Friday, 2 September 2016

Create inside a frame at AVJ

Wow it's the first Friday of the month and it just so happens that it's September - hey who stole the rest of the year away and especially the summer?
Anyway, it goes without saying that there's the most amazing post over at A Vintage Journey today with lots of inspiration to tempt you to join our new challenge called 'Create inside a frame'. Go read the details and hopefully you will join us.

I used a small 15 x 15 cm balsa wood type frame that is only £1 from the Range and although it is only little it took me days to get it to a point where I am now happy with it.



Process steps
1. Cut card to size to fit inside the frame.


2. Give the card a coat of gesso to seal it and when dry apply white modeling paste tinted with burnt umber through a stencil. Dry for a 30 secs to a minute (depending on thickness of paste) then spritz an embossing folder with water and press into it. Let it dry


3. Take a piece of card and emboss whth the same embossing folder. Scrape over some texture sand paste and dry. then give three separate layers - burnt umber, paynes grey and dripped raw umber. This will be cut up to form the frame.




4. I then played with lots of colours and layers both dry brushing and spritzing until I had something that looked quite Moroccan in style. To seal it and enhance the colours I gave it a coat of gloss varnish.


5. Take the frame, mix some black and white gesso and paint the frame with the grey that you've made. Then add washes of the same colours and some dry brushing that was used on the textured card.


6. Dry the frame and give it a coat of transparent crackle glaze.

7. Take the embossed card - drip titanium white and titan buff paints through the textures, dry and then dry brush with burnt umber.


8. Sand the edges, blend ground espresso distress inks around them and then spritz ground espresso on the mat with water and dip and dry the card. 


9. Take a couple of moulds, I used resin plaster for them, and paint with viridian, blue green light, transparent yellow iron oxide, titan buff, burnt umber and raw umber paints and also both paint and rub in champagne, iced espresso and lavish green metallic lustres.


10.  Collect together other embellishments and alter them using rusty and painty techniques so they fit in with the style you are creating.


11. Assemble and give everything a thin coat of matte varnish.




Rather different again for me isn't it but I love the way it turned out.


Have fun with the 'create inside a frame' challenge, I hope you will be able to join us over there and be in with a chance of winning a fabulous DecoArt prize.

Have a fabulous weekend.

hugs Brenda xxx




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41 comments:

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Gorgeous Brenda, I adore the rusted backdrop and the layers you added, so eye catching. The touches of verdigris also work beautifully against the rustic tones and I love the frame in the centre of the larger frame, works so well. Tracy x

S@ndy Diller said...

Beautiful project Brenda. Such great color and texture. Thanks for sharing all the information with us. S@ndy xx

Julia Aston said...

Yowza Brenda!! I just love the texture and colors on your gessoed and stenciled paper - what a beautiful creation on and inside of your frame! Thanks for sharing all your Julia xx

Valerija said...

This is such a wonderful project. You are so talented. Great job!
Valerija xx

Monika Gulyas said...

What a fabulous vintage project, Brenda! And what a brilliant idea to use the embossing folder this way! I love your colours too! xxx

Redanne said...

Oh I do love to visit and see how you use the DecoArt paints, you never disappoint! The treatment you gave to the card base is amazing, it looks positively ancient (in a good way!). Your embellishments look fabulous, the touches of verdigris are stunning - I just love it all! Hugs, Anne xx

Sophie said...

Oh, mein Gott, Brenda...
mir fehlen die Worte.
Das ist unglaublich, was du da gezaubert hast.
Wie ein ganz antikes kostbares Bild aus einer anderen Zeit.
Sowas gibt es nur in schöne Museen und in Antiquitätenladen.
So viele wunderbare Details...
Das ist wunderschön!!!

Herzlichst Sophie x

Gina said...

Oh my Goodness Brenda....this is one of my most favourite pieces yet! :D XXX

Suzanne C said...

Stunning! The colors and patina are just awe inspiring!

Jane said...

What a beautiful frame you created Brenda..so much lovely texture and gorgeous colours. Where on earth is 2016 going....dare I mention the C word yet?? LOL. Hugs xx

Patty O'Malley said...

This is fantastic, Brenda! Love it!

Meggymay said...

This is fabulous , the frame is wonderful, love the textures you created.
Yvonne xx

Jennie Atkinson said...

Oh just fabulous Brenda! The background itself is quite stunning and all those wonderful paint layers (I love how you can just layer the DecoArt paints to get such a wonderful patina finish). And then the frame .... and all those wonderful embellishments. All stunning and when put together, totally stunning! Love it. Jennie x

butterfly said...

