Friday 4 March 2016

Specimen 2b - AVJ March Challenge and Give Away

Today sees a 're-launch' of A Vintage Journey challenge blog. By re-launch we mean that there have been some significant changes to the focus of the challenges and additions to the genres acceptable for entry. Although we still love Tim Holtz the challenges are no longer restricted to his inspiration, we have opened it up to include all artists and products and within vintage –shabby – mixed-media – art journaling – industrial and steampunk genres and through making tags, cards, canvas, 3D projects, ATCs, journals, assemblages, layouts and any altered art.

So onto my project for the new look.

We thought it would be great fun to get everyone working with the contents of our Destination Inspiration travel bag and these are -
Product - something metal
For the technique- rusting paint or powders
Colour - pale purple/lavender/violet
Substrate - board

I began by mixing quinacridone magenta with some prussian blue to create a gorgeous mauve and painted it over my card substrate. I went on to create a weathered wooden board effect using more media paints and vaseline and a technique I taught at some of my DecoArt workshops last year and demonstrated at Mixology 2015 last October. (Come back Monday to learn more).

This shows the painted layers .....

... on Monday I will be sharing the full steps at AVJ if you want to learn how I created the effects

As always I gathered together some elements that I wanted to collage together ....

... the dress form and stand have been stamped and cut out using vintage photo distress embossing powder which immediately brigs in my rust element. You'll also see I swapped out the lifetime word for the specimen 2b title which got the same treatment except I used vintage photo distress ink rather than embossing ink, this gave it a much deeper look as you can see from the two examples below.

The bow on the dress form is a metal charm that has been painted and I also added a paperclip and rusty wire to hang the board up with completing all the elements required.

I added some cheesecloth dipped slightly in vintage photo distress ink behind the dress form to create more depth and interest and collaged the ephemera behind it all.

General products used -
DecoArt media fluid acrylics - quinacridone magenta, prussian blue, titanium white, titan buff
DecoArt mediums - matte medium, ultra matte varnish
Greyboard, manilla card, Tim Holtz ephemera and papers, Stampers Anonymous Haberdashery (Tim Holtz) and A Form of Art (Wendy Vecchi) stamps
vaseline, vintage photo distress embossing powder.

I hope you can pop over to A Vintage Journey to see the wonderful inspiration from the team and also find out about the changes we have made. The sponsor this month is Andy Skinner so some new goodies to be won if you are lucky.

I will be back on Monday with a Destination Inspiration post using exactly the same contents of the travel bag but a different project and there will be two tutorials one on my blog here and another over at AVJ.

And just before you go I have a give-away to celebrate both the birthday challenge and my 6th blogaversary which was back in January. If you would like to be part of the draw then please leave a comment below and I will add your name when I add the numbers to Random Org which will be on the 18th March and I will announce the winner here on another special birthday on the 19th March.

Thanks for being part of my creative journey.
Have a great weekend and listen to your heART.

hugs Brenda xxx