Friday, 22 June 2012

INK HEART


...it is the marriage of the soul with nature that makes the intellect fruitful, and gives birth to imagination...
- Henry David Thoreau -

...hello everyone today i'm sharing with you a wooden block, which can hang or stand alone, I've been waiting for the right piece of wood to come along so I could make this piece, it is picture heavy but I wanted you to see the textures...


...I first painted this block of wood with a chalky white emulsion then added a fine crackle finish, I had to do this 3 times in random area's to get the effect I was looking for...


...once I was happy I then went around the edges with Frayed Burlap, Walnut & Black Soot Distress Inks pushing into the paint, especially in the cracks...


...the layers of crackle give different effects...



...the faux leather straps are held in place with upholstery nails, I had to drill the holes first as these nails are long...



...this plywood heart has had many layers of ink, Barn Door & Black Soot and crackle medium in random patches, again layered...



...I made the wire mesh from scratch with a thick gauge galvanised wire & secured it in place upholstery staples...here is a pick of the mesh before I attached it...



...I'm obsessed with hearts and pleased with the result of this one, I hope you like it...
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...thank you for stopping by...
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60 comments:

  1. Gorgeous textures, gives it a wonderful feeling of depth and age. You did a fabulous job on this...so, where did you find the wood? waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

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  2. Mel OMG !!!!
    What an devine box.
    The old look is brillaint.
    Love the heart. A fest for my eyes.

    Have a lovely weekend my dear friend. xoxo

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  3. A fantastic piece! Simply stunning!! Love the textures and thatbheart is fantastic! A fab piece, just love it...would love it on my wall! Hugs trace x

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  4. OH WOW this is STUNNING!!!!!!!!
    Love the weathered wood look.
    Great combi love all of it, i am sure that you make the top 3 this week with ssss.
    And my 5km was GREAT we made it in 36.42 minutes. (thanks for asking on it)
    Have a GREAT day!
    Greetz Patricia

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  5. Hi Mel, it's a beautiful piece you've created here! Love the wire cage, holding the heart in place. Are you coming up to the Craft Barn extravaganza weekend, do pop on by and say hello if you are, it'd be great to meet you!

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  6. WOW, WOW, WOW, Mel, you will need to come round and pick me up from the floor... This is Stunning.. the wood textures are fabulous.. the heart is simply AMaZING..love what you have done with the wire, you should be happy with this piece as it is Simply Gorgeous.. Hugs May x x x

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  7. I love it!, love it!, love it! This is stunning. The wood looks fantastic and all that texture - who's a clever girl!! The red heart is a fab contrast and really stands out, and how you've done the wire is just genius! I so have the perfect place for this (lol) Have a great weekend xx

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  8. WOW Mel, this is stunning. Love the wood textures and effects you've created and the mesh wire looks fabulous with the twirly bits left on the ends.

    Sam xxx

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  9. Wow, Mel, just stunning!So much texture and that heart, oh my, it looks amazing!
    Well done, you're one clever lady!
    Hugs Jo x

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  10. Looks amazing Mel! I love the heart and the way you have used the crackle glaze on the wood! It looks really effective!

    Sarah x

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  11. Hi Mel

    I quite like the odd heart myself too LOL!!!

    Loving what you have done here .... the finished look is awesome! A brilliant project with so many textures.

    Hope you have a good weekend.

    Love Jules xx

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  12. What a stunning piece of work Mel! Lots of lovely textures and different elements (love the wire cage) and yet it is so beautiful in its simplicity. I would hang this in my home if I could! Brilliant work! x

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  13. Like it!!! I LOVE it, Mel. I love that you've used a piece of wood to create your project and the texture you've created is stunning. Now I know what was on your desk on Wednesday, I recognise those hinges.
    Have a great weekend.
    hugs Lisax

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  14. This is so fantastic Mel and the techniques are so creative. Just love it
    and what you have done with the piece of wood.
    x catherine

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  15. Mel, your heart is awesome! It looks awesome from a distance but when you get close up and see all of the crackling, the layering of inks, the textures...wow! Love your hinges and the wire netting that covers that gorgeous heart! Beautiful work! Thanks so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

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  16. I love how you can take a little piece of wood and make it a thing of beauty! Love your heart and the wire netting is awesome!

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  17. Beautiful, the simple colours and fab use of texture are awesome, love the hand made mesh.
    mark

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  18. Firstly Mel, what a fabulous piece of wood, it looks like driftwood that has been aged by the sea but I think that is down to your talent with distress inks! This is an amazing piece of work, the heart is gorgeous close up and love the wiring that you did. Fantastic!!! Anne x

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  19. Wow - that's gorgeous. Folk would pay a lot of cash for that in a posh shabby chic shop :) I would!!!
    LLJ xxxx

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  20. Beautiful. Love everyting about it. Thanks for sharing at tio

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  21. This is just stunning Mel! You have an amazing talent.
    I now recognise the faux leather strap bits from your WOYWW desk :)
    Have a great weekend :0)

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  22. Mel you have such a creative imagination wow this is stunning and you must hav almost burst waiting for the right piece of wood , but it was worth the wait fantastic work Hugs Elaine

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  23. Phwoar!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now THAT is stunning Mel! Totally love it, you clever thing you! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  24. This totally ROCKS Mel, what a fabulous piece of art that would grace any home, love love love the heart. x

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  25. Stunning!
    I love the depth of the piece created through all the layers.

