I wanted to share a piece I finished this weekend called “No Time for Love,” and show you a little behind-the-scenes action of what went into making it.
I love how there are so many layers and details waiting to be discovered.
To make this piece I began by adhering different textures and images to a wooden base that I prepped with gesso. I then added texture paste using stencils.
Next I gave the whole thing a light wash of gesso mixed with water. Then I covered a few strategic areas with matte medium so I could keep these visible by wiping off the paint layers.
The fun part was next. I added layer upon layer of paint. I didn’t worry about the quality of paint. Some was “the good stuff,” while other paint was basic craft paint.
I also made marks with rubber stamps, pens and rub-ons at different intervals.
I used a big-ass load of embossing powder to cover the heart and clock hands with many layers and to create a frame for the piece.
After adhering the heart and clock hands, I used a marker to create a shadow beneath the hands.
I am pretty happy with how this piece turned out. I have been working at taking techniques I learned from Seth Apter and incorporating them into my own style.
- Wood base
- Acrylic paint
- Wooden heart
- Cardstock heart
- Texture paste
- Acrylic paint
- Matte medium
- Paint pens
- Embossing ink
- Ink pads
- Clock hands
- Baked Texture: Rocky Road, Fractured Ice, Patina Oxide, Deep Sea
- Heart of Gears
Terrific piece, Betsy! Very romantic and mysterious … and I love the colors!
Thank you Tristan! I like your mysterious description!
Amazing to see the pictures of the process and see how you created something from nothing. And really exciting to look at the final piece and see different details each time.
Thank you Seth. I really am enjoying taking techniques I learned from you and adapting them to my own style.