Monday 29 September 2014

Back to Vintage colours

With all the wonderful browns appearing in the garden I was inspired to return to a vintage brown palette for this size 10 tag.
I began with a scraped layer of gesso, heat dried and then some crackle paste through Tim’s Trellis mask. I left it wet ……
…. and then splattered distress paints and spritzed them so I could tilt the tag and let the colours run through the stencil patterns and over the tag.
It created some wonderful texture and colour mixes.
I altered and distressed bits like some ordinary gold paperclips which were painted with walnut stain distress paint and I added the word ‘found’ to a tag label and attached to a piece of the film strip which was placed over the smallest lad.
The silver nib was painted with pumice stone distress paint and some treasure copper brushed over it.
This plastic no: 3 was given Tim’s layered distress paint treatment.
So after all the brighter colour projects I have been doing over the summer I am in a happy place being back with my vintage colours and collage layers. Don’t you just love Tim’s Found Relatives photos? Do you like my link here? I couldn’t find the word relative in the chit chat stickers but I knew I had this one in my own printed chatty words.
The very rusty looking latticework gives a great background, I’m really pleased with that effect.
Have a great week.

‘We need to work to keep from getting rusty.’
Jesse Stone
hugs Brenda xxx

Friday 26 September 2014

As the evenings draw in there is a stirring in the basement

Ha, not yet Halloween but I’ve started something to get me thinking about the spooky and creepy side of things.
Today I have a triptych for you, made using the Tim Holtz arch die, cutting two out and then only partially cutting the third, extending it and finishing it off with my TH scissors which glide through this mountboard so easily. You can see on the middle one where I didn't cut right the way down, it’s showing the marks, but as I was covering them with papers it didn’t matter.
Using the Laboratorie papers I cut three pieces, inked the edges and adhered to the arches, I then sanded the edges and added some embossing powders for effect.
The added elements consist of Tim Holtz dies, some tissue tape, ideaology and my own chatty words for Halloween.
The apothecary bottle was embossed with silver EP with black paint over and most of it rubbed off before it dried.
The three panels are connected on the back with a strip of hessian.

Have fun making your Halloween projects this year.

“Around here, however, we don't look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we're curious...and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” 
― Walt Disney Company

hugs Brenda xxx

Wednesday 24 September 2014

Eternal Beauty Burlap Panel

With all the focus lately on autumn I have been inspired to stay in that mode and have used one of the small idea-ology burlap panels and kept with a nature inspired theme. These panels are just a little larger than an ATC and there are times when I love creating on smaller substrates just to stretch my creativity and imagination in a different way. I guess we are all like that.
I love the effects of the background and it is a technique I will be teaching at Pickwell Farm in October when we will make four of these panels in a Christmassy theme. (See my classes schedule for details).
You know how I love using the film strip on my projects, this time I have added small flowers from the wallflower paper stash where I also cut the Parcel Post label.
I used remnant rubs on the enamelled tag and edged it with archival ink. Wanting to ‘package’ up the feel of autumn I added linen ribbon and some petaloo flowers.
A piece just for me today, no DT, no workshop, just for me yay.

Another mid week and it’s flying fast. I have a governor’s meeting today so I need to get prepared for that and Friday I am teaching again at The Art of Craft, this time a colourful canvas. So here's wishing you a happy Wednesday, a great end to the week and a huge thank you for stopping by.

hugs Brenda xxx

Monday 22 September 2014

Mixed media background and Frameworks

This is my second post for today, if you've missed my tattered leaf tutorial scroll down to get a link for it.

My Country View Crafts project samples seem to be coming thick and fast at the moment and it’s my turn again to post over on the Projects Blog. I have to say this is one of those pieces that you stand back and say ‘I’m really pleased with this one’ (and that’s not often it happens for me!!!!).
When I began I wasn’t sure what I was going to make a card or a journal page? But if you pop over to the CVC Project Blog you will see what I did.  Here is a sneak peek for you, hopefully to tease you into taking that closer look and see all the layers I have included.
Happy Monday wherever you are, have a great day and a fabulous week and thanks for stopping by.

hugs Brenda xxx

Destination Inspiration at AVJ

Welcome to a new week and a busy Monday morning for me. This is the first of my posts today where I am inviting you to pop over to A Vintage Journey to see how I made the shabby leaves on my autumn canvas that I posted on Friday. 

I had found this picture on the internet and wanted to recreate the wonderful colours and veins.
Autumn leaves
Do you think I have achieved it?
I would love it if you manage some time to take a look and let me know what you think.

See you in about six hours with another autumn themed piece for Country View Crafts.

