Tuesday, August 9, 2011

My sweet prairie girl ~

She's finished!
The actual artwork measures 10" x 14" and is a multitude of layers.....
The beeswax forces you to be loose ~
which I have to admit, is quite hard for me.
I'm very structured in my artwork ~
everything in it's place, you know?

~ Double click on any of my pics to see more detail ~

I always love including some type of text, name, or quote in the artwork...
Why is that?
I don't have a clue!

I also love making something....then adding a foundation to it ~
you know, something more substantial to showcase the rest.
So even though this piece started on the back of an antique ledger cover,
I wanted to place it on the larger canvas to give it just a little
more importance.

Of course, you see I had to work in the wired-in-look too!
I just love the textural quality of the wire.

The tracing paper allows the image from underneath to show through after
the beeswax has been applied between each layer.

I've even added a few pressed fern fronds from my home too!

My prairie girl was printed straight onto a sheet of crinoline fabric!!!
Yes, I admit it, I crammed it straight into my printer...
sometimes you have to be BRAVE to be an artist!

Lisa sent me a few sheets of the crinoline and I had to experiment :)
That girl is brave with new techniques,
I'm a little more of a chicken!

My prairie girl is now listed in my Etsy shop ~

The moral of this post?
Don't be afraid to try new things,
you might just love it!!!

Have an amazing Tuesday precious friends,
hugs and love,


Hopemore Studio said...

Dawn I an absolutely smitten with this piece. I have been doing some layering in my work as well, just so enamored with the text behind the image.


Kathy said...

This is amazing - I love, love, love how it turned out. Bravo to you for going outside your comfort zone and trying something new. This is a win, for sure!!

marda said...

This is perfection. How interesting that you used tracing paper through your printer. I've been thinking about trying that myself, as I have some interesting paper from... should I say it...40 years ago from the business my husband worked at right out of college. They made specialty papers, especially for architectural drawings. It's a kind of tracing paper. I ran across this awhile back and wondered.. could I use this and would it go through the printer without clogging up???? You've given me the courage to try it. I also just got a can of fixative, I believe you mentioned needing to use that to get the ink to dry, rather that wait hours/days. I'm a bit impatient too. Ha. Thanks for sharing your stunning new piece.

Elderberry Dreams said...

ANOTHER BeAuTiFuL creation Dawn!!

Tina said...

Beautiful piece Dawn.
I definitely need to work with beeswax again.
Wishing you a wonderful day sweet friend
xo Tina

Anonymous said...

Dawn, she's just beautiful, I could look at your artwork all day.

Cheryl said...

Yes, I like that a lot! very nice indeed. I am so interested in doing beeswax, but maybe not in the environment I am in LOL. But one day I will try it, not sure I can be unstructured, loose, but it would be a challenge!

Deneen@dreaming-n-color said...

I love it!

Karen B. said...

Dawn, you are such an amazing artist. She is lovely!!!!
Karen B.~ Todolwen

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

Dawn ~ that came out awesome !! It is so fun to play around with new ideas ~ You are making me want to get out my crock of wax and make something ~
I love the wire too!

Theresa said...

Beautiful creation! Love the layering, the wire and lace! Have a blessed day my friend, HUGS!

Sandy said...

Love her Dawn! Being bold is something I don't do well either. I did step out and choose a color that scared me for my bathroom, just painted it yesterday and love it! It does pay to be bold! Happy creating.

Charlene said...

FABULOUS!!!!!!!!! Again another winner! Great job Dawn. Stay cool.
Hugs Charlene

Unknown said...

stunning..oh my...how could you ever part with it?? love..love!

Barbara Jean said...

wonderful! Love that layered textured look.

barbara jean

Rustique Gal said...

Dawn, I love your Prairie Girl! I love your new beeswax stuff, and this is really sweet! Your addition of words tickles me too-I like to have a story to my pieces, and the writing adds to that. Nice and layered too! LOVE IT!
Have a great creative day,

Rustique Gal said...

Dawn, I love your Prairie Girl! I love your new beeswax stuff, and this is really sweet! Your addition of words tickles me too-I like to have a story to my pieces, and the writing adds to that. Nice and layered too! LOVE IT!
Have a great creative day,

Dreaming of Vintage said...

Dawn, this is gorgeous! I love everything about it!

Denise J. Phillips said...

Hi Dawn, this piece is worthy of publication!!!! Brilliant about the tracing paper with the wax, as I've thought of the tissue paper, but didn't think it would hold up to the bulky wax application. Love the 'trademark' wire across the piece, it's your stamp isn't it! Brilliant!
Will this be up for sale in your Etsy Shop? I'd be interested:)

Dorthe said...

Sweetest Dawn, this is a master piece .Beautiful in every way, I love how you added the ledger cover to the canvas, makes it live more, and the beauty of the text in front of the girl ,with the ferns, are so dreamy and takes me back in time. A wonderful- and I see- already sold gorgeus art piece,-precius friend.
Hope you will soon get a bit of autumn, I can see you long for it,--here it is raining all day, for the coming dayes!!!Our summer was very lacking sun this year.
Thanks for all the wonderful images you shared in the post before this- you are alwayes such a giving and dear blogger.
Love and hugs,

Shawna Bates said...

It came out awesome Dawn! You are so good with collage work!!

Linda S. said...

I'm so glad to see that you are enjoying using your new toy, the wax melter thing. Great piece you have just finished.
I have a question for you. Remembering back to when you blogged about two of your Son's bringing abandoned bird's nests to you on the same day. While out walking our dogs on the golf course several nights ago, we came across the perfect shaped nest, on the ground, plunk inside some bushes, but not terribly concealed. I mean it was literaly steps from the #2 hole. (Well now, that didn't sound very good, did it?) :)) I quickly said, "Oh, I know a crafter who could do wonderful things with that nest". (Yes, you, Dawn). One of my friends quickly said, Oh, don't touch it...they are full of lice!! Is that a true statement, and if it is, then how do you deal with that problem? If you would be interested, I could check to see if it is still laying there, and it could be yours. Just wondering.


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