Friday, 1 December 2017

Winter Wonderland- A Vintage Journey December 2017

Hi Everyone and Welcome

Happy December to you all! According to the calendar The Christmas countdown and Winter season both start today and so does our new Challenge over at A Vintage Journey.
Lovely Sandy will be your host this time with the challenge "Winter Wonderland'.
Here's what Sandy says :
'For the month of December let's think of the season as well as the holiday with Winter Wonderland. As the song goes, sleigh bells ring, snow is glistening! Let's see some snow, snowmen, bare trees would be nice or some snow covered pines in the meadow. Whatever Winter Wonderland means to you in your vintage, shabby, mixed media; art journalling; industrial or steampunk style'.

I bought a Kaisercraft advent calender a fair few years ago now and had all good intentions to make it ready for the following Christmas but yes, you guessed it - that never happpened! So I saw Sandy's  challenge as an ideal opportunity to finally unearth it from the undergrowth (my stash) and rectify my unfinished business of yesteryear. I constructed and altered the calender with paints, mediums and papers and created a Snowy Winter wonderland scene in the central window box . 
I got so caught up in the creative process that I didn't get any process shots but hopefully the photos I do have, will, with a little narration speak for themselves .

Kaisercraft make a few different styles of this sort of advent calender.  I had trouble sourcing any on their website but I did find this link that shows you a few of the different styles available on the market. They all come flat packed so you have to 'self construct'- that is assemble the calender structure itself and each one of the 24 boxes. Believe me there were times when I thought I was going to 'self destruct' during this process when things weren't going as smoothly as I planned and I knew I had a deadline to meet but I carried on regardless in the hope that it would come together in the end - I think it did! 


The main Calender structure 
This was primed with gesso and painted on all sides (inside and out) with white acrylic paint. The outside walls of the structure were then painted with silver acrylic paint 
and crackled with White Deco Art crackle paint . Once the cracks start to form they reveal the colour of the paint beneath - in this case silver. 

The boxes

These were each adhered together before being primed and painted with white acrylic paint. I then selected 3 different papers that I thought would compliment the colours and tones in the focal paper - the 'winter forest 'that would set the scene for my Winter Wonderland. Only one of the papers is from a Christmas collection pad- the type print from Tim Holtz Christmas paper pad ,2017 release , the other two are from 'Engraver' paper pad by Prima Marketing. 
I cut them to size (8 of each paper) and adhered them to the front of each box, trimming around each of the box front indents by hand.

The Winter Wonderland 

I came across this fabulous 12x12 scrapbook paper of a wintry forest by Kaisercraft and knew it would be be perfect for my project.
I measured, cut and adhered the main panel in place and then because I'd cut from the middle of the 12x12 I was able to use the remaining edges of the paper for the sides and top of the window box ensuring I lined them up well to achieve a continual flow of the forest.
The base of the window box is covered with Tim Holtz Grit Paste and DecoArt Snowtex, sprinkled while wet with a little Distress Stickles glitter- just to achieve the odd twinkle and glisten here and there.
The 2 gates are mdf, primed with gesso, painted with Tim Holtz Ground Espresso distress paint, DecoArt Paynes grey media fluid paint
and finished off with a touch of snow!L
Looks like someone's managed to snag a selfie ...
Meet Buster and his best pal Jake who have enjoyed a fun filled day cross-country skiing in the Winter Wonderland - ok Jake skied, Buster ran! 
Either way it was one of those 'Remember the Now' kinda days
Snow buddies forever!
 My  'Winter Wonderland'  project!
I'm not sure at present whether I will use this as an Advent Calender or as a storage unit, so have held back on adding numbers to the drawers until I have decided?? I'll keep you posted :) .

I hope I have offered some creative inspiration and that you will look to joining in Sandy's challenge. Be sure to stop by A Vintage Journey to see the gallery of wonderfully inspiring 'Winter Wonderland' projects created by some of our very talented Creative Guides.

As always at the end of the challenge there will be one lucky winner chosen by Random. Org who will receive our Sponsors Prize who this time is 

The Creative Guides will also choose 3 Pinworthy Winners who will not only win a Pinworthy badge to display on their blog but will also be invited to join us as a Guest Designer for a future challenge.

