Monday, 11 July 2016

Circles 2 for CVC

I'm here with a DT reminder project for the Country View Challenges theme of circles and have gone a bit wacky I think (must be that Andy Skinner influence). I had in my mind a camera lens with the eye looking through it .......


I began by drawing two circles on some good quality card to look like the eye and took a white signo pen and drew in scribble lines - I did a google search to find a real eye for inspiration.


I took a range of colours I wanted to use ..... although I might just have added a colour or two by the time I was finished .....


... and began painting using lots of spritzed water to keep the colours light and watery at the moment. When I was happy with the first layer I dried it.


Still using the water, my fingers as well as a brush, I added another layer of the colours and started to introduce the black pupil. Again I dried it as a second layer.


This time I frayed the black edge and painted in the dark blue outer edge going between some of the white lines that are still showing through, I also added some water titanium white and yellow around the frayed black. I was thinking at this point that even if it didn't end up as a good representation of an eye it still made a pretty good pattern for the centre of my lens.


Next I used my fine brush again and went over the black and the dark blue edge and just played with the colour washes to create more layers.


Then finally went over some of the white wiggly lines again and filled in colour where I thought I needed to. Not sure if I should have left it alone on the last layer!!


I took the three boards each with different size circles cut in and began painting, texturing and colouring each one.
The first inside one was painted blue/grey then a black inner ring hand painted and given a very watery wash of carbon black.
The second was painted dark grey and white lettering quotes added.
Look at the world with a child's eye - it is very beautiful.
An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.
The outside one was given a coat of gesso with a palette knife and then a coat of white crackle paste before being given washes of the blues and yellow watery paints.


The eye looks amazing in the lens effect of the boards ......


.... then some varnish and rub-ons with brads in the corners and inked edges finish the look.


Hope you like my strange piece today .... I really like it with the concentric circles drawing my eye into the painted eye and creating great depth and dimension. The crackles seem to break up what could have been a very dark piece of art.

Have a great week.

hugs Brenda xxx



37 comments:

Helen said...

the eye is just beautiful, Brenda and the overall effect is stunning.

Suman Pandit said...

Love this Brenda, the eye, the lens effect and finally the crackle !!! I agree that the white crackle space considerably lightens the dark piece,it also mimics the white of the eye and reinforces the 'eye' effect !! wonderful piece of art !!
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Rupa S said...

Oh my. ..This is absolutely stunning! Your eye is do beautifully crafted and a visual treat. Love the lens added and the entire construction. Awesome Brenda.

Tracy said...

Stunning and a joy to watch how it took shape ... amazing art love it Brenda xxxx

Jan Hill said...

This is amazing! I love the build up of colours, it will be creepy to have in your craft room! X

Gina said...

How wonderfully "different" to your natural style(though your natural style is pretty amazing). Love this :D XXX

Becky said...

Amazing eye Brenda love it xx

Jane said...

Wow Brenda I really love it, very clever indeed and so effective. The lettering is perfect and so true. Fab work my friend. Hugs xx

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Very clever Brenda, the eye is very striking, love the idea and colours . Tracy x

Pamellia Johnson said...

Wow Brenda, this one completely hypnotized me!! I couldn't pull my eyes away! What an amazing piece, such detail and effective depth and tones! Loved watching how this came together too! Hope you had a great weekend! hugs :)

kim TangledBlueRose said...

Love you shared the process and love your amazing result! So stunning!
Thanks for sharing,
~kim

Monika Gulyas said...

Wow Brenda! My jaw dropped! This is amazing! Your iris is so beautifully painted. What a great idea, great project for the Circle Challenge! Just brilliant! Hugs

Rita said...

Wow Brenda. Your Circles look amazing. I thought I was seeing things ( pardon the pun ) the colours alone are exceptional. You are so clever. Hugs Rita xxxx

rachel said...

Stunning result brenda and what a terrific idea. Love it to pieces xx

A Pink said...

This is Incredible! Brenda My kind of art for sure. So powerful in many ways ! Loved seeing the development of the eye and love the dimension the eye has and I did wonder at first if the highlight in the pupil was actually an image of someone ( I know.. my mind... ), How you managed to get the words to fit perfectly in the circle must have been no mean feat.
This is an absolute all time fave for me!
hugs x

Corrie Herriman said...

Brilliant !
Corrie x

Craftyfield said...

The concept is clever and well executed in the final piece! The painting of the eye is fantastic, as is the crackle.

Cassie said...

Stunning Brenda Brown xxx

Kaz Hall said...

Fantastic work Brenda!!

Inky and Quirky said...

Wow this is stunning Brenda, looks amazing and it's right up my quirky street too of course ;)
Hugs
Donna xx

Hazel Agnew said...

This is totally inspired Brenda! bet that you are thrilled with the results1 xx

Patty O'Malley said...

This certainly is different! I do like the variations of color.

Juliz Design Post said...

You find your eyes being drawn into this mesmerising project Brenda. Beautiful work and so unique.
Julie x

Redanne said...

Wow Brenda, that is one fabulous eye!!! xx

Evelyn Walter said...

Wow, Brenda, what a stunning project! Loved to see how you painted the eye, so much depth! The created 3-D-effect is so great and I love your background too!
xx Evelyn

Angela Radford said...

Brilliant Brenda, love it and very imaginative. Thank you so much for showing us how you made it. Happy crafting, Angela xXx

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Oh my gosh - this project is more than brilliant - utterly beautiful and so special! I am in love with it!
oxo Susi

Sue said...

This is wonderful Brenda, it really does have everything with the eye and the lens, and the gorgeous crackle. A really stunning piece xx

Scrap Recup said...

J'adore ! It's an amazing idea and a wonderful work. Magnifique !

Paper Profusion said...

Saw this over at CV Brenda - it sure is bewitching!! FANTASTIC piece. Nicola x

Gio said...

Wooow! I thought the eye was a sort of picture and then I marvelled at the step by step, you created itfrom scratch, it is amazing, Brenda! And I love you lightened it a little bit with pastel colors, brilliant!

Astrid Maclean said...

A totally brilliant piece and such a fab creative idea! Fantastic work like always my friend!!

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Wow, that's amazing Brenda, perfect interpretation of an eye and inspired to put it in the camera lense, thanks so much for sharing it! Deb xo

butterfly said...

Wowzer - amazing, dramatic work!
Alison x

Sara Barker said...

What a statement piece, Brenda! Your eye looks so realistic, I found myself playing that old game to see who would blink first! Your wonderful artwork won! So fun to see this come together with all the layers of color, and of course I love that crackle frame. Your words ring true! Thank you for sharing your process, and yet another amazing creation! Big hugs!

pearshapedcrafting said...

Oh My!! This is fabulous - love the quote you have used! Chrisx

Marjie Kemper said...

Positively gorgeous! So glad to have a quick catch up via BlogLovin... as usual your creations are fantastic!!