Friday, 11 March 2016

Angel of Time

Hello all and thanks for dropping by. I don't know about you, but recently I have really struggled with time and balancing life between day job, crafting, blogging and social media....
This page came about while struggling with issues like that, - trying to carve out some time to create art, without feeling guilty I should actually be visiting blogs and leaving comments etc. I am really sorry I have been a bad blogger recently, I know I am missing posts from many of you and I do want to apologize!!

This page started on a loose piece of watercolour paper that was covered with a thick layer of gesso and texture paste and then coloured with various Decoart Media paints. I added many layers with subtle background stamping in between.

Further textures were also created with dabbing my finger into the still wet gesso and then dry brushing with lighter paint colours. The little gears above are actually old clock parts I purchased on ebay a long time ago (I found them when doing a massive clear out recently). I rusted them up a bit with rusting powder and vinegar.
The sentiment was created with the help of a set of little letter stamps on A4 paper and then cut into words.
Here you can see some of the background stamping and splats and scrapes created with the help of a small paint brush and an old credit card.
This main stamp is from La Blanche. I named her Angel of Time and stamped her on tissue paper and then blended her into the page. I added a few more clock parts to the center of the clock in the stamp.

Well that's it pretty much. Thanks for your visit today like always and I hope I shall find the time to come and visit you in return. Maybe my angel of time will help me.

Have a wonderful weekend with hopefully some creativity within it.
xxx

29 comments:

pearshapedcrafting said...

We could all do with an angel of time these days -but especially when she is in a setting as beautiful as this! The fabulous textures and colours here had me scrolling back and to so many times before I reached the comment box! Wishing more time for you this weekend! Hugs, Chrisx

Diana Taylor said...

Just stunning! I adore that background - what beautiful textures and colours, and the stamped image is gorgeous. I think we all have phases where life becomes a juggling act, but I'm so glad you found time to make this beautiful piece of work!

brenda said...

Even knocking social media off my list I still struggle with time and balance of the other three and I know if we get some half decent weather outside activities will present yet another pull.

It's yet another glorious piece of textural artwork Astrid and each time I pop in I am inspired to have a play and am gradually gaining confidence to layer the grunge paste a little thicker, add a bit more ink and so on. One day I might even have something worth blogging.

B x

rachel said...

Amazing work astrid.. really beautiful. Just create i think. We'll all still be here watching your amazing talent and if you get chance to visit occasionally great ... but please not at the expense of your wonderful creativity! Big hugs xxx

Marisa Job said...

Wow! This is stunning! Love all the texture and colors! Have a great weekend!

Dorthe said...

Such a beautiful angel of time , we all need her ,now and then,- and even I a pensioner , can`t find the time I want to visit -create and do all I love !!
Your amazing creation is a study in fantastic texture, -I love it.
Dorthe, xx

froebelsternchen Susi said...

You have an angel of art by your side - and now you want an angel of time as well ???... that is somewhat immodestly Astrid!

A wonderful piece of art! Gorgeous!
Happy weekend!
oxo
Susi

chrissie said...

Stunning as always Astrid with wonderful textures.

No need to apologise at all it is so good to see your makes when you have time

Love Chrissie xx

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is gorgeous, Astrid, wonderful texture!

Lucy x

Dagmar said...

Wow - das sieht einfach fantastisch aus!!! Ih wünsche dir ein schönes Wochenende und lasse liebe Grüße da, <3 Dagmar

Redanne said...

I have been a bad blogger too Astrid, but, we can't do everything and I think people really do understand - life is just like that sometimes!

Your Angel of Time is an absolute delight and I just love all the texture you created on this beautiful piece of art! Hugs, Anne xx

PS - hope you have a good weekend xx

Nikki Acton said...

Oh yes I feel the time struggle!!! Fabulous page with great depth and texture. Have a lovely weekend xx

Almo said...

