Friday, 4 September 2015

Home Sweet Home for A Vintage Journey

Today sees our new challenge at A Vintage Journey with Jennie at the helm, her choice of theme to give us a focus this month is 'home sweet home'.


 I was really tight for time so just a few process step photos and a quick explanation of how I went about making this. Altogether I wanted to create a shadow box for a kitchen or cafe that has a warm and vintage feel with brightish cups and vintage wallpapered wall.


I lightly painted the frame with white gesso leaving some of the wood exposed. I cut and adhered papers from the wallflower set making sure I gave them a coat of matte medium over the top to seal the edges as well as the paper itself. When it was dry I blended over some fossilized amber DI and hydrangea archival and used a picket fence distress paint dabber to firstly blend the white paint in random areas and then dab it on with my fingers to blend the colours and papers together. To finish I sanded areas and added my new favourite brown DI, ground espresso.


For the cups and saucer I experimented with the faux gilded technique by Wendy Vecchi using hydrangea, orange blossom and watering can archival inks and stamped the words in potting soil using Tim's hashtags set.



For the background is another piece of the wallflower set stencilled with latticework and fossilized amber DI


Having got myself started on everything I began to assemble the parts, gathering ephemera for the background wall ......


... putting the cups and saucer together .......


... then making up the collage adding dimension with the clock and photobooth picture using foam pads.


Once completed I added a word band altered with distress paints and ....



... a bookplate with the word 'home' in it.




Thanks Jennie for a great challenge theme, I hope you will be able to join us with an entry and keep a look out for our Summertime winner and Pinworthies next week.

I'm off to Basingstoke this morning as I am one of those people who got an Apple Iphone 6+ when it first came put and Apple have reported that some of the early ones seem to have a problem with the cameras. I can't say I've noticed it but best to get it checked and replaced as I use it a lot for taking pictures.
Thanks for stopping by and have a gbreat weekend.

hugs Brenda xxx



24 comments:

Juliz Design Post said...

Adore this Brenda and I agree it would look fab hanging in a coffee shop but equally as beautiful in your kitchen. The faux gilding looks great on the teacups, such a pretty vintage project.
Julie x

butterfly said...

Love the warm vintage look and colour tones - the tea cups look fantastic (I hadn't realised they were so delightfully chipped, but I suppose I should've known with a Tim die!), and the inky effects on the frame are delicious. I've got the Hydrangea, but have only stamped with it - must smear more!! Beautiful!

Hope they give you the all clear on your phone...
Alison xx

Nikki Acton said...

Stunning!! Love every bit of this Brenda, makes me want to put the kettle on!
xx

A Pink said...

Love your Shadowbox Brenda. You have definitely created a beautiful piece of art with a warm vintage feel. Fabulous colour combo and choice of ephemera . Love how you have given each of those gorgeous cups their own hashtag relevant to the HOME x

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Love,your shadow box Brenda and love your take on the challenge. The backdrop and frame are gorgeous and I love the colours. The teacups are a perfect addition. So thrilled you invited me along, thank you. X x x

Patty O'Malley said...

Fantastic wall art, Brenda!

Joi at RR said...

What a great work of art Brenda. Love the papers you chose and the ones on the shadow box are perfect - totally love that look. But even inside - everything is just incredibly matched and complementary. Your cups/saucer are done beautifully. Anyone would be pleased to have this in their home.... it's wonderful. j.

Monika Gulyas said...

Another beautiful piece of Brenda Walton :-) After reading your work before (the numbers) I had the feeling that I must order Tim’s stencil number die and I did it. This time I am lucky, because I’ve already had the tea cup die :-)

Jennie Atkinson said...

I would have this hanging in my home like a shot Brenda! It is fabulous! The shadow box frame is just stunning and I love all those wonderful details inside. I now NEED the tea cup die !!!! Jennie x

Anita Houston said...

What an awesome shadow box piece! LOVE the teacups and the very vintage feel! An awesome kitchen decor piece for sure!!!

Meggymay said...

A fabulous box frame project, love the cups and saucers and the vintage look of the piece.
Yvonne xx

S@ndy Diller said...

What great inspiration Brenda, it makes me want to sit and enjoy a cup of tea in a warm cozy friends home. Love the #'s.

Lynn Price said...

Love this, Brenda! The tea cups are perfect, and I love how you've tied everything together in the frame, both in images and colors. You've inspired me to break out my tea cup die - one of the first I bought this year but have yet to use! Happy weekend - and thanks for taking the time to stop by. I always look forward to your comments, as I have learnt so much from you! xxx Lynn

Gina said...

Beautiful! Nothing says "I'm home" like a nice cup of tea :D XXX

Astrid Maclean said...

Brilliant use of those teacups Brenda, and fabulous way to use Wendy's techniques. Love the warm vintage feel of this, - a super shadow box!

Terry said...

Now I am wanting a cup of tea, Brenda! What a great project and I love the framing. Such a home feeling and so lovely! Hugs!

Nancy Dynes said...

Hi Brenda,
I'm your newest follower. I happened upon your blog and was taken by the beauty of your altered shadow box! It has such a warm, vintage feel and gorgeous color palette. You have convinced me I need to buy the Alterations tea cup die! Thanks for sharing your art and for the inspiration.
Hugs,
Nancy

Buttons said...

Now my other half would adore your concept of tea equating to a place of home and safety! Think he would live in a tea urn if poss! I LOVE how this has all come together in your gorgeous distinctive vintage style. Jenny x

ps. hope all is well with the phone!

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Beautiful Brenda, love the use of the Wallflower papers (one of my favourite Tim collections!) and your stacked cups with their lovely sentiments are so much fun layered on top of all that lovely ephemera. Thanks so much for sharing it and hope your phone isn't sick! Deb xo

pearshapedcrafting said...

This really is fabulous Brenda! I love the cups and the gorgeous colours you have used. Hugs, Chrisx

Barbara Schiassi said...

I adore this work! It's beautiful, delicate , color choice is perfect! Amazing! barbarayaya

Kerstin F. said...

Gorgeous, what a fantastic inspiration, really beautiful!!

Julia Aston said...

How did I ever miss commenting on this wonderful project - so sorry Brenda!! I love your beautiful frame box - the papers you used on it and in it - and the lovely stacked cups - what a great technique to use on them! Julia xx

Sara Barker said...

Brenda, I do hope I don't make any errors, because my words do odo not show up! Just a red line where I know I have made a typing error! This is just beautiful! I love that aged frame--so perfect for this lovely collage! Another favorite of yours! Hugs!