Friday 1 September 2017

A house is a home - altered wood block

I thought I would go all shabby vintage with my altered make for the new challenge at A Vintage Journey. The lovely Alison has chosen Altered Art and would like you to get creative with recycled objects in a vintage; shabby, mixed media; art journalling; industrial, timeworn or steampunk style. Turn something unloved and unwanted into a work of art. Try some repurposing - make something new out of something old, or incorporate an unwanted object into your artwork. Think tin cans and jars, old bottles, toothbrushes - the more inventive the better.

So my block started as this house shape with these words on it but I worked on the reverse side.

The recipe -
Tear some paper and adhere to the block coating the top of the paper to seal it.

Brayer over white gesso.

Paint dark green onto some card or watercolour paper ............

.................... then monoprint it onto the wood block.

This is what happens - 

Next scrape some white gesso over with a flat edge I used a palette knife..

Apply some random patches of white crackle paint and leave to dry.

Blend white modeling paste mixed with white gesso through a stencil.

Drip and spritz sap green, raw umber, burnt umber, white and titan buff media acrylic paints through the textures. Sand the edges and blend in ground espresso distress ink.

Brayer over white tinting base over the raised areas, seal the surface with the DecoArt matte sealer/varnish .....

 and then gather your embellishments together.

I kept to flowers and natural elements with an altered metal butterfly to finish it off.

I used Tim's tattered florals and a sizzix daisy to make the large shabby flower using

The smaller flowers are a mixture of bought ones.

Tims greenery die cut with white card, some bundled sage and ground espresso distress inks

Some cheesecloth, frosted berries and a metal butterfly altered with gesso and treasure gold.

All finished off with a jute bow and some natural dried flowers

Hope you like my piece of altered art which makes a great piece of home decor I think.

I hope we'll see you over at the challenge blog and even if you can't join in for September, you should definitely pop over to see the amazing inspiration from the rest of the team.

Have fun and listen to your heArt.

hugs Brenda xxx