Frugal Scrapper Extraordinaire:)

For those of you who have been following my blog, THANK YOU, I'm still here and as FRUGAL as ever. I'm just expanding my blog title to further reflect my "altered" muse. I'm still the same (sometimes goofy) FRUGAL SCRAPPER that I've always been and will continue to focus on FRUGAL papercrafting projects:)

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Ariana Rose Mixed Media Canvas - Frosted Designs Challenge-Chipboard

I have been so inspired by all of the beautiful mixed media ART recently, and have put that inspiration togethter will my inspiration to also share the ART I create with others:)  Also, as part of the Design Team over at the Frosted Designs Blog, I was able to use this piece for our August 24 Fabulous Friday challenge...using Chipboard in our project.  What FUN!!!!!  Don't we ALL have chipboard in our stash's?

I don't usually talk about my personal life on my blog, but in order for me to share my latest work of ART, I thought I would share the "story" behind this piece.

For those of you who have known me for a while, you know that I am "emotional" crafter and artist.  I often say "the ART I create needs to "speak" to me"...and hopefully in creating ART this way, my ART will also "speak" to you, too.

Now for the background on this piece...we received some very sad news about 10 weeks ago, as we found out that our newest granddaughter, Ariana Rose would be stillborn.  I was with my DIL and Son through the entire process and was so impressed by their bravery.  Our dear Ariana Rose was delivered on June 3rd and although she had already left us, I felt comfort in the fact that I was able to be there for my DIL and Son.

As time has passed, I knew I wanted to create a piece of ART that my DIL and Son could hang in their home alongside the ART I had previously created showcasing each of their 3 sons.

Now on to this beautiful piece of ART inspired by and for Ariana Rose:

The quote that we all kept coming back to, which gave us comfort during such a difficult time was:

"An angel in the book of life wrote down my baby's birth, then whispered as she closed the book, too beautiful for earth."

Therefore, I knew I wanted to somehow incorporate the appearance of a "book" on my canvas.  I did this by taking a 5 x 7 flat canvas piece, adhering it to the top side of the canvas (after, of course, I applied the background to the piece).  I wanted the "title" of the book to be a bit whimsical, so I used some rub-on letters that I had in my stash for the "title" of the book. 

I also created an image of a little girl, primarily using some of the techniques I learned when I took one of Christy Tomlinson's "She Art" classes.  I made the image a bit shorter and stockier, giving the appearance of a young child or baby and I really like the way it turned out.

Butterflies and dragonflies were also discussed, so I wanted to make sure I added some of them to this piece.  While shopping at a LSS last weekend, I found some Christine Adolph paper with purples, pinks, blues and dragonflies that I knew I just had to also use for inspiration in this piece.

I also worked in a few of my "frugal" style throughout this piece, drawing some scalloped edges around the piece using nothing more than a white-out pen.  Then I painted, and sprayed and painted and glazed (making my own glaze, of course) as I layered and layered this piece until I was happy with the results.

I hope you enjoy this piece of ART.

I appreciate and value your comments:)


Teresa Jaye said...
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Teresa Jaye said...

Absolutely beautiful, Lori. I love the colors and the image is perfect. The way you've incorporated so much symbolism is wonderful. I hope creating this gorgeous piece helped you with your healing and I know that Ariana's parents will treasure it always. Awesome job!

Jessica said...

I am so sorry for your family's loss. Your piece us so beautiful! What a wonderful way to remember!

Jessica said...

I am so sorry for your family's loss. Your piece us so beautiful! What a wonderful way to remember!

Jessica said...

I am so sorry for your family's loss. Your piece us so beautiful! What a wonderful way to remember!

Sonia said...

Hi Lori
Amazing Creation. Thanks for your inspiration. Great JOB!

Jacquie Southas said...

Just beautiful Lori - I know it will be treasured.

scrap scha4 said...

This is so charming and so filled with heart and love. I think it will be treasured forever. Art does give a good voice to things that are hard to wrap in words. I love that you created out of loss and made soemthing beautiful out it!

Gloria Stengel said...

Beautiful work! Just stunning!