Saturday, April 27, 2019

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

I have to admit, the art I am sharing with you this week tickles my funny bone. Perhaps some think art should not have levity, but I disagree. I believe art needs to bring some of the elements that humans most need in their lives: beauty, inspiration, insight, a glimpse of God, relaxation and humor.
Of course you know I'm picking the funny route.  
So for this piece I turned a miniature tin into a wooden crate containing fish that someone ordered for their dinner party. 
Except the fish, wearing hats, drinking martinis and blowing party horns, might not be what was expected. Even the clown fish are a little different.
The tin contains an accordion fold paper with five panels.
I create a mixed media scene on both sides of each of the five panels. 

To make this piece dry brush many layers of paint onto both sides of the Accordion Fold insert. Keep going until you are pleased with the result.
Stamp plant and circle images onto the  paper with black ink.
Remove the Little Crowns from the sheet that keeps them safe and ink the edges of all the hats with black ink.

Adhere the hats to a page from a vintage book and cut out with a utility knife. Further age the hats with brown ink.
Stamp colorful images onto vintage book pages and cut out with different sizes of circle punches.
Fussy cut fish from Something's Fishy--free!. Place the circles, fish and hats onto your paper to get a rough idea of your layout. 
Adhere the circle to the accordion paper with matte medium. When dry, repeat on the other side.
 Then adhere the fish and hats.
Write your message on white cardstock, cut out and adhere to one of the panels. Make party blowers, clown noses and martinis and adhere as well.
Print and cut out the Fish Crates and adhere to the interior and exterior of your tin with matte medium. Make sure to work out any air bubbles.

Add some greens and your project is complete. I hope you enjoyed this project. If you would like a free copy of the high resolution colorful fish, please visit my blog. Warmly, Betsy

Great Stuff

Altoid Tin - Coming soon!
Acrylic paint
Ink in assorted colors
Rubber stamps
Black pen
White cardstock
Vintage book pages
Circle punches
Beacon Zip Glue
Beacon Fabri-Tac
Matte Medium

1 comment:

  1. This is so fun and colorful!! Fantastic job and thanks for the free fish download.. I like when art can amuse and inspire. I also like when art can bring one a sense of awe!! Well done