Monday, 1 September 2014

Nautical

The new challenge at Country View Crafts has a wonderful nautical theme to it, chosen by our lovely Jennie who loves to be on the sea. I also love the sea and always thought one day I might live on the coast somewhere but it never happened but that doesn't stop us going down to the coast as and when we can. In fact I was in Portsmouth on Saturday night for a walk and a lovely meal at Jamie Oliver's restaurant.

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For this project I chose to use the back of a deep canvas to make this shadow box effect display and began with some white paint, torn strips of patterned paper and texture paste with stencils.

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I added a couple of the canvas stretchers first of all to provide me with something sturdy on which to add some of the elements and bring them nearer the front. I painted the inside of the frame with white emulsion and when it was dry I adhered some torn strips of patterned paper.

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I rubbed some gesso over the paper with a dry paper towel and then using texture paste and a palette knife I added the textures around the edges of the frame.

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For the background I chose a piece of Tim Holtz paper and added some bubble effects with the texture paste and used a few blue distress inks over it. This gave me the base to add the elements I had chosen to use. You can see I had great fun with the rusting powder and alcohol inks to give the metal embellishments a really aged look.

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I also used Tim’s crackle paint and distress paints on this little bottle and found a video on the internet and learnt how to make this Celtic Plait.

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Whilst I was making this I knew I was going to see some friends on Saturday night on the way to Portsmouth and they have a lovely beach hut and the colours I was using reminded me of it, so I decided to add the name of the sea-shore abode ‘Y’ Knot to the label pull and take this with me for them.

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Did you see the little battleship on the top of the letterpress? It’s from an old Monopoly set and given a bit of an alcohol ink treatment and I don’t have an anchor so I used some old jewellery to add the hanging ball and chain.

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When Ken saw this he thought it would be very apt for Jill and Dave, our friends, as the old liner on the tag is like one that used to come into Southampton and the battleship is a reminder of the naval presence at Portsmouth and our friends live between the two.

I hope you’ve had a great weekend and if you have the inspiration and motivation to make something Nautical, we would love to see you over at Country View Crafts. Do go take a look at all the wonderful inspirational projects by our amazing team.

Thanks for joining me today.

Have a great week and a wonderful September.

hugs Brenda xxx





30 comments:

Doreen said...

Love this Brenda,such a fab idea.xxx

sally said...

Great nautical montage Brenda! I'm sure your friends will love it.

Sally

Margreet said...

Awesome shadow box, which will be very appreciated by your friends...good to read you have had a great time!
xxx Margreet

Astrid Maclean said...

Fabulous piece Brenda! Love how you put it together and such a clever use of the back of a canvas! Great arrangement of all the different embellishments, love how you altered them! I did notice the little ship and was wondering where that came from, very clever!!

Julia S-W said...

I love what you've done with your nautical theme Brenda! So much to look at and admire in one project. Nice to see my home town getting a mention there too!
Juliax

Redanne said...

I didn't notice the little ship at first but it is such a lovely touch on your very beautiful reversed canvas - you really have added some wonderful embellishments. Anne x

Cardgenie said...

Brenda, your project is fabulous. I love the colour and textures and the contrast between the blue frame and the metal embellies is great! Love it! Jean.x

Angela Radford said...

Great canvas Brenda, loads of great detail.
Happy crafting, Angela x

Jennie Atkinson said...

This is wonderful Brenda - so many individual details, textures and and colours. A fabulous hanging for your friends. Jennie x

Susan Carol said...

So much interest here. I particularly love the frame with all the texture. Great elements too.

CathyP said...

What a beautiful vintage-y piece of art! I especially LOVE all the texture!

Anita Houston said...

Gorgeous! Love the texture on the box and the nautical theme! Awesome pic too!

Sue said...

This is wonderful Brenda, so much to see and gorgeous textures and elements. I really enjoyed meeting the team yesterday, it's lovely to put real people to blog pictures :-) xx

Silvia(Barnie) said...

That's a smashing canvas with wonderful elements. A gorgeous piece of art.

Sue said...

Hello Brenda,
Great looking canvas, you have included quite a few techniques and products, which enthrals the eye.
I am sure your friends will love this.
Smiles:)
Sue

Terry said...

Yes, I did notice the little ship on the letterpress and thought that was quite clever! Fabulous altered canvas, Brenda! Love all that sea-worthy texture and embellishments. Glad you had a lovely weekend, Hugs!

Dots Dabbles said...

Hi Brenda. I love how you have used the back of the canvas for extra depth. Texture heaven with so many beautifully made elements to see. The 'Y Knot' makes me chuckle! So funny.
Dot x

Meggymay said...

Fabulous project and loads of super additions.
Yvonne

Bonnie McLain said...

Hi Brenda, thanks for you lovely comment I do love to play and evolving is very much what I try to do every day... so thanks so very much for saying that... it is special to me...

Now this piece is very inspirational for me also... as I am working on a wall of FAMILY members... and this is just so attractively created... love it... a lot going on here... and love the texture on the frame edge... very detailed and lovely... and love the Y KNOT... love it all... thanks for all you do... Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie

mamablitger said...

Brenda this is an awesome shadowbox. What a lot of fabulous details. Wow... A feast for the eyes.... Lots of texture, lots of pretty embellishment and yes just fantastic art !!! You are so talented. Thanks for sharing !!
Hugs from Spain
Monica

Buttons said...

Shiver me timbers Brenda this is so good! I love the 'bubbles' and summer sea colours. Jenny x

Maryann Laursen said...

WOW sooo beautiful canvas here Brenda, and I love the little battleship, that´s an awesome addition to this, very special. I love the beachtheme, and you hit it perfectly here. And all is sooo beeautiful. Love this one, sooo great work as always hun.

1CardCreator said...

This is beautiful and I love your new color palette, leaning more to the blues. ~Diane

Collet Sylvie said...

A wonderful canvas with lots of details and beautiful texture!
Bises
Sylvie

Ana K. said...

I already admire this at CVC…fabulous make, Brenda! I love vintage photo and rusty bits…great structure and colours!
Best wishes from Slovenia

Samantha Read said...

Back to front canvasses are one of my favourite things! This is marvellous Brenda. Loving all your creations. Big hugs from Poppy and me xxx

Lynn Stevens said...

LOVE this!!!!

butterfly said...

What a delicious shadow frame - the textures and colours on the frame itself are fabulous, and all the elements inside work so beautifully for the theme. Love that Celtic plait, and the rusty accents - fab!
Alison xx

Marjie Kemper said...

Oh my gosh, Brenda, this is lovely in so many ways. And the "Y Not" in the label pull made me laugh out loud!

Sara Barker said...

Just getting around to see everyone's inspiration pieces at CVC's...love all the rust! And your frame is gorgeous!