Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Creativity challenge, a mixed media piece

The creativity challenge for February is words... this started with a transfer of the text from the challenge, then I added the mailboxes because mailboxes mean letters and because they reminded me of the mailboxes at the end of my street growing up. After that it still needed something so I added some glazes to get some value contrast. Finally I did one more transfer... I printed an image of an old envelope on silk and added that to the piece. I think I'm done but won't know for certain until I look at it for awhile. I liked the challenge... it took me out of my comfort zone for sure.

5 comments:

Cathy Gatland said...

I love this, Helen - mysterious and nostalgic, the muted colours suiting the theme perfectly. Did you stick the silk onto the piece? I'd like to see it for real with all the layers and textures.

jgr said...

Helen, this is beautiful. The muted colors are so rich and it has an surreal mood, which is a nice contrast to an everyday item like the mailbox.
Thanks for sharing.

--Jane

Helen Percy Lystra said...

Thank you Cathy and Jane. Yes, I did stick the silk onto the piece. I also put the original words on tissue and stuck them to the piece and the mailboxes were a combination of transfer and drawing

Dean H. said...

A beautiful piece, Helen! Wonderful aspect of lost and found edges. Soft color.

Joan said...

Helen - This is great!!! I love all the things going on in this!!!