May 28, 2016

Redeem the Moments Mixed Media Canvas

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This post is gonna be a doozy so bear with me.  Grab a cuppa...  When I first saw the Berry71bleu moodboard this month my heart skipped a beat!  How utterly beautiful and inspiring.  I really wanted to use a door images as my focal and only came up with this turquoise one - so unbelievably cool.  I did add some purple into my project though, which is my visual representation of this verse, this powerful question posed by Mordecai.

"And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?”  Esther 4:14b NASB.  I believe every moment should count for the kingdom, every choice weighs in.  I hope this canvas reminds me of such frequently.

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You won't believe the transformation of my altered canvas.  I wanted a specific size of canvas that would work well with my printed image and the only thing I had in my stash was this painted mess from my experiments with Flora Bowley's class.  HA HA!  Oh boy!

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So I lightly gessoed it, thinking it would be fun if tiny bits of the painted background showed through.  Another fun reminder of the power of Christ to transform.   The brown is a stripe of Ranger's Distress Embossing Powder in mushroom, added for texture.

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And here is my painted canvas.   I used layers of alcohol inks and Glimmer Mists with a little real walnut stain, not the Distress Ink color.

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Because my collage was based on the beautiful scripture, I wanted to add subtle references of time and "Moment."  I used a watch that belonged to my Grandmother, perfectly aged.  She taught me so much about serving God.  Her time on earth was well spent.  <3

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"Awake, sleeper, And arise from the dead, And Christ will shine on you.  Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is."  Ephesians 5:14-17 NASB

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 I inked the Tim Holtz sentiment to coordinate.  The flower is a new Prima watercolor blossom - love!  A few extra splashes (got carried away).

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For extra interest, and to bring in some more copper highlights, I embossed a Prima text stamp in copper.  The jar is filled with Art Stones and was splashed with alcohol ink.  Copper glitter puddles about.

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For the embellishments, I painted them with black gesso, then highlighted them Radiant Pearls before gluing to my canvas.  This made them all coordinate, well sorta.

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Here you can see the dimension, lots of cardboard layers tucked beneath the papers for depth.  I really love the sheen mixed with the old world vintage, rustic feel.  I hope you are inspired today!

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I'm sharing my canvas with:
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53 comments:

  1. Autumn,
    I just had a feeling I wanted to drop in for a visit today and I am so glad I did. Your canvas and especially the scriptures you've shared are absolutely inspiring. I LOVE the lessons of Esther and her example of courage, and someone who was able to recognize that she was in the right place at the right time, and then do something incredible because of it. She could so easily have become bitter, selfish, or ashamed of her heritage--but she wasn't. Have you seen this video? It was on a Christian friend's FB not long ago and I really love it. tracked it down for you :)

    Esther and Courage

    Happy weekend!
    --Kathryn

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  2. Such texture Autumn, it looks like the door to a secret garden or fantasy land, the mind can play with so many possibilities.

    B x

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  4. Oh my, Autumn, this is jaw-dropping gorgeous!! Wow!! I'm in awe!! It's truly a masterpiece!! I absolutely love the door!! The colors, the layers, the texture, every single thing is amazing!! I love, love this!! Absolutely spectacular my friend!! Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  5. oh wow autumn - this is fabulous - what a transformation - love the door - love the clocks - its all fabulous! Hugs rachel x

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  6. And my heart skipped a beat when I saw this gorgeous canvas you created, the colours are gorgeous and you have created so much wonderful golden texture, it really is quite stunning. It clearly means so much to you and the addition of your Grandmother's watch was such a wonderful touch. I so want to go and live behind that beautiful door.... I am BEYOND impressed by your gorgeous, stunning canvas!! Big hugs, Anne xx

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  7. Ooooh I just love your canvas with so many amazing elements & textures. You certainly have rocked our challenge. Thanks for playing along with us at More Than Words.

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  8. Oh this is sooo gorgeous! I love your use of colours and textures. Thanks for joining in at More Than Words!

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  9. You have created an amazing canvas Autumn with such depth and interest in the layers. I am loving the door you chose with its beautiful eastern shape and incredible textured patterns, love it all xxx

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  10. What a beautiful canvas - with so many layers of scripture tucked into the stunning layers of paper and memories.
    Blessings
    maxine

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  11. Picking my jaw up off the floor here! How absolutely stunning.

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  12. My heart is full. Awed. Awake. Walking wisely to make the most of each moment in time and this moment was spent in admiration for a God that creates BEAUTIFUL artists like you Autumn. You are a blessing to Him and to us. XXj.

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  13. This is truly beautiful and oh so inspiring! Thank you for playing along with us at More Than Words!

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  14. Nicely done Autumn! I love the texture galore :)
    Hugs
    Samra
    Paper Talk with Samra

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  15. What a beautiful piece of artwork, Autumn. It will be a wonderful reminder of the verse for you. :)

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  16. A fabulous canvas Autumn, love all those gorgeous layers and textures.
    Avril xx

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  17. Gorgeous piece of art!!
    Love it!ñthanks for playing with us at More Than Words!