Yet another gorgeous project Astrid, love the rusting clock parts in the center of the stamp. I agree with Rachel, Guilt is something you must not feel, life cannot have you glued to the computer, enjoy your crafting and enjoy spending your time how you want. Catch up with us when you can you need to craft for fun without pressure or it looses its magic. Mo x

Meggymay said...

A gorgeous textural page Astrid. Time is something we all would like more of these days.
Yvonne xx

Brenda Brown said...

Stunning layers and textures Astrid, a beautiful piece of mixed media, love it.
You know me and time, I never have enough of it, so can I share your angel with you please?
Have a great weekend.
Hugs Brenda xxx

Patty O'Malley said...

Wonderful page, Astrid. Love the texture.

Joyce Kers said...

Oh Astrid, this is fabulous. I adore the colors, textures and your style.

Helen Wallace said...

A magical piece of Art, with complex layering and texture. The Angel is truly special and I hope she helps you with your time management. I think the main focus is always to create; if and when you have time for the rest, that's OK. If you don't have time, that's OK too. Crafters will always understand.

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Gorgeous page Astrid and don't worry about visiting us, just keep sharing your lovely art with us and we will be happy! Hope life slows down so you can enjoy spending more time doing what you love, Deb xo

Maryann Laursen said...

An absolut stunning page here again Astrid. I love all the textures and definitely relate to the text on it too, as I´m exactly the same, and alaways feel guilty too, because there´s always some things, I didn´t get to, no matter how hard I try, so no need for you to appologize, cause then we all should, I think.
Have a wonderful week-end and lots of great fun, cause that´s what life is about isn´t it?

Annie said...

Adore your beautiful Angel Astrid and I hope you manage to get a balance so you can enjoy guilt free crafting xxx
You create such wonderful textures and blend the colours so well............awesome

TFS and huge hugs
Annie xx

Pamellia Johnson said...

Wow Astrid, brilliant! Love the focal image and the little metal gears you added. Beautiful background! hugs :)

froebelsternchen Susi said...

me again to answer your question about getting the hairspray liquid:
spray the hairspray on plastic or glass or another non-porous surface to make the spray liquid.

Happy Sunday Astrid!
oxo
Susi

Margaret Mifsud said...

Wowsers!! This is totally awesome Astrid!! The colours and textures are simply to die for .. how I wish I could half as well. You never cease to amaze. No need at all for apologies. I think we have all been in the same place Astrid. Just keep sharing your gorgeous work and we will be content!! hugs xx

Jackie P Neal said...

Astrid, I know what you mean about the balancing act of all the above. fortunately for me, I do not have that day job any longer, I seriously have no idea how I could ever do it or ever did!
The social media thing is getting really difficult as well, I am sticking with blogs and twitter, FB does nothing for me,not that it ever did! I have to be there because of DT requirement, otherwise, I'd be Adios!
On to your piece, I love it! I always love your palettes and how easily you meld colors and product together- a real gift my friend! xo

Marisa Job said...

Wow! Love this project too!!! Great colors and texture!

Team Clark said...

Oh my gosh Astrid! First of all let me say how much I relate to your feelings here. I love and want to support my bloggy friends but at the same time I really HAVE to carve out time to create. Such a hard task to balance it all. But they always say you make time for the things that are important to you. So I guess we just decide to cherish each moment and do what we can and be satisfied with it. Whaddaya say? :) seriously this page is truly inspired and amazing. Love your finger painting and the great texture you achieved. Hugs, Autumn

butterfly said...

Oh, how I empathise - I've been a terrible blogger lately... but I'm trying to work on the basis that there's no point beating myself up about it - life requires the attention it requires.

I'm blown away by the glorious page you've created here - stunning textures and the depth of the DecoArt colours is just wonderful. Beautifully done!
Alison x

Ruth said...

Agree with you and what everyone else has said, it's a challenge balancing so you do what you can do when you can do it and just enjoy the whole crafty environment we exist in for what it is and don't beat ourselves up about it. Enjoy our moments! Back to your fab piece, LOVE the texture and colours, so scrummily distressed! Ruth xx

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