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Month: June 2018

A Collage of Found Objects

A Collage of Found Objects

Ideal for hanging above a mantle, buffet, credenza, or even a bed

Taking on the challenge of commissions usually means creating larger pieces and I have definitely found this to be the case. It’s encouraged me to start working on larger canvases to offer for sale in my shop as well and this collage is one such example. It measures 20″ x 10″ – a size that is quite versatile when looking to display in just that right place. Since it is long horizontally, it is also ideal for hanging above a mantle, buffet, credenza, or even a bed.

So, here’s the official presentation…

A Collage of Found Objects

Pegasus flying onto the scene

Steampunk Assemblage Art… in an oft-requested larger size – this time a 20″ x 10″ canvas. My steampunk version of Assemblage Art features the industrial and Victorian aspects of this engrossing science fantasy sub-genre leading to some rather fascinating collages. This time I’m featuring ancient and mythical symbolism with elements such as the Celtic knot, Pegasus, yin and yang, lotus flower, hamsa hand, the sun, the eye, and more if you’re curious. Look closely and you will see approximately 150 embellishments – both vintage and new – as well as dozens of metal beads.

Assemblage Art on Canvas begins with the background – it’s not just paint. I start with multiple coats and spritzes of paint on stenciled dimensional paste and pieces of crocheted doilies. I then add more spritzes of highlights and finish off with Finnabair’s waxes (which dry to a hard finish). Multiple layers of embellishments are then added to complete this 3D collage to bring it to an overall depth of 2.0″.

Vintage elements include adding machine keys, pearl collar pieces, old bottle glass, metal ornate focal point, beaded necklace, buttons, beads, ancient building (old chess piece), and 1980s jewelry makings.

An Ancient calendar, a modern clock face, the sun… all symbols of time

Newer pieces complete this steampunk look with items such as gears, various beads, bird, brick ties, coins, cabochons, leaves, steampunk heart, buttons, Vitruvian man, wreath berries, clock gears, tree, diamond patterns, hamsa hand, pendants, bracelet sections, eye, “Breathe” word tag,

Pegasus, tree trunk, clock round frame, clock face, rabbit, stopwatch case, ancient calendar, sun, metal beads, and various other metal embellishments,

Hangers are attached and, while I prefer the no-frame look, this is ready for framing. This piece will also display nicely on a large table easel.

Dimensions: 20.0″ x 10.0″ x 2.0″


Available for purchase at Etsy

All Assemblage Art pieces sold at Art Creations by Vicky are original works from artist Vicky Hensley and one of a kind.

A Collage – Heart Style

A Collage – Heart Style

This time around, it’s another blue canvas featuring the blue-green side of things with an overall turquoise feel. This color palette sells so well and and I’m starting to believe that the the larger the piece, the quicker it leaves the shop.

I experimented with a bit of new texture and I’m crazy about the result. See that light green-gold lower center piece? That’s a watch band from an economy watch that had quit working long ago. It was included in an estate sale grab bag and I thought to immediately toss it and then… I saw the possibilities of the texture in the band. I’m now keeping my eye out for more worn out looking watches with fake alligator bands!

And then the crowning point of the whole piece – the old tin heart mold. I’ve had this piece for a couple of years and found myself not wanting to use it, yet. I liked to see it sitting on one of my embellishment shelves. It was (and is) perfect when I finally built a canvas around it. I think it speaks for itself!

And then that old pickle fork! With it’s worn paint in perfect colors for use in my Assemblage work, I ask myself, “Will I ever find another sooo perfect fork?!”

And now for the official unveiling…

Heart Wall Art – a 3D Canvas Collage

An antique tin heart mold takes center stage in this Assemblage Canvas art piece. I’m referring to this as 3D collage on canvas – this isn’t just a painting. You’ll find a total of six hearts within this design that includes more than 100 embellishments plus dozens of mini beads. This 12″ x 12″ artwork was created piece by piece as I gradually layered the embellishments, ending with an overall depth of 2.0″.

Texture also takes a starring role with a background built first with stenciled designs utilizing dimensional paste that is then covered with multiple coats of paint, spritzes, and waxes.

When describing the actual elements you will find in one of my Assemblage canvases, I divide the embellishments into two categories – vintage found objects (20+ years in age) and newer elements.

Here those vintage found objects include a tin heat mold, pickle fork, two different beaded necklaces, ancient building (chess piece), crocheted collar piece, pearl collar sections, heart pendant, grape bracelet charms, buttons, 1980s jewelry makings, brass button, brooch, rhinestone button, and various beads

Newer elements include resin flower, gypsy head, wings, various leaves, branch charms, heart feather charm, paper butterfly, paper roses, wood round and cap, wreath berries, heart charm filigreed metal shapes, hummingbird, cabochons, floral bracelet link, hot air balloon, heart bracelet link, wood heart, and various other metal embellishments.

Hangers are attached and, while I prefer the no-frame look, this Assemblage Art piece is ready for framing. It will also display nicely on an easel.

Dimensions: 12.0″ x 12.0″ x 2.0″


Available for purchase at Etsy

All Assemblage Art pieces sold at Art Creations by Vicky are original works from artist Vicky Hensley.