Monday, May 17, 2010

Spring Window

Morning, friends! I hope everyone had a nice weekend. Things are hopping at my house this spring, including a really nice visit from my parents last week. One of the days, we walked about Old Towne Alexandria, so that was a fun treat. If you've ever been there, or are local and have a chance, one of the must-sees is the Torpedo Factory Art Center. My mom is an artist (whereas I consider myself to be a crafter), so this is one place that she loves visiting. There are artists' studios that are open to the public, and you can just wander around this building gazing at all the different styles and mediums. I walked away with a ton of inspiration, including this framed piece that I did.

There was a watercolor artist there that I was very drawn to - her work was light and airy, and she had the most beautiful watercolored windows. What inspired me even more about her work, though, was the textured watercolor paper she utilized. Her watercolor window was in the center, then the surrounding paper was dry-embossed to resemble a building's texture. I knew immediately that I could recreate the look with my Lockhart Window Stamps.

I stamped this image twice onto Fabriano paper. For the top layer, I cut out the center of the window, then dry embossed 'bricks' to surround the window. (I had a tough time getting that to show in the picture, but you can see it a little on the left of the above pic.) After watercoloring this layer, I used some of my new Glue Arts dimensional adhesive. (OK, so why this dimensional adhesive? It comes in 4x4 sheets that you can cut down to what you need; on this project, since it was getting compressed in this frame, I needed large pieces between the layers to make sure that it wouldn't get wavy.)

For the back layer, I only watercolored the center of the picture. I'm so pleased with this! It's so pretty in person, and the watercolors really give it such an artist's feel. I'm scouting for the perfect place to put this in my home! (I'm also going to keep these in mind when I need a house-warming gift!)

Have a wonderful day! Be well,


Lee Anne said...

This is just beautiful! I like your advice on the larger dimensional pieces. I never knew about them, so now I'll be looking! Hope things have settled down since the weekend!

bristowmom said...

Thanks for the heads up to the torpedo factory! I will have to visit.

BTW, I met you at a class last summer and said I would stop by to say hi one day at one of your demos. I haven't made it yet and am away for a few months, but I still intend to say hi someday!

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Sheree said...

Hi Jenn,
WOW! Love your blog. Have been going through it all evening. You really have me loving the inchies/twinchies. I am currently waiting for surgery (brain tumor) and looks like the inchies is something I can focus on (small, and not confusing). My sons keep telling me to relax and work my crafts while waiting, I may need to look at that. You have a new blog stalker now. :) thanks