Monday 29 April 2019

Vintage Photos, Collage, Ephemera and Embellishments.

I love my mixed media work but I also love working with all those things in the title of this post. Today I am using the new Found Relatives Vintage Portraits with some older Tim papers and bits and pieces I keep for creating my vintage collages.

I love this photo of a young girl and her teddy bear, she is sitting so beautifully for the camera and is composed and happy. I bet this portrait became a favourite of her parents.

The heart is a little one die-cut from corrugated card and given a large splattering of white paint and mounted over some linen thread. I also tied the neutral bow to it to give additional interest.

This embellishment below just came about with me finding the small piece of black seam binding and the piece of tape in a box and put them together like this. I wanted the red to continue drawing the eye around the page and the black balances the Heartfelt sentiment  in the other corner.
You can just see some vermillion stamped text, it is randomly dotted over the grungy panel which was the result of a DecoArt project I made for May. So keep your eyes peeled for that coming soon.

A scrap of hessian, red and white borders and the Heartfelt sentiment carry the eyes across the page picking out the textures and patterns. The little red flower is one I made years ago and it found it's way into my box of bits when I disassembled a project it was on. Do you do that too, take something to pieces that you don't want to keep any more and recycle the elements?

I wonder if this little girl is going on a journey as this red and black ticket fitted in perfectly with the colour scheme and the pen nib reflects the idea of typed and written text in the right hand piece of layering paper and of course you just get a glimpse of the red stamped text too. Perhaps she grows up to be a writer or a travel journalist?

I love the kraft, red, white and black palette and as you saw this was created in one of my kraft journals which I think will now become just for paper dolls, lost relatives and photo booth collage art.



froebelsternchen said...


Redanne said...

There is so much to see on this project, I love the red throughout and your collage, as always is superb. Hugs, Anne xx

Meggymay said...

You must have enjoyed using your favourite things. This is a fantastic page and so many wonderful details.
Yvonne xx

Lisa said...

This is so amazing, Brenda!! The layers and details are so fabulous!! The picture of the little girl and her teddy bear is absolutely adorable and I love how you showcased it!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

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Gina said...

I am as ever blown away by your artistc skills. Who else could take so many "bit's and pieces" most of us would have binned, and create such a beautiful piece??? Stunning XXX

sally said...

Loving the pop of red throughout this piece and as you say, she is sitting so poised that this must have become a favourite portrait!

Sally xx

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

A favorite image for sure, and love the layers and red with the kraft!

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

There's so much to love from the title alone let alone your project Brenda. A beautiful way of using your favourite things executed with perfection, the red stamping and accents work hand in hand with those Kraft tones. She is such a lovely image I do hope that Teddy belongs to her as his turned head tells me he cherishes her. A stunning journal page. I'll be sure to keep my eyes out for more this coming month.
Hugs Tracey xx

Words and Pictures said...

As you know, I'm not generally much for the red... but when you pair it with kraft and white it's a whole other ballgame. Brilliant collaging as always - looks like you're having lots of fun in the square journal!
Alison x

Mrs.B said...

A fabulous page full of gorgeous details. love the colour palette
Avril xx

pearshapedcrafting said...

These colours really are perfect for this page Brenda! Love all those special touches you always add to your pages! Chrisx