Thursday 27 February 2014

Stencils and Texture for Frilly and Funkie

I was so surprised and pleased that my Valentine tag was chosen as a winner at Frilly and Funkie and that gave me the chance to be a Guest Designer for their new challenge – Stencils and Texture.
So here is my multi-layered collage that includes both of those requirements, lots of it in fact :0).
I began with a piece of white card, dictionary and music score paper and tore pieces of both and adhered to the card. I heat dried it and then added borders in both black and white to add some texture. I had already ‘planned’ the layout in my head so I knew where I wanted some of the borders to create part frames round the images. Once the borders were in place I painted a layer of gesso over everything to bring some conformity to all the pieces and heat dried it.
I stamped and painted my images with distress inks and then cut two pieces of paper roughly the same size so I could use them as  markers for where the images would go, and then I didn’t have to keep handling them as I began to build the layers further.
Next I began adding the block pieces of patterned papers’ cutting them to size and edging them all with walnut stain. I always like to do this as I feel it frames each piece and makes them stand out as part of the composition really well.
Once I was happy with the way the design was developing I began to add some tissue tape and then got out two of Tim’s masks and ‘painted’ decoart modelling paste through them, going over some of the patterned paper too.
I also used distress inks through one of Tim’s new masks – Lattice work …….
… and I used walnut crystal ink to splatter all over and drip over some of the textured areas.
The borders weren't stuck down fully so that I could tuck some other pieces beneath them if I wanted.
Then I glued in the images, adding more borders, lace and tape where I felt it was needed.
Now I started to gather metal trinkets to add as embellishments and I added a couple of little flowers from Linda’s shop. Once happy with where they were all going I lightly painted the metal pieces with gesso and stuck some of them together to layer up. I then adhered them into place and brushed treasure gold white fire over them all, this brings some conformity to them as they were all different metals.
Finally I stamped some Artistic Outpost words and used one of my own chatty words, a button, ticket and a glass dome over the #35 to finish off.
I made this piece on white card so that I could start a collage journal. I did a lot of collage oil paintings when I was at college (many moons ago now) and a couple of years ago I did a Claudine Helmuth on-line course in learning more about how collage works. Last year doing a 2 day workshop with Finnabair really ignited my passion for it all over again, so I am going to keep my samples and notes to go with them all in one place.

Thanks again to the fabulous team at Frilly and Funkie for choosing my tag and enabling me to be a Guest Designer, I have really enjoyed creating this. The Artistic Outpost stamps, Tim’s masks and the lace all come from Linda's Funkie Junkie Boutique, if you haven’t explored it yet as somewhere to buy from I recommend you go take a look at the fabulous products and competitive prices.

hugs Brenda xx


Gaby Bee said...

Fantastic collage Brenda! The detail in this scrumptious creation is amazing. The colors and layers are just gorgeous! I keep seeing so many little details in the background. The more I study it, the more I like it.

debby4000 said...

Gosh what a lot of work involved and it looks fab but I bet it looks even more fabulous in real life.

Redanne said...

This is stunning Brenda. I can see the Finn inspiration in there and I love that you showed how you built up the layers on your journal page, the little bits of staining give the piece such a vintage look too. I just want to touch it! Anne xx

Anneke said...

This project just looks wonderful.You have taken the time to make it look so special. There is allot to see and I just couldn't stop looking. I really love the blue with brown combination. Thanks for you explanation and for sharing this piece of ART. Anneke.

sally said...

What a beautiful collage Brenda! I'm always in awe of all the layers you make to get into your pieces :-)


massofhair said...

Wow, so many layeers & textures! An awesome piece of ArT Brenda:-) xxx

Gram's Treasures said...

You have a good eye for putting these pieces together...and lots of patience! Another lovely project, Brenda.
Joyce xx

Rita said...

Fabulous collage Brenda. I love the colours. Congratulations on your win. Hugs Rita xxx

Netty said...

Loving your beautiful Finn inspired collage, its gorgeous Brenda. Annette x

Margreet said...

Congrats on your winning Brenda...the team made a good choice!
Love this piece of art and also love how you showed the making of!
Wishing you a wonderful weekend!
xxx Margreet

Deborah said...

Love seeing how you've put this together. The result is truly beautiful. Congrats on your win!

1CardCreator said...

Beautiful piece Brenda and I was fascinated to watch as the layers all came together! ~Diane

Inkypinkycraft said...

Brenda this is just gorgeous in every single the layers , the details, the colours ...well I love it all hugs x trace x

Glennis F said...

A fantastic piece, Brenda, I love it

Paula Whittaker said...

stunning work

Dagmar said...

Oh wow - your Collage is so fantastic!!!!! Great artwork, Brenda. Hugs Dagmar

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Three times wow - it's an outstanding creation. So many elements and fantastic texture. Just gorgeous.

Sandy said...

First congratulations!
I really appreciate you showing us how you did all of this. I have never tried anything like this but would like to. This is just absolutely amazing to me - so many steps. All I can say is how very much I like your creation. Bravo!
sandy xx

craftytrog said...

Absolutely gorgeous!!! Thanks for sharing how it all came together Brenda.
Alison xxx

Words and Pictures said...

It's absolutely lovely, Brenda. Congrats on your win and GD spot! Have also left some love over there!
Alison xx

cheryl said...

Gosh this is amazing hun the layout and all the textures are amazing hugs cheryl xxx

Ink Art Designs said...

Wow Brenda ~ this is vintage inkiness in all it's glory! Gorgeous colour combinations and texture...a stunning piece. Love the art of it!
Dot x

Meggymay said...

Fabulous collage and so many super textures and layers, it is inspirational.

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

What fabulous layers here! I love the lines and design! This is so elegant yet so vintage looking! Beautiful!

Astrid Maclean said...

Some of my favourite techniques Brenda! The finished result looks fantastic, such a wonderful piece, beautifully composed, love it!!!

hazel said...

A fantastic piece, the layers are fabulous.
xxx Hazel.

Mrs.B said...

Fabulous collage Brenda, great step x step pics. Love all the details you've added.
Avril xx

Cocofolies said...

Fabulous work of texture and collage wow!!! Thank you for the great step-by-step. And congrats for the win and Guest DT spot dear Brenda! Enjoy your week-end, Hugs Coco xx

nefertiti said...

Great work Brenda! thank you for the details! and congratulations for the win. Bizz

Gio said...

Layers, texture, collage, vintage bits and a wonderful image! All put together to form an oustanding piece. It's gorgeous Brenda!

Have a nice weekend!:-)

Marjie Kemper said...

Oh, Brenda, this is divine! Love all the layering and so many different textures. Scrumptious!

crafty creations said...

Hi Brenda - just spent some time around your blog and what amazing work I did see

This collage is simply stunning - great that you added the "how too"

Hilda x