Monday, June 20, 2011

Going Green

...and  I  mean  the  color  green---that's  the  color  for  Kristin's  Summer of  Color  this  week,  and  it  just  so  happens  that  green  is  one  of  my  favorite  colors.   Most  often  you'll  see  some  kind  of  green  in  my  artwork,  and  there  is  such  a  wide  spectrum  of  this  color  to  choose  from.   So   I  went  through  my  papers  and  picked  some  of  my  favorites--I  have  lots  and  lots  of  green  papers--


As  soon  as  she  told  us  the  color  for  this  week--an  idea  just  popped  into  my  head  instantly,  and  I  knew  that  I  was  going  to  cut  narrow  strips  of  these  papers  to  do  this--


And  then  I  knew  that  I  wanted  to  add  a  big  flower  onto  this  with  texture,  but  I  wasn't  quite  sure  of  what  texture  I  wanted,  and  within  no  time  I  thought  of  corrugated  cardboard!

...and  for  the  center  of  the  flower  I  wanted  more  texture  again,  but  this  time  I  decided  to  use  some  Liquitex  glass  bead  gel.

It's  very very  hard  to  get  a  good  photo  of  this,  but  in  real  life,  it  has  a  crystal-like finish  to  it  when  it's  dry  because  of  the  tiny  glass beads  in  the  gel--it's  great!

And  then  I  just  added  the  finishing  touches--


This  piece  came  together  so  easily  for  me--it  pretty  much  told  me  what  to  do  with  each  step--I  love  when  art  comes  together  like  this!


And  don't  forget  to  head  on  over  to  Kristin's  place  to  see  all  of   the  other  green  art--it's  always  inspiring  to  see  what  comes  out  everyone's  creative  minds.

And  on  a  final  note  about  Leo--thank  you,  thank  you,  thank  you  everyone  for  all  of  your  kind  words---they  REALLY  helped  me.  I  said  goodbye  to  Leo  last  Wednesday,  and  I  brought  him  back  home  with  me (OH-- that  was  tougher  than  going  to  the  Dr.'s)  and  he's  now  in  a  special  place  in  our  backyard---his  most  favorite  place in  the  world  when  he  was  alive  and  healthy.   I'll  miss Leo--he  was  such  a  sweetie!

62 comments:

Alis Clair said...

What a great piece. I love all the green strips, gives a great texture and love the flower too.

Brigitte aka Scrappassie said...

First of all, sorry to read about Leo. It's always hard to say goodbye *hug*
About your piece, that is totally awesome. I love how you collaged those strips of paper and the flower is beautiful. I love glass bead gel too!!

rachel awes said...

ooooh, i looove green!
& your blooms are beautiful!!
xox

Mandy said...

oh...well...your piece is beautiful...now i'm singing adlewiess...xxx

Netty said...

Gorgeous collage of papers and loving the texture and that fab flower. Brilliant Green piece. Annette

Fiona said...

A lovely piece!

missy k said...

Love your fab flower.... it was nice to see how it came together.

NatashaMay said...

I loved this Diane! It's just awesome how you put together all these patterns.

WrightStuff said...

Oh Diane, I am so sorry about Leo, but rest assured he knew how much you cared about him!

I keep seeing corrugated card in art. Maybe it's because I have some I recently saved from some packaging. I'm just waiting for the right moment to come along to create something!

I've used a bit already as a stamping tool.

Loving what you did - as always!

Robin said...

I love the strips of paper...what a great idea..it looks great..the colors are perfect...I love green too and blues..there are so many to choose from...!!

Serena said...

My sincere sympathy on poor Leo's passing...it's so sad but at least his final resting place is at home. (((Hugs)))

On a brighter note, I love your green piece!

Nάσια said...

θαυμάζω πολυ τα έργα σου ολα ειναι πανεμορφα!τα χρωματα ειναι υπεροχα!!!

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joanna said...

Beautiful Diane!! the papers are so gorgeous and the textures as well! great piece :))

Kristin said...

awesome this is so pretty. The green strips are the perfect touch, i love it!

