Saturday, 18 February 2012

Art Block

This is the 'art block' I made for a swap with the lovely and very talented

I didn't actually make the wooden block itself of course, it started off like this

It originally had a rubber stamp on, which I pulled off.
The letters LOVE were made with a metal punch kit.

I painted the whole block with white acrylic first.

So far, so good, it was all going well.
Then I had to paint a face ....... eek, not as easy as I thought!
I had several attempts, painted over them and eventually
settled for this one.

I used a combination of water colour pencils, acrylic paint,
pastels and rubber stamping (for the background).

The top I decorated with paper and fabric flowers
and in the centre a glass pebble with an image below.

I added more glass pebbles on the sides
(with script under them) and a band of wide pink
lace at the back extending around to the front.

I added two little game pieces for the feet.

I painted Glossy Accents over the eyes and mouth to make them shine.

I pleased to say that Jan has now received the block
and likes it!
I can't wait to receive her one so I can see
in person how it should be done!

Thanks for the challenge Jan, I really enjoyed it!


khess136 said...

I really love what you've done with this art block, Sherry. I would never have thought to use metal press stamps on the wood....very clever! The whole piece is simply charming.

SusanLotus said...

Oh so sweet!
Have a great weekend!

PeggyR said...

That turned out great!

Deborah said...

Really pretty, Sherry - and her face looks fine.

sassy said...

wow..very inventive and soo unusual really great piece of art..the Tate better watch out very clever
hugs sassy

JaN's ArTy JouRneY said...

Oh Sherry...I don't just like it....I LOVE it!! ...Thanks again for a fabulous trade....Now.... just got to keep my fingers crossed that you like my one now!! x x

Netty said...

Loving how you used that stamp block, I've been saving my old ones and didn't know what to do with them. Thank you for the inspiration. Am sure whoever receives this beautiful piece will be thrilled. Annette x

Meggymay said...

She is a beauty Sherry, love hoe you highlighted the eyes and lips. A fantastic project.
Yvonne. x

Jenxo said...

its lovely Sherry such lovely soft colors too... i find blocks a bit of challenge having to think about all sides :)

Jan said...

So pretty Sherry and with your clever artwork as well. Love the highlights to the eyes and mouth too. xx

RuthArt said...

what an awesome job you did, very thoughtful and so cute!!!

Cindy Is Crafty said...

It's lovely, Sherry! So pretty!

Chris said...

Hi Sherry, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

Createology said...

This is wonderful. What a great use of materials. I think she is pretty and how fun you glossed her eyes and lips. Happy Creating...

Sam said...

This is stunning Sherry! The face is beautiful and I love all the layers. You always amaze me with your altered art! x

Ira said...

Cool Sherry! Brilliantly altered!!

Mrs A. said...

Bootiful, just bootiful. Hugs Mrs A.

Lesley said...

What a great art block Sherry.
Faces can be very difficult to draw let alone paint, I know I have been sketching them for weeks now. I say you did very well.
I am sure Smifferoo will love it.
Enjoy, Les xo

Jenny said...

Oh Sherry, your art block is gorgeous... love the purple hair and the glossy accents on her eyes and mouth... no wonder Jan loved it... she is a sweetie...

Jenny x

Vicky said...

It's fabulous Sherry - LOVE it! Where did you get the metal punch kit? :)xx

Jackie said...

This must have taken ages -it's lovely!

Clare said...

This is gorgeous!

Gio said...

Oh I have to make something like this!! Bello!