Friday 2 February 2018

Melt It for AVJ

I have a large wooden tag today which has been layered up with gesso, stamps and acrylic paint splatters and lines to produce the design for the next stage ..........
But before we move on let's take a look at the AVJ challenge brief from the lovely Julia.
This month we're asking everyone to MELT IT! Get out the UTEE (ultra thick embossing enamel), beeswax, encaustic wax, embossing powders or good old wax crayons and a heat tool and get melting to create something in a vintage; shabby; mixed media; art journalling; industrial, timeworn or steampunk style!

I started by sealing the wood with a coat of white gesso and when dry I dipped it into some watery burnt umber media acrylic paint.

To get some clear stamping using Andy Skinner stamps - including some of his new ones- I stamped using black and coffee archival ink onto tissue paper. Mixing in some text as well gives this a fabulous collage feel.

I adhered it to the tag, dried it, sanded the edges to remove the excess tissue paper and then splattered it with titanium white and the the white mixed with some burnt umber and dried both layers separately before using an old credit card to dip into the left over paint and print some overlapping lines.

 This provided some depth  ......

..... and interest to each of the main images .......

... and to help unify the whole piece.

Once this was dry I pondered my next stage whether I should seal it with a coat of varnish or not? I decided not to and went straight into a coat of UTEE. I pitted it with a paint brush before melting it and then rubbed walnut stain distress ink into it and dabbled on some walnut crystal ink to give it a more sepia and aged look.

I hope you will pop over to the AVJ blog to see what other fabulous 'Melt It' inspiration my lovely teamies have come up with - you know you won't be disappointed.

Have a fabulous weekend.

hugs Brenda xxx