Many of you will know that I have been in Coventry this weekend attending a fabulous weekend workshop (Applied Creativity in 3 Acts) attending workshops with Anna Dabrowska (Finnabair), France Papillon and Marta Lapkowska - three of my all time favourite mixed media artists. It was a most amazing weekend, jam packed with projects, techniques, laughter, inky fingers, meeting old friends and making new ones. All my projects survived my trip home so I have today been able to take photographs and will share them with you.
Our first project with Marta was this amazing hanging using all manner of boards, metal, resin and paperclay embellishments which we then aged with brown paints.
I really loved the layering and then the ageing just adding the touch of turquoise to give it an amazing depth.
Marta's Sunday project was this wonderful wooden board which again was layered with greyboard and embellishments and then sprayed with four corresponding colours.
Marta is wonderful at finding "ordinary" items to use as embellishments - here little picnic forks!
Anyone who knows France will know that she always surprises! and she certainly did with this project. We MADE, yes MADE a plaster of paris egg which we then decorated and then of course we had to make a nest for it!
Not an easy one to photograph and it did suffer a little damage on the way home but this project will be remembered for the laughter at the "laying" of the egg - when we burst the balloon to see what sort of egg we had. Mine was rather small - some were akin to ostrich eggs!
Our second project with France was this rather abstract board but she wanted to get us to make something using techniques which we could utilise in our art journals.
At the start this was my least favourite project, but by the end I absolutely loved it. I really learnt so much about creating depth and texture in a very simple way and I can't wait to utilise the techniques in my art journal.
Our first project with Anna was also a board which we decorated with paint techniques and then collaged metal and board in what is Anna's unique style.
She makes her placement of the embellishments look so simple but I certainly struggled to get something I was happy with.
And finally our last project with Anna - this beautifully decorated notebook cover. There was much painting and spraying on this before going in with her wonderful new waxes (which I must say have the most beautiful aroma - vanilla and frankincense.
A wonderful weekend spent with so many like minded people. I spent a lovely Friday evening in the company of Marjie Kemper, France Papillon, my fellow Vintage Journey Creative Guide, Anne Redfern and Rachel Fisher who I had met on the team at Country View Crafts.
And then a chance meeting in the breakfast queue got me talking to Jan MacAuliffe which led me to spend the rest of the weekend crafting with these lovely ladies who before Saturday I had not met at all.
Jan MacAuliffe, Kathy Byrne, Jacqui Chimes and Janina Byrne
So a fabulous time was had and much was learnt and many new friends made.
Hello to you all and welcome to another new challenge at A Vintage Journey. My heavens how the months are whizzing by!
The irrepressible Nikki is our host this month and she is asking us to use
Let's work with canvas this month in our vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journal, industrial, timeworn or steampunk style. It doesn't matter how, as long as some canvas is a dominant feature of your project. Perhaps you may use canvas in the traditional way or use the reverse to create a shadow box? Canvas boards are fabulous to work on or perhaps you have some canvas sheets which can be cut and adhered to another surface.
Shimmers Paints are our sponsors this month and there is the chance to win a $25 dollar voucher and the chance to join be chosen as a Creative Guide Pinworthy.
I decided to use a canvas board for my project - this one measures 5" x 7" and is a great size for mixed media layering. The board was already primed with gesso so I got straight in and added some texture paste and then a good shake of PaperArtsy Infusions (Rusty Brown) with plenty of water.
A little bit of text stamping here and there and that was it done!
I was recently given a little money gift and decided to treat myself to a three month subscription to one of the monthly craft box companies - Craft Box. This was the most vintage company I could find which suited my style, but more than anything with no chance to visit craft shops or shows I thought it would be great to have a surprise box each month with lovely embellishments and products. I have not been disappointed! I decided though that I needed to stop looking at everything and actually use some of it! So these are a few of the embellishments I chose.
There was also a lovely wooden frame included in one of the monthly boxes. It was a little small for the canvas, so I cut it in half so it just pokes out top and bottom. This is a bit photo heavy but I thought you might like to see the layers which contributed to the finished piece.
