Thursday, 6 June 2013

Hope for Bee the Change

Hello everyone and thank you for popping in to my little place in blogland.
The block canvas I am showing you today is inspired by two things, a petition that is going on in Europe right now, to do with preserving bee populations, - and a recipe challenge that my blog friend Buttons is hosting at the moment for Our Creative Corner.

Alright on to my piece,  from the 9 items in the recipe I used: Lace, Metal, Wood, Clay, Inks, Paints and Stains.

I started by making a clay tile out of Sculpey. When baked I painted it with Antique Linen Distress Paint, added a scrap of paper from the Tim Holtz Crowded Attic Collection, distressed it with Gathered Twigs DI and then stamped a decorative script stamps from Alpha Stamps. I added a little Sculpey heart, stamped the same script stamp in the centre and then glued the two together.

Next I worked on the the wooden block canvas (not really sure what it's cold but I have had a number of these in my stash for ages..) I started with adding some texture through my beloved Chicken Wire stencil, because it reminds me of a honey comb. I then adhered various bits and pieces: some vintage lace, a filigree corner piece (cut in half, a trick I learnt from Buttons) some Tim Holtz Ideaology wings and a crown..When all was dry I covered everything with Gesso followed by Antique Linen Distress Paint, Stain and spray made with Antique Linen re-inker and water in a mini mister.. When that had dried  I  added some strips of TH tissue tape, some background stamping with an old script stamp, flowers and pen nibs and sprayed with various sprays, Walnut Stain and Cosmic Shimmer Sprays, plus my favourite Dylusions White Linen to tone it down here and there.

The final steps were to add some gilding paste and a few Treasure Gold highlights. Finally I glued on my tile, a stamped bee (Mr Holtz again) and the stamped TH Hope ticket.

As you can see I painted and stamped over the sides too.

Well there you have it. Hope you like it and if you have a spare minute, please sign the bee petition, we need those bees!!

Obviously I am going to add this to the challenge at Our Creative Corner

Have a creative day full of inkyness and fun!!


Neil said...

Hi there. What a beautiful project. Love the shabby vintage feel you've achieved as well as the lovely textures. Thanks for sharing.

Ros Crawford said...

I'm blown away by this ... It is truly amazing, beautiful and precious ... One of my favourites ... Wonderful work Astrid ... I'll sign the petition ... I have lots of flowers to attract the bees ..

Maryann Laursen said...

Again such an outstanding project here Astrid, and I love your use of that wonderful blue color soo often here lately. Your work is sooo gorgeous and some interesting techniques here too, that I´m going to look a bit more into as well. I just love the finished project here a lot, sooo wonderful as usual.

Susie Bentz said...

You are such an inspiration Astrid! This is beautiful and all the techniques you used have my mind swirling with possibilities!

Marisa Job said...

What an amazing project!! Love all the details, colors and texture!!

Annie said...

Fab project Astrid and I so love the texture. Lots of techniques with a stunning outcome.tfs

Annie x

inkypinkycraft said...

Thisis absolutely stunning! Gorgeous xx hugs trace x

Sarah said...

This is beautiful, Astrid, with the muted colors and just the right amount of gold to highlight.

Terry said...

Stunning effects, Astrid! I love the lighter colors and will have to pick up some of the White Linen! Wish we had some of the Treasure Gold here! Love this canvas! Hugs!

Redanne said...

Hi Astrid, this piece is a work of art! I love all the detail, the little tile, the gorgeous wings, the touches of Treasure Gold - well everything really.....a gorgeous piece of work. Thank you so much for joining us at Our Creative Corner. Hugs, Anne xx

Redanne said...

Apologies, meant to say also that I am off to sign the petition! A xx

Rita said...

This is such a wonderful creation Astrid. Your work is always so amazing. Hugs Rita xxx

Marianne said...

Oh my this is so gorgeous. What a beautifull creation; great colours and textures: I'm speechless.....
xxx Marianne

Bärbel said...

