3 July 2012

My heart belongs to Banksy!

On my desk in my Studio I have a coaster with an image from Banksy on it. I love this coaster and the image it represents and when I saw this month's DT stamp set - Butterfly Girl - I knew that I wanted to use this stamp. I also had a hankering to do something quite 'beachy' and driftwood like and so I combined the two and made my own coaster in homage to Banksy.
I took four scrap pieces of greyboard and glued them to a piece of card just smaller than the pieces. I then, with my finger, painted the boards with a blue paint, sanded the project, 'painted' it with a white paint and sanded again. To make sure that the edges of each piece were sanded I did bend them back at each section - this ensures that you get an even paint finish and can give the pieces a more authentic finish. I then edged all pieces with Vintage Photo Distress Ink (of course!). 
The hearts were stamped with Jet Black Archival Ink and then painted (with a brush!) with a little red paint and Distress Stains until I go the right depth of colour. The sentiment is from the increasingly popular and incredibly useful Art Sayings. I stamped it with Jet Black Archival Ink, cut out each word and edged them with Distress Ink. 
All I need to do now is cover the whole project in a waterproof medium and I will have my own useable coaster. I have realised I am currently on a bit of an art kick using popular artists as my muse (This was my nod to Warhol - Wendy Style!) so who or what are you using as your muse at the moment? I'd love to know!
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15 comments:

Jo said...

I like this a LOT! Love the distressed blue and white and the ship lap / planking effect, very beach but and the red heart flowers are gorgeous. Jo xx

inkypinkycraft said...

Love the combination of textures and colours!! Greatmake trace. X

Helen said...

Hey, this is really cool! It totally looks like driftwood. Oh to be at the beach... although it would be a bit damp right now!!!

isisimaginings.com said...

That's terrific! It looks beautifully weatherworn & the hearts are lovely.

Red Kitty said...

This is fab, loving the colours and texture. X

Yours Artfully said...

Cor blimey Missus, this is a bit special!!! That truly does look like weathered wood.....I love it. You could make a whole series of them....then you could have one in every room of the house for your coffee cup (or hot water cup).
L. xxx

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

I lov your use of wood, works lovely with the heart stamp. Love the colours too. Tracy

Redanne said...

You really have made the coaster look like real wood! Fabulous work and fabulous idea - you should make them and sell them. I think I may have to use you as my muse because you do so many amazing thing that I wish I could do.........A x

monique said...

Love it beautifil colors

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Fabulous piece, looks wonderful.

Kim Dellow said...

Love it Gabrielle! Love the almost fence like quality to it! Great bit of distressing :) Kimx

Marjie Kemper said...

Scrumptious!

Minxy said...

Love This x

hazel said...

Love what you've done to your coaster - it's fabulous.
xxx Hazel.

sue law said...

Love this stamp it's so great! Love your colours layout and distressing!
Suex