This was the base layer - I had an idea where everything was going, hence the floating lace! The lace was soaked in the Rust Brown Infusions.
The little wooden frame embellishment came next.
By this stage there was quite a bit of depth so the metal and Prima clock had to be stuck down with some heavy gel.
Finally I stamped my sentiment and layered it on some heavy greyboard.
I tucked some muslin in amongst the layers too and added this gorgeous little cotton reel with some hessian twine - so cute!
I did go in with gesso once everything was well stuck down but just here and there as I didn't want to overpower it.
I just LoVE this little cameo!
You can see how raised the layers are and having started with a canvas board means that they have a good level of support.
I have really enjoyed using some of my lovely surprise products! There are still plenty more left so I must get on and use them. And so ..... back to the challenge .... it goes without saying that you should hop on over to the challenge blog for details of the challenge and to see the wonderful inspirational projects the rest of the team has created. Not to be missed !
Have a great weekend and thank you for joining me today.
Hello everyone! and thank you for joining me today for my Guest Designer project at Frilly and Funkie for their Something Old Challenge.
It was a great pleasure to win the April Showers Challenge last month and so here I am back as Guest Designer for the current challenge.
My "something old" is this old spoon picked up in a charity shop and which has been lurking in one of my boxes for quite a while. I thought it would be fun to use it in a mixed media piece and see how it took inks and Infusions. I was not disappointed!
I started off with this old button card which again was lurking in one of my heaving drawers of stuff to be used! The front where the buttons had been was not very great but the reverse was pretty solid and took a couple of coats of thick gesso very well and some texture paste through a stencil.
Then I made a little cluster around my old spoon. I wasn't worried about colours at this stage as everything was going to be coated in gesso before spritzing the Infusions.
And then for the fun bit! I sprayed the whole piece with water before gently dropping a small amount of PaperArtsy Infusions A Little Jaded here and there, spritzing again and then mopping up before drying with a heat tool.
I love the varying degrees of colour the Infusions give. Having discovered that the Infusions work so very well with Distress Oxides I blended a little Vintage Photo around the edges and spritzed again, just lightly as I didn't want to lose the Infusions.
I managed to get a little text stamping here and there and also added glass beads. I seem to be getting the hang of these now without them going everywhere!
I love the way the Infusions "puddle" in the textured spaces and around the embellishments.
And worked really well on the metal spoon too.
Thank you for joining me today and thank you to Linda and the team at Frilly and Funkie for inviting me to be part of the current challenge. Many of you will know that Frilly and Funkie have been a great inspiration to me over the years. If you have not visited them before or seen some of the wonderful step by step tutorials then click the link HERE as there is so much on the blog to inspire!
As some of you will know I have been on holiday in Crete and on my way home had a stopover in Edinburgh and had the wonderful opportunity to meet up with Astrid, Rita and Annie for a crafting session.
Astrid had already die cut these little Eileen Hull Passport Mini Books for us to use and we got stuck in with texture paste, gesso, Infusions and Distress Oxides.
We managed to cram in a lot of work as well as laughter and cake but the time passed just too quickly!
Here are some close ups
We all started with a coat of gesso, then texture paste through a stencil. Then the surface was primed with Chalk PaperArtsy Fresco Paint before having fun with PaperArtsy Infusions using lots of water - as I do! I think I used Sunset Beach.
Then I added layers of Distress Oxides:
before adding some text stamping
I really love this final effect.
We also got to use Lynne Moncrieff's new stamps which are just the perfect size for this little mini book and stamped so beautifully on the coffee stained paper Astrid had also prepared for us.
I am not quite sure what I want to use the little book for yet, so decided to keep things reasonably plain. This is a great size mini book for using up scraps of some favourite papers. These are the remains of my Prima Almanac papers which I have had for ages waiting to use for something special.
So yes .... crafting heaven ..... a fabulous project and an opportunity to craft with three very special friends, something I don't get the chance to do living here on this remote island.