I was planning to do a tag, but another idea jumped into my head and this project really had a mind of its own and wanted to be a canvas (30x20 cm) instead.
I was thinking about numbers and the number 'nineteen' literary jumped into my brain. If you visit my blog often, you might now that I love books and to use text type of elements on my projects. I read a large variety of books, from many different genres and authors. One of my favourite series of books are the Dark Tower books by Stephen King, in which the number 19 plays a pretty important role, as well as other numbers - time, distance, 13, etc. I used a line from the books at the title of my canvas: 'a rose, a stone, an unfound door' and all the details have a symbolic meaning: numbers, a door, New York, roses, keys, compass, train track, clocks, arrows, gears, 'destiny' Philosophy tag, circles, glass balls, journey embellishments.
I was so into this project, I totally forgot to take a single photo of the different steps.
Several years ago I did a layout about reading these books and then I had written a list of words from the books in a Word document. I flipped the words and printed them on an ordinary printing paper. A medium-thin layer of multi-medium was smeared on the canvas and I pressed the printed papers into it, burnished them down carefully and left for a short while (1-3 minutes I think). Pull off the paper and quite a bit of the text has been transferred to the canvas. I used a little bit of water and my finger to rub away some of the white paper that was stuck too, but left quite a bit of it, since I thought it added a nice sort of dreamy quality to the background.
I added quite a bit of stamping on the background, placing a book underneath it to give support.
Antique Silver powder, very cool stuff. I also die cut gears and flourishes from grungeboard and embossed some of them with the silver powder and some with Ranger's Rust Antiquities powder. The story has a sort of grungy, distressed, worn down feeling to them, with a bit of industrial steampunk thrown in.
small canvas (2x2 in) silver and black and mounted a clock and three game spinners on top.
Grungeboard Digits set. The letters were painted black, coated with Clear Rock Candy Crackle Paint, left to dry and then Brushed Pewter Distress Stain was applied on top.
Cargo Stencil Numbers die, painted red and a bit of silver around the edges, stamped and coated with Glossy Accents.
The canvas is called 'Unfound Door' and doors are central to the story. I stamped Tim Holtz subway stamp on cream mat board, and embossed with Rust powder. Brushed Pewter Distress Stain was swept across it to add a more metallic feel. The door was embellished with a number die cut from grungeboard with the Word Play die, painted silver, distressed, inked with Black Soot and coated with Glossy Accents. I also used a pen nib and a Philosophy tag, which also happens to have numbers. I attached the door with hinges to the layout.
When you open the door you find the dark tower. I stamped one of the houses from Hero Arts Newspaper Skyline stamp on tissue paper and glued to the canvas with multi-medium, adding a bit of white paint around the edges to make it stand out more. Roses were painted very simply with red acrylic paint. The stamped sentiment comes from Darkroom Door.
I hope you will join us this week and show us your projects on the 'number' theme. As always, our great sponsor Simon Says Stamp gives a $50 gift voucher to one random participant.
Stamps: Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz: Psychedelic Grunge, Remnants, Stuff to Say, On the Railroad, Elements of Time, Warehouse District; Hero Arts Newspaper Skyline S5573; Darkroom Door Doors
Dies: Sizzix: Word Play, Cargo Stencil Numbers, Mini Old Jalopy & Arrow, Tattered Pinecone, Mini Flourish, Mini Gears, Hardware Findings,
Ink: Distress Ink: Gathered Twigs; Ranger Emboss-It dabber; Stazon Jet Black
Paint: Adirondack: Pitch Black, Silver, Stream, Aqua, Pool; Jenni Bowlin Chili Powder, Brown Sugar
Stain: Distress Stain Brushed Pewter
Embossing powder: Stampendous Aged Silver Embossing Enamel; Ranger Rust Antiquities embossing powder
Glitter: Dry Rock Candy Distress Stickles glitter
Crackle paint: Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint
Surfaces: Tim Holtz Idea-ology grungeboard, Grungeboard digits; Core'dinations Tim Holtz kraft-core cardstock; cream mat board, canvas
Embellishments: Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Word Bands, Pen Nibs, Ornate Plates, Game Spinners, Sprocket Gears, Timepieces, Locket Keys, Philosophy Tags, Long Fasteners; Canvas Corp 2x2 canvas; 7Gypsies arrow photo turn
Stencil: The Crafter's Workshop Mini Numerals
Adhesive: Claudine Hellmuth multi-medium matte; Ranger Glossy Accents