Friday 7 September 2018

Back to Nature with AVJ

It's a new challenge at A Vintage Journey and the lovely Jennie is hosting this month and she has asked us to celebrate natural elements in our projects. I've focussed on some real nature with my dried seed heads, dried grass and twig from the garden and used a flower stamp, metal embellishment and worn wallpaper to depict these wonderful elements as well.

Take a canvas board and blend dip and flick distress oxides to cover it.
When dry brayer a very light coat of white gesso over.
Stamp flower with embossing ink and heat emboss with weathered wood distress powder and repeat over the same place with vintage gold to give a textured embossing effect.
Sand the edges and ink with ground espresso DI.

Cover an mdf or greyboard panel with worn wallpaper, sand the edges and ink with ground espresso DI.
Seal with DecoArt decoupage sealer or matte medium.
Paint over with a layer of gesso and  immediately rub some of it away and leave more of the gesso around the edges.
Tie a distressed ribbon around it.

Take a small Tim Holtz frame - again sand the edges and ink with ground espresso DI.

Offset the panel and frame to provide space for the gathered natural elements tied together with string. This becomes the main focal point.

Add a small paper doll photo to add as a secondary focal point.
Alter some small metal embellishments to add as decoration and additional interest

The sections build great layers and height.

For some more amazing inspirational projects on this theme please pop over to the AVJ challenge blog to see what the other Creative Guides have made. As always there's a brilliant line up.



Gina said...

Now this one is sooo me....sitting with my feet dangling ready to jump into an adventure....*actually broke my leg doing that when I was 5 lol* Gorgeous piece XXX

Annie said...

Wonderful composition Brenda x Love the background colour with the wallpaper atop ( I remember having a similar wallpaper in my bedroom as a child) The frame and PD look brilliant with your dreamer caption and I love the twigs and flowers xx Gorgeous x

Have a great weekend
Annie xx

Words and Pictures said...

There's a wonderful nostalgic wistfulness about this. I love the gathered garden elements, bringing a touch of nature to the weathered wallpaper interiors. Beautiful.
Alison x

A Pink said...

Fabulous, Brenda. It holds both charm and beauty. Love the addition of the paper doll who looks like she's perched on a window ledge looking out to the garden below - a wonderful way to compliment your lovely spray of garden elements.

have a lovely weekend
hugs x

sarascloset said...

This is a charming vintage vignette! I love the soft, vintage background layers and that sweet toddler. Gorgeous wall hanging and natural bundle! Hugs!

Jennie Atkinson said...

An absolutely stunning wall hanging Brenda! Such a wonderful mix of dreamy colours, textures and soft flowers. Beautifully designed and created as always and a wonderful interpretation of our challenge theme this month. Jennie x

Patty O'Malley said...

Wonderful project, Brenda!

Redanne said...

Brenda, this is gorgeous!!! I love how you built up the beautiful base, the blue is gorgeous and your natural elements on top are so lovely and represent the challenge theme perfectly. Hugs, Anne xx

Astrid Maclean said...

Fabulous project Brenda! Great background with those worn wall papers, and I adore the natural elements you added, they are just the perfect embellishments for this lovely piece, and of course perfect for Jennie's theme!

Deb said...

So beautiful Brenda, fabulous textured layers as always and I love how you rubbed off more of the gesso on the Worn Wallpaper underneath the frame to draw the eye, very effective! Thanks so much for sharing it, Deb xo

Let's Art Journal said...

Wow, what a beautiful make! I love the natural elements that you included - stunning 😁. Thanks for the inspiration and wishing you a happy weekend! J 😊 x

mariabellekens said...

Wow what a fantastic card!!!