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.