Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Tribal Tidal Pools-A Peek-a-Boo Project

As stated in previous blog posts I have traveled to both Chemanius, British Columbia and Dublin, Ireland. En Route to Dublin we stopped by Giant's Causeway, known to the Irish as the 8th Wonder of the World.  It is a promontory of hexagonal, basalt columns along 4 miles of the northern coast of Northern Ireland, the results of an ancient volcanic fissure eruption. While in British Columbia I was intrigued by the Totem Poles located there. These are the inspiration for this artwork.

1.  Gather Supplies.

2.  Randomly Paint the Planet Earth Mixed Media Chips-Coral Wreath with  Golden Acrylic Paints in  Shades of Red and Orange. I used Cadmium Red Medium Hue, Pyrrole Red, and Vat Orange.

3.  While Paint is Still Wet Sprinkle with Chili Powder, Ice Enamels-Garnet, and Mixed Media Embossing Power-Scarlet.

4.  Cure With a Heat Tool

5.   Cut Three Bookboard Panels Measuring Six by Five and Half Inches.

6.   Cut Three Pieces of Embossed Wallpapers in Shades of Blue and Green Measuring Six by Five and Half Inches.

7.   Use Weldbond to Glue Wallpaper to Bookboard Panels-Roll Down Flat Using a Brayer. 

8.  While Panels Dry Use Wooden Grain Embossing Folder, Water Bottle Sprayer,  and Sizzix Big Shot Embossing Machine To give a Textured Look to Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Tribal DolphinGypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Tribal Jellyfish,  and Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Tribal Turtle.

9.   Paint GSLC Tribal Critters with Golden Raw Sienna, Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold, Sap Green, and Van Dyke Brown Hue. Making Them Look Like Charred Wood.

10.                Use Sanding Blocks to Distress Edges of Prepared panels.

11.                Distress Further Using TH Distress Stains-Rusty Hinge, Bundled Sage, and Iced Spruce.

12.                Add More Patina by Using Viva Decor Ferro Metallic Paste Celtic, Steelblue, Red Oxide Paste,  and Thick Mud Acrylic-Russian.

13.                Use Weldbond to Attach Coral Wreaths and Tribal Critters to Panels.

14.                Dry Flatten and Weighted Down.

Some Final Thoughts.

This is closer look at these animal totems from the website Spirit Animal.

The turtle totem wisdom teaches us about walking our path in peace and sticking to it with determination and serenity. Slow moving on earth, yet also incredibly fast and agile in water, those who have the turtle as totem or spirit animal may be encouraged to take a break in their busy lives and look around or within themselves for more grounded, long-lasting solutions. Traditionally, the turtle is symbolic of the way of peace, whether it’s inviting us to cultivate peace of mind or a peaceful relationship with our environment.

Turtle Symbolism

The turtle symbolism is characterized by the association with the Earth and earth symbols of groundedness and patience:

  • Symbol of the world, of the Earth
  • Ability to stay grounded, even in moments of disturbances and chaos
  • Slowing down, pacing yourself
  • Determination, persistence
  • Emotional strength and understanding
  • Ancient wisdom

The dolphin spirit animal represents harmony and balance. Dolphins are both highly intelligent and closely in tune with their instincts, striking a balance between the two states. Dolphins are also a symbol of protection and of resurrection. Their playful nature is a reminder that everyone needs to approach life with humor and joy. People who identify with the dolphin totem are usually peaceful and gentle, but with a deep inner strength.

Dolphin Symbolism

The dolphin is a complex animal and has had many different meanings attached to it throughout history, including:

  • Peace and harmony
  • Protection
  • Playfulness and joy
  • Resurrection
  • Inner Strength
  • Cooperation

Jellyfish might symbolize various things. They are a symbol of protection, but also of caution. They can symbolize emotions, sensitivity, flow, faith and trust.

They are also a symbol of inner strength, power, organization, challenges and delegating duties. Jellyfish also signifies acceptance, softness, transparency, drifting and simplicity.

Supplies:  Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Tribal DolphinGypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Tribal JellyfishGypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Tribal TurtlePlanet eARTh Mixed Media Chips-Coral Wreath, Golden Acrylic Paints , Shades of Red and Orange-Cadmium Red Medium Hue, Pyrrole Red, Vat Orange, Chili Powder, Ice Enamels-Garnet, Mixed Media Embossing Power-Scarlet, Bookboard Cut to 6 by 5.5 Inches, Prepared Embossed Wallpaper in Shades of Blue and Green, Brayer, Wooden Grain Embossing Folder, Water Bottle Sprayer, Sizzix Big Shot Embossing Machine, Golden Acrylic Paints-Raw Sienna, Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold, Sap Green, and Van Dyke Brown Hue, Sanding Blocks, Distress Stains-Rusty Hinge, Bundled Sage, and Iced Spruce, Weldbond, Viva Decor Ferro Metallic Paste Celtic, Steelblue,  Red Oxide Paste, Thick Mud Acrylic-Russian





I cannot wait to see your interpretation of this project. Share it on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Craft Group Page on Facebook. I would love to see what new creations you are working on!

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