Tuesday, 11 February 2014

H is for

So here I am starting week 2 and post number eight in the alpha blog series. I hope you are enjoying the posts as much as I am enjoying writing them and that somewhere amongst these words something resonates with you.

H for Heart may seem an obvious choice, but once again I find myself amused by some of the phrases associated with it. How many times has someone said to you 'oh he/she had a change of heart' - think about that for a while. What about 'black hearted' - wrong colour scheme, 'her heart's in the right place' - one would hope so; and finally how about 'wearing your heart on your sleeve' - extremely messy!

Okay, so what is actually being said here is that apart from your heart being the key organ that keeps you alive, it is also an emotion, a feeling, an experience. The word heart is a noun, but it can also be an adjective; it is an organ in the body and we all have one (unless you the Doctor and then you have two!), it is a shape associated with love and it is a suit of cards. And this noun is one of the most commonly used in well known phrases and sayings, not to mention in song titles.

So whilst I know everyone physically has a heart what does it truly mean to have heart; and I can only speak for myself  because this can only be subjective. My definition is that to have heart is to be courageous, it is about being able to love and be loved, it is caring about and for others, it is having a sense of understanding and being respectful of the feelings of others. It's knowing when to be a friend, even to a stranger. 

Today's tag must seem a little obvious, but this is a piece of artwork I made just two or three months ago and I love the zingy, vibrancy of it.
 I started by covering the left hand side of the tag with lime acrylic paint using an old plastic bank card. Don't throw away your old cards as this is a great way to swoosh paints and inks onto your projects. After heat drying I covered it up whilst I sprayed the other side with Squeezed Orange and Bubblegum Pink Dylusions Spray Inks. Once completely dry I stencilled the circles with white acrylic paint and added more interest with black using Cell Theory.

I stamped the Cherish Heart twice, once directly onto the tag and then onto some smooth white cardstock. This one was coloured with Copics and cut out. To complete I used stamps from Wild Meadow and Artistic Expressions, ran a Tuxedo Black around the edge of the tag and attached the heart with strong adhesive, making sure to match up the trailing leaves with the image already stamped.

Finally I used grey Copics to add a shadow around the heart to give a three dimensional apprearance (the tag is actually flat to the tag). Here is a close up of the colouring and shading. The cutting out is a little shaky, but hey ho I still like it.

Whilst writing this blog I have come to realise one thing for certain there is a direct link between how you are feeling in your heart and what comes out in your art; one is almost definately a reflection of the other.

That's it for today, I will see you tomorrow. Oh and if you want to while away a few minutes why not see how many phrases or song titles you can come up with that have the word heart in them.


Julie Short said...

What a lovely make Lesley and I also enjoyed your post

Bernie Simmons said...

Such lovely Colours Lesley Love this xxxxx

Doreen said...

This is stunning Lesley,love the

Mrs O crafty blog said...

Stunning piece Px

craftimamma said...

I would never have had the 'heart' (courage) to use these colours together Lesley but they look fabulous! The heart is stunning and such a wonderful effect from the shading. You certainly have the heart of a lion to create this almost single handedly!

Lesley Xx

Sarah said...

Love it Lesley, the colours are just fab! Sarah x

jackiescrafts said...

Another gorgeous tag Lesley

Jackie x

Paula (PEP) said...

Your grey Copic shading certainly fooled my eyes for it's extremely 3D in appearance. I love all the interest in your background & how the Wild Meadow greenery is echoed by your trailing vines from the heart. The orange flower picks up on the orange of the tag beautifully. A heart with backbone, isn't it strange how we use the noun to describe the essence of a person?
Paula (PEP)

vinny said...

beautiful colouring and shading. x Lavinia

Miranda said...

Lovely vibrant colours Lesley, a joy for the eye and the heart!
Your post is also again very inspiring! xx Miranda
will keep my comment a bit shorter this time because I have to go to teach.......

Linda Simpson said...

Gorgeous lush colours, I love the heart.

Linda xxx

rachel said...

stunning colours - love this - now following xx

Claire said...

wow Lesley, gorgeous colours and the way you've shaded around that heart is brilliant, it really does look 3d
Claire xx