Few days back I got a mail from one of my dear old friends who was looking for a handmade frame / name board to gift to another friend of hers staying here in US. I was very happy and excited to be doing this for her. After discussing the requirements, I realized the product has to be mix of both... A picture and a name sign which can be displayed inside the house.
Since I haven't done a project with both these together, it was a challenge in itself. I tried few sketches and layouts and finally decided to do it on a canvas which would give it both, a depth and a distinction. Since it was a wedding gift, I decided to do with red color as a sign of love. Not as a base, but as a highlight of the project. Now for the base I had to choose between vintage look or a aqua soothing base. It was after some trials I decided to go with shades of blue.
As it was a project with in a project, I first decided to go with the picture. I used 2 canvases of 8x8 size with one having the image as foreground and other as a background (transferred the image on canvas). And for the base canvas I used mixed media techniques and gave a textured background using gel medium and Tim Holtz sprays. It took me a while to get the exact shade I was looking for but it worked. I painted the name letters and the heart in wine color. To maintain the balance, I used a quote on the second small canvas. Later embellished the project with some flowers and stick-ons. I loved the effect that came out on the heart. Here is a closer look of the project..
Love & Smiles