Ein großartiges Kunstwerk, Astrid! Mich begeistern die verwendeten Materialien und die wunderbaren Farben.
Liebe Grüße, Bärbel

artwolf2009 said...

only by seeing all the tiny details does one realized how much effort you have put in the project, beautiful as always

Dorthe said...

What an amazing piece, so ,so,so beautiful, and for such a great sake dear Astrid..
I truly think you are a master in adding the most fantastic 3-d effects, and make them look as though they had alwayes been together!!
Your painted and inked background is gorgeous, as well as the wings and crown-with the tile and heart!!
So beautiful!!!

Sandy said...

I really like the texture of this - and would like to experiment with my Sculpey - I really like the tile with the heart a lot!! As always wonderfully created!!

Fandhmum said...

Absolutely beautiful, Astrid.
I love what you sent Brenda too,
Rosie x

Buttons said...

Drooling here Astrid. I love the way you've spun your magic with so many of the ingredients to create the most gorgeous canvas. Thanks SO much for joining the latest challenge at Our Creative Corner. Hugs, Jenny x
ps. my lads made small bee houses a couple of years ago and now we have loads in the garden!

Margie said...

A truly beautiful canvas with so much detail to take in. A very worthy cause too - I've signed the petition. Margie x

Elly said...

Apart from the absolutely beautiful texture, the colour rocks!! (:o)

Brenda Brown said...

Such a beautiful board, just love the bee influences and the elements and colours you have used.
hugs {brenda} x0x

May said...

WOW What a piece of fabulous art... Love all the texures, colours, embellishments...AmAzing piece...Outstanding work Astrid as always... Love it... Hugs May x x x

chrissies said...

Wonderful canvas Astrid-such delights you have added to it.

Have a great day

Love Chrissie xx

Kelly Neis said...

We need the bees too, this is a must have preservation! I love your canvas, wow, gorgeous in colors and the elements you put on it. Thanks for explaining how you did some of it, I experiment but no luck yet, my stuff turns to mud. I can come over and adore yours, it is easier. lol
Good luck with the bees,

Heather Rogers said...

Hello Astrid

Preserving the Bee and its habitat is very close to my heart! I am trying to preserve leaf cutter bees at the moment and almost every hole in their little home is occupied! :) If everyone did a little things would change.

Have to admit I was not happy when they nested in my 160 year old chimney!!

Your tile is like all your work well thought out and beautiful!

Crafty Hugs
Heather xx

Anita Houston said...

GORGEOUS!!!!! What a beautiful canvas!

Julia S-W said...

A beautiful canvas Astrid full of so many things that I love. Wonderful texture, subtle gleam and gorgeous colours. Love all the little additions too.
Thanks so much for joining us at Our Creative Corner for this challenge. Juliaxx

ElizabethR said...

This is gorgeous Astrid love anything with Bee's on. I have a few Friend's that keep Bee's, and our WI also sponsor a Beehive here in North Wales. Elizabeth x

Margaret Mifsud said...

Gorgeous colours and gorgeous textures Astrid. This is such a beautiful canvas and what an inspiration. I agree with you, we definitely need to keep the bees. Am off to sign this petition now. Thank you. ox Marg

Dianne said...

This canvas Astrid is GORGEOUS,all the texture, love the colors you used and those nibs make me weak. Yes we really need our bees and its great to know some people care enough to do something about it in any way they can kudos to you all, thanks for sharing..

Lucy Edmondson said...

How beautiful!

Lucy x

Monique said...

Beautiful canvas. Love the vintage feel of it. So much detail and the little bee in the corner is so cute!

Laurart said...

Astrid, this is so breathtakingly beautiful - I could sit and look at it forever! It is just so amazing. Sorry I haven't been visiting much lately - I hope to be back commenting regularly very soon! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Our Creative Corner this month - Love from Laura xxx

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