Have a great day.

hugs Brenda xxx

Friday 19 September 2014

Autumn colours for A Vintage Journey

Before we start I need to warn you this is a long post as I have included a step-by-step to create the background as well as explained how I made the embellishments. You might like to get a cuppa before we move on.

It’s the lovely Astrid’s turn to host the new challenge at A Vintage Journey and she has chosen the theme of autumn colours. This is how she describes it -
Who does not love the beautiful colours that Autumn brings? The oranges, muted deep reds and all the many different brown and green hues. Tim's Distress range should give you many choices. Make a project incorporating some of these colours, but don't forget this is a shabby vintage challenge, so no cute please!

I chose to make a canvas full of pumpkins and leaves to depict an autumnal theme.
To begin with here’s how I created the background.
I started by daubing gesso over the canvas with a palette knife and laying some old dictionary paper in it. I spent a little while pressing the paper in to let the moisture seek through, after about 4 minutes I began to tear the paper away leaving some embedded into the gesso. I left this to dry overnight.
The next day I smeared several of the green distress stains over it plus some antique linen. If you try this, make sure you dry the canvas and media between each layer.
Next came some of the distress paints, smooched onto the craft mat, spritzed with water and then pounced in random places using a piece of kitchen roll.
Out came the gesso again and this was also applied with kitchen roll.
Now to add a bit of texture, just some small bits of frameworks at the moment, adhered with wet glue and a little gesso dabbed over parts of them with my finger.
And now some stamping using black archival ink. OK are you still with me?
Out came my favourite latticework stencil and I used some cut-n-dry foam to transfer more white gesso onto the canvas -  be warned using a palette knife will push it underneath and smudge it.
Then some dipping with the greens and adding some yellow and finally some splatters with the brown – phew, hope you like it. This photo shows some of the details in close up.

Next came the elements to add.
Three butterflies die-cut from Kraft Resist paper using Tim’s mini butterflies. I  dipped them in some walnut stain distress paint which acted as a resist then daubed barn door stain over them and some wildfire treasure gold.
Three mini acorns die cut from card covered with distress inks and rock candy crackle paint.
The picture wheel with a die-cut cog, added because I wanted something to reflect the shape of a cartwheel. I covered it with distress embossing powders and then some distress paint mixed with distress stain and as my friend Sharon said it looks as through it has been through the mud.
Finally two types of pumpkins, pumpkin jack and the mini movers and shapers. The large one was textured using gesso through the speckles mask then layered with distress paints and distress stains. The smaller ones were cut from coredinations paper, sanded and dipped in some stains to create the colour changes for interest.
To complete the look I added two 3D pumpkins and a mushroom I found in my drawer bought at Hobbycraft in the florist section and also the words were stamped from Tim’s Thankful Silhouettes die.

Well I did warn you it was going to be a long post, but I hope you have enjoyed looking at it. If you would like to know how I did the  leaves drop by A Vintage Journey on Monday morning where I will be doing a Destination Inspiration post and another step-by-step, but for now have fun with your autumn colours and come and join us in our new challenge.

Have a great weekend. I shall be at Ally Pally tomorrow if anyone else is going.

hugs Brenda xxxx

Wednesday 17 September 2014

Nautical 2 for Country View Crafts

I booked myself onto a workshop at Pickwell Farm recently with the fabulous Andy Skinner. I have attended his classes before and love the wonderful textural and aged projects he makes, I wasn’t disappointed as we got to create an amazing altered book cover. The whole design reminded me of a shipwreck at the bottom of the sea with a compass and watery blue colours so I decided I would add some further embellishments to re-create that feel and use it as my second DT contribution for the ‘Nautical’ challenge at Country View Crafts.
What do you think? Have I managed to fool your sense into thinking this looks like a porthole in the side of a sunken vessel with a haunting skull of a seaman laying half buried in the debris? What lies beyond the opening? What has been preserved in the salty waters and is there a bounty of treasure to be found?
With respect to Andy I can’t tell you the processes used to make this industrial style textured cover  but I though you might enjoy some close-ups.
The ship's compass lying rusted over the porthole ……
Crust shells lying motionless deep beneath the waves and beyond the shore …..
The porthole cover riveted to the broken hull of the vessel with a length of rusty chain hanging round the edge ……
We love to see all styles of art and craft at CVC and we hope you will join us with a ‘nautical’ project if you haven’t done already.
This is the spine of the cover and ……
the back, created in a completely different way as you can see.

At this point I would like to give a plug for a class I am teaching at Pickwell Farm on Saturday 18th October. We will be making two Christmas hangings using the Tim Holtz mini burlap panels. Why not come along if you are in the Southampton area and have a fun day.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look at what I have made.

hugs Brenda xxx