Friday, 14 August 2015

A Book of Magic


Its pouring down with rain here at the moment - and that makes perfect crafting weather!  So I have managed to complete my latest project.

Inspired by ABC Blog (where I won an Honorary Mention for my Summer Romance Project - thank you!!!) the latest challenge is Making Magic
Anything But Cute Challenge Blogspot

So I have made a Book of Magic and using the mood board above as a guide

I gessoed the front cover and then used texture
 paste through a word stencil, then glued lots of
 die cut letters on randomly to give the appearance
 of the spells spilling from a basket.

Then it was sprayed Gold and embellished with
 Viva Decor Inka Gold in different colours.

The Wizard is a vintage postcard which I further

The leaves and flowers have been softened with
 Inka Gold and the glass front is from an old clock

Butterflies were added to give more interest.
 If you look closely you can also see the metal
 words which were gessoed and sprayed gold
 for further texture and interest.

Ribbons added along the wire spine
The Wizard girl picks the spells from her basket, and scatters them - then they find themselves to make words and spells!  

Well thats the theory anyway, if its anything like me trying to find my doorkeys in my handbag she hasnt got a hope in hell!!

Because this also has a lot of text in it - from the stencils to the words and letters I am going to be brave and enter this into the

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge
I hope you have enjoyed looking at this - thank you for popping by and have a wonderful weekend!


sheila 77 said...

Your artworks are magical. I hope she manages to keep control of the spells trying to escape. There is always so much to your pieces with lots of bumpy bits, which I like very much in your art and you seem to have so many interesting ingredients to hand. I'm really impressed with the metallic words and the glass from an old clock, and the whole piece, really.

Pamellia Johnson said...

Wow, this is just wonderful Cathryn!! I just love that image of the little girl with the wings, perfect interpretation of the magical theme, and putting her behind the glass is pure genius!! You have put together so many wonderful elements here, the flowers, the numbers and all those wonderful butterflies! A truly fantastical piece!!

Thank you so much for joining us at Anything But Cute for our 'Making Magic' challenge and congratulations on your Honourable Mention! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

Gio said...

It's amazing and whimsical, wow!! Love how all the embellishments go to the centre and the use of the clock glass, genius!

Kris said...

So pretty Cathryn!! What a great idea to use a glass from an old clock! Cheers, Kris.

Vintagehandmade said...

What a fabulous make, Cathryn! I love the idea to put that gorgeous little girl behind the glass! It's a real magical piece with so many amazing elements and details! Stunning intepretation of our August challenge theme and such a beautiful design!
Thank you so much for joining in our 'Making Magic' challenge at Anything But Cute!
Branka DT x

Sara Barker said...

Wow! What a amazing magical transformation of a book cover and use of a clock crystal! I love your idea to use die cut letters with the flowers! thank you for joining our Making Magic challenge at Anything But Cute. Hugs! Sara Emily DT

Buttons said...

Missed this whilst abroad so it's a joy to catch up on Cathryn. I love how the letters, flowers and butterflies tumble from the basket. The glass is of course a magical touch. Poor love wouldn't stand a chance inside my handbag either mind! Jenny x

Donna B. said...

What a gorgeous book cover. I love that old postcard you used. Thanks so much for joining us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.

Samra Leshinski said...

WOW!!! What a brilliant idea and design! Love it!
Thank you so very much for joining our challenge Making Magic at Anything But Cute!

Samra DT
Paper Talk with Samra

Rachel said...

this is really beautiful and innovative! the glass is such a great center piece, looks almost like a magnifying glass looking at the butterflies. Thank you so much for playing with the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!


Georgie C said...

Wow Cathryn, this is amazing and what a story behind it! I love it when we can conjure up the fantasy in our art - takes us away from the mundane!
Love this and thank you so much for playing along at Frilly and Funkie!
Georgie xx