Sunday, July 1, 2012

Home Sweet Home- ScrapFit Workout #71

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I really love this next workout from ScrapFit. I decided I didn't want to do a layout but an OTP.
I've been toying around with some mixed media stuff. I love Finnabair's work and although I haven't learned all the techniques I was inspired to make this decoration for my home in her style and honor.
Workout #71- Home Sweet Home
Home Sweet Home! We spend many hours at home so lets be sure to surround ourselves with things we love.  This Workout is challenging you to create a paper craft to be displayed in your home! This can be a banner, a unique way to display a photo, anything you can create with paper to be displayed in your Home Sweet Home.
For this Workout I decorated a wooden Hamsa.
For those of you who may not know what it is, I've added a definition for you below.
The hamsa (Arabic: خمسةkhomsah, also romanized khamsa, meaning lit. "five") is a palm-shaped amulet popular throughout North Africa, and commonly used in jewelry and wall hangings.
Depicting the open right hand, an image recognized and used as a sign of protection in many societies throughout history, the hamsa is believed to provide defense against the evil eye. It is also known as the hand of Fatima, so named to commemorate Muhammad's daughter Fatima Zahra. Levantine Christians call it the hand of Mary, for the mother of Jesus. Following its incorporation into Jewish tradition via its widespread use in the Islamic world, it was also renamed the hand of Miriam for Miriam, sister of Moses.

In Judaism, we use this symbol like the definition says as a amulet to guard for Evil eye or just simply for good luck or decoration. These come in so many different designs that after being in Israel this past summer I ended up with quite a large collection.
I decided to make my own and add to my wall.
Here are my two first Hamsas:
I truly love how they came out.
I used lots of interesting metal pieces.
 one of the metal pieces at the top says I love you and right under it, "yours, mine, ours"

 I used old buttons, flowers and a broach (which used to belong to my grandmother. I included the word family at the bottom.

 I also used pieces of earrings and necklaces and even included old pennies and Israeli coins.

There is a heart, a ring and 4 smaller hamsas to represent the 4 members of my family.
Every piece on this Hamsa has a meaning and was placed for a reason and that's why it gives me pleasure to display it in my house.
Materials used:
--Large wooden Hamsa--
--small wooden Hamsas--
--many metal embellishments, flowers, buttons and coins--
-- Golden Light Molding paste--
--Adirondack green meadow, and blue jeans mist--
-- Turquoise Dylusions Ink spray--
--Golden Iridescent Gold paint--
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The second Hamsa used different mixed media techniques. Some of which I learned at a recent Donna Downey workshop.
Here is the result:
I used 3 metal pieces. The centre one is a prayer for the home, and the 2 pomegranates represent fruitfulness and happiness.

I found this really cool red net ribbon which I cu into pieces and decorated.

 You can see the different techniques I use including the drywall tape I used.


Materials used:
--Large wooden Hamsa--
--Golden Light molding paste--
--Golden Gesso-
--Golden Soft gel medium--
--Tim Holtz tapes--
--Drywall mesh tape--
--May Arts red mesh ribbon--
--Gray acrylic paint by Liquitex--
--Golden Fluid Acrylic: Indian Yellow Hue, Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold--
--Da Vinci Fluid Acrylic: Yellow Ochre, Burnt Amber--
--Metal pieces from Israel--
--Old book pages--


Here is the sponsor for our Workout

$15.00 Gift Certifiate to the Paper Issues Store!


SPONSOR: Paper Issues / www.paperissues.blogspot.com

Thank you for visiting my blog
Keren


6 comments:

Frank Garcia said...

Love these pieces you did a wonderful job!! Love the colors and the beautiful detail of each piece! Thank You so much for stopping by my blog and for leaving me such a wonderful comment I appreciate it and congrats to you too for making the Prima GDT!! Your work is absolutely gorgeous!!

I'm a follower now!!

Hugs! Frank

Lizzy Hill said...

This is amazing work...you're really spreading your wings in all directions. My fave is the blue/green one...I love all the memorabilia on it & I'm a 'blue' girl at heart:):):) Never seen these before [not Jewish or Moorish!]...so thanks for the new info, too:):):)

Lizzyc said...

These look amazing Keren, you obviously have put a lot of thought and meaning into them making them very special pieces of art for your home!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Wow wow wow wowwwwwwwwwwwwww!! These are both amazing!! I loveeeeeeeeeeeee the colors, the textures.... just GORGEOUS!!!

Ava Gavloski said...

very nice work!!!

Helen Tilbury said...

Very interesting! I can see Finnabair's influence immediately!!