I would like to enter this project into the following Challenges:
CountryView Challenges: December 2017 Christmas 
Creative Artiste Challenge #33 Mixed media 'Anything Goes'
Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #43 'Believe' 
( Create a Mixed Media holiday project with your interpretation of our inspirational photo) 
The 'colour tones' and the 'glisten' in the photo were my inspiration

Thank you so much for stopping by today, for your follows and for always being so kind and generous with your comments.  It always makes my heart happy to know my creativity is appreciated. 
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend
Take care
 and 
keep on the happy side
Amanda
xxx

Friday, 3 November 2017

Mini Marvels- A Vintage Journey November 2017 Challenge

Hello Everyone and Welcome

Its good to be here again all ready to introduce our new challenge that starts today over at  A Vintage Journey.  Its lovely Anne who is hosting this month with the Challenge theme
'Mini Marvels'
This month's challenge is to create something in miniature - it could be a little book, a tiny scene, a small canvas, a wall hanging or even a box. It MUST be 4" or less in size and be created in your vintage; shabby; mixed media; art journaling; industrial, timeworn or steampunk style.

 I don't often create on a really small scale so initially this theme  seemed like a bit of a challenge for me but after a few false starts and the clock ticking I decided to just go with the flow and follow wherever my creativity would take me .... and in doing so I had a great time using paints, texture, stamps and stencils to create 2 pieces of 'Mini Art' with a bit of grungy feel.

Both pieces are 4 x4 inch square and what I did to one I did to the other, working on them both simultaneously:
The squares were primed with gesso, torn tissue tape was adhered and texture paste was applied through stencils - I used Seth Apters 'Discovery' and 'Explore' stencils

Then acrylic paint in various tones of blue was applied with brayer and fingers adding in black and white acrylic paint, when I felt it needed it, either to knock back any over zealous application or to add a touch of drama.- no rules just building up those layers detail and texture.

At this point I seemed to have neglected to take any more 'step' shots- guess I was enjoying the creativity too much so the rest of the photos are close ups of the 2 finished pieces.

More detail came in the way of stamps - one of Seth Apters Border line stamps (the X's) and one from his faded fragments stamp set (not very noticeable as it was stamped in a pale blue ink). I think a speckle stamp made its way in there too and a couple of others

There's also some scribble pen marks and sketchy paint lines,

some drop shadows and highlights around the letters,

the numbers,

and the dots.

There were a few paint splatters too- I'm sure you spotted them as those of you who know me will know I love the splatters!
The finished panels were mounted onto white and then black card stock and one was embellished with a wire bound crackled mdf heart I had made at some point previously

the other with a crackled butterfly- one of the butterflies from Tim Holz 'Flutter' stamp set stamped onto heavy card stock, fussy cut and altered with crackle paste - just love how grungy it looks!

A Tim Holtz small easel was die cut and adhered to the back of both the pieces

to enable them to stand either alone

as individual pieces

or together as a set.

I hope I have offered some inspiration with my 'Mini Art' project . If you haven't already be sure to pop by A Vintage Journey to view my fellow Creative guides fabulous inspiring 'mini' projects.
We hope you will be able to join in with the challenge but remember 'Miniature' is key! 

At the end of the challenge there will be one lucky winner chosen by Random.Org will will receive our Sponsors prize which this month is a $50 varied selection of chipboard and wood veneer laser cut embellishments generously donated by Southern Ridge Trading
The Creative Guides will also choose 3 Pinworthy Winners who will not only win a Pinworthy badge to display on their blog but will also be invited to join us as a Guest Designer for a future challenge.

I would like to enter these into the following Challenges:
Country View Crafts November Challenge: Stencils.
I would like to enter the heart embellished piece into the following Challenge
The Craft Stamper TIMI Challenge: November- 'Anything Goes' Stamping Challenge'
Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge #32- 'Anything Mixed Media Goes'

I hope you have enjoyed your time here today - thank you so much for stopping by.
I really do appreciate every single one of your visits, comments and follows.
Wishing you all a lovely weekend
Take care
and
keep on the happy side
Amanda
xxx

Monday, 2 October 2017

Destination Inspiration terminal #5- A Vintage Journey

Hi Everyone and Welcome

Hope you are all doing good and the Autumnal season is treating you kindly so far. Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I'm hoping its only a short visit and you will hop on over to A Vintage Journey where I am all ready to greet you at Terminal #5, the final stop of our September Destination Inspiration. 

