Monday, November 25, 2013

Christmas Triptych with Altered Pages

Hi everyone, Barbara here with one of my favorite art forms, the triptych.  With the Christmas holidays fast approaching, I wanted to make a Christmas triptych.

So,  some of you have asked, what is a triptych?  Wikipedia defines it:  
triptych (/ˈtrɪptɪk/ trip-tik; from the Greek adjective τρίπτυχον ("three-fold"), from tri, i.e. "three" and ptysso, i.e. "to fold" or ptyx, i.e. "fold")[1][2] is a work of art (usually a panel painting) that is divided into three sections, or three carved panels which are hinged together and can be folded shut or displayed open. It is therefore a type of polyptych, the term for all multi-panel works. The middle panel is typically the largest and it is flanked by two smaller related works, although there are triptychs of equal-sized panels.
Side 1 - Vintage Christmas

Side 2 - Traditional Christmas
Supplies used:

Altered Pages collage sheets:  Happy Holidays (AP-505), Holiday Postcards (AP-1155), Ivory Angels (AP 2090), 
Christmas Emporium 8x8 paper pad (Graphic 45)
Graphic 45 Coredinations Cardstock
Vintage Text Paper
Faber-Castell Big Brush Pen (Brown)
German Scrap
4x6 chipboard pennants 
Old Paper Distress Stain
Copper Metallic acrylic paint
Ink Pads:  Dark Moss Chalk 
Dies: Doily, Ornate Frame, Mini Rosettes
Botanicals, decorative brads, bling

I made this by first covering chipboard pieces with Graphic 45 paper and adding hinges to hold it together.  I used die cuts and collage images for the focal points on each panel.  Mini rosettes were made from vintage text papers, while botanicals and bling were added for extra appeal.

What I love about this particular piece is that I have made one side of my triptych very vintage, while the opposite side is more traditional.  So, you can change your piece to suit your mood simply by turning it to one side or the other.

I hope you like my Christmas decoration.  I think it will make a lovely display piece for the holidays.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a very wonderful, blessed Thanksgiving.


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