Friday, 5 September 2014

With a Flourish for A Vintage Journey

For some reason when looking to start this Creative Guide piece for AVJ I got to thinking what ‘flourish’ means, things like – to thrive, prosper, be at the peak of condition, to make bold, sweeping movements and looking at the interpretations helped me to focus in on what I wanted to show through my project, which is the boldness of the curves in flourish shapes; the similarity in some of the beautiful flourished fonts we use and a beautiful lady at the beginning of her adult life.
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Our host for the new challenge at A Vintage Journey says - 
‘Have you ever noticed that much of Tim's packaging includes that fabulous flourish? It has always been one of my favourite Tim images, so for this challenge let's see what you can do with your flourishes!  You might not have the "actual" Tim flourish but I am sure we all have a flourish die or stamp in our stash which can get the shabby/vintage treatment’.
So off we go on another route of this Vintage Journey, let’s see where we get to then.
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Stamp  ( Fabulous Flourishes) in walnut stain over the tag. Using the flourish text from the Merchantile stamp set ink with embossing ink and stamp randomly over the top, cover with clear embossing powder and heat set.
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When cool ink over tag with chosen colour (I used Victorian Velvet) and edge with brown (I chose Brushed Corduroy).
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Add collage elements, the photo is of my grandmother when she was a young lady. Finish with embellishments, including a couple of flourishes from the festive greenery strip die and some ribbon. Can you see there are even flourishes on the strip of patterned paper I added?
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And there we have it ….

I hope you will join us this fortnight for Jennie’s challenge at A Vintage Journey, you do not have to use Tim Holtz products but tell us what inspired you of his to make the project. My Tim inspiration this time round are the stamps, flourishes from the spring greenery die, ephemera and heart embellishment.

I hope you will join us on this leg of the journey and share a project that has been inspired by Tim in someway. I’m looking forward to seeing what you share.

Have a great weekend and hopefully some time to create and make.

hugs Brenda xxx

36 comments:

Lynn Stevens said...

Great layers Brenda and wonderful use of flourishes!
hugs Lynn

Valerie-Jael said...

Beautiful tag, love the photo of your gran as a girl! Valerie

Astrid Maclean said...

Beautifully collaged tag Brenda! Love the gorgeous warm colours you have used and great use of flourishes!!

Redanne said...

Well you have certainly flourished with this piece Brenda, it is gorgeous (and so is your grandmother). I love all the flourishes which draw the eye into the focal point - just beautiful! Anne xx

Fliss said...

This is absolutely stunning Brenda. Amazing background and the most gorgeous detail and colour - love it!
Fliss xx

Gram's Treasures said...

Good morning, Brenda. A gorgeous make....really liking how you created the background.
Joyce xx

toni said...

Lovely tag! The colours and details really compliment that beautiful picture of your grandmother . X

sally said...

Great treatment of the "flourish" theme & what a pretty lass !

Sally

Buttons said...

Beautiful warm tones and a fantastic design Brenda. Jenny x

Daniele said...

such a lovely tag Brenda, love the photo of your Grandma
hugs x

Paper Profusion said...

So rich and warm Brenda - it is jewel like. Gorgeous use of those wonderful flourish elements and stamps. Your Grandmother looks so young and beautiful. Nicola x

Nikki Acton said...

Fabulous use of flourishes in this (as usual) wonderfully composed, collaged piece! Nikki xx

Silvia(Barnie) said...

A wonderful photo of your grandma. You've created a beautiful tag.

Sandy said...

Beautiful tag Brenda! And speaking of beautiful, your grandmother was a real beauty!!
Sandy xx

Terry said...

Gorgeous layers and the tag background is so striking as is that lovely picture of your grandmother. What a wonderful family tribute, Brenda. Hope you have a wonderful weekend. Hugs!

Meggymay said...

Gorgeous tag and a lovely family photo as well.
Yvonne

Annie said...

This is fabulous Brenda. Love the wonderful details you have incorporated and the photograph of your grandmother is beautiful x

TFS and crafty hugs
Annie x

Julia S-W said...

A beautiful tag! I love the background with those gorgeously vintage colours. I also love how all your little elements bring the tag alive Brenda. Great photo too!
Enjoy your weekend.
Juliaxx

craftytrog said...

This is stunning Brenda! xxx

1CardCreator said...

Beautiful tag, you always know where to place everything so it looks awesome. Have a good weekend. ~Diane

Bonnie McLain said...

I love your tag.... for all the obvious reasons...BUT I love these two colors... Victorian Velvet is my favorite of all COLORS.... I have three extra of each product in that color... LOVE what you have created with it here... great piece Brenda... Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie

Anita Houston said...

LOVE the golden script in the background! Just a truly elegant and gorgeous tag!!!

Ana K. said...

Beautiful flourishes and warm colours...your grandmother photo is awesome...she was very beautiful!Hugs

Asia King (aka Joanna K) said...

Gorgeous tag Brenda! The flourish theme looks fantastic with your touches and that photo is just beautiful! xx

Gio said...

Again, a wonderful piece, Brenda! Inspired by such a beuatiful picture of your grandma' couldn't be more precious!

Karin said...

beautiful tag, great photo!
Groetjes Karin

Jools Robertson said...

Beautiful, love the meaning behind your flourishes
Gorgeous colours and the combination of the flourish detail with the Calligraphy flourishes in the background is fabulous

Jools x

S@ndy Diller said...

I just love the use of a personal photo on a piece and you have really done a fabulous job on this one. I like your use of so many different flourishes and your sharing of the definition.
I am so happy to be home once again. Travels are fun and exciting but "There is no place like home".

Hugs xx

rkramadh said...

Came here via Vintage journey. Your tag is gorgeous and so elegant! We always picture grandmas to be "old" but your tag/photo is a reminder that they were once young and beautiful and so full of hopes/desires. I love the colors/flourishes (love them as they are common in Indian designs!) etc.

butterfly said...

Absolutely in love with that glowing layered background, Brenda - what a lovely tag!
Alison xx

Pamellia Johnson said...

What a gorgeous tag Brenda! I love that you used a picture of your Grandma when she was young and you did her proud, that's for sure! I just love all of your elements!! :)

Samantha Read said...

Beautiful tag Brenda. I think I may have to get some Walnut Stain :)
Hugs, Sam and Poppy xx

Sara Barker said...

This is a gorgeous tag you made here, with the color choices, the layers of your background, and all those embellishments that just make a wonderful compliment to that beautiful photo of your grandmother. this is indeed beautiful!

crafty creations said...

Stunning piece if artwork as always Brenda - so many layers and things to see - wonderful

Hilda x

Marjie Kemper said...

This is gorgeous, Brenda. So many stunning layers! I repinned it a few days ago when spotted on Pinterest and am glad to come by now and get all the details.

Mary Decker said...

You have created such a beautiful tribute to your beautiful grandmother. The flourishes you chose are so lovely, especially in the way you stamped and embossed them. There is fluidity and motion in your work. I just love what you created!