In Frida's self-portrait a woman and a deer merge to form a strange hybrid within a mysterious forest - majestic, yet vulnerable and in pain. Much as I understand Frida's desire to express her mental and physical agony through Art, I wanted something more playful so I focused on the grace and the freedom of the Deer before it becomes the hunter's prey.
I used the antlers from the Stag, style 9; an oval from the mini wood shapes and the body of a Running Buck along with some acrylic paints and some water-colour pencils to create a Frida/Deer!
My canvas started out like this, with plaster wrap moulded to form tree trunks and roots. I gave the whole canvas a coat of Gesso, allowing the plaster wrap to dry for around 24 hours before applying the Gesso. It's very important when working with reversed canvases to prime the inside section with Gesso too, as this will not have been prepared.
I went to town with layering all kinds of media over my canvas once the Gesso dried. I sprayed with diluted acrylics in shades of blues and greens; added gold crackle and gilding paste and did some mark making to suggest trees and leaves. My background inside the canvas is created using a mask and acrylic paint on tissue, which I attached using Fluid Matte Medium. The birds, both around the frame and inside the canvas, are from a sheet of mini Garden Birds decorated with bright colours to make them more exotic; but Calico also produce a sheet of exotic birds.The Calico Craft Parts take acrylic paint really well and it's a joy to paint on them.
In my miniature portrait of Frida, she looks over her shoulder, sensitive to any unusual sounds. Sorry, and it did feel a bit cruel doing this, but I snapped off those antlers from Stag, Style 9, covering the Running Buck's head with the oval to form Frida's face. I was surprised at how easy it was to adapt the art parts and how cleanly you can make a break without spoiling the look of your 'hybrid' creature! There's part of a vine flourish used inside the canvas too!
To create more of a 'forest floor' feel, I added some moss to the grass taken from
Stag Style 9...
I had so much fun creating this project. It involved lots of snapping and sticking which Calico Craft Parts stood up to brilliantly. There is such a variety of flora and fauna on offer from Calico Craft Parts I hope I've triggered some ideas of mythical creatures or alternative realities for you to explore. Have a wonderful, creative day,
Julie Ann x.
Running Buck, style 7, smallest size
Stag Style 9, smallest size
Mini Wood Shapes, Garden Birds
Mini Wood Plaques Ovals