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Welcome! Artfully Musing is a blog dedicated to sharing art and the techniques and products used. I'll be showcasing collage, altered and mixed media art. I have regular giveaways of my art and lots of free tutorials. I hope you'll check back often and are inspired. Thanks for visiting! Laura

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Secret Rendezvous or Maybe Not So Secret

Many times when I design a piece I have a story in mind.  The design is then influenced by the story and the feelings I wish to convey.  As soon as I saw the chipboard gate I thought what a great backdrop, and using the gate gave openness to the piece.  I imagined two young lovers meeting in a garden unbeknownst to anyone.  As I began work, I started thinking about what if they weren't alone, maybe they were being watched.  Did you notice the gentleman standing on the other side of the gate?  Is he there by chance or perhaps a rival for the ladies affections, you decide.
The base of the piece is one side of a Garden Gate Die-Cut Chipboard which is approximately 3 1/8” wide by 5 3/8 wide.  I'll be using the other half in a future project.
I started by painting the gate a pale yellow.
Next, I used a rubber stamp with writing and Timber Brown StazOn ink to stamp writing onto the gate.
I attached the keyhole and key to the gate using E6000 glue.  The Yellow Flower Garland is wired which made it easy to wrap around the gate and secure it with glue.  To the garland I added paper birds, butterflies and brass bees.  The brass frog and ladybug were from my stash.  All of the images you see are from my collage sheets.
Lastly, I added the couple to the front and the interloper to the back.
I attached the keyhole and key to the gate using E6000 glue.  The Yellow Flower Garland is wired which made it easy to wrap around the gate and secure it with glue.  To the garland I added paper birds, butterflies and brass bees.  The brass frog and ladybug plus the roses were from my stash.  All of the images you see are from my collage sheets (see the complete supply list below.
Lastly, I added the couple to the front and the interloper to the back.  All of the paper images are back with decorative paper to make them look pretty from the back of the piece and to make them stiff.
 ALPHA STAMPS PRODUCTS USED FOR THIS PROJECT

14 comments:

Maureen said...

Wonderful Laura! What a fab piece; and no, I didn't see the interloper until you pointed him out! What a fun project this must have been to put together.

bobbie said...

I spy a spy!! Great piece!

Elizabeth S said...

I think it was very clever to add that mysterious gentleman behind the garden gate! In fact I think that the entire composition is Clever!

elizabeth

artwolf2009 said...

wondeful Project as always reminding me very much of Pride and Prejudice

johala said...

Very "Jane Austen" style!!! I love it!
Hugs and kisses

Nancy Dynes said...

Oh my! This is so lovely!! What an amazing work of art!
Hugs,
Nancy

JackieP Neal said...

The birds and bees flowers and frog! Such a romantic piece Laura! As always- your art is so beautiful! ")

Incipient Wings said...

this is stunning.
love how your creations come to life,
from a simple gate to beautiful artwork!!!
love this!

Karen Mallory said...

Lovely piece Laura. I hope it is just someone who stumbled upon the lovers! LOL
hugs Karen

Karen Mallory said...

Lovely piece Laura. I hope it is just someone who stumbled upon the lovers! LOL
hugs Karen

Lululiz said...

It is just fabulous how you created a whole story in this one piece. I adore it.

Coco said...

What a wonderful piece and lovely story Laura!!... And adding the man behind is very brilliant!!! Hugs, Coco xx

Debbie said...

Lovely, I've really missed your ATC's

Martina2801 said...

Just fabulous, Laura! You have outdone yourself! I LOVE IT!