressed look.

I didn’t want my work to be  overdetailed so I decided for the delicate lettering in the corners. I used 3D Gloss Gel which I put through the Alpha stencil.

After drying the media, the effect was soft and muted.
I put some pearl paint here and there to accent the stenciled pattern and sprinkled the wet surface with Micro Beads and Mica Flakes in matching colours.

My final step was adding the frame of wire which was strung through a few of Type Writer Words and Numbers. The result turned out to be a nostalgic, earthly toned and a slightly wrecked picture of the upcoming autumn season.

I wish you a sunny and merry late summer weekend!

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sara j said...

I've been playing with transfers lately and I love your take on them....this really blends into the very cool background you created. I love it. Autumn is here in Alaska too.

Josefina said...

I love this! So beautiful. I will definitely try your technique with gesso and crackle paint.

Linda M. Cain said...

Simply stunning, dear Olga!!!!!

Ann Vear said...

Love,Love, Love!

teri reed said...

Just love this look❤️

Dots Dabbles said...

So beautiful!!!
Dot x

Sanderijn de Bruin said...

Gorgeous work Olga, I always love your mixed media pieces, they are so different from mine! learned a lot! Thank you for sharing!

Sarah Lynch said...

Wonderful piece, love your work

Miss Merricat said...

I really love this work. transfers are fascinating and I guess this has inspired me to try this out myself. Beautiful work!

butterfly said...

One of the most beautiful pieces I've ever seen.
Alison x

Seth said...

This is absolutely gorgeous.

Michelle Logan said...

Thanks so very much! You have inspired!!

MaryJane Leyne said...

Stunning work. I love it. :)

Ellie Knol said...

I am inspired ... thanks! It's beautiful!

Anjuli Johnson said...

Absolutely amazing. Thank you si much for sharing!!

JackieP Neal said...

This is truly outstanding!! Absolutely gorgeous- a piece of art that I would purchase to hang in my home- so well done Olga!!
Thank you so much for sharing your steps!
Jackie xx

Belladonna said...

Thank you ladies!