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  26. Just gorgeous!!! Love the look of your wood...just marvelous!!! The heart is gorgeous as well and looks fabulous under the wire...lol!!! Just an amazing project!

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  27. Absolutely gorgeous Mel! I love everything about it!
    Have a great weekend!
    Alison xox

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  28. That's so beautiful!!! Love the wire mesh and the entire look of this piece... gorgeous!

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  29. Fabulous piece, I love love the wood, gorgeous texture and colour and your heart is stunning. Thanks so much for joining in the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. Tracy x

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  30. Been staring at this for the longest time. I love everything about it. Such beautiful textures and that heart is to die for. Hope this gets pride of place somewhere Mel. Hugs, Buttons x

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  31. Hi Mel

    What a brilliant creative piece - loving all the textures and effects you've created!

    Catch up again soon.

    Tina
    X

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  32. Hi Mel

    such a beautiful work of art - does it have a name? If not, it should! x

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  33. Stunning! The chalk - crackle texture on top of the wood looks awesome. Really a cool texture and colour. Anyway love the hole piece (:o)

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  34. OMG!! this is STUNNING mel!! LOVE everything about it.... the textures, colours, techniques, materials and the HEART!!! You are such a creative soul!! :)

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  35. What glorious texture you achieved and a lot of meaning is there too in your art piece.

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  36. Morning sweetie this is just gorgeous, your colours are fabulous too, huggles Pops x x x x

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  37. OMGOSH, Mel, this wood block is incredible. I never thought to try something like what you did with the wood block I have in my basement. Now I have a PLAN!!

    You have so many wonderful layers, each adding to the next. Your choice of colors are well done, too, especially the background that compliments the heart so nicely. And you aren't the only one obsessed with hearts and wire, too! LOVE THIS!!

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  38. I am fairly drooling over this piec Mel.
    Gorgeous gorgeous wall art.
    Thanks so much for sharing your tecniques and tips.
    Stunning work

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  39. An absolute fantastic piece Mel and away from my Doodly Birds this is the medium I like to work in. Well done its wonderful.
    Lynn x x

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  40. Absolutely gorgeous work -- I do consider this art and I do love this piece!
    Sandy

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  41. Good luck on the challenges...I think this one is a winner.

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  42. Wow Mel this is absolutely amazing, I love the way you have treated the wood, and to make wire mesh from scratch, and that textured heart- WOW! x

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  43. You put so much work into this Mel, it is so unusual. Lovely! barb

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  44. This is great. Love the distressing method!

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  45. Hi Mel, this is a fabulous project, lovely finish on the wood - The heart behind the wire mesh is just a stunning touch.
    Just been catching up, some gorgeous makes, and I love the tag - agree it needed a butterfly -looks wonderful.
    Thanks for your nice comments.
    Avril xx

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  46. You must be feeling so proud Yorkshire Fox. In this latest piece, I see not only imagination but knowledge of the many crafting tools you are so cleverly using. A lovely piece of thoughtful craftmanship. xx

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  47. That's an awesome piece. Very creative and pioneering.
    Have a great art filled week.

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  48. I love your heart I think I'm going to have to do this and see what I can come up with. I love this! thanks for stopping by my blog have a great day!

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  49. what a great piece... it's unusual... and a lot of effort went into that...the heart almost looks like burned glass...

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  50. How cool, such a great project.

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  51. First in line of the "Must STeal" projects list... Holy cow!!!!! AMAZING!!!!

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  52. What a fabulous piece. I love the wire netting, especially. Thanks for TIOing with is this time
    Frankie
    xx

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  53. Wow, I love this piece - and thanks for sharing how you did the distressing technique - it's so effective and I love the wire work. Beautiful.

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  54. Awesome, Love the textures and aging. The heart's colors came out wonderful. So talented!!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Happily Scrapbooking & Crafting My Memories~Sandra V.
    http://OhMyScraps2U.blogspot.com

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  55. fab work! thank you for joining us at Sarah Hurley Challenge this time, hope to see you back again soon.

    Sarah x

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  56. amazing work..goodluck at sarah hurley challenges.

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  57. Hello Mel,
    First I would like to thank you for your comments left on my blog this week, secondly.. WOW!!!!!!... I love this piece!
    I don't get time to browse blogs often and have thoroughly enjoyed looking through yours, beautiful work.

    Andy

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  58. Totally and utterly gorgeous. I love the finish of the wood, the heart which has a lacquered appearance, the wire which could conjure up all kinds of tales and the straps are wonderful. Your art is amazing.
    Juliaxxxx

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...thankyou so much for taking the time to drop by my blog...I hope you like what you see...warm wishes...Mel :)