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Monday, January 26, 2009


An Hymn To The Morning

Attend my lays, ye ever honour'd nine,
Assist my labours, and my strains refine;
In smoothest numbers pour the notes along,
For bright Aurora now demands my song.
Aurora hail, and all the thousand dies,
Which deck thy progress through the vaulted skies:
The morn awakes, and wide extends her rays,
On ev'ry leaf the gentle zephyr plays;
Harmonious lays the feather'd race resume,
Dart the bright eye, and shake the painted plume.
Ye shady groves, your verdant gloom display
To shield your poet from the burning day:
Calliope awake the sacred lyre,
While thy fair sisters fan the pleasing fire:
The bow'rs, the gales, the variegated skies
In all their pleasures in my bosom rise.
See in the east th' illustrious king of day!
His rising radiance drives the shades away--
But Oh! I feel his fervid beams too strong,
And scarce begun, concludes th' abortive song.

Phillis Wheatley

For My Time To Craft, Creative Therapy and Sunday Stampers I tried something new; adding texture to a a journal page. I used gesso and molding paste as a base. I then stamped over the paste and added elements such as fabric and flowers. Next I applied many layers of paint, ink, pencil, and pastels. Mostly, I used my fingers for application because it gave me more control, and it was just plain fun. Then I added a hand-colored fashion photograph and cutouts from various gardening magazines and inked the edges. Next time I'm going to apply even more texture and different colored inks. In fact, I've already got a new page covered in molding paste and drying on my art table. If any of you more experienced with textures would please leave me comments about your techniques and the materials you use, I would so appreciate it.




Good Morning!!! All of these new pages are wonderful (like everything you do!!)...always wondering why you are up SO EARLY!!LOL!HUGS!!

José said...

It's so beautiful again! Esp. the flowers, the colours... but also the womanshead.. It's always a joy to visit your blog.

Hels Sheridan said...

Totally stunning artwork - I just adore the textures you have created, and I agree, fingers are the best applicators :O)) Thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper challenge and I hope to see you back soon.... Hels x

Barb Smith said...

She's great! And I love the background...I use modeling paste, too, and have found that bondo from the auto parts store works well for the same thing.
Peace & Love,

Sharon Tomlinson said...

I haven't done a lot with texture but I do love to hate or is it hate to love the texture that collage layers of papers give.

Your piece is so lovely.

indybev said...

The things you do with magazine "people" continues to amaze me. I think you're ready for a gallery showing, m'dear!

Janet said...

I can't help you with any techniques (as if you need any help!)....all I can say is BEAUTIFUL!!

Sandy said...

Wow wow wow this is again outstanding. So wonderful colors and beautiful image. I loveyour wonderful work.

Ozstuff said...

I can only agree with all of the above. This is stunning, a real work of art.

Unknown said...

Ditto to all things good that were said before I got here! Stunning and WOW are the only things I can add!

Jo said...

Just stunning!!! Thanks for joining in with us at MTTC this week :o) Jo x

Anonymous said...

I am so loving this piece! Your inspiring me like crazy by your latest works!

Chrisy said...

...pleased i stumbled into ur blog...beautiful art and i love the way you explain ur process...thank you...

roc said...

wowee ....this is amazing!!

*jean* said...

wowza!!! this rocks!!! i love the colors and the composition very much!!!

i like to use stencils and a palette knife with the molding paste...lay the stencil down and scrape the paste over the top, lift the stencil up and let 'er dry

another texture I like is to paint a bit, then when dry, add matte gel medium and then layer tissue over the top and shape it gently with my fingers or the end of a brush then when dry you can paint it or just rub metallic rubs or both!! its very cool tree texture....


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