Friday 3 October 2014

Heavy Metal at A Vintage Journey

Sorry I'm late Blogger didn't go for me at midnight but I am here now.
I got really excited when I saw Terry had chosen ‘Heavy Metal’ as her challenge at AVJ and loads of ideas kept popping into my head but I was finding it difficult to play with those ideas at the time. But once I did sit down to design and create all those ideas seemed to have vanished in a puff of nothing. Does this ever happen to you? What to do? (and not a lot of time to do it in either lol). So here is my offering to help start this fabulous challenge off.

I began with a piece of copper foil sheet that I ran through Tim’s cobwebs embossing folder. I adhered it to a piece of greyboard with red line tape and used my 10 second studio pointy tool to add some other textures on it.

Next I used a palette knife to spread some of Wendy Vecchi’s black embossing paste in areas, leaving it quite matted and pitted.

I dried it and then added broken china, peeled paint and black soot distress paints, smudging them together with a piece of kitchen towel and when dry dabbed over some pumice stone DP and I used a piece of cut and dry to blend in some white gesso. I then left it to dry overnight.

The following day dripped black gesso and distress paints over rubbing some of it away. I also used about five different treasure gold metallic pastes on it. But what to do next?

Out came a jumbo tag and I got carried away using the new distress spray stains including brushed pewter and ordinary distress stains with Tim’s new Halloween mask. Before I sprayed I stamped the skull from the Apothecary set and masked it off and I also stamped with the text from the same set.

I die cut the bats, spider and 31 in black card and layered paints and stains again on the spider.

Using some wire I had in my drawer I made some barbed wire and added it to a word band which has picker fence distress paint rubbed over it to get the saying to stand out more…..

…. and I distressed a spinner and found a rusted ring fastener that I put through the tag hole.
After distressing the edges of the tag and using the chit chat words and label letters, I am now really quite pleased with the outcome.

We are looking forward to seeing what heavy metal you incorporate into your projects over the next couple of weeks.

Have a wonderful weekend, I shall be at Swanage Blues Festival down on the south coast. I am really looking forward to getting by the sea for a few days.

Take care.

hugs Brenda xxx


ElizabethR said...

Fabulous make, I love the cobwebs and the clockhand through the eye socket. Elizabeth x

Gram's Treasures said...

Awesome tag, Brenda. I think we may be reaching the age where a lot of things go poof. ha ha Have a wonderful weekend by the sea!
Joyce xx

Ana K. said...

Fabulous Halloween tag, Brenda! Love, love all clever details, like wire and fastener... and the effects on your web…awesome, thank you for sharing the process, I will try this, one day…
Hugs from Slovenia

froebelsternchen said...

This tag is just GORGEOUS Brenda!

1CardCreator said...

Gorgeous tag, great texture too! ~Diane

Terry said...

I was almost going to use that "skull" and I just love how he shines right through! Love the white of his teeth!! On that background is gorgeously ghoulish and the texture and mediums of the metal webbed piece is fabulous! What ever ideas you lost along the way, sure did find their way back in this tag! Yes, that happens to me and more often lately! Love this tons! Have a wonderful time at the Swanage Blues Festival and enjoy that sea-time! Hugs!

massofhair said...

Love your Dark Side Brenda!!! Sensational Tag, loving everything about it especially the piece of metal through the skull's eye.

Wonderful ArT :-) xxx

Anonymous said...

Fabulous jumbo tag Brenda! Love the cobweb and the spinner in the eye! Sue C x

Amanda said...

I love your tag with your usual attention to detail.
Amanda x

Silvia(Barnie) said...

So cool -that's fantastic.

sally said...

This definitely appeals to my sense of humour!


Nikki Acton said...

When I am short of time I forget all the details - you dont! Simple amazing from the textured spiders web to the spinner in the eye. Fabulous Brenda. Enjoy your weekend by the sea. Nikki xxx

Annie said...

What a fab make Brenda :-) wonderful techniques and details. Love the embossing and textured layers.
The Skull looks brilliant and great idea to add the spinner.
Have a lovely weekend
Annie x

Astrid Maclean said...

Well I think your piece turned out amazingly well, fabulous textures and elements all blended together so skillfully, love the finished effect!

Meggymay said...

Fabulous tag, love the cobweb embossing and great textures.

Julia S-W said...

Gorgeously spooky piece Brenda with loads of wonderful texture! Love it.
Have a good weekend.
Julia xx

Sandy said...

Now THIS is what I call spooky!
Fantastic Brenda!!
Sandy xx

S@ndy Diller said...

This is certainly spooktacular Brenda. I love all the elements but especially the way you used the embossing paste and the spinner in the eye. So fun and scary.

Sylvie Collet said...

Fantastic Halloween tag Brenda!!!! I love the piece of metal!

Jools Robertson said...

Love this! So fabulously gothic with such amazing metallic detail and homemade barbed wire too! very cool!!
Love the embossing and modelling paste with those gorgeous treasure gold colours

Super spooky

Jools x

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

So cool to use metal embossing on the spider webs! LOVE the effect, and your tag is great!

Jenny Marples said...

Luscious dripping colours and altered metal to die for - this has it all Brenda. Love it! Jenny x

Maggie said...

Gorgeous Halloween tag Brenda


Sam & Poppy said...

I really admire the texture you get in your creations Brenda, it's official, I have texture envy! xx

Words and Pictures said...

Fantastic spooky tag - I adore the colour palette and fabulous metallic textures. Really cool!
Alison xx

Mary Elizabeth said...

I am terribly behind on my blog visits Brenda. I love everything that you make. You are so incredibly talented. But this just jumped out at me. Wow!! Love the texture you achieved on the spider webs. And the color behind the skull... fantastic. I adore the spinner in his eye. REally perfect for Halloween my friend. Hugs to you -- Mary Elizabeth