Stunning ageing and distressing on all that scrumptious texture - it looks thoroughly ancient! The plaster pieces look incredible with the layers of paint and lustre - what a treat of a piece!
Alison x

rachel said...

amazing texture Brenda - brilliant make! Hugs rachel x

Beth B said...

Brenda, your work is always so beautiful and inspiring. I always look forward to your latest creation!!

Inky and Quirky said...

I always have a dropped jaw at the way you achieve your rust effects Brenda, they're amazing. Also meant to say a big congrats for your stunner creation on Craft Stamper mag too :)
Hugs
Donna xx

Mrs.B said...

A stunning project Brenda, love the textures and and amazing layers of colour, Fabulous finishes on the embellishments.
Avril xx

Angela Radford said...

Gorgeous project for this challenge Brenda, love it. Angela x

Lynn Price said...

Hello, gorgeousness!! Fabulous step-out, Brenda - and I love how it evolved! Things are quiet on my end as I continue to pack up my Connecticut house/studio for a partial (but pretty hefty move) to my retirement home in Idaho.... but I am living vicariously through your wonderful makes! And SO excited that I will be in Chicago with Andy and Tracey this October - have been so longing to take a workshop with him - only wish you could also be there as I love what you are doing with DecoArt!! xxx Lynn

Astrid Maclean said...

Wow, wow, wow, - what an amazing piece!!! Fantastic paint and texture effects, and those resin pieces have turned out looking just stunning!!! Love, love, love this piece, - a new favourite I think.....

A Pink said...

Utterly Gorgeous! Brenda and thank you so much for sharing your step by step . It was pure indulgence seeing how all the stages came together . Those frame pieces and frame painting - Just WOW!
Fabulously altered embellishments .
All the time and work definitely paid off .
hugs x

Jenny Marples said...

It's truly gorgeous Brenda - all that yummy 'Moroccan' texture and layers of paint create the perfect area to add your moulded pieces. Thank you for sharing xx

Craftyfield said...

Blues and brown, greenish patina, rust, texture... so much I adore in your project. Fabulous work, great techniques which I must remember to try!

Leanne said...

This is gorgeous.

Corrie Herriman said...

That is gorgeous !
Corrie x

Annie said...

This is totally fabulous Brenda x the frame looks very opulent as does that amazing background. The inside frame is the perfect finish

TFS and best wishes.
Annie xx

Joi at RR said...

Oh my Brenda - I was just about to close down for the day knowing that I still had so much to do and I caught a glimpse of your wonderful project... it's just STUNNINGLY LOVELY. Wow. That texture is just amazing and the colors are gorgeously luscious. Your "framed" creation is a head turner for sure. Xj.

Team Clark said...

Yes, this is a bit different for you, but I adore it! Such amazing patina you've created and the composition is on point! Genius project. Hugs, Autumn

froebelsternchen Susi said...

A wonderful project ! Gorgeous!

toni said...

Absolutely gorgeous project Brenda! Fabulous textures and colours. Love it ! Toni xx

Corrie Herriman said...

FAN-TAS-TIC !!!!! Love it ! brilliant ! What else can I say !
Corrie xx

Elly said...

Yeah....i'm in love! Such rusty, crusty texture and the colours ....ah yummy, yummy...your talent is incredible ♥

Paper Profusion said...

Gosh I love the way it turned out too Brenda!! Truly genius aging - this is a complete gem of a make!! Must try the embossing folder into texture paste trick. It's always so lovely to visit your blog. Nicola x

Candy C said...

Absolutely gorgeous, Brenda. So much rich texture and color. Beautiful use of products and techniques.

Juls said...

This is stunning xx

pearshapedcrafting said...

Incredibly beautiful! I really love this. I think everyone else has covered what I want to say! Hugs, Chrisx

Evelyn Walter said...

I simply can say WOOOOOOWWWWW!!! This is sooo gorgeous! I don´t know, what I do love more, the background or all the others. Thankx for sharing the process <3
xx Evelyn

Gio said...

Amazing! I am drooling over the keyboard...Thanks for the tutorial, I read every single words, the effect you get is stunning, from the texture to the colours, love it to bits!

Barbara Schiassi said...

I'm speechless! your techniques and your use of color are totally amazing! This piece is absolutely amazing! barbara

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Amazing Brenda, so many fabulous layers and textures and so brilliant to press the embossing folder into the partially dried modeling paste, will most definitely have to give that technique a try! Love how you layer those gorgeous DecoArt Media Line paints, hoping I can find a source for them here in Canada as I am itching to play with them. The verdigris patina on the plaster pieces is stunning, all together just a gorgeous assemblage, thanks so much for sharing it! Deb xo