Tuesday, December 31, 2013

JOY! on special paper

Today I have a 6"x6" canvas to share with you 
that I made for my sister-in-law Carole for Christmas.
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Look closely at the background paper.
All 4 of my husband's sisters as well as his mother, grandmother, and aunts on both sides of his family are or were teachers. In cleaning out his Aunt Sandy's home we found a couple of grade keeping journals dated 1958-1960 from when she taught in Frenchtown New Jersey. I just knew my sister in law would appreciate a piece made using this special family treasure.

I tore strips from the journal pages about 3/4" wide and inked the edges. See all the little numbers that look like leaves on trees? 
Well, that's what they look like to me anyway :)
The word JOY is made with the Grunged Alphabet Stencil by my friend Tami. You can find her stencils for sale in her etsy shop here and see her amazing artwork at her blog here. I used Studio 490 White Embossing Paste through the stencil. The little wooden bird is by Maya Road and is colored with Faber Castell India Ink. Here is a nice shot of the dimension the embossing paste gives through the stencil:
The sides 

The back 
If you'd like to see more of my work, scroll on through my blog, or check out the pieces that I have for sale by clicking the "Mixed Media Art for Sale" tab at the top of the page.
Thanks so much for looking!
I truly appreciate your comments!


Cindy said...

This is beautiful and has soooo much meaning in so many ways!

Really missed your creative inspiration the past few months!!!

Hope all is well.

Tami said...

Wowsers. I was SO admiring your papers, when I thought, "Gee, those letters look familiar." Ha! Thanks so much for the shout out. Your piece is so wonderful. It gives me some ideas....
Fondly, Tami

Marjie Kemper said...

Love your canvas, Teresa. The journal pages were a fabulous find. Hope you have a wonderful New Year.

Kerri L. said...

You are such an inspiration to all around you. Such a beautiful and meaningful gift. Hope everyone enjoys it.

Anonymous said...

What a fabulous gift; I love that you had that journal you could use in creating it. I got here via CJS14; it's nice to meet you.

Stacey said...

Yep, you are so right...the journal ledger paper look like tree branches! What a beautiful way to enjoy family memoribilia at this time of year! Love your work!!

Anita Houston said...

LOVE the verse, and the paper in the background is a great find and fit for this! Love the pop of red in the cardinal! I am sure she loved it! Happy New Year to you!

Beverley Baird said...

What a gorgeous piece - makes such a wonderful gift!

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Sandee Setliff said...

oh my goodness, what a keepsake for sure, I love your canvas!! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina ♥