Chris said...

ooooh how wonderful... love all your greens and the texture in your piece... delightfull :D

Tina Eudora said...

Oh I love green too and I just adore what you accomplished with your materials! The finish does look great, I have never tried that medium but I will definitely have to give it a shot!
Have a great week Diane!
Tina xo

Janet Ghio said...

Bead gel--what a perfect choice for the sunflowers center!!! and the corrugated cardboard petals look so great!

Juls said...

wowzer!!! what a creative way of using all that paper, and I just LOVE the texture of your sunflower!!! Hugs Juls

bluegiraffe (Sherry) said...

This is amazing!!! An original technique, creating a stunning effect.

Janine said...

Wow! That looked like it was fun to make! What a great idea for using corrugated cardboard paper! I just sliced some off of a box and have been staring at it wondering what/where I would put it so thanks for the idea!

Becca said...

Oh Diane, I have tears thinking about you & your little Leo. I know it was so hard to do, but like you said, now he is with you in your heart and in the beautiful place at your home he loved to be. :-)
Your green art piece is lovely...I love green too. You really have some pretty papers to work with.
Love the texture of the cardboard.

crafty creations said...

Stunning piece of artwork Dianne - love the colour, the texture and the composition xx HIlda

Melisa said...

I love everything about this piece! I almost ordered some of that glass bead stuff but my total was too high so I had to delete it from my cart. :( I hope to try it eventually.

Melisa said...

I'm so sorry about little Leo. It's so sad to lose a pet and he sounded like a little trooper.

Liette alias Pixelle said...

Diane!!!! you are amazing..you are fabulous artist..I adore your creation...it is so fresh, so unique!!! I am so happy to have discover you during the summer of color...xxx

JaN's ArTy JouRneY said...

An amazing collage, love how you used the strips of assorted green papers, and the cardboard flower is a fabby touch! Oh, and that glass bead gel looks interesting too :)

Faerie Moon Creations said...

What a gorgeous collaged piece of art! I adore green this time of year, too. :) Makes me feel so happy. I am truly so sorry to hear about Leo. I'm glad that you gave him a final resting place that he loved. We have done the same for our beloved pets. Big hugs to you!

JBeaudetStudios said...

Love the greens! I'm sorry to hear about your dog. That is such a hard thing to go through. Take care:)
Jennifer

okienurse said...

beautiful collage of papers and textures. Love the flower! Vickie

Melinda said...

I love this collage I always seem to have lots of odd sized papers laying around and now you have given me an idea of what I can do with them.

Dorthe said...

Diane, a wonderful technique-I love the bird in the cage- and the effect the glass bead gel makes-looks fantastic-and you makes it sound so easyly created :)
a gorgeus art piece, dear.
Hugs,Dorthe

kluless said...

What a great idea! Scapbook paper always comes 12x12 now and I started back when it was still 8-1/2 x 11 so I always cut it down to fit my albums so I have a big box of the strips cut from the side. I need to try it for backgrounds! Thanks for sharing.

Holly Loves Art said...

It's a gorgeous piece! I love green too. It's so fresh and of course represents nature. Thanks for sharing.
Holly

Pamela Holderman said...

Oh my I have not been by in awhile. so sorry about Leo. My cats are all in one spot in the garden and I love going by there and thinking of them. Sending healing thoughts to Bob. Green is such a healing color so hopefully it will give you some peace and healing. Sending you a big hug!

Cori Lynn Berg said...

Oh i just love how this turned out Diane! Great idea!

Jen @Sadie Inspired said...

You are always so creative and create pieces of art with the best texture!

Terri Kahrs said...

I was away last week, Diane, and am so sorry to hear about Leo. You were such a good Mom to him during his illness. Poor little guy is finally at peace. I'm sending you a HUGE hug with Lots of Love attached. Our pets are are children too.

And I couldn't leave today without commenting on this pretty piece. The corrugated cardboard really adds a ton of lovely texture. How I wish I could touch those little 'beads' through my monitor!!!! Hugs, Terri xoxox

Ella said...

