Monday, September 5, 2016

New beginnings

I am currently in a moment of growth and great transition.
I just started a new job last week. I haven't had a "real" job in over
eight years. I really didn't want to work for "the man" again, but 
he does pay better than most scrapbook shops and co-op type places.
And I really needed the benefits, too.

I know I'm not the only one going through changes.
I have had a friend on my mind a lot lately. She is kind of the living
representation of the "what doesn't kill you only makes you stronger" ideal.
I wanted to make her something to commemorate her two years of sobriety.
That's a really big deal. Really big.  

I decided to make a wall hanging using a canvas panel.
She has a thing for chickens, so I thought this was a good 
time to break out with some of my Unity stamps.
I've used  the Chicken Wire stamp and the New Day Rooster set.

I painted the canvas panel using black acrylic paint,
and once it was dry I stamped the chicken wire in VersaMark
and silver embossing powder.    

I used a burlap sheet, a clock die cut from a Tim Holtz die,
and some distress inked paper for my focal points. 

I also added some actual chicken feathers, some designer papers,
doilies, die cuts, sequins, seam binding, and wire mesh to give a
rustic country feel to this piece. 

After mounting the rooster to the die cut frame, I used Crackle Accents for a 
vintage look. The CA kind of reactivated the Distress Inks and changed the look
a little bit, but not too bad. I edged the oval with Platinum Stickles along
with a few other pieces. I like the look of mercury glass, and this
shade of Stickles gives me that effect.   

Overall, I'm really pleased with how this turned out.
Sometimes, mixed media has a way of taking on a life of
it's own. I think this one wandered away just enough to make it

Thanks for stopping by today.

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  1. Wishing you luck with the new job :)

  2. Very cool piece! Thanks for sharing. Congratulations to your friend. Sorry to hear you have to work for "the man" again.

  3. WoW - that is really cool :-) Good luck with your new job and 'all power' to your friend on her life journey :-)

    IKE xxx

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  4. Really loving your mixed media piece. Are you taking part in anything for October? I have also been taking a break but some found footage of dust bunnies has dragged me back into writing again. I would really miss a Halloween hop... any suggestions please?

  5. this is beautiful!
    good luck with your job.
    & congratulation's on your friend's sobriety:)

  6. This is sooo amazing! I love the look and all the details - the real feathers are great.
    I hope your friend is getting better soon - and I wish you all the best for your new job! You are great, let them know!


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