Friday, 3 August 2018

How can you resist at AVJ - Bloom and Grow

Today our lovely Teamie Amanda takes the chair hosting the new challenge at A Vintage Journey. How can you resist it?  A couple of times a year I am asked to do a craft session with a group of lovely ladies and this last time we made a canvas board using DecoArt Media paints and mediums. The focal image is an old wood mounted stamp.


Take the canvas board and a piece of sponge and blend gesso over the board until it is smooth and covered.
Repeat with the small greyboard piece.
Add a tiny dot of sap green, 2 drops of titan buff and three dots of titanium white to your foil palette.
Take a piece of sponge and a babywipe and blend the colours over the canvas board until you get a light mottled effect background – waft it to dry. Scrape decoupage randomly over with plastic card, not too thickly and put one side to dry.

Stamp the flower with embossing ink on the small panel and clear heat emboss. 



When cool rub quin magenta with finger over the flower head and around the edge and sap green on the leaves and around them just to give a strong colour to the outline. Leave it to fully dry. It looks very messy at this point - but don't panic.



Rub the colours off of the flower with baby wipe and dry kitchen towel.


Take a piece of sponge and blend over sap green, cerulean blue, titan buff and titanium white creating darker layers to the outside and a lighter layer in the middle. Sponge up to the outside of the embossed image. If you need to create some shadow around the flower use distress inks and a small brush with water to blend around it. Finish by using titan buff on the scrubby side of the sponge to get light splatter effect. This is the panel I demoed at the workshop.


Add the sentiment.


Take a piece of sponge and a babywipe and blend the green and blue colours over the canvas board until you get a darker effect on the background, keep wiping back and adding more until you are happy with the darker contrast over the light. Leave to dry then splatter with some vintage mixed pink (quin magenta, white and burnt umber) and almost immediately lightly lay a dry piece of kitchen roll over the top to take out some of the colour.
Stamp second generation text with watering can archival ink.



Distress and ink the edges lightly. Glue the panel to the board, add the words and adhere the flowers.



The spray is made up of all shop bought flowers (sorry Jennie) and the different sizes are all easy to come buy. I always buy when I see them so I have a variety in a tub ready to use.


Add a Tim Holtz easel to the back.





I had a group of 10 ladies at the workshop and only one uses acrylic paint at home. They all made one of these in 2 hours, I had gessoed all the boards and stamped and embossed the flowers for them but they did all the rest. Just wish I had been able to get some photos.


This is my sample of how I have used a resist technique but if you have a minute pop over to the blog post at a Vintage Journey to see all the wonderful and inspirational samples and ideas for using resist from the team.

Follow your HeArt.





14 comments:

Julia Aston said...

What a great project using the resist technique Brenda! love that bloom and your wonderful canvas it is layered on - I bet the ladies were very happy creating this in your class!!

Annie said...

Such a beautiful canvas Brenda and I love the resist details you have included x Bet those ladies had the most wonderful time x Thank You as always for sharing the details with us x Have a great weekend
Annie x

Paper Wishes said...

Such a beautiful build up of colour and texture so soft and rich, just lovely. Im sure the class was a revelation for all. Thanks for sharing it with your visitors. x Amanda

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

This really is a beauty Brenda, embossing powder is one of my favourite mediums to use as a resist as it is so forgiving allowing us to go back over if we are now quite happy with the result. Love those hues and tones, reminds me of an English country garden with it's beautiful floral display.
Thank you for sharing, Creative wishes Tracey x

Meggymay said...

Its a stunning project Brenda and the step by step photos were super.
Yvonne xx

Deb Riddell ~ Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

What a cool resist technique Brenda, I've never left the paint to dry over the embossing before but what gorgeous vibrant colours! Will have to give it a go, thanks so much as always for sharing your techniques with us, Deb xo

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

I had no idea of how you created the flower, but WOW, LOVE your technique and so so effective! This is incredibly artsy and the whole piece wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

Redanne said...

You took a simple embossing powder resist, added your magic and ended up with an exquisite piece of art - it is absolutely stunning Brenda! Hugs, Anne xx

Jennie Atkinson said...

I just love this Brenda! Such a wonderful resist technique but then beautifully displayed along with all the background and embellishments. Fabulous! Jennie x

Nikki Acton said...

A stunning design which I have had the pleasure of seeing - or at least a version if it! Bet your ladies loved it xx

A Pink said...

You have shown off your chosen resist technique in such a fabulous way Brenda. Your canvas is absolutaly gorgeous and your post inspiring . Thanks for joining in the challenge .
Hugs x

Astrid Maclean said...

Wonderful canvas Brenda, using some great techniques! Love those gorgeous colours and the focal image looks fantastic too, perfect for the resist theme!

Gina said...

Absolutely love this technique! Thank you for sharing it as it as I would never have tried it with paint(and never have left it to dry before wiping lol) XXX

butterfly said...

So pretty and delicate - a fabulous resist technique with the paint, and a perfect summer look at the end. Gorgeous dimensional layers - love it.
Alison x