Saturday, July 10, 2010

Doors: Day 2


Genesis 1:6-8: And God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” And God made the expanse and separated the waters that were under the expanse from the waters that were above the expanse. And it was so. And God called the expanse Heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day.

Here is the door we picked for day 2.


Day 2 seemed to have three natural divisions, so this door worked very well with its distinctly separate sections. I didn't want to do too much to this door because I loved it's basic structure so much. The center section had a panel of plexiglass screwed onto the back, making that section double-paned...this gave us the idea for a shadow box or collage for the middle panel. Jessi's main medium is found art and collage, so that section belonged completely to her.

This is the finished door. On the top section, we used pieces of hand-stained vellum, part of an old art project from my senior year in college. The vellum takes in these dark, rich layers of paint and can be scrubbed, crumpled, dried, and stained again, then ironed back out. The finished paper is still transparent, like stained glass. To bring out the transparency, we put a lamp behind this door, too.The center section began with the idea of a collage of maps. Jessi used National Geographic maps, a hand-painted map, more pieces of the vellum, draft graph paper, ribbons, ceramic ornaments, buttons, and a branch with light bulb tips to create a dimensional collage. (close up picture below) She put in some more personal elements, including a drawing of the states of Arizona and Texas, where the Luz has lived, and a hand-drawn map of Seattle, where Cole is from and where they will live now.The bottom section I wanted to be very simple and iconic. I painted the wave with acrylics in layers, and sandpapered away enough of the paint to make the surface a little richer and more historic.This door turned out to be one of my favorites of the set.

A close-up of the vellum section. (the top left pane was missing when we bought it, but I liked that.)

A close-up of the collage. The blue map Jessi hand-painted, and I love it. The light behind glowed through some of the vellum and graph-paper sections, too.

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