Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Broken Silver and Gold

I decided I wanted to make something just for fun, especially after I saw the fabulous canvas created by my friend Jenny of Pushing the Right Buttons

To get a closer look at my canvas click on the photo to bring up a larger view.

My Mother-in-Law passed away earlier this year and when we were cleaning out her room at the nursing home I decided to bring all her costume jewelry home with me just in case I could use it for something.  Well this is the first something and the butterfly brooch was the jumping off point.  The gold on the outside was too bright so I altered it a bit but more about the altering later.

I started with a canvas and coated it with Gesso.  Next I covered it with a coat of acrylic paint called Country Twill, allowed it to dry and added a coat of crackle medium and after that was dry added a coat of Silver Gray acrylic paint.  Then I dry brushed it with Tapioca acrylic paint and Champagne Gold metallic acrylic paint.  Finally I spritzed it with some Tarnished Brass and Brushed Pewter Distress Spray Stain.

I collected a variety of metal pieces, beads, a broken watch face gifted by my neighbour, a wee flower and some buttons and dabbed on some Gold Mixative Alcohol Ink and Silver Mixative Alcohol Ink to alter them and tie the colour together.

I added some silver crochet ribbon and some lace horizontally and then a strip of burlap vertically.  Then I hung a large bead and a key from some crinkly yarn meant to be doll hair, added a couple more pieces and adhered that to the burlap.  Then I added all the bits and pieces with little bunches of large silver and gold seed beads tucked here and there.

I didn't have much time to create so there isn't as much texture as I would have liked to add but I had fun and it was a great break from the design team commitments I am finishing up.

Canvas: Dollarama
Paints: Country Twill Acrylic Paint (Folk Art), Silver Gray Acrylic Paint (Craftsmart), Tapioca Acrylic Paint (Folk Art), Champagne Gold Metallic Acrylic Paint (DecoArt), Crackle Medium (Folk Art)
Inks: Burnished Brass Distress Spray Stain (Tim Holtz, Brushed Pewter Distress Spray Stain (Tim Holtz), Gold Mixative Alcohol Ink (Tim Holtz), Silver Mixative Alcohol Ink (Tim Holtz)
Fibres: Silver Crochet Ribbon (May Arts), White Burlap (The Funkie Junkie Boutique), Lace (Fancy Gap Warehouse), Cream Yarn Doll Hair (Michaels)
Other: Gesso (Liquitex), Super Thick Slap it On Adhesive (IndigoBlu), Metal Charms, Buttons, Filgree Medallion, Beads (My Stash)

I am going to enter this canvas into the following challenges:

Anything But Cute - Rustic Glam

A Vintage Journey - Cracking Up
Creative Artiste  - Anything Mixed Media Goes
Mixed Media World  - Assemblage/Altered Art
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - Altered/Repurposed


  1. Oh WOW Cec! This is absolutely magnificent and what a way to use that lovely brooch. Sticking with the silver/gold colour scheme really helps to blend the collection of treasures together and make them work as a textural pattern/design. I'm thrilled to have inspired you in some small way and so glad you've had time to play xx

  2. This is a treat for the eyes, love your crackle of course but also love anything with a watch or clock. The butterfly is fab too. Thanks for joining our travels at A Vintage Journey

  3. Beautiful! Such a gorgeous piece. Thank you for entering your project at Rhedd’s Creative Spirit. Sammy-x

  4. I am in love with your gorgeous canvas, Cec! There are so many cool elements and it's absolutely loaded with fab textures! It's on the list of my top fave projects!

  5. Beautiful Cec! The silver and gold is so elegant and blends together all your metal bits seamlessly! Love the big butterfly, wow!! Thank you so much for joining us at Anything But Cute for our 'Rustic Glam' challenge! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

  6. A gorgeous canvas. I love the dual metallics and the fabulous textures created by the stunning elements.
    Thank you for joining in with the November challenge "Anything Mixed Media Goes" at Creative Artiste Mixed Media and good luck x

  7. Beautiful canvas, Cec! So elegant with so many amazing details! It's brilliant! Love it!
    Thank you so much for joining in our 'Rustic Glam' challenge at Anything But Cute! Big hugs! Branka xx

  8. This is beautiful Cec, and made even more of a wonderful treasure by incorporation of your dear Mum-in-laws trinkets. What a terrific idea to use them in this way. Please accept my (late) condolences on her passing, I wasnt aware. Warmest wishes, Nicola x

  9. Cec, not only is this canvas so gorgeous and elegant, it is made for fun, and that is what I love most about it. I can sense the real artist coming out of you in this, and what a creative and talented lady you are! I have a rather large cache of costume jewelry saved just for this purpose, and you have inspired me to use instead of hoard! Bless you! Back to your canvas--the color, the crackle and design are all spot on, and make for one gorgeous composition; what a fun way to honor your mother in law!
    While I'm here, let me thank you for entering this beauty into our Rustic Glam challenge at Anything But Cute--a perfect example of Rustic Glam! Hugs! Sara Emily DT

  10. wow such a beautiful canvas. Love the wintery feel of the colours and the butterfly is really pretty. Thank you for sharing with us over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit this month and hope to see you again in future challenges.

    Handcrafted by Ellapu
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    DT Rhedd's Creative Spirit

  11. Cec what a lovely tribute piece! The finished canvas is delightful. Thanks for joining in with us at Rhedd's Creative Spirit Challenge this November.

  12. A stunning canvas..made very special with the elements you have used..
    A fabulous entry for our challenge this month at Rhedd's Creative Spirit..x

  13. This is such a beautiful canvas Cec, I love the whole design of it and adding the jewellery was such a great idea, I especially love the watch! Thanks so much for joining in our 'Rustic Glam' challenge at Anything But Cute.

    Whilst I am here, thank you too for joining in our 'Cracking Up' challenge at A Vintage Journey. Hugs, Anne xx

  14. A really lovely way to use these pretty jewels, Cec.

  15. So beautiful, Cec - great composition and such subtle, delicate colour tones. Thanks for joining us on A Vintage Journey.
    Alison x

  16. This is just WONDERFUL Cec. I love that you made a LOVELY project with your "heirloom" jewels. It's ELEGANT and PRICELESS. Thanks bunches for joining the Anything But Cute Rustic Glam Challenge! Xj.


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