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  18. WOW! your canvas is AMAZING...
    Thank You for joining in over @ More Than Words..... :)

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  19. Your canvas is just stunning, the work you have put into your creation is just amazing. It has turned out simply stunning
    thanks for joining our challenge over at
    http://creativeartistemixedmedia.blogspot.com.au/
    Debbie DT

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  20. Wow, I really appreciate the way you have multiple layers to your process (i.e spiritual layers)! I would urge everyone to click on your images to really see the detail! Lovely grungy gorgeousness!

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  21. Very beautiful! And I so enjoyed all the lovely close ups! TFS! Claudia x

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  22. Definitely a work of art.....fabulous creating Autumn! Love the Rustic look! Happy Monday to You :)

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  23. No words for this lovely piece or ART .. You amaze me with your creations . Loved each and every minute detailing you have out into this Work of ART . Tempting me to fly down to see your works :)
    xoxo
    Remya

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  24. Oh my!!! This is stunning Autumn!! Love the mood board so can understand how you wanted to create for it and your result is magical! Hope you win lots with this beauty. Nicola x

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  25. wow wow wow love texture. Amazing project

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  26. Love your canvas, great textures and dimension
    Thank you so much for entering our challenge over at Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge Blog, we hope to see you join in again...
    Hugs Rhonda DT & Owner xxx
    http://creativeartistemixedmedia.blogspot.co.uk

    Creative Artiste Challenge Blog
    creativeartistemixedmedia.blogspot.com

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  27. Really gorgeous projects since I was here last. I love to click on the image and make it larger so I can see more of the texture and details, awesome.
    Lorraine

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  28. I love the transformation of this canvas, amazing journey! Beautiful shine and so many wonderful details. Thanks so much for sharing and playhing at Things to Alter!~kim

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  29. Oh, my gracious! LOVE all the meaning and symbolism in your beautiful canvas! What a treasure and beautiful reminder of your Christian walk! That scripture in Esther is one of my all-time faves!

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  30. WOW!! You did well.. I LOVE your canvas, so artistic and so beautifully made! Hats off to you!

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  31. This was a most inspirational post. Very much enjoyed reading your thought process as you went along with the creation. How wonderful a reminder this will be each time you see it, of things in your heart & mind at that time. Each element on the finished piece fits in so well with the theme and I liked the idea of your Grandmother's watch. Lovely colors, especially like the copper & patina blue together, and those spotted roses - yummy. Well done Autumn. It's easy to see your creative joy in this one. TFS & hope your holiday weekend was special. Hugs

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  32. Okay, this is my new fave of yours! That door image caught my eye and captivated my mind! Your use of texture around such a stunning image serves to inhance it beautifully! Stunningly gorgeous layers and that little bottle with the art stones is genius! Love the copper highlights! Awe-mazing! Hugz to you muffin! ~Niki

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  33. This is truly beautiful! Thank you for joining Berry71Bleu this month!

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  34. Amazing project!!! Thank you for playing along with us at Berry71Bleu and Mixed Media Place.

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  35. Wow, this is fabulous !
    Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge this week.

    Jo x

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  36. Gorgeous project Autumn and a wonderful post too. I love the metal accents and your image is fabulous!! hugs :)

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  37. Wow, I ran out of superlatives to describe your projects, Autumn! Oh no, wait, I've found one: breathtaking! That's what this is! The door is amazing and jumps off the canvas! Loving all those dimensions and what a great way to reuse an unwanted canvas. And secretly I'm so happy that I'm not the only one struggling with the Flora Bowley type paintings when we first start out!

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  38. This is stunning Autumn, truly beautiful xx

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  39. Autumn, I'm back for my second dose of your lovely work today! I have to say your post is truly amazing and a testimony to Our Savior you serve. Wow!

    As for your lovely canvas, I am almost speechless! The colors are amazing and the texture and layers you've created just take my breath away! Love that door, and of course, your Grandmother's watch is the perfect embellishment for this beauty! Big hugs!

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  40. Jaw well and truly dropped here... an extraordinary canvas, Autumn, with beauty and depth. It feels completely uplifting, full of glorious shimmer and light, but with those rich colours shining through. I love it!
    Alison x

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  41. What a gorgeous background (love the stones in the little bottle!) and that door is such a beautiful focal point - as well as the scriptures that inspired you! Julia xx

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  42. So glad you included some of your thought processes on this and the steps you too. Wow - I feel like trying this myself! I am so impressed with your work! Hugz

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  43. Hey sweet lady..long time that I haven't popped over! Sorry! But wow...how gorgeous is this project! Simply stunning and such a fabulous sentiment! ;-) Thanks so much for playing along with us at Berry71Bleu! ;-)

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  44. Hi Autumn, that is one gorgeous canvas. Have a great crafty week, Angela X

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  45. Hi - I am so far behind in this forum with you! LOVE your background - absolutely stunning! Will need to look this over again once I catch up.... but your colors and textures are imprinted in my brain - fantastic!! xxx Lynn

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  46. Gorgeous project. Thank you for joining us at MMW this month!

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  47. Beautiful. Thanks for sharing at THINGS TO ALTER. BDx

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  48. truely beautiful. Loving those colours and that texture! Thank you for sharing your art at Things To Alter

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  49. Congratulations on your win at MMW! So well deserved! Hugs!

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  50. Absolutely fabulous piece! Autumn and my sincere apologies for failing to comment when I popped by to see this when it was posted . I was sure I had so guess it could be blogger goofing around . Congrats too on being chosen as a runner up at MMW - deserved so . hugs x

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