Wednesday, June 22, 2016

WIP Wednesday: The Remains of Love Part II

Today's WIP Wednesday is tinkering with a project I put on the back burner. You may or may not remember "The Remains of Love" from May. This piece has sat on my desk, tormenting me with its colors. I finally decided to fiddle with it again.

I dry brushed on some gesso to the wood and hit the high points of the arrows and the crown of the heart. Cupid was too blah-looking so I added a bit to his wings and face and body. This is when I got a little crazy. I added some to the photo and then the pile of bones.

With the gesso dry, I added some Tim Holtz® Distress Stain in Mowed Lawn to the wood, arrows, and crown. The green and red roses was too much for my tastes so I added some Broken China which helped, but still wasn't great. After that dried, I added Walnut and then blended with a paper towel. The end result is a lovely verdigris that I can live with.

I applied the same color technique to the photo and pile of bones, sans the paper towel blending.

I'm liking this a lot more than before. I'm thinking of going over the bones with some gold or bronze to make them stand out a bit more and balance out the lock (which I love without any form of embellishment).

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