Now I am going to be brutally honest with everyone this month and confess that I struggled with this piece. I initially wanted to use a quote from Ghandi "There is more to life than increasing it's speed". You will see in a few of these photos that I cut the words up and used them on the piece. However, as I went along, I was not happy as the piece began to look too busy. Off went the words as I tried to "clean up" this piece and simplify it a bit. I'm sure everyone has had this happen to them at some point, right?
I began by covering a 5" x 7" canvas with Gesso. When dry. I used Tim Holtz's Dot Fade Layering Stencil to add some texture using Wendy Vecchi's Studio 490 White Embossing Paste. Once dry, I used DecoArt's Cobalt Turquoise Hue paint to cover the canvas. I used a brush and a baby wipe to cover the canvas, using the baby wipe to highlight the textured areas.
Later on in the process I added some DecoArt Burnt Umber paint lightly over the top of the texture as well.
I wanted to convey the message that the Earth keeps turning and time marches on whether we want it to or not, so I used Tim Holtz Sizzix thinlit Globe to die cut the earth from a piece of Manila card stock. Then I used Tim's Sizzix Large Pocket Watch and die cut this piece from some alcohol ink paper I had.
The Earth needed some texture, so I used Wendy's White Embossing Paste again to slowly "dab" the texture onto the land masses with a small paintbrush:
Next I used some DecArt Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide paint with a small paintbrush to add color to the newly textured land masses. To tone down the color and add more terrestrial colors, I dry brushed on some Burnt Umber and later some Sap Green paint. Candy Colwell used a similar technique in one of her tutorials. Thanks for the great tips, Candy!
When the entire piece was finished, I trimmed it down so that it would fit inside the large pocket watch.
The next step was to adhere the pocket watch to the canvas along with a few other pieces:
I took off the words and added more metal embellishments to represent time. I used several Idea-ology large gears to which I adhered Time Pieces and spinners. I used a Remnant Rub about time on one of the gears.
I also found some ticket stubs in my stash that I used to represent" your ticket to today". I liked the extra pop of color they added to the canvas as well.
I used an Antique Copper metal frame from Creative Impressions to highlight another remnant rub with the abbreviation for "Number" that I added to one of the tickets at the bottom of the canvas. I also used some Creative Impressions ball chain to add to the top of the pocket watch.
I deided to add another number "24" to the bottom of the canvas as well.
To finish the piece, I added a few more tiny gears to the canvas. A friend of mine suggested I computer generate the abbreviations for hours, punch it out and attach to the gears. Wasn't that a great idea?
Now I am happy with this canvas. When I look at it, hopefully it will remind me to slow down a bit and appreciate every minute of the day as we never know what tomorrow will bring! How will you spend your next 24 hours?