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« on: April 26, 2008 08:52:19 PM »

I'm a bridesmaid in my best friend's wedding, and her birthday is coming up 2 weeks before the wedding...I didn't want to buy her something material (she has been receiving tons of gifts already), so what's a craftster to do?

...Paint something!  This is my giant mixed media experiment (it's 36x24", on canvas, with acrylic, fabric, paper, silk ribbon, and glass beads.)  It's my interpretation of their song, "Swing Life Away" by Rise Against. 

This is the detail of the middle of the painting.  It's a fabric heart, pasted into place with acrylic gloss gel medium (heavy weight).  I then sewed silver ribbon around it in a running stitch (and broke a tapestry needle in the process, boo), then laced a gold ribbon through the resulting stitches. 

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a dove.  There's tiny glass beads all over the dove, and silver paint for highlights.  It's really really reflective.  Think disco ball, but classier.  Smiley  The blue behind it is transparency gel mixed with cerulean acrylic, and applied with a palette knife over text I ripped out of a book celebrating great first lines from great books.  There are lines from Dr. Seuss, Oscar Wilde, JD Salinger, and I could go on forever.

First lines from amazing books that I love. 

The whole thing is varnished with three coats of clear kamar varnish, and the sides of the canvas are covered in silk ribbon.  I gave it to her, and she loved it so much that she cried.  Yay.
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« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2008 09:07:36 PM »

This is lovely! I love that song too.  What's the words around the base of the heart?

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« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2008 09:14:26 PM »

thanks!  it says "let's unwrite these pages and replace them with our own words" ...all the words on the painting are lyrics in the song (but I'm sure you figured that out yourself  Grin)
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« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2008 09:40:28 PM »

I LOVE it! Thats actually one of my favorite songs, I think your friend will adore it, and defiantly appreciate all your hard work!

Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you riding through the ruts, don't complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy. Don't bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality . Wake Up and Live!
-Bob Marley
« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2008 04:38:20 AM »

ok now thats just weird i'm listening to rise against at this very momment Tongue
Awesome lyrics, very sweet song really nice interpretation of it Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: April 27, 2008 10:02:38 AM »

that is beautiful!  I love the texture!  your creativity and imagination are outstanding!

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« Reply #6 on: April 27, 2008 10:23:05 AM »

very nice Smiley

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« Reply #7 on: April 27, 2008 04:45:40 PM »

that is beautiful!  I love the texture!  your creativity and imagination are outstanding!

I really wish that you could have a chance to have touched the painting...the photos don't really do it justice texturally.  Also, the colors are a lot more vivid in real life.  Oh well, c'est la vie.  I'm just glad I got to share it with you all! 

Thank you all for your kind words!  Happy crafting!
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« Reply #8 on: May 26, 2008 08:14:50 PM »

the mixed media works well. you did a top notch job and i'm glad she loved it, i can't imagine she wouldn't.

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