Wednesday, 19 September 2007

Gothic Arch - Gold

This week's theme on the Gothic Arch Challenge is "Gold" so I have gone for the aged tarnished and peeling religious icon look! It has come up looking more coppery than gold in the scan but there really is plenty of gold in there.

I stamped flourishes and old text images on the black leather look card stock using Gold Brilliance ink then edged the arch with Krylon Gold Leafing Pen. I cut the image from decoupage paper, used distress inks to tone down the vibrancy of the colours and added detail with gold and black pens, including outlining the image itself with the Krylon Gold. I wanted it to look really old so I used one of my favourite products (Helmar's Antique Crackle medium) and then rubbed burnt umber oil paint into the cracks (which don't show up much in the scan). I sprayed the whole arch lightly with Moon Shadow Mist in gold - the walnut ink part of the mist left lovely drops on the crackle finish. It is sealed with a coat of Dorland's Wax. I aged some gold German Scrap and added it to the bottom of the arch and then punched small holes around the two curving sides and added small gold brads/split pins to create a frame. It really does look better in real life - a lot richer.

25 comments:

Lisa Renéa said...

Wow, this looks like it's tapestry! Beautiful!

Barbara said...

I agree with Lisa on the Tapestry. It looks like a lot of work with the sides the way you did them.

Doreen G said...

I love this type of work that you are doing Debbi and I have wanted to start doing similar stuff--I have all the requirements but don't know where to start.

Krissie said...

almost fell of my chair when I saw that you live in Kalgoorlie - in the west!! I havent come across too many bloggers that are! Love the arch!..very iconic looking.

Danielle said...

I love the lustre and the well-loved look of this - I think I have the same decoupage paper as this, with all the angels playing musical instruments. (I'm making myself dig it out tonight to look at it.)

stamp and scrape said...

So, So beautiful, and thought through. It looks fantastic here, hard to imaging even better. It's so frustrating when the shimmer doesn't translate on the screen!
Ros

anne said...

This is Lovely Debbi. just had a look round your blog. You have some great stuff on here especially your fabric art!!

Nancy Maxwell James said...

this is amazing. the texture is so cool! beautiful arch!

Purple Missus said...

What can I say that hasn't already been said? This is beautiful Debbi. Would look amazing as a triptych.

gaby said...

Very beautiful and a lot of work!

Barbara said...

always new ideas !love the leather piece!

Nicole said...

J'aime beaucoup ton arche, on dirait une peinture d'une cathédrale!!!

Sue McGettigan said...

Wow Debbi, I totally LOVE this one - you captured the icon look perfectly!

DymphieM said...

I'm so glad I clicked on the photo to have a better view. Really stunning icon arch. Gorgeous work!

Angelina said...

Oh Debbi.. this is really great! Really special piece! I love it!

Natalie B said...

Fabulous Debbi!! Love the whole look, very aged and texturised (hope that's the right spelling??)

Dawnie said...

You have captured the aged look beautifully.
Thanks for sharing the process Debbie.You are always the inspiration.
excellent piece

Dawnie T

tchou said...

fabulous work ! i love a lot what you do and what i see on your blog!

Keron Lee said...

great job Deb with one of my fav. themes......well done!
Keron Lee (aka The Colourguru)

glitterangel said...

Fantastic work, I love icons and you've done an amazing job with this - stunning!

Once Upon a Cottage said...

Stunning! Love the age effects!
Lennea

Night Owl Designs said...

Hi Debbi, this looks wonderful! Love the medieval look :-)

Gillian said...

wonderful result achieved from the different elements you have used, very striking:)

Julie H said...

Just gorgeous Debbie. I love the mellaic finish, that showed so many layers and texture when I looked closer.

Sija said...

Great Arch!