Thursday, 10 April 2014

With a song in your heart

Hi everyone!

     I really love the challenge over at my challenge blog 'Our Creative Corner' this month. Alison set the theme which is 'With a song in your heart' and I couldn't resist making something else inspired by this challenge.

     As I said in my blog post for the challenge, I had so many songs I wanted to feature, but they were too personal to me, and perhaps would open up my life a little too much. After I had made my creation for this challenge, I went to see my daughter perform with her dancing school. She has done ballet and tap dancing since she was 3 (after discovering film musicals and discovering a HUGE passion for tap dancing) I was so proud of her - her class danced to Glen Millers 'In the Mood' all dressed in WWII costumes and doing a superb dance that had me doing the biggest, proudest smile and there were lots of happy tears.....

     Anyway....during the dance performance, which features dancers from the age of 3-18, there was one dance that really caught my eye, it was a beautiful ballet performance and I LOVED the music. I glanced over at my husband, who as usual was thinking the same as me! He had the mobile phone out to identify the song (he has an app that can listen to a song and tell you what it is) My first thought was "I wish I had known about this before making my creation for the challenge - I would have loved to have used this song"......and then I thought well, why not still do it? I adore the lyrics -

   How can I love when I'm afraid to fall
But watching you stand alone
All of my doubt suddenly goes away somehow
I have died every day waiting for you
Darlin' don't be afraid I have loved you for a thousand years
I'll love you for a thousand more.....

   I had found a technique I wanted to try over at Claudia's blog...You really should go and see the post about this - As always, being the most amazing artist and teacher, Claudia has done the perfect step-by-step demonstration! Using vaseline as a resist for acrylic paint to create a weather worn effect. I HAD to try this! I got a rectangle of plain cardboard and covered it with Chocolate Pudding Fresco Paint. I lightly smeared downward streaks of vaseline and then covered it with Stone Fresco paint. When the stone paint was wiped away there was the lovely aged, worn paint effect tag.

Then I covered it with strips of text paper and lightly brushed some watered down Stone paint over the words. Then I applied Crackle glaze in patches over the tag. When this was dry I rubbed some French Roast fresco paint into the cracks to enhance them

I stamped a clock in Coffee archival ink and also added some music stamp

The words of the song "I have loved you for a thousand years" was stamped with Potting Soil archival ink and then cut out. The card was edged with Walnut Stain DI and dabbed lightly with Vintage Photo DI.

A square of text paper was aged with the same inks and then applied to the tag, which was then covered with a grapevine heart.

 A rose made of Tattered florals die cuts had been inked with Victorian Velvet DI and was placed inside the heart along with a coil of rusty wire.

 A clip was placed at the top of the tag...this was originally bright silver, but I covered it with Chocolate Pudding Fresco paint and then coated it with a mix of Walnut Stain and Tea Dye Distress embossing powder followed by some dabs of rust coloured paint.

A pen nib was covered with Espresso alcohol ink and then lightly dabbed with blending solution to reveal some of the metal underneath.

       And here is the song if you would like to hear it!

Thanks so much for being here!

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  1. This is beautiful Laura. I'm a blue kind of girl! I love the song lyrics too. They can be so special sometimes and help you too hold on too memories good and not so good! X

  2. What a wonderful, wonderful song, Laura!
    And your tag has this same wonderful feel to it! The streaks from the Vaseline are brilliant - have to try this too! The background, the crackle, the colours, the texture...and that heavenly rusted clip on top! I am have paid attention to every tiny detail and this shows off and makes your tag or hanging breathtakingly beautiful and full of depth! Listening to the song while exploring your creation was such a treat! Totally adore this!

    I am so happy that I inspired you but honestly your project shows me how much further you took the technique by embedding it into this utterly beautiful make! I don't see how this could be topped...oh dear, there's a lot to learn from you!

    Big hug,
    Claudia xxx

  3. Laura this is lovely, I love the words to the song and can see why you would want to create something inspired by them. I love the effect you got using Vaseline and your paper clip is fantastic. So inspiring if I wasn't so tired I go and have a play

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  5. A fantastic song Laura and this tag is simply MARVELOUS!

  6. This is one of my husbands favourite songs and he strangely found it in the same way your husband did with this app on his phone. Beautiful project and I love your rust effect . Julie x

  7. Beautiful project Laura and so romantic.

  8. Wow, that's a fantastic tag. Love the song, too.

  9. Laura this is such a gorgeous tag! The best rusty clip I have ever seen too. Karen.x

  10. Oh Iooove this song Laura! Love this tag, it is so romantic and beautifully put together.
    Dot x

  11. What a fabulous technique! I love how you created the wonderful rusty effect on the clip too! I can't wait to give both these a go. The song is so perfectly matched to the artwork too. As I have said before, Laura, there is a lovely enigmatic quality to your work, a mysterious story to be told. Both visually and verbally this song reminds me of a strange but lovely film I once saw when I was a child about a man who fell in love with a young woman from the past. Through his life she came back, appearing to him at different ages but they could never be together. I suppose it's also a little like 'The Time Traveller's Wife' too. Really lovely, evocative art, Laura. Julie Ann xxx

  12. Had to come back for another look at your lovely hanging (and listening to the beautiful song while travelling across your creation. Still love this make of yours to bits!

    And I wanted to thank you so much for the lovely comment on my sponsor spotlight over at OurCreativeCorner! You made my day!

    Servus from Vienna and Happy Easter!
    Claudia x

  13. Just fabulous. Love the colour, all the effects and techniques, lovely work.

    Moira xx


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