Flawesome describes an individual who embraces their flaws and knows they are awesome anyway.
The first piece pictured is currently available at the TAC Gallery, NoDa, Charlotte (3225 N Davidson St, Charlotte, NC 28205). The second piece will be at Charlotte Art League, 4100A Raleigh St, Charlotte, NC 28213 on 9/10/21. Of course, you may also order here. Delivery is free to the Charlotte area.
Here's the story of how this piece was created:
- It started with a layer of gesso (like primer) on 4 x 12 inch birchwood cradleboard.
- Then I used chalk pastels to color an old sewing pattern.
- I pasted the pattern on the board using matte medium.
- I added stamps with ink and used stencils with acrylic paint to create an interesting background.
- I created the letters, FLAWESOME, using Photoshop. Each letter is a flower.
- The dictionary pages are the definitions for “flaw” and “awesome.”
- The postmark and stamp are a copy from a letter I used in another piece. That letter was from 1928 as the postmark indicates.
- After pasting the pieces in place with matte medium, I outlined all of the pieces with charcoal pencil, then shaded the lines.
- Lastly, I finished the piece with spray varnish.