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.

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