Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Mom’s Side of the Family: A Peek-a-Boo Project

In my last blog I spoke of my momma's gardens and flowerbeds. She came by it naturally growing up in the majestic hills of Sullivan County, Pennsylvania. Sullivan County is known as the Gem to the Endless Mountains, it is the second least populous county in Pennsylvania.

It is magical and mysterious, with beautiful state parks like World’s End and Ricketts Glen. There are scenic vistas, breathtaking waterfalls, small villages, natural lakes, quaint little shops, a toboggan slide in Eagles Mere, and covered bridges. 

There is an unusual gravity defying, sandstone rock formation which stands at the edge of a steep cliff and resembles an upright hammer, named Ticklish Rock. A beautiful 45-acre spring-fed lake we used to go to with our church youth group, not it is not the famous Crystal Lake of Friday the Thirteenth movies, but we joked that it was. 

Some early industries for the area were a glass factory, mills for wool and flower, foundries, a copper mill, cigar factories, Specht Brewery, Schaad Distillery, a Clothes Pin Factory, and logging and lumberyards. These are the inspirations of this artwork.

  1. Gather Supplies.
  2. Use a Pencil to Trace the Upper Inner Portion of the GSLC Triptych-Towers Top.
  3. Use Embossing Dabber and paintbrush to AddSeth Apter Patina Oxide and Emerald Creek Salted Shamrock Enamel Embossing Powders to the Top Portion of GSLC Triptych-Towers Top.
  4. Cure With a Heating Tool.
  5. Use a Paintbrush and Golden Green Gold and Quinacridone Nickel Azo Acrylic Paints to Fill in Gaps and Give Patina to the Top Portion of GSLC Triptych-Towers Top.
  6. Paint Bottom Portion of the of GSLC Triptych-Towers Top with a Paintbrush and Quinacridone Magenta and DecoArt Ultra Violet Neon Acrylic Paints. Paint Edges of Thin Cardboard Pieces Also.
  7. Dab with Golden Fluorescent Pink Paint to Add Interest and Depth.
  8. Collect Images from Antiquarian Sticker Book: Imaginarium. I Found Unusual Images of Faces, Birds, Flowers and Feathers. 
  9. I Glued Them Into A Collage Assemblage I Layered Upon Layers to Give a Rich, Deep Enchantment.
  10. I Added Bits of Washi Tape to Unify The Individual Collages with a Vintage Appeal.
  11. To Further Unify the Collages use a Ranger Glossy Accents Dimensional Medium and a Small Plastic Palette Knife.Use UHU GlueStick to Glue Collage to Bottom Portion of Bottom Portion of the of GSLC Triptych-Towers Top.
  12. Hold Secure With Metal Clamps.
  13. Once Fully Dry add Top Portion of the of GSLC Triptych-Towers Top Securing With a UHU GlueStick.
  14. Hold in Place with Metal Clamps.
  15. Once Fully Dry Paint Edges of Joined Frames with Metallic Blue and Gold Stencil Butter.

Final Thoughts

My Momma was one of eight children that lived in a tiny while house nestled on a dirt road who soil was reddened from the iron oxide content found in it. The views from their front porch were illuminated from the accrues of cut fields they tended to in their youth. My family would go visiting on Sundays and we’d always say we are “going Up Home to Visit Jim and the Girls” After my grandparents died there were two aunts and a uncle who never married living there together for many years. They were what would now to called Naturalist or Survivalist, we just knew them as savvy, thrifty resourceful relatives. Uncle hunted and trapped, aunties gardened and canned storing up for the cold winters. Living on the mountain roads they knew when it snowed there were likely going no place. Like my momma they were crafty and creative souls, also perhaps to bring joy to the long cold winter days and nights.  Mom tatted, another aunt would crochet or knit amazing afghans, hot pads, and even toilet paper Cover Dolls. The other aunt made soft sculpt dolls out of used pantyhose  and stockings. The hair was often repurposed wigs and each were clothed with items they also created. One of the most magical ones I can remember was Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, but there was Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy. My Nephew was Given a Native American Chief. One uncle created lawn art by using recycled tools and hardware welded together. I like to think much of my creativity comes form my mom’s side of the family.

Other memories we have shooting a muzzle loader, Carbide lanterns,  watch for the albino deer using binoculars from the front porch, Christmas cookie platters, fishing in their small pond, climbing  the large rocks in their yards, Russian Nesting Dolls, hummingbird feeders, and piles and piles of piles. 

The place now resides with a cousin and it has been years since I have been there. I often wished I had spent a summer with them and asked them of their memories and write a historical fiction book to celebrate my heritage. 

Supplies:  GSLC Triptych-Towers Top , Antiquarian Sticker Book: Imaginarium, Thin Cardboard, Pencil, Scissors,Embossing Dabber, Seth Apter Patina Oxide and Emerald Creek Salted Shamrock Enamel Embossing Powders, Heating Tool, Golden Green Gold, Quinacridone Nickel Azo, Quinacridone Magenta, Fluorescent Pink, DecoArt Ultra Violet Neon Acrylic Paints, Paintbrush, Washi Tape, Uhu GlueStick,Ranger Glossy Accent  Dimensional Medium, Small Plastic Pallets Knife, Metal Clamps, Metallic Blue and Gold Stencil Butter

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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