We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
"Little Gidding"
T S Eliot

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Heart of Eden

When I recently did the MDF garland shape, (see here), I really enjoyed working on MDF and using a different shape.

So, recently purchased an MDF heart shape, which is about 10 inches by 10 inches at the widest points - a good surface area to work with.

I covered the whole surface with crumpled tissue first, and wanted to try using sequin waste as part of the textured background too.

I deliberated chose a theme this time, the Garden of Eden, and let it evolve from there.

Components include chipboard die-cuts (I save the backboards from note pads etc.), molded clay pieces using airdry clay and airdry paper clay, a plastic snake (from my creepy crawlies box), some wooden stars, and bits from my bits box!

Instead of opting for a colour straight away as the initial all over paint layer, I used white. This brought everything together, but also left my options open for colour.

Still staying neutral, used grey to quieten down the glaring white, and start creating shadows and tones.

Now for the colour, and I went for shades of orange and pink.  In the picture is the start of several layers.

The blues stayed in the box!

I'm addicted to gilding wax, so that was the final application, although I did use a little more after sealing it with 3 layers of satin glaze.

The light now bounces off the gilding wax and the glaze, and creates different looks in different lights, which is impossible to capture by camera.  I'm liking the sequin waste too!

Happy Sunday!


  1. Wow it's gorgeous, except I'm terrified of snakes! It's great to see all the steps, beautiful artwork. Shirleyx