Friday 5 July 2019

Faux gold leaf? - Metals for A Vintage Journey

It's the first Friday in July and the start of a new challenge at A Vintage Journey.
This month we would like to see some kind of precious metal feature in your project. Think gold, silver, brass, copper, aluminium or steel. It could be in the form of embellishments, cardstock, paint, gilding wax, foil, gold leaf, rub ons, or paints. Just remember to ensure that you create in one of our preferred styles of vintage, shabby,mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk.

For this month's challenge I have created a 5 x 7 inch journal panel and kept the focus with metallics in any way I could.

 For the background I used heavyweight watercolour paper and cut my background piece and laid it an arrow die on the flat side to take the impression but not cut it. I then dribbled, spritzed and dried some areas of prussian blue, turquoise interference, and emperor's gold before blending quinacridone gold mainly around the edges. To finish I brayered emperors gold over the whole piece - it got picked up on the raised areas and looks somewhat like faux gold leaf.

 I kept the embellishing simple as I didn't want to hide much of that opulent background. The globe was die-cut from gold crd and I used Andy Skinner's satin sunset and crystal glaze embossing powders on it.

The metal pieces were all altered with dazzling metallic paints with some gesso and burnt umber media fluid acrylic.

I think the lovely lady looks as though she has embarked on a cruise adventure. I wonder who she is with and where she is going?

I hope you have a little time to pop over to see what the other Creative Guides have created for the line up and maybe you will get a chance to make something yourself for Amanda's great challenge.

Supplies from Country View Crafts
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - prussian blue hue, quinacridone gold, interference turquoise, burnt umber
DecoArt Dazzling Metallics - emperor's gold, pewter, ice blue
Andy Skinner embossing powders - crystal glaze, satin sunset


Susanne said...

Beautiful Brenda, great idea with the impression from the die. And the colors are just gorgeous! Perfect composition with the embellishments. Hugs Susanne.

Let's Art Journal said...

Wow, what an amazing panel! I love the way you used the brayer to add the gold, it looks stunning against the beautiful blue and turquoise background that you created 😀. Thanks for the inspiration and wishing you a happy July! Hugs, Jo x

Words and Pictures said...

Like a golden sunrise - amazing effects. Love the indented arrow texture - very cool - and the shimmering crystals on the globe. The altered metal embellishments look great, and there's a warmth to the whole page which is just lovely.
Alison x

A Pink said...

Your Journal panel is fabulous , Brenda . Love the golden glow of the background n the texture the heavy watercolour cardstock creates. Using a die to create an impression is such a terrific idea and the brayered gold most definitely looks like gold leaf - love it! So glad you chose not to cover it up too much and as always your choice of embellishments are all well considered , fabulously altered and wonderfully arranged .

Thanks for contributing to this challenge .
Have a lovely weekend
Amanda x

experiments in paper said...

I love this piece, Brenda - that emperor's gold really does look like leave, and those embossing powders on the globe are genius! What a great way to dry emboss as well - the texture it lends here is marvelous! Beautiful contribution to this great challenge! xxx Lynn

Redanne said...

Opulent is such a great word to describe the piece you created Brenda, it is full of glorious colour and wonderful texture. I love the blues too. Hope you have a lovely weekend. Anne xx

Deb said...

What a luscious journal panel Brenda, love how you used the die to emboss your card and the hints of Prussion Blue and Turquoise under that gorgeous gold set it off perfectly. The embossed globe die really sparkles and the painted metallic embellishments that echo the blue on your background finish it off perfectly. Thanks so much for sharing it, Deb xo

Lisa said...

This is absolutely spectacular, Brenda!! Wow!! The gold looks amazing!! I love the colors and textures!! So, so gorgeous!! Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

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Ann Chuang Crafts said...

WOW! Amazing! What a gorgeous journal panel Brenda! I love how you used the die to emboss your card and the painted metallic embellishments.
Ann x

sarascloset said...

Brenda, such lovely glowing colors on this journal panel! Opulent is just the perfect word to describe! What a genius idea to flip the die to make the impression; I'm so going to give this a whirl! The embossed globe, the photo and painted embellishments add just the right amount of interest to that gorgeous background! My apologies for my late comment; we've just gotten back from our vacation in the mountains. Sending hugs! Sara Emily

toni said...

Ooooo! this is gorgeous Brenda!. I love the subtle background with the embossing just catching the gold. Wonderful effects on the embellishments too. I must have a closer look at the embossing powder you've used,very interesting ! Toni x

Barbara said...

Brenda, the globe is one of my favorites ever shape! You created a piece of art, love the bright yellow, the gold and the contrast with light blue! Fantastic! Barbara

Julia Aston said...

SO sorry to be SO late coming to visit your metal project Brenda! Seems I looked at all of the entries and forgot to visit all of the Creative Guides! I love all the steps you took to create your wonderful background - the powders you used on the die cut globe are beautiful and you added great colors to age your metal pieces - a delightful metal project! Julia xx