Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Country Kitchen for Country View Challenges

I had a fabulous crafty day with my friend Shirley recently and we decided to get the melt pots out and play with beeswax. With my theme of ‘Letters’ this month at Country View Challenges I decided to use some Italian dictionary paper (gifted to me by the wonderful Gio), A napkin that had fabulous images and also text on it, a text stamp on the background and then die-cut letters for the title.
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This is a small (ish) chipboard home decor piece I created for my kitchen.
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One thing I learned playing with napkin images and other papers is that layering of pieces is crucial. The cockerel layered over the dictionary paper only just works, the dictionary text shows through and became so translucent with the wax on it.
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Here you can see the text from the napkin as well as the die-cut letters.
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The Italian dictionary paper.
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The stamped text can just be seen behind the cockerel’s head.
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You can also see how I highlighted the die-cut letters with a white posca pen to make them stand out more and I painted some detail over the cockerel to ensure he stood out as much as possible too.
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And at this angle you can just see the shine of the surface after I buffed the wax. I also sanded the edges and inked then with walnut stain DI.
Have you entered our challenge yet? There’s always a great prize for the lucky winner as well as Winner and Top 3 Guest Designer spots. Hope we see you there
hugs {brenda} x0x

34 comments:

Jane said...

How creative you are Brenda...I am not sure I am brave enough to try working with serviettes...far too fragile! You have made such a pretty wall hanging. The cockeral is a stunning focal and your letters have featured in so many ways. I would love to have a go with a melt pot...I think that needs to go on the list of things to try! It's turned so chilly today, keep warm. Hugs xx

Juls said...

Wow that's just gorgeous!! Hugs Juls

froebelsternchen Susi said...

what a gorgeous country style deko ... AMAZING!

Deborah said...

Totally fab home decor, Brenda.

Chris Warner said...

This is beautiful Brenda! Fab design, fab colours and a simply gorgeous decorative piece for the kitchen (for anywhere really). Love it! Chris xxx

Suzi B said...

fabulous! this should inspire me to use the napkins I keep collecting...
Suzi B xx

Annie said...

Looks like you and Shirkey had fun Brenda.....wish we lived closer and could share crafty days x the napkin is amazing and using beeswax too. I forgot to keep my heat tool on the beeswax when spreading .....silly me!!!! Won't do that again! Take care and best wishes
Annie x

Astrid Maclean said...

STUNNING Brenda, totally love this piece, such a cool idea and lucky you to have a fun get together with Shirl! I haven't used the old melt pot for ages, but you have just inspired me to dig it out one of these day. I love the country kitchen look and this hits all the right buttons for me!

Rita said...

Love this piece Brenda. It looks fabulous too. Hugs Rita xxx

Gio said...

Such a creative piece! I definitely not able to add a rooster to a piece of mine :-)

Gorgeous finish with the wax!

Junibears said...

I haven't been by for a time and I've missed your awesome creativity Brenda. Wonderful work as always. Hugs xx

Tincan Crafter said...

Brenda this is so beautiful -

Samantha Read said...

Just beautiful xxx

Samantha Read said...

Just beautiful xxx

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is absolutely beautiful, Brenda. Sounds like you had a lovely day,

Lucy x

Gram's Treasures said...

Superb! Love the country look...I'm sure it will dress up your kitchen nicely.
Joyce xx

Netty said...

sounds as if you had a grand day Brenda and loving the results, x

Meggymay said...

Love the Country style of your project, its gorgeous.
Yvonne

Karen Petitt said...

That's gorgeous Brenda, love the cockerel, thanks for sharing xx

Redanne said...

I have not been brave enough yet to try using napkins but I love the finish the beeswax gives on your beautiful picture. Hugs, Anne x

lynnesbowsandbelles said...

Ooooh Brenda what is not to love about this rustic panel. The mix of papers and colours is fabulous with that cockeral taking centre stage and wax, it is a beautiful medium to work with and yet I never use it nearly often enough.
Gorgeous!
Wishes
Lynne

Terry said...

What a fun day for Shirley and you and the result is gorgeous! Oh I just love this country kitchen and I really thought the translucent cockerel was deliberate! Fabulous my friend! Hugs!

Mrs.B said...

Looks like you and Shirley had a fun day! Gorgeous project, love the transparency of the layers.
Avril xx

Jennie Atkinson said...

Stunning Brenda - all those layers look fabulous x

Silvia(Barnie) said...

That's a wonderful creation, great texture.

Anjas-Artefaktotum said...

Beautiful designed home decoration. Love the cheerfull country scenery. All details and the cock are amazing created. Wonderful work!
Lieve Groetjes Anja

Shirley Chillman said...

Your photos look fabulous hunny and the chuck looks amazing. It was a fabulous day I enjoyed every minute of it sweets.

Thank you so much for letting me use so much of all your lovely goodies x x

Crafty hugs from Shirl x x

Gina said...

Oh this is just perfection Brenda! This is exactly the "style" I want in my kitchen. I bought a message/chalk board with folky chickens on for inspiration, but this is much better :D XXX

Mary Elizabeth said...

I love this Brenda! First of all, I love all the use of words you have on your piece. Great DT piece for this month's challenge. Next, I adore the translucency that comes from using beeswax on different types of paper. Just amazing effects. I know you are really going to enjoy this piece in your kitchen. Thanks for the inspiration!!! -- Mary Elizabeth

Karin said...

this is fabulous!
Groetjes Karin

trisha too said...

Wonderful piece, Brenda.

:)trisha

butterfly said...

Such a brilliant rustic look to this, with those rich warm colours - I can almost smell the fresh baguettes out of the oven. Love that translucent cockerel revealing the text behind - and I'm definitely going to play with some beeswax soon (it's sitting waiting for me, though it'll be a question of ovens and tin trays rather than a Melting Pot!). Fabulous make.
Alison x

SYLVIA-ANNE said...

Wow Brenda - I would love to have this in my Kitchen - it's awesome!
Thank you for sharing all your wonderful techniques - you are so inspirational.
Have a wonderful weekend - Sylvia xx

Von said...

Well done Brenda wax and napkins a tricky combination, I get in such a pickle lol it will look fab in your kitchen :)
Von ♥