Thank you for joining me today so close on the heels of my last "Travel" post. As I am hosting the challenge at Country View Crafts then I have the "follow on" spot!
It was only whilst I was putting this tag together that I realised that our eldest son left home this month, 19 years ago, to join the Merchant Navy. As a young Cadet he travelled all over the world to join his ships and of course there was no mobile phone, text or FaceTime then! We were never too sure where in the world he was!
My tag started with some crackle paste through a stencil and then my favourite technique for getting ink on the tag - wrinkle free distress.
I have collaged, stamped and used rub ons to sum up what I imagine a life travelling the world must be like. Though as a Cadet I am sure Adrian would not agree with me that it was "good" all the time!
A close up so you can see that I have used quite a lot of stamps on the background which don't really show up well at a distance.
This was a piece which evolved quite quickly as I hunted through my stash looking for nautical and travel stamps and elements and consequently I got quite carried away and finished it before taking any photographs! As ever thank you for joining me today and I hope you find time during the month to join in my challenge at Country View Crafts.
Julia is our host and whatever you use for your challenge project this month just show us how you have incorporated a frame on your project be it vintage, shabby, mixed-media, art journalling, industrial or steampunk.
I took an old wooden photograph frame for the start of my project and after several coats of gesso I applied some Crackle Texture Paste. Once the crackle appeared and was dry I dry brushed DecoArt Cobalt Turquoise Hue here and there and before sealing it all with some multi-medium rubbed back to the wooden frame here and there.
And then I just decorated the inside of the frame with some of my favourite pieces!
More crackle paste was used on the inset of the frame and I added a little watered down Turquoise Cobalt Hue to take the starkness away.
I used the same colour on this little greyboard heart, stamping it with an Andy Skinner background stamp and adding a little rusting around the edges with Quinacridone Gold. Only a small element but I wanted something quite colourful peeping out from the flowers.
I was very pleased with the way this project turned out especially as the spare bedroom is now taking on a bit of a turquoise hue! And definitely excited at the make-over for the frame. It is always lovely to take something that might have been thrown out and give it a whole new lease of life. So .... get out your frames, whether they be wooden, die cuts or stencils and show us what you can do! There is a great prize this month from DecoArt, so don't delay, hop on over to the challenge blog post HERE for more details and some amazing projects from my (extremely talented) sister Creative Guides. As always thank you for joining me and do have a lovely weekend.
Good morning everyone and welcome to the first of the month! and that means a brand new challenge at Country View Crafts. I am your host this month and I have chosen the theme
Most of you will have travelled at some point in the last few months, so I hope you will enjoy this theme.
Whenever we come home from Europe we always seem to have spare Euros and they get kept for the next holiday .... but we can never find them as they are in various handbags, wallets and purses around the house! So I decided to alter a small box so that (hopefully) it can be kept in one place and we will find it, and the money, when next we travel!
I covered my box with Tim Holtz printed tissue paper, just tearing up strips and adding them with multi-medium. I added a little Vintage Photo Distress Ink here and there before painting it with DecoArt Fluid Acrylic Cobalt Turquoise Hue (I just LoVE this colour!). It is a translucent paint and so the tissue paper patterns show through.
Once dry I then gave all the surfaces a coating of DecoArt Crackle Glaze. This takes a little while as you need to keep the surfaces flat and let them dry before moving on to the next side. Finally having left everything to dry thoroughly overnight I rubbed in DecoArt White Antiqueing Cream. Once dry you can then gently rub it off so that the cream remains in the crackles. I just LoVE this crackle too!
For details of all these DecoArt techniques hop on over to the DecoArt web page.
And then to decorate the lid - not too much as I didn't want to hide any of the lovely crackle!
You might remember these little tickets I created last year - they were lots of fun to make and are just the right size for a small project like this. Here is the link if you would like to see more.
I do hope you will get out those travel papers, stamps, ephemera and embellishments in your stash and join us this month for our challenge. Hop on over to the challenge post today to see the details and some fabulous inspiration from the rest of the Team.
I have had a lovely afternoon catching up with my Tim tag for this month and needless to say I have gone a bit off-piste with the background!
As usual if you want to see Tim's tag and this month's remix techniques then do click the link here.
I was a little limited by my (very limited!) palette of Distress Stains: I have used Dusty Concord and Victorian Velvet for the braying and for the Browns Brushed Corduroy and Gathered Twigs.
I thought the brayering looked like an old wooden fence, so I ended up scoring my tag and rubbing in some more Gathered Twigs to make it look like wood panels before splotching it all over with white Gesso.
Otherwise it is pretty much the same as Tim's. My sewing machine is still rather hidden so I had to resort to some faux stitching.
Another great remix tag and as I am so late, only a couple of days to wait for the next one !!
As always thank you for joining me today and now that things are settling down a little with laying up the boat and preparing for the panto I hope to start visiting blogs which I have so missed.
Hot Summer Days is our challenge this month over at Country View Challenges and for my second project I have again had fun in my art journal, trying to create the feel of a hot summer day.
I created a watery watercolour style background using Mermaid Lagoon, Crushed Olive, Wild Honey and Peeled Paint Distress Inks.
Again I have created a number of layers using stamps and layering stencils.
I love the fact that creating an art journal page is so fluid, having no real initial plan, creating the background and then hunting out stamps which go with your thoughts. I love it and am getting quite hooked!
It might not be what we are getting at the moment! but over at Country View Challenges we want to see your Hot Summer Days projects!
I thought this challenge theme would make for a great art journal page using these wonderful Artistic Outpost stamps. I have no photographs of the process I am afraid as I got quite carried away inking and stamping! I have used Distress Spray Stains to create the wonderful colours in the background: Carved Pumpkin, Wild Honey and Salty Ocean.
There are quite a few layers in there - crackle texture paste, layering stencils, stamped bottle tops again all using the same colours as the background.
I do hope you will join us for our fabulous challenge theme chosen this month by Jane and you could be in with the chance of being our random winner for a Voucher to be used in the Country View Crafts Shop or be one of our top three and get the chance to be a Guest Designer in a future month. Hop on over to Country View Challenges to get all the details. Thank you for joining me today for what is yet another scheduled post as I am hopefully still sailing the high seas! (or hopefully not too high ......)
Hello and as the title implies I am currently on my "voyage" around the West Coast of Scotland and this is a sneak peak of a card I am sharing over at Country View Crafts. Do join me if you would like to see more of the card I have made for the skipper!
There's a lot of crackling going on this month and this little piece is no exception. I am sharing my second piece for Country View Challenges for our Crackle challenge with this small decorated board.
I recently bought a five frame picture frame and rather than putting photographs in the frames I decided to take out the glass and make five individual pieces using some of my favourite things. Now I will apologise in advance for the very different colours of the photographs. The "making" ones are taken in the craft room and the final pieces are taken in my photography box and there must have been a distinct difference in daylight between the two days!
I covered the board first with gesso and then added some crackle texture paste using my (very) favourite stencil. I then brayered DecoArt Fluid Acrylics Cobalt Turquoise Hue, Raw Sienna and Metallic Gold randomly over the board.
I felt it was a little dark for what I wanted so I then brayered DecoArt Titanium White over the top.
I gathered a few favourite elements and stuck them on to the board.
I gave all the embellishments a light coat of gesso to make them stronger and enable them to blend together before adding a little more Metallic Gold to the buttons and metal.
And here it is in its frame - one down four to go!
If you hopped over here from Country View Challenges to see more, thank you for joining me here on my blog and thank you too to regular followers for always popping in. I really appreciate it.