Nurture and Nature

by Helen Goulty
(Co. Cork Ireland)

Nurture and Nature by Helen Goulty

Nurture and Nature by Helen Goulty

I collected together some of my favourite items for use on this, my first collage.

Initially, I painted the art board with a white Gesso, and then I stenciled a floral design shading it in shades of pink yellow and peach onto tissue paper; and then tore the tissue paper in to odd sized shapes and glued it in sections on to the art board. While waiting for that to dry, I painted onto some bubble wrap that I had saved and pressed the painted surface on to another section of the blank board to get a dotty effect. I then added lots of little strips of different types of wrapping paper and wallpaper that had different textures that appealed to me. I also used some Tyvec material that I had painted and stamped and then heated with a heat gun, which gave it a slightly raised and bubbled texture. I placed a small patch of that onto the board to give it some additional texture.

For the wording, I used different types of fonts on the computer, printing them out in a sepia toned ink to give it a vintage look. I scattered the wording throughout the collage to catch the viewers interest and to draw the viewers eyes to the beautiful vintage flower faces. (I felt that they added a quirky but pretty feminine touch to the piece). I had saved some old printed paper with copies of old postcards and their stamps and parts of a message. I also used some dictionary definitions that I liked. I cut out some hearts and stars with wording on them so that the viewer would have something else to draw them in to the picture. (Personally I find it really pleasing to spot something different that I have missed each time I look at a picture, and I hope that anyone that views this piece will do the same).

The pieces were all glued on with a PVA glue individually and allowed time to dry, I then glazed over the whole picture with a pale pinky-peach colour which reminded me of the old faded beauty of times gone by.

I had tremendous fun in creating this piece and in sourcing the materials. Thank you to Vintage Image Craft for the lovely vintage flower faces, they really made the whole project come together. My thought process in using them was, as with a family, what is loved and nutured will grow, the same applies to flowers in a garden, and the combination of the flowers with pretty little happy faces really drove that point home.

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Oct 16, 2011
by: simran

Thanks to Helen! I'm really very happy to see such a wonderful collage. Hope you do more work like this.

May 26, 2010
Nature and Nurture
by: Helen

Thanks so much for your kind comments, they are very much appreicated.

May 26, 2010
by: Catherine

Lovely to regard, yet thought provoking. Structured pattern, and with flower children embedded for pretty measure. It draws you in to discover what other little details are involved. I'd certainly like to see more...

May 16, 2010
Nurture & Nature
by: Hele Goulty

Hi Su,

Thanks for your kind comments they are very much appreciated. It did take me quite a while to complete, but I got great enjoyment out of it.

Kind regards, Helen

May 16, 2010
by: Su Hall

I love your collage! You really put a lot of work into it. I adore all the words and images, but the texturing is marvelous! Very nice, indeed!


May 10, 2010
Nurture and Nature
by: Helen

Hi Erin,

Thanks for your kind comments I am glad that you liked the collage. The little flower faces are cute. I just loved them. I hope you do give it a go you will have great fun, it is a very freeing experience.

Kind regards Helen

May 09, 2010
by: Erin Smetak

Wow, this project is amazing! I've not worked w/ Gesso, but you did a fabulous job! I have the face flower images as well, but have not been able to think of what to do w/ them! You have inspired me to create!!!!

May 02, 2010
Very pretty
by: Hedy

Hi Helen,

I'm not very eloquent with artistic phrases, but just to say this is a very pretty piece. Well done, you were always very clever when it came to thinking 'outside the box' when putting materials together to create a unique piece of artwork/ craftwork. xx

May 02, 2010
Nature and Nurture
by: Helen

Thanks so much for your kind comments Justine they are much appreicated.

May 01, 2010
by: Justine

What a wonderful and oh so beautiful project. I love the color combo that you used. This makes me smile.

VIC comment: And Justine is an artist of the first degree. We're hoping for a entry from her in this Challenge!

Apr 25, 2010
Nurture and Nature Collage
by: Aileen

Wow! I'm blown away by the work that goes into a piece like this - I had no idea it involved so much. I love the effect of the finshed piece - it manages to be both traditional and quirky at the same time. Also, each time you look at it you see something new. In this age of instant gratification it reminds me of what is important -through both the theme of the piece and the hours put into creating it. Looking forward to seeing more from this talented artist.

Apr 25, 2010
by: Laura

A lovely collection of colourful images with the emphasis on family which is great.

Apr 24, 2010
Nature & Nurture
by: Helen

Thank you all so much for your kind, supportive and encouraging comments, they are very much appreciated.

Apr 24, 2010
N & N
by: Alan

I find the quintesential essence of the floral display is quite unique, well enhanced by the pictures of children, highlighting what one can only call, mother nature nurturing her offspring.

Not only is the artist showing huge talent and flair, but quite simply getting back to the basics we all strive to attain as shown by the words and expressions. This is of course, the very root of human existance and the only true way that the human race moves forward, through values and family.

To put it simply, the artist has shown flair and one would recommend a gold star, extra candy and a grade of distinction. Keep up the good work, the night classes and if all else fails, the archery will help should there be a total collapse of the world economy and we have to restort to living in caves and hunting.

Artist flair and talent is overflowing, long may it continue for you and all that are close and supportive to you.

Apr 23, 2010
by: Sarah

How little we know of what really goes into these pieces of art. the time, thought and artistry to say the least. Good job the steps of how it's done have been added as we'd otherwise miss so much of the definition of it all. I really like it and would like to see more from this artist in the future.

Apr 22, 2010
very nice
by: Anonymous

Is the stuff on this site for sale? I'd like this for my mum.

VIC Answer: The artwork in our May 2010 Creative Challenge is the property of the artists, and is not for sale. If you send your question by email to, we will forward it to the artist. Scott

Apr 22, 2010
It's a bit "girly" isn't it ...
by: Anonymous

It's a bit "girly" isn't it ... I notice there are no men doing "men stuff" in it ... like beer mats and Page 3 Calendar Girls and stuff ... still, it's very nice all the same ... in a "girly" sort of way ...

Apr 22, 2010
Happy thoughts
by: Norman

Makes one feel happy just looking at it, lots of interest in it to look at. May you continue to Nurture your talent and let it grow. Hope to see more work from you in the near future.

Apr 22, 2010
Nature unites with Love
by: Valerie

I really enjoyed seeing nature, the supporter of life, tied in with family, the roots of society. The unity of the two is quirkily presented with a love of people and sense of humour. Very imaginatively done with attractive use of colour. The design element is well balanced. With different points of interest drawing the eye toward them. Love it!

Apr 22, 2010
Really lovely
by: Naomi

There is a fun element to this piece with the quirky faces and the use of colour shows the creator likes the traditional but also is experimental in her usage of the paint effects. I really like this piece and would love to see it in 'real life' so as to find all the hidden gems that I may have missed first time.

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