This is lovely; I love the layered design, cutting the papers and the flower is stunning! You are so talented~

Cameron said...

Such a pretty piece! I love the effect of all the yummy textures...and bead gel...hmmm....might have to put that at the top of my wish list...:P

RIP sweet little Leo <3

scrapwordsmom said...

You are sooo talented. I LOVE this piece. Delightful!!

JessiVille said...

This piece is really cool! I will have to pick up some bead gel next time I'm at the U of O. I love the theme, the paper weaving and the texture. Beautiful! Hugs, Jessi

Becky F (Art Parfait) said...

Hello...This is my first visit to your blog.

I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved Leo. :(

I love the art you created for this week's challenge, and look forward to seeing more.

Kristin said...

Oh, I'm so sorry about Leo. I wish you peace when you remember him.
Regarding your green piece; I love your post and your creation! You are always SO creative and I appreciate how much of yourself and your techniques you share. Okay, so I have that bead gel and have never used it. Gonna now . . . thank you! xoxo

Heather Williams said...

Hi, Diane! Just wanted to pop over & say THANK YOU for sharing about the She Had 3 Hearts online class By Christy Tomlinson back in March. I'm absolutely loving it (am a bit behind...starting week 3 this week). Anyway, I'm very grateful you mentioned it as I would have completely missed out had I not been reading your blog...so much fun just as you stated! Many blessings!! ~H♥~

Buffy said...

Awwwww I'm so sorry to hear about Leo. Sending big hugs to you.
Love your new piece,especially love the green inside the flower. I'll have to check that stuff out.

Kathy said...

Love all the green. This is a gorgeous piece. And a fitting tribute to Leo as well. Funny how those critters can crawl right up into our hearts before we even notice. - Kathy

Healing Woman said...

I'm convinced that you will always be able to make something extraordinary from practically nothing. The texture is great, as is your green colors.

Pam Tucker said...

I'm sorry to hear about Leo. Big Hug to you.

Your green art is wonderful! I LOVE the textures and the flower is amazing. Great use of those glass beads. I'll have to remember that one. :)

Halle said...

Love the greens! Awesome piece.

Anna Rosa Designs said...

Hi Diane,
Another gorgeous piece of art!
I can see you lurve Green, a very peaceful colour.
Sorry to hear about Leo. XO
Creative hugs,
Anna

priti.lisa said...

Magical artwork for sure, Diane.
And I am sorry about Leo. And Bob.
♥♥♥

aichaku-愛着 said...

you make wonderful art! i'm sorry about your little doggy.

Emakesart said...

Beautiful!! I love when art practically makes itself. And I love your blue box in the post below..wow!!

And I'm so sorry to hear about Leo.

xoE

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Holy cow. I'm one day late and you have 54 comments ahead of me. This is one super piece. Green must really be a favorite color, because I can tell how well you did with this challenge. Love it.

Sandi said...

I adore your project! The placement of your papers is so like a strip quilt and gives such dimension. All of your details are so lovely!

Cynthia Schelzig said...

whoa you do have the green paper don´t you....we should compare paper stashes! Your black dog is adorable I hope he is ok....love your art work...and this project for Summer of color looks fab!

Heather Henry said...

This is amazingly beautiful, as all of your art is. I love the birds, not sure how you added them, but they're fantastic. I love all of the different textures you used.

Sesenarts said...

this is a beautiful piece, I love the use of the corrugated card. I am more of a textile artist an am just starting out on the 'paper' road, there are so many pretty papers out there! And I am so sorry about your pet, it is a sad time.

creatingme said...

Holy Cow, this is incredible! I am so impressed!

Lynn said...

Your art is so special and this peice no exception. I love the corregated paper for petals and the liquid gel center so much.

and now my deep heart felt condolences for your loss of Leo.
I know the pain of losing a pet/family member and bringing them home to bury. Our cat Brand is in our backyard in his favorite spot. I know.
Hugs from me. (we were away for two weeks that is why I am late with this sorry)...more hugs.

Michelle said...

Very cool, but I would expect nothing less, everything you do is crazy beautiful!

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