Friday, 10 February 2012


...were I crowned the most imperial Monarch,
thereof most worthy,
were I the fairest youth that ever made eye swerve, had force and knowledge more than was ever man's, I would not prize them without her love...

...from the Winters Tale...

...the course of true love never runs smooth...well we've all heard that before...

...with St Valentines Day just around the corner we're bombarded in the run up with all things my inspiration for this posting has come from Forbidden Love not the illicit kind but the kind that crosses divides...because of colour, race or creed...and of course William Shakespeare gave us Romeo and Juliet and their tragic quest to be together...some of the most romantic stories i've ever heard have been born from an undying, unfailing belief that love will conquer all...

...what can be more romantic than that...

...I took a plain wooden heart and inked in with Tim Holtz DI Barn Door then over loaded it with bright red sequins, building up the texture...

...this barbed wire was easy to make, just twist small cut pieces around a length of wire to required size (be careful as quite sharp)...

...I love the texture the sequins give... sewing is a little rustic looking and the thread is actually fine string...the heart was glued to this square of burlap which was glued to the canvas...i'd roughly DI'd with Vintage Photo, Walnut and Pumice Stone then  random squirts of Glimmer Mist...

...thankyou for stopping by today...I hope my posting gets you thinking...


...I'm entering this piece for two challenges...




  1. O MY This is Fabulous Mel, I love everything about it, the heart sequins Perfect, the idea of using barbed wire across the heart is so thought provoking my jaw dropped at that point, Then to name the piece forbidden... Genius!! LOVE IT!!!!!! Hugs May x x x x

  2. It's fabulous! I love the combination of materials you used and the rustic stitching with the barbed wire is fantastic!

  3. Oh my gosh, that is just beautiful! Love the texture, the colours, everything about it!
    Jo x

  4. Great textures, great combinations!

  5. Great to see something different from the norm. An interesting concept. Well thought out. Foxy1 xx

  6. Very cool!!! Love all the texture. Tfs!

  7. This is such a well thought out piece of art and definitely has the effect you wanted of making your visitors think. A very tactile piece too as even though you know it's going to be sharp, somehow you would feel the need to touch the sequins and barbed wire.

    Thanks very much for entering this in the first Snazzy's DT blog challenge. Good Luck.

    Lesley Xx

  8. Wow!
    This is absolutely beautiful!
    kim x

  9. This is gorgeous, I just love all the different techniques and textures you have here, its really lovely, Luv Karen

  10. Superb tactile/rustic piece Mel, love the built up layers on the heart, and the hand stitching looks perfect, thanks for sharing your work with us at Snazzy's DT Challenge.

  11. I like your thinking Mel, very romantic! This piece is absolutely luscious! Thanks for sharing it with us at The Artistic Stamper Challenge xox

  12. A fabulous piece...absolutely stunning and so much wonderful detail.
    Thanks for joining us at The Artistic Stamper Challenge.
    Emma x

  13. A beautiful and rustic piece, Thanks for playing along with us at Snazzy's first challenge, Good luck x

  14. What a great piece, - love all the different textures and how you put them together! Great project and thanks for entering it into Snazzys first challenge!


...thank you so much for taking the time to drop by my blog...Mel :)