Saturday 16 March 2013

Family History and Vintage Fan

A new Tin Holtz die for me straight from the CHA and inspired by a burlap panel made by Jim Hankins I set about to design a piece where the vintage fan fitted in. Here's my antique room display.

To begin I covered a thick piece of greyboard 23 x 25 cms with hessian and stuck TH tissue tape round it to cover up the staples.

I had great fun designing this piece and originally I had used a photo from Claudine Hellmuth's collection that she sent to those of us who did her on-line collage course last year, but wondered why I was doing that when I have some fabulous old photos of my grandparents. My cousin has set up a family genealogy site that has even more so I have quite a few to choose from going back to my great, great, great grandparents.

This is my Grandpa on my Mum's side, John Albert Victor Axon. I don't remember him very well, I think he kept out of our way when we went round to their house, but one memory sticks in my mind and that is sitting in my classroom by the window at primary school and watching his funeral go past. I was considered much too young to be allowed to attend.                                                                          I have added the years of his life written by hand and added to a cog case from an old clock.

 Do you like the writing desk? The old typewriter, pen nib and telephone. I made the little bottle of Quink ink using one of those very small corked bottles, black alcohol ink and a handmade label.

I think the fan worked really well. It was die cut four times, firstly in silver metallic card which has been embossed with the riveted metal embossing folder and then alcohol inked. The second time cut in black card, the base cut off and heat embossed with clear EP. The next two layers were cut from idealogy packaging and I cut the fan out twice again using alcohol inks on it including snow cap which gives that lovely mottled effect. You can see the shine on it when angled towards the light.

The vintage green backing panel was made in a William Morris style wallpaper.

This was so that I could join in the fabulous Frilly and Funkie challenge chosen by Jenny, which is such an original theme to choose. I used a Sizzix embossing folder to get the pattern I wanted and then added layers of different green and brown paints to get the worn vintage effect, finishing off with treasure gold highlights over the raised designs.

A tribute to Grandpa.

Dies - Vintage Fan, Cameo Frame
Metal embellishments
Tissue Tape
Wall panel made using Sizzix embossing folder
Distress inks - Rusty Hinge, Pine Needles. Peeled Paint, Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain, Black Soot.
Alcohol Inks - Copper, Ginger, Pitch Black
Rock candy Crackle Paint
Treasure Gold
Plastic packaging for fan

Thank you to those of you who have commented or contacted me about my win at Simon Says Stamp and Show last week. I am very lucky not only to be drawn out of the hat for the $50 prize but was also chosen in the Top 3 with my Vintage Photo Wheel. A huge thank you to the team over at SSSS, it's always a privilege when you are chosen by your peers and is something very special. 

I hope you are having a good weekend, I shall be round to see what everyone is doing.

Take care.

hugs {brenda} x0x