This is a work of art that I made last fall.  You can also find it on my blog.  I`m all about technique and meaning, and this is what I will discuss here.  I really enjoyed trying these new techniques: embossing metal, hand carving in metal, adding metal elements to canvas, using metallic felts and shaping metal wire.  It was full of new discoveries. This is a semi-abstract painting about a forest.  And its all about exploring texture in metal.

Metal Forest
 Here is a side view so that you can get an idea of how dimensional it is.  You can really see how the green metal wire pops out of the canvas.

 This next picture shows parts of the two metals pieces that I embossed using an embossing tool. I added little details such as the little circles in the middle of the lozenge by poking the underside of the metal with the round end of a needle.  Careful: if you press to hard, you`ll make a hole!  I also added metallic colored paint on the metal.  To make it adhere better, I had to sand it down a little.  The second metal piece (bottom one) was also embossed using an embossing tool and painted with metallic colors.

I made this ''fleur de lys'' using a stencil and a crayon-like embossing tool.  I followed the edges of the stencil, and chose not to fill in the middle.  I also punched out a hole in each corner.  To adhere the metal plate to the canvas I used a glue gun.  Once it dried, I colored over the glue with a permanent gold metallic felt.  I really love how it looks.
This next picture shows the trunks of the trees and some grass growing in front of the tree line.  The trees were also cut with normal scissors and then embossed. I made sure to emboss in different directions to create some diversity.  I put the trees against the lighter side of the background to create a greater contrast.
The bottom grass background was created by embossing with a tool and the grass itself was hand carved out of the metal.  I lightly added paint to the grass to contrast with the background.
Finally, I added these four metal pieces which are eyelets into the canvas.  I really liked the glue on the ''fleur de lys'', so I put some around the eyelets too.  I added a touch of gold glitter glue in the middle, and some stars over the forest were created.  I also added some wired mesh under the green wire.  This has an aesthetic function as well as a practical function.  I needed something to keep the wire in place.

Hope you enjoyed!
Krysthle Poitras

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Comment by Cindy McDannel on June 8, 2011 at 2:53am
Very cool indeed! Love the creativity!
Comment by Krysthle Poitras on June 8, 2011 at 4:56am
Thank you!
Comment by Thaneeya McArdle on June 8, 2011 at 4:22pm
I love all the different processes you used just in this one piece! It was interesting to read about how you crafted all the different elements.  A lot of thought went into this piece and it shows in the final artwork.  I enjoy the shot of the wire sticking out. :)  You really embody the spirit of experimentation in your art, and that is awesome!
Comment by Krysthle Poitras on June 8, 2011 at 4:52pm
Thank you Thaneeya! You`re spot on!  I`m all about experimenting and trying new things.  Now, if I could only stick to one style...
Comment by Anna Manafe on June 11, 2011 at 12:51pm
very very informative! thanks for posting such a great work :)
Comment by Krysthle Poitras on June 12, 2011 at 4:03pm
Thank you Anna. 
Comment by Suzanne Vadnais Monson on June 19, 2011 at 1:53am
This is a wonderfully informative post Krysthle! Than you for sharing your step by step process with us.
Comment by Asma Reda on June 19, 2011 at 1:04pm
Amazing! so creative!
Comment by yendy on June 23, 2011 at 4:03pm
wow really this just amazing!!
Comment by Krysthle Poitras on June 23, 2011 at 4:07pm
Thank you for all the nice comments :)


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