Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Honoring my Dad

Hello Friends,

I have been busy this week getting ready to teach my first mixed media course at a home school conference this weekend. I made a new project from scratch so I could take notes, as I went along, of instructions for my students and also a thorough list of supplies to bring.

I wanted a masculine design for my mixed media canvas so I started with a picture of my dad, taken during his service in WWII. Dad passed away in 2003 but I don't think I ever thanked him for his bravery in going to fight for our freedoms and those of others. This project was my way of honoring his sacrifice.
I altered chipboard letters that had shiny, colourful surfaces. It took 3 coats of Gesso to cover them. I did the backs as well to prevent warping. Once the paint was completely dry I heat-embossed them with SU cherry cobbler embossing powder. Then I sponged on Art Ingredients mica powder gold, mixed with a little black acrylic paint. I also painted the edges and back with the gold paint mixture. My final touch was to hot-glue on some star gems and the letters to the design.

I adhered a wide grosgrain ribbon to the side of the canvas with Aleene's Tacky Glue (love that stuff), letting the ribbon hang over the left edge a bit. A narrow striped grosgrain ribbon was glued on top of that. Then I added a sticker gem embellishment. I used some Tacky Glue on that too, for permanency.
Doesn't my dad look handsome in his uniform? He was only 19 years old when he enlisted. I can't imagine ever being that brave. He operated as a dispatch riding, dodging bullets on his Harley to take vital information from camp to camp. Most of the time he was all alone. What perseverance it must have taken to fulfill his duty and then come back home with a missing thumb and a found Scottish bride. I'm glad I took the time to honour his sacrifice.

Thanks for dropping by.

Hugs & smiles,
Teresa

Challenges:
Path of Positivity - Perseverance
Word Art Wednesday - anything goes
Simon Wednesday Challenge - Let's Get Sentimental
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
That Craft Place - no cards
613 Avenue Create - anything goes
Love to Create - Anything Creative/Mixed Media Goes
Paint Party Friday - art link-up

15 comments:

Valerie-Jael said...

What a wonderful tribute to your Dad. Your canvas is fantastic! Hugs, Valerie

Amy Ottmers said...

Thank you for joining us at 613 Avenue Create, good luck!!! Amy DT

minnemie said...

A very special piece... a very special man!

Penny Odell said...

Hi Teresa, both of your cards are gorgeous!! I love the vintage feel and the pic of your dad. The background are sooo stunning.

NanaConnie said...

It's magnificent, Teresa, and a wonderful salute to your dad. Good luck on teaching your class. I know it's going to be wonderful. :-D

Patricia St Martin said...

I love what you have done. I bet this is more beautiful if we could see it in real life. Love these colors. Just fantastic tribute to your Dad.
Hugs Pat♥

Penny said...

I am glad you took the time to honor his service, too! Really beautiful tribute, Teresa! Love the entire design! (And you look a lot like your daddy!) :^)
Hugs, Penny
Have a great weekend!

Chana said...

Nice canvas and what a wonderful way to honor your Dad! Thanks for sharing with us at 613 Avenue Create!
Hugz,
Chana, Owner

Becca Cruger said...

There are so many amazing elements here! Love the deep, rich color scheme and all the great texture. What a great homage to your father and an amazing way to remember him through art. I'm totally signing up to be your new follower!

Angela Hoynes said...

Fabulous work Teresa and he is handsome xx

Zora said...


A lovely card.Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful work with us at TTCRD this week and hope to se you again in our next challenge// Zora DT

jenn shurkus said...

beautiful project! i bet your class is awesome :) thank you for joining us at simon says stamp wednesday challenge!

Katrina Brown said...

What a great canvas! Your art definitely celebrates your father's heroic story---beautiful tribute!

Pat said...

I love your canvas and appreciate your sharing of your tribute to your dad. Sometimes we tend to take for granted the people in our own family! That is one habit I have been working on erasing from my life, and your project has reminded to persevere. Thank you! and Thank you for sharing with us along the Path of Positivity!

Desire Fourie said...

Teresa this is an awesome tribute to your very special and brave Dad. He surely displayed perseverence to the ultimate. Thank you for taking part in our Path of Positivity challenge once again.
Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}