Emily's Anchor

One of the most significant parts of creating my art is to make something that is truly personal and meaningful for my clients.  Recently I had the privilege of creating a new painting for a special High School  Senior's graduation gift!  I worked closely with the recipient's Mom and she gathered special letters and notes of encouragement from dear family and friends. I also learned that one of her favorite symbols is the anchor. Taking all of this information, I incorporated it, along with my artistic vision, and came up with a unique keepsake that will hopefully always be a reminder of this special time in her life!

 I began the background of the painting with a collage of the letters (using copies of course) and layered them on the canvas sealing them with gel medium.  On a side note, all of the original letters were safely saved in a special scrapbook, not only allowing each to be read in full, but also creating another meaningful element of the gift!

 Collage of written notes.

Collage of written notes.

Once the collage dried, I added layers of paint and stamps creating a richly textured surface.  

 First layers of acrylic paint.

First layers of acrylic paint.

 Layering of stamps and other textures.

Layering of stamps and other textures.

Next, I sketched the anchor and transferred the design onto the canvas.  I filled the shape of the anchor in with pre-selected parts of the letters that for the most part included the signatures of loved ones and special phrases or sentiments; all parts that I wanted to highlight.

 Collaged anchor shape.

Collaged anchor shape.

Once the anchor was complete, it was time for the  verse and a few other sentimental collage pieces to be added.  Then everything was tied together with a final layer of texture created with paint and stamps.

 Completed painting!

Completed painting!

It was such a joy and privilege to create this meaningful piece for this special Graduate!  If you are looking for a unique, personal gift for a special person in your life, I'd love to help!  If you are interested in my commissioned paintings, please contact me at tatteredartstudio@gmail.com!