Sunday, 8 November 2015

Give Thanks Triptych

Its day 8 on Art Every Day Month and I didn't post yesterday but I did do art!  I was working on the project below.

I have been all inspired by the current challenge at PaperArtsy which is on Triptychs.  I love making them.  I've made several as gifts but this latest one is for us.  It is a 'Give Thanks' triptych.  Having a grateful heart is something very much on my heart at the moment.  When we remember to be grateful, not just for the big things in our lives but also for all the little ordinary things of life, we definitely feel better, more positive, optimistic, happy with our lot.  I don't ever want to take anything for granted but to be grateful to my God for His provision, big and small for me, for the beautiful world we live in, for friends and family, for the hundred and one little things that make up each day. When I thank God for these and everything it takes my focus off me and my problems and puts them on Him and His greatness and on the wonder of what it means to be His child.

Here is my triptych inspired by the beautiful examples on the PaperArtsy blog. 

I wanted to do a traditional type triptych which I love.  I cut the three sections using a double layer of thick cardboard packaging which gave a great sturdy base, then painted with Nougat and Claret PaperArtsy fresco finish chalk acrylics.  I did the crackle glaze effect but wasn't happy with it so overpainted in Nougat again and distressed.

Then I stencilled:

Stamped a script randomly all over and a flourish around the edges - the November challenge at Craft Stamper is to 'Take a Stamp'.

I stamped the flowers and highlighted in gold, added texture paste through a PaperArtsy leaf stencil and painted over in gold with the stencil still in place which gives a lovely white highlight.

I edged all the sections in gold and added the hinges which are card painted gold.

Finally I printed out the thanksgiving verses.  Here is the triptych lying flat:

It was so fun to do and I'm really pleased with it.  It will serve as a great reminder to keep a grateful heart.

The triptych challenge finishes today but I'm going to go on making them!

I'm linking up at:

Craft Stamper
Art Every Day Month
Create With Joy Inspire Me Monday 


  1. Really lovely project - love the leaf stencilling with the gold and white highlight underneath - looks very effective Xx

  2. So beautiful and I liked the verses you chose also! Blessings, Janet

  3. Gorgeous. So thoughtful and I love the combination of words with color and naturally, the layers delight me. So grateful I popped over here to be infested with your grateful creativity! Brava!

  4. This is fantastic. I have seen several of these on various sites I visit, and yours is gorgeous. I like everything about it, including the texture paste and the gold outlines.

  5. These look lovely and it's so true what you said about being grateful for the little things. I've only just tried the crackle glaze and love the effect, but it's a bit of a hit and miss affair!

  6. I love all the texture, the gold and the overall design! Thank you for joining us at the Craft Stamper Challenge :-)

  7. I've never made a triptych but yours ls lovely! Thanks for sharing your creativity with us at Inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy! :-)

    We're giving away an ESV Journaling Bible now through Friday - thought you might be interested - be sure to stop by and help spread the word to all of your US and Canadian friends !

    Have an amazing week Susan! :-)

  8. LOVELY triptych!
    Thanks for joining us in the Craft Stamper challenge !

    xxx Ellie Knol xxx

  9. Beautiful! Love the touches of gold. Thanks so much for playing along at Craft Stamper Take It, Make It!

  10. Beautiful ....... Thank you for joining in with the Craft Stamper Challenge .... good luck! Linda xx