Thursday, 26 October 2017

Knighted by Leslie Lineberry

"She wasn't waiting for a Knight...She was waiting for a Sword" 
Welcome to my Kingdom! Today I would like to share Knighted, a canvas I have created featuring Sin City Stamps, who are our sponsor this month.

When I begin an art project, I usually have a theme or subject in mind, and though colors and assemblage choices may change throughout the process, the end result still retains much of my original plan.
Not so with Knighted. 
When I began this canvas, my intent was to create a whimsical 'Dia de los Muertos' piece. I had in fact already made my colorfully embellished sugar skull that was supposed to be the focal point. Then my background happened, and it was magical! I didn't want to cover the mystical forest clearing that seemed to glow from the canvas. 
Two weeks passed. I had set the canvas aside with no idea how to finish it. I pondered. How's that for a 'knightly' word? But pondered I did. By chance, I came across this poetic phrase by Atticus, 'She wasn't waiting for a Knight...She was waiting for a Sword', and I knew I needed to create an empowered female subject, a Knight, for my canvas.
I love Sin City's 'Background Grunge Art' rubber stamp set (designed by Pam Bray) and I used several designs on my background in two different ways: stamping it in modeling paste and ink/heat embossing. After a coat of white gesso had dried, I heavily applied modeling paste with a palette knife. When this layer appeared dull and nearly dry, I pressed four different sizes of the circular solo rose stamps around the border of the canvas.

Paint was the next addition, working from the darker corners into the lighter center. I sprayed the colors with water to encourage flow. Metallic wax was applied to highlight the texture of the circular solo roses.

Next up was a more traditional use of rubber stamps: ink and heat embossing the interlocking circles and fancy swirl stamps from the set. Spraying Lindy's Flat Fabio white 'Sidewalk Chalk' to the center gave the background more 'glow'. 

After the hiatus I described above, I finally had the inspiration to create a female knight. I modeled her head and inside chainmail from polymer clay followed by baking and painting. Her outer cloak was a cardboard shape embellished with wrinkled tissue paper, paper flowers, art stones and miscellaneous findings. 

Lastly, my lady knight needed the sword she had been waiting for. The blade of the sword was made from chipboard and stamped with the Sin City fancy swirl stamp.  I heat embossed this with UTEE to give it more dimension before painting and highlighting.

So in the words of the Queen, "Thanketh thee f'r attending her lady's knighthood."

Product List
DecoArt Media:  Gesso, Modeling Paste, Metallic Lustre 'Champagne Ice'
Prima:  Art Basics 3D Gloss Gel; Art Alchemy Metallique acrylic paint in 'Crocus Fields', 'Midnight Sky', 'White Pearl', 'Silver Spoon' and 'Ancient Coin'; Art Alchemy Metallique Wax in 'Brushed Iron' and 'Rose Gold'; Art Ingredients Art Stones, Mini Art Stones and Mega Art Stones
Ranger: Clear Distress embossing ink, UTEE, Dylusions 'Fresh Lime' acrylic paint
American Brands:  Zing! 'Gold' embossing powder
Lindy's Stamp Gang:  'Sidewalk Chalk' Flat Fabio spray
Fimo:  White polymer clay
11 x 14 canvas, tissue paper, paper flowers, miscellaneous findings, Weldbond

Until we meeteth again, I bid thee farewell,

1 comment:

  1. Leslie!! A wonderful creation. Very innovative and inspirational. Lisa x


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