Friday, May 29, 2009

Remember the inchies??

A long, long time ago in a galaxy far away....  Well a long time ago anyway, I participated in an inchie swap at MQR.  Carla organised the swap and we all made inches and traded them.  Carla made everyone who participated a cute little birdie that the inchies came stuffed in.                                                                                                                                                                                                  Well, I have been trying to think of a unique way to finish up the project and display them.  Then one day it finally came to me....mixed media on canvas.

So I took an 11x14 gallery wrapped, primed canvas and painted the background with Golden fluid acrylics (anthraquinone blue & hansa yellow light).  Then I added several layers of texture using molding paste... pushing some thru a word stencil to get raised words,  and fiber paste in other areas.  Once that was dry I painted over the entire piece with interference blue, interference green, and interference gold. Then a layer of clear leveling gel over everything.  Once all that was dried I finished up with a varnish coat.

The next step was to add the inches. I punched a 1/8" diameter hole in each one and pulled a piece of 1/4" wide organza ribbon thru the holes. Then hung them staggered over the top and secured them in the back with glue and staples into the stretcher bars.  They hang free on the front.

Lastly, I added Carla's birdie at the top.  Attached with wire. All finished now, it is hanging in my great room.                                                                                                                                                                       
So, can you find your inchie??

I think it turned out to be a pretty cool piece of art.

Anyone else finish theirs??  I'd love to see them!

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  1. That is very're so talented and clever. :) How are the little furballs doing?

  2. Yes! I love it, Deb! I see my little chicken one, too. Did you stuff the chicken taco? LOL

  3. yep Carla, I stuffed the chicken taco..LOL

  4. I love it! I'm not sure I'd have the patience for Inchies but I plan to buy Nadine's book 'just in case' the mood ever strikes me.

    You are so creative!

  5. That's very cool and yes I see mine on the far right. So I'll jsut send you mine and you can make another of these!

  6. Deb, that is so cool! What a clever way to display the inchies, and what a wonderful background you've painted. Love it!

  7. What a neat idea! Love it!

  8. Very Cool!! Love the chicken taco, too! Glad to see you actually create a display for all the wonderful inchies!


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