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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.
: خمسة khomsah
, 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
, 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.
–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–
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.
–Large wooden Hamsa–
–Golden Light molding paste–
–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
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