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.
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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?
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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.
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The ship's compass lying rusted over the porthole ……
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Crust shells lying motionless deep beneath the waves and beyond the shore …..
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The porthole cover riveted to the broken hull of the vessel with a length of rusty chain hanging round the edge ……
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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.
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This is the spine of the cover and ……
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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

43 comments:

Nikki Acton said...

What can I say! Fabulous, love how you have used Andy's techniques to create your deep water look. The additional elements really work, love the little skull.xx

sally said...

A wonderful wreck it is that you've created for us Brenda!

Sally

Margreet said...

Wonderful cover Brenda....you really make me curious to see what's more there deep under in the ocean...it looks very exciting!
xxx Margreet

Astrid Maclean said...

Fantastic effects on this Brenda, wow! You lucky soul doing a class with Andy, - this is amazing, I so want to touch it!! LOVE!!!!!

Astrid said...

WOW Brenda, this beautiful, realy realy beautiful.
Hugs Astrid

Julie Ann Lee said...

What a stunning cover! I love all the texture and the wonderful use of rust. I don't think I've ever seen anything quite like this for creating depth and
3D effects! It must have been a very inspiring class and you have produced something quite wonderful in response to it! Julie Ann xx

Redanne said...

Wow Brenda! I think this has to be my most favourite of your projects - ever! It is absolutely stunning and you really have created something that looks like an authentic piece of treasure from the ocean floor - or straight from Davy Jones' locker - I wish I could just touch it to feel the texture - utterly fabulous!! Anne xx

Jennie Atkinson said...

Absolutely stunning Brenda - the colours, the textures and all the individual elements. What fabulous rusting! Fabulously nautical!! Jennie x

hazel said...

This is brilliant Brenda, I love how you've embellished it and the colours and textures are fabulous.
I had a great day when I did the workshop earlier in the year.
xxx Hazel.

die amelie said...

Brilliantly done, Brenda!

The colours and the aged impression you have achieved, look terrific!

Claudia x

Anneke said...

This is wonderful. It looks really old. Your an ARTIST.
Thanks for showing Anneke.

craftytrog said...

This is absolutely gorgeous Brenda!
Wasn't it a fab class...I did it earlier in the year!
Hope to see you at Ally Pally, if you're going.
Alison xxx

Christina C. said...

Speechless!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is truly AMAZING, Brenda.

Karin said...

wow this looks amazing!

Doreen said...

Simply stunning Brenda.xxx

Kathyk said...

GLORIOUS project, Brenda with those rich colours and textures

Kathyk

Sue said...

This is gorgeous Brenda, it really makes you want to reach out an touch it, just fabulous xx

Gram's Treasures said...

Fantastic, Brenda, and very rustic. Almost looking for barnacles. Good luck with your class.
Joyce xx

Buttons said...

Utterly breathtaking Brenda. I love the textures and the whole aged and rusted feel of this. One of these days I'll get to one of Andy's fabulous workshops... Jenny x

Annie said...

Love the distressed look and the wonderful colours/techniques. You have created a fabulous scene on the outside.......hope to see the treasure inside soon

TFS and hugs
Annie x

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Wow Brenda, I'm missing words that's an outstanding project.

Meggymay said...

Awesome altered book, the class must have been so much fun .
Yvonne

massofhair said...

Thank you for not posting a how to tutorial, I agree with you about having respect if someone asks you not too. I LOVE the fabulous Mr Skinners projects, I love his flair for the dramatic and the macabre...

So glad you enjoyed the workshop, your covers look amazing Brenda-:) xxx

Shar B said...

An absolutely stunning piece!

Deborah said...

Wowie zowie Brenda! That is amazing! Could be one of Mr Skinner;s himself, it's that good.

Elly said...

Loooooooooooove it!!(:o)

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

Holy moly! My jaw hit the floor! This is totally fantastic. Love the rusted crusted feel to it. You definitely achieved the bottom-of-the sea feel. Brilliant piece of crafting, Brenda!

Hugs,
Linda

fozzieb713 said...

WOW! Fantastic! Love the rust !

Coco said...

Wow, fabulous book Brenda!!! You are very lucky to be able to attend to Andy Skinner classes, I'm jealous.. :) Your two talents joined are just a pure delight for the eyes. Hugs, Coco xx

Anita Houston said...

AMAZING piece!!! I love it!!! Fab texture!

1CardCreator said...

Amazing, you never stop surprising me with your talent! ~Diane

mamablitger said...

AMAZING STUNNING FABULOUS.... What else to say... ??? Love your book. Fantastic texture, really looks like a stormy sea. Wow !! Impressing work !
Thanks a lot for sharing this lovely piece of ART !!
Hugs from Monica... Spain

Zoe said...

Wow Brenda, that is beautyful!!! Can´t say a lot as I´m absolutely speechless!!! You really are a great artists!!!

Best wishes,
Zoe

Netty said...

wow thats fabulous, Brenda. Annette x

Daniele said...

oh I making this on Saturday I will be popping back to see the difference and might have to do some pimping of my cover
hugs

Ana K. said...

I totally love this, Brenda... I am speechless....fabulous textures and rustiness, love the skulls and little shells! Superb!!
I check also other creations I missed in past days, weeks...very well done, each and every one!
Best wishes from Slovenia

Samantha Read said...

Amazing!!!

Angela Radford said...

Amazing Brenda, fantastic texture.
Happy crafting, Angela x

Juls said...

Fabby!!! such gorgeous details :-)

Marjie Kemper said...

Holy mackerel! This book is awesome. What a fantastic transformation. I adore it!

Faith W said...

So VERY COOL!
Love Andy Skinner techniques!

Scrap Recup said...

Love your work ! Wonderful ! Whaaaaa !

Natashalh said...

I realize this post is a few years old now but WOW - this altered book is amazing! I really admire mixed media art and am hoping to get into it. Your projects are such an inspiration!