Friday 20 October 2017

Vintage Autumn for Tando Creative

Hi All - have you missed me? I've had a long break over September and October and because hubby has now retired we went away for a whole month to our lovely friends and 'home from home' in California. We didn't stay put the whole time though as we took a 4000 mile drive through Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Nevada and back into California. It was an amazing journey as we saw so much variation in landscapes, the most incredible scenery in several national parks and some incredible ancient native American sites with settlements built high up in the craggy rocks and fantastic pueblos with one that so inspired me in terms of colours and design, it was amazing!

But back to reality and I'm sharing a long tag over at the Tando Blog today and am revealing more of the process steps here on my own blog.

I began by collecting the substrates and embellishments together designing the tag as I went along.

I looked for a colour palette to inspire me and found this on Pinterest.....

.... and gathered my paints together to achieve similar colour tones, but as always I ended adding others to get exactly the look I wanted and I always have white, titan buff, raw umber and black to hand to change shades and tones.

I took each piece individually painting, texturing and colouring before putting back together again.     
The tag was painted first with gesso, given a watery coat of orange and buff mixed together, dabbed with kitchen roll and then dipped in watery washes of the autumnal colours.

The media board with a hole in was gives a coat of brown acrylic and then white crackle paint, sanded and inked with ground espresso distress ink.

I took texture sand paste and covered the gasket and then stippled with green and brown paint.

The brick grid was painted with reds, bronze, orange and brown......

..... and I used raw umber, dark green, silver and grey on the camera, but you'll see it didn't make it to the final cut lol. Do you do that too, plan on using a piece and then leave it out at the end?

The two sets of leaves were also painted with the acrylics, dipped in some watery washes sanded and inked with brown distress ink, in fact everything got that treatment..

The tag really wasn't looking good in my eyes so I used an old Tim Holtz grungy number stamp with quinacridone gold and raw umber paints, sanded the edges and inked them and oh boy I am so much happier with it.

When I put it together I added the vintage photo that sits behind the gasket and media board ...

... and an altered little metal heart.

Thanks for checking in and if you can pop over to the Tando blog you will see the list of products I have used with links to their website.

Have a fabulous weekend.

hugs Brenda xxx


Kate Yetter said...

Such a beautiful tag with so many textures. I love how you mimicked the brick and faux patina. It all meshes so well together.

Monika Gulyas said...

Beautiful tag with beautiful autumn colours!!! xx

Gina said...

Yes I was wondering where you had gotten too lol Sounds like an amazing trip, did you fill one of your travel journals with ephemera ready to use? Love how this long tag turned out too XXX

Words and Pictures said...

I love the leaves tumbling down your long tag - and fab paint effects on each different element. My favourite bit is adding the number stamp to the tag with the paint - what a brilliant rusty grunge look it created. Great to have you back and lovely to hear a bit about the trip... photos, one day, maybe?!
Alison x

Mrs.B said...

Just on a catch up after my holidays and your holiday sounds so exiting.
Love this piece with all it's gorgeous textures. Now to see what I've missed.
Avril xx

Patty O'Malley said...

Awesome tag, Brenda! Love the textures and colors.

froebelsternchen said...

A wonderful project! WOW!

crafty-stamper said...

Amazing tag love all the textured elements and rusty coloured effects
Carol x

SewPaperPaint said...

Oh I love these aged colors so beautifully combined. What fantastic elements put together in such a beautiful way, Brenda. Hugs, Autumn

Meggymay said...

It is an awesome project.
Sounds like you had a wonderful trip.
Yvonne xx

Lisa said...

It sounds like an amazing trip, Brenda!! I hope you took pictures to share with us :) Your tag is amazing!! Wow!! I love the texture and all of the grungy, rusted elements!! It's so stunning!! I love it!! Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

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Annie said...

Your tag is fabulous Brenda and as always thanks for sharing the step by step process, really helpful, particularly when Mr Mojo misbehaves !!!
Your holiday sounds fabulous and I hope you enjoyed those super cute otters in Monterey..........adorable !!!

Sending huge hugs
Annie xx

Jackie PN said...

Gorgeous palette Brenda!! this is pretty neat and I so love your textures! Glad to see you again-been missing ya!

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Great tag Brenda. Pleased to hear you had a good trip and pleased to see you back safely. Happy creative week, Angela xXx

Jane said...

Good morning dear Brenda. Great to see you back with your gorgeous work. This is a super textured tag with such a lovely colour mix. It was sooo good to see you and catch up on Monday. Looking forward to seeing your creativity back in action xxx

Pamellia said...

This is just gorgeous Brenda!! I love all the textures and the amazing autumn elements! Such a perfect project for this time of year!!

Just wanted to pop in and say hello. It's been a long year and I have lost track of so many of my bloggy friends during my absence. I hope all has been well with you and you've made lots of time for crafting! I hope you've been having lovely autumn weather. Our temperatures have been up and down this autumn, but at least the nights are getting cooler and I'm thankful for that. We've had lots of rain and I'm hoping that's a sign that we will get lots of snow this year. Wouldn't that be great!! lol. sending hugs :)

A Pink said...

Gorgeous! Brenda. Loved seeing how it all came together- thanks for sharing. I was 'oooing and arring' as I scrolled down at your seemingly effortless execution and ability to bring all your elements together to make for a fnatastic finished project .
hugs x