Saturday, May 16, 2009


Adornment was a delight to make and is one of my best mixed, altered pieces so far. I got the idea from the scripture, Let your moderation be known unto men. Phil. 4:5 This elaborate piece contrasts lavishness with simplicity. It is certainly not an indictment against dressing up. I am a girly-girl and very much enjoy jewelry, sparkly clothes, make-up, accessories and pretty things. It is rather a way to show that along with outward adornment, the condition of our inner selves is most important.

If we cultivate a beautiful spirit, the beautiful hairdo will be much more so. If we allow compassion for others to shine forth, then the sparkly jewelry will sparkle that much more.

Wives...let not your adorning be only, gold and apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. I Pet. 3:3-5 I used scriptures, definitions and words throughout this piece. You know I am word-obsessed!

The blue dress is a salvaged copy from one of my watercolor paintings titled Blue Dress. I had made a copy that was too light. I was going to toss it and then decided to save it, like I do everything. I began to design this piece when I ran across this copy in my files. I cut the dress out, painted it, added sparkle and went from there.

I used two vintage photos from my collection. I had meant to use copies but my printer was broken at the time. I had already scanned the photos but couldn't print the scans. I was so in to completing this piece that I didn't want to wait until I bought a new printer so I used the original photos. I was consoled when I realized that I could print copies whenever I needed them for future art pieces.

The title word Adornment was designed using a chipboard A and rubberstamping the rest of the word. I wrote the scriptures & definitions text in cursive, cut out and adhered each little panel in strategic places.

I always start an altered art piece by choosing a color scheme. I like complimentary schemes, which are colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel. I can then choose embellishments from a variety of shades, tints and tones of those colors. For this I chose the base color scheme of blue/orange. Sometimes I choose a monochromatic scheme, shades and tints of one color, which can look elegant and reserved.

Look closely and you will see a charm (a recycled earring) attached to a removable tag.

Adornment , mixed media, 10 1/2 x 6 1/2 excl. hanger


judie said...

Hi Sandi. I haven't visited in awhile so I'm stopping by to say hello. I've been scrolling to see what I missed. Love your eyeglass cases and this latest mixed media piece is awesome!! xoxoxo

Flassie's Fil'a said...

This is awesome!

I've used the tulle and silk
flowers on some pieces. Nice
to see someone else does too!

I think you should be in that
Artful Blogging Magazine and
send in some of your art to
other ones like Cloth Paper
Scissors, etc and get publish.

God Bless You and Yours and Your
Creative Life and Business!!!

Flassie's Fil'a said...

I am on break. Son is here
and things going on in family.
Do not know how much I will be
online this summer so I closed
out comments.

God Bless You and Yours
and Your Creative Life!!!

teri said...

hi i enjoy your work. I'm looking for christian artist to do some pages in altered books. i pick up christian books from garage sales and second hand stores. paste draw underline. then leave them in book exchange areas in laundromats, cafe's ,shelters, hostels, and campgrounds. I write in the front asking them to keep passing it on to also paste, draw, underline, leave a part of them in it. look for ward to hear from you or if you know any other artist who would be interested. teri

Sandi Holland said...

Hi Teri: I visited your blog and found no postings yet. Nor was there any way to contact you in your profile. Your idea is unique and interesting. Where do you live and will you be posting to your blog?

How did you find my "Adornment" wall art? Have a nice day.

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