Yesterday and today I worked on a small collage, a tribute to my beloved Frida and her favorite song lyric "Arbol De La Esperanza, Mantente Firme" - "Tree of Hope, stay confident".
She also used that line as an exvoto in one of her paintings and I found it simply beautiful, as it goes so well with Frida´s strength and passion for life.
It was the first time I tried out any crackle technique and I used a crackle polish on water basis on acrylics. I guess I didn´t give it enough time to dry, I expected the crackle a bit more filigree. If anyone who is reading this is experienced with this technique I would be happy to get some tips how to work with it and how to create different effects. Some letters from the song lyric unfortunately became a bit blurry as I added the finish, the pencil I used was not waterproof..next time I´ll know it better!
The little skulls on top a friend once sent me from Tibet. I got them lose and seperated in a plastic-bag, but as every skull has a little hole in it like a pearl I assume they originally were a part of a prayer bead. It felt a bit blasphemic to use them in an artwork, but I thought they are better used in this work, as being in that plastic-bag forever or end up on a key-chain (like my hubby suggested).
Sorry for the bad quality of the close-up, but the finish was not fully dried by taking the pictures and reflected the flash. The original colors are a bit darker as they look in the photos.
Like I said above - every advice about using crackle is highly welcome! :)
Thanks for reading and sorry again for any bad grammar or typos, my english is still in progress ;)
Have a great weekend everyone!
Mahalo ~ Bettina
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