Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Grant me the Serenity...

Rolling back the hours, and the years, I went to my little memories box, to see what I could find. I am not a big keeper of things from the past, I don't have loads of photos all over the house, or boxes of stuff from previous lives. But I do have a little box I made many years ago, in which I store a few precious photos and lovely things.
I found this Serenity Prayer which I stamped on Clayboard many moons ago.

The background was created with alcohol inks and a gold Krylon pen. It's an old technique called polished stone, where you mix the gold leaf pen with the alcohol ink and blending solution, and it shatters and spreads, just like polished stone.
I remember many years ago, doing a stamp show in the States in Pennsauken, New Jersey. I met a little Jewish woman called Suze Weinberg, and she was demonstrating this fabulous technique. I even bought her book, so that I could master it properly. And this plaque was the result.
Maybe I should do a step by step blog on the Polished Stone technique, so that those of you who haven't seen it can have a go. It's very easy, and very lovely.

And the Serenity Prayer? I try to live by it.
Sometimes things happen which I'm not happy about, but mostly they are beyond my control.
I guess the prayer just reminds me that if I can't change it, then I'd best accept it.
And if I can change it, then I'd better figure out how and get on with it!

28 comments:

  1. Oh this is beautiful Barbara, the prayer and of course the Artwork would love to hear more about how to do this.

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  2. And me I have Never seen this before either.....xxxx

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  3. Beautiful, the prayer says it all . Interesting technique.

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  4. Me too, look forward to learning something new. Love the blogs. X

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  5. This has taken my breath away Barbara! It is stunning! As you know, I love my alcohol inks, and this I must try... A step by step would be amazing! Yes please! Xxx

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  6. This is beautiful Barbara! I love the polished stone technique - it makes the most wonderful backgrounds. I'm liking your new blog - I've started my own blog this month too, but am in admiration of you blogging every single day!

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  7. Lovely Barb..and the technique looks lovely...the verse...the words say it all as my Mum would say x

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  8. This is truly amazing !! and like Amanda and others to I would love a step by step on this technique, I managed to work out that it was alcohol inks but wondered what else had been added and then I read the blog. I am now trying to work out how things are done before I read how they are ... surely that is another step forward ?? Great Work xx

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  9. Another stunning piece of artwork - I haven't heard of the polished stone technique before, so would love to see how it's done. What a great prayer to live your life by too.
    Hugz, Jan xx

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  10. This is beautiful, how do you create the background with the inks and pens. This is my favorite quote. Perfect for each and every day. Thanks.

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  11. Love the background and love the sentiment. I will have to get this and stamp it on the back of my hand in black archival so I don't forget it!. Would be really inetersted to know how to do this technique and what the best surface/type of card to use. I am really enjoying reading your blog. Thank you x

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  12. it's lovely Barbara its a beautiful verse snd very. sonethiing for us at moment and every day seeing your one day at time is right were I am at and enjoyibg your blog lots love xxx

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  13. that was was mixed and phones predictive texts :-)

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  14. Isn't it just amazing how two trees and a verse and a bit of ink can make something so lovely! It really is beautiful!
    Your blog just gets better and better and like a never ending reference book on all things crafty! X

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  15. A Font of Knowledge , not seen this kind of work before, love it, & I like to live by this Prayer too !. Thank you for sharing it. A lovely Project . Xx

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  16. Probably the finest Blog in the World !!

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  17. Lovely verse and yes pretty please to more information on this step, I find your step by step instructions so helpful :-)

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  18. never seen this technique so would really love step by step blog. even better demo it on tv. and i love that prayer.xx

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  19. Wise words indeed....and a great technique...a step by step would be fab....truly inspirational....hugs. X

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  20. Love this card. Colours are brill.

    Hugs
    CraftyJacq
    Xx

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  21. I love this Prayer too. I love this method too, I wouldn't mind a tutorial never seen it done. xx

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  22. Hi Barb,
    Beautiful work of art, beautiful words.

    Would love to see this technique worked. X

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  23. Please, please, please! A blog on the polished stone technique would be much appreciated as this is such a beautiful card. Your blog is becoming my first point of call...it's like an on-line crafting handbook...the Haynes manuel of stamping. Xxx

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  24. Sorry, that should say 'Haynes Manual'

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  25. This is beautiful Barbara. I've heard of the technique but no idea how to - so would love to know how to do it, espeically if I could come up with something half as good as yours x

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  26. gorgeous and very apt words for me right now x

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  27. This is truly beautiful Barbara and I can understand why you kept it for so long.
    Step by Step instructions on that Polished Stone Technique would be a "God Send" so please can you do this so we can master it too!!! Thanks Barbara and your daily blog is just inspirational xxx

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  28. This is lovely Barbara and can see why you kept it . I too would be very interested to see the polished stone technique x

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Thank you for your kind messages and I hope you get inspiration from my ramblings.

Barb x