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Mini Flower of Life Pieces

Hello: I am happy to begin showing how I make my artwork. I shall answer why later, but how must come first. Today I will tell you about how I made these small pieces that are based on the flower of life: 14_all_five_finished These pieces that are only 3" x 3" were started by striking a straight line on a piece of paper. Next I drew circles on the line that intersect each others centers. Doing this made the vesica piscis pattern occur repetitively on the line. Also, I took care to make sure these circles are the same size as the flower of life patterns I want.  I then drew five flower of life patterns in pencil. Each smaller circle is one third the diameter of the larger circles that were originally used. After that I traced the outline of the painting panels onto each flower for reference.1_all_five_pencil   I finished my ideas in pencil and then used ink to darken some parts. I wanted the pencil in certain parts for a subtle effect so I didn't erase it.  In the meantime I masked the edges of the painting panels (above) and applied acrylic gesso, a primer that protects the artwork from the acid in the wood and helps adhesion. 2_flower_of_life_inked   For color I used red and blue watercolor paints to infuse different feelings into each piece. The lightest parts have less paint and more paper showing through.

This one is still wet:3_seed_of_life_wet Here are all five pieces with color:

9_all_five_flower_of_life  10_all_five_flower_of_life_cut_out Next I used acrylic matte medium as glue to mount the paper to wood panels. Acrylic matte medium acts as the binder in acrylic paint but has no pigment. It will adhere well, and be of artist quality. I put the matte medium onto the panel's surface and made sure to get extra on the edges and corners. With the piece upside-down I stuck the panel to it, flipped it over and used a roller to remove any bubbles. I put each piece face down on a flat surface and stacked books on top to ensure a good stick. After the pieces dried overnight it was time to trim the paper closer to the wood with a razor blade. Finally I sanded the paper flush to the wood with fine sandpaper.

Here is the result: 11_five_flower_of_life_mounted Now that the paper is mounted securely on the wooden panels, I wanted a finished glass sheen on my artwork. This was achieved through the use of epoxy resin. First I sprayed a layer of UV protecting varnish to seal the paper. This preps it for the resin coating. I leveled my table and set the first two pieces on sockets to keep them elevated. Next I mixed my resin and poured it onto the pieces, spreading it around and covering the sides. A pocket torch is used to pop the bubbles on the surface.

First two: 12_drying_two The other three just poured: 13_drying_three Here they are finished and shiny! 15_all_five_flower_of_life_shiny More images of the final pieces: darkflower_porchcloseup egg_bottom lightflower_porch seed_left Spheres_bottom Thank you for taking a look at my art! Get my free coloring book download HERE. Thank you, and have a great day! - Ansel Bickerton

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6 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “Mini Flower of Life Pieces”

  1. pauline April 12, 2016 at 5:46 am

    ansel i love your work. Thank you so much for taking us through process. fascinating and inspiring. <3

    • sacredgeometryatx April 12, 2016 at 5:52 am

      Thanks so much Pauline! I plan on documenting how I make each piece like this from now on =)

  2. Iwona April 27, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    I’ve just got a handcrafted flower of life pendant that I love. Now, I want one of your beautiful pieces too:)
    PS Glad we became friends on FB:)

    • sacredgeometryatx April 27, 2016 at 8:43 pm

      Awesome! Good to meet you Iwona =)

  3. Sharon September 11, 2016 at 3:52 am

    I feel that I have some artistic talent………but not on the same level as you at all. You know I love your work and would like to purchase more items from you. It’s very interesting seeing how you make your pieces……they are very labor intensive, It’s such a pleasure being your Fb friend………:) <3

    • sacredgeometryatx September 11, 2016 at 4:01 pm

      Thanks so much for supporting the artwork Sharon =)

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