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The project I am sharing with you today was inspired by a quote that I found online:

"She is proof that you can walk through hell and still be an angel."

Before I get into my project details I would like to share a quick background as to how this piece came about and why it is significant to me.

These past two years have been extremely challenging for me.  My life has changed drastically in terms of friends, family, health and even my home.  You could say I have been 'to hell and back', and it's not something I would wish upon anyone.  Despite the obstacles I have had to face, I have not allowed the pain and struggle to change the person that I am.  Although at times, I admit, I felt as though I would fail, I did not allow the darkness to overcome the goodness that I have within.  I have always been kind and compassionate, and I have always put others before myself.  I am fiercely loyal and will be the first person by your side when needed.  This is who I am, and this is who I will always be.  As dramatic as I may sound at the moment LOL, I am sure there are a few of you that can relate to my struggle. ;o)

Anyway, as soon as I read that quote, I had a vision of how I wanted to portray it on a canvas.  This is what I came up with.  I hope you like it.  :o)

For this project I used an 11"x14" stretch linen canvas that I purchased from Michaels.  I was immediately drawn to the linen surface when I saw it and I LOVE that it is not white.  To add texture to my canvas I used Ceramic Stucco by Liquitex and the Mini Bricks stencil by The Crafter's Workshop to create the brick background.  Once the medium was dry, I applied several different Distress Inks to achieve the desired color.

The upper right portion of this canvas represents the 'light' within the angel... the goodness.  All of the flowers were made by hand using paper from various collections by Pion Design.  The smaller flowers were cut from Bitty Blossoms dies and the larger flowers were cut using Rose Creations dies, both by Donna Salazar.

The chipboard flourishes, DA0848 Floral Corners and DA0628 Corner Flourish #1, were inked with Tawny Turquoise by Lindy's Stamp Gang.  The color changes from turquoise to brown, depending on the angle at which you look at the flourishes.

Behind the flowers is a layer of Girlie Grunge Gauze by Donna Salazar.  I love the texture of this material and the way it absorbs color.

This gorgeous tree by The Dusty Attic, DA0091 Bare Tree #2, was first inked with Walnut Stain Distress Ink, and then parts of the surface were spritzed with Dark Chocolate Truffle by LSG.  This resulted in different tones (light and dark) of brown and helped to give the tree a bit of dimension.  To create an old, distressed look, I embossed random areas using Distress Embossing Powder by Ranger.  Love the rough texture that this gave the tree.  The Mini Birds were inked with black ink, and I swiped the thinnest layer of white paint across the surface using my finger so that the birds didn't appear so 'flat'.

For 'the dark side' I used several chipboard designs:
Each piece was inked with a variety of brown and black ink, and the flourishes were sprayed with a coppery red ink to mimic the color of flames.

The reason I added a few flowers from the corner of 'light' is because I wanted to show that the 'angel' leaves behind traces of her goodness despite her presence in the 'darkness'.

The 'angel' (DA0657 Divine Divas) was sprayed with the same ink used in the upper right corner, Tawny Turquoise.  Her skirt is made from the Girlie Grunge Gauze I used in the background as well as bits of lace and ribbon scraps.

The wings were dampened with water and split apart to create more of a 3D effect.  They were also embossed with two different embossing powders by Lindy's Stamp Gang - Angel Wings Jade and Magic Moon Pearls.

The chipboard cogs (DA0001 Cogs #1) represent the turmoil felt within which is why I used both the turquoise and coppery red colors to color them.

I hope you like how this piece turned out.  It was a pleasure to work on.  All of the chipboard designs used for this canvas can be purchased HERE.  If any are out of stock you can special-order them HERE.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by.  Hope to see you again next time!
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Ranger: Distress Ink - Black Soot
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Embossing Powder:
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