Another fine day for
planning a project or
even making one.....
I came across an article
in an arty mag about
Icons and was attracted
by their strong colours
and images, which
inspired me to approach
the Design Team.........
Craftyfield was the first
to take on the challenge
and here she is:
When I think Diptychs or Triptychs I am
reminded of Byzantine icons, painted on
wood, with rich colours and a lot of gold...
I set out to emulate these icons,
minus the religious connotations, in this project.
First I prepared the wood with a light
sanding and 2 coats of Gesso.
I stamped an "old" image on the left
and a contemporary image on the right,
maybe these 2 are from the same family
across the ages...
The right side has been sanded smoother
for a less aged look.
I used acrylic paints to colour the images.
I applied a coat of red acrylic paint (DecoArt)
and some gilding wax through a stencil
for the outside of the diptych.
Next I applied some crackle paint on
both front and back panels, although
for some reason there wasn't a lot of
crackle this side (the red side).
Maybe I spent to long going back
and forth with the brush?
I followed this with a raw umber glaze
to show up the cracks, buffing with a
dry cloth before the glaze had time
to dry on top of the crackle layer.
This gives an aged look effortlessly.
I applied Treasure gold all around the panels,
front and back and finished by stamping
and embossing in gold a quote
(also from HP1008).
The wood wasn't smooth enough for a
perfect stamping but since I was
making an old icon I figured the writing
might have rubbed off."
Thank you Craftyfield, a
great start to this week's
theme. I love those rich,
bold colours too.....
Of course, if you felt like a
change of stamps, take a
I think those hinged frames
would lend themselves to
this treatment too ..........
Hmmm, that's got me thinking
Haha! Watch out world!!