I have been busy creating with the contents of our travel bag 
and would love for you to join me there to see all the details. 
Hope to see you soon ...... 
Amanda 
xxx

I would like to enter this into the following challenge:
Country View Crafts Challenges, Oct 2017- Mixed Media with Autumnal Hues .
Stamping Sensations - October 2017 : Autumn Glory 
(The focal wood chip is stamped with Gesso  and the long focal panel is a stamped gesso resist) 

 

Friday, 1 September 2017

Altered Art- A Vintage Journey, September 2017 Challenge

Hello Everyone and Welcome

Hope you are all doing good and have enjoyed a really great summer. Where did it go , I find myself asking? It seems like it came and went all too soon. So as we kick start September we have a new challenge over at A Vintage Journey . Its our lovely Alison hosting this month and her chosen challenge is 'Altered Art.' Here's what Alison has to say:

'We'd like you to get creative with recycled objects in a vintage; shabby, mixed media; art journalling; industrial, timeworn or steampunk style, . Turn something unloved and unwanted into a work of art. Try some repurposing - make something new out of something old, or incorporate an unwanted object into your artwork. Think tin cans and jars, old bottles, toothbrushes - the more inventive the better.'

For this challenge I've made a journal by recycling some strong packaging and an old pair of jeans that were well passed their 'wear by date'. Yes, I had well n truly worn these jeans out and after numerous patchings to try and prolong their wearable life the day finally came when I had to give them up for a new pair. I kept what was left of them thinking I could use them for future patchings but Alison's challenge came along and I thought my much loved jeans deserved to be more than just a patch. I would salvage what was left of them and make myself a journal .
I die cut the journal covers from some strong packaging using Eileen Hulls much sought after Journal die.
I then cut 2 pieces of denim from one of the legs of my old jeans and two of the pockets.. Taking one of the pieces of denim (the front cover) I positioned the pockets and hand sewed them in place.
I then adhered the 2 denim pieces to the journal die cuts (the front and back covers) and lined the inside of the journal covers with Graphic 45 Core'dinations colourcore cardstock trimmed around the edges, sides and spine with Tim Holtz Ideology 'Correspondence' Design Tape.
I then adhered the two covers together and threaded some elastic up and down the spine to hold the signatures .
At this point my signatures are shop bought, one lined , one graph paper ,as I was running short of time but I am hoping to create some of my own soon to either compliment or replace these. Maybe use some recycled papers in keeping with the challenge theme.
The top and bottom strips that cover the spine holes are 2 lengths cut from the jeans inner leg seam adhered in place and finished off with a metal button both back and front .
I also adhered the jeans label/ tag to the back cover .
I made a belt from what was left of the jeans inner leg seam attaching a buckle at one end and  punching out buckle holes along the other end . Fastened around the journal this belt keeps the journal closed and having a number of buckle holes it will accommodate any change in thickness. It could be adhered at the spine but I chose to leave mine loose .
I always love how my lovely teamie Anne adds a charm to her journals so I followed her lead (hope you don't mind Anne) and made a charm using an Ideology philosophy tag and an old phone charm that I was gifted some years ago now. Look whose name it spells 😊
I also adhered a quote chip 'Salvaged' ,distressed around the edges with distress ink -well after all that is what I have done with my jeans to make the journal
and popped an Ideology wooden ruler and a recycled pencil into the pocket...
....a perfect fit!
Yesterdays jeans makes Todays Journal!
I really enjoyed recycling my much loved old jeans, giving them a chance to live on and I hope I have offered some creative inspiration and that you will join in Alison's challenge. Be sure to stop by A Vintage Journey to see the gallery of fabulous inspiring Altered Art projects created by some of our very talented Creative Guides.

As always at the end of the challenge there will be one lucky winner chosen by Random. Org who will receive our Sponsors Prize which this month is a $25 gift card for 
The Creative Guides will also choose 3 Pinworthy winners who will not only win a Pinworthy badge to display on their blog but will also be invited to join us as a Guest Designer for a future challenge.

I would like to enter my journal into the following challenge: 
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: School or Study related. 
( My journal would be ideal to use for School, College or  University! I remember when I was studying I always had to have a new journal at the start of each new academic year.)  
Thank you so much for stopping by today and big thanks too for always leaving me such lovely comments. Both are so very much appreciated.
Have a lovely weekend Everyone
Take care 
and
 keep on the happy side
Amanda
xxx

Friday, 4 August 2017

Watercolour! - A Vintage Journey August 2017 Challenge

Hello Everyone and Welcome

Its great to see you all again. Today we launch our new Challenge over at A Vintage Journey and this time I will be your host for our 'Watercolour' challenge. Here are the details
' There is so much versatility in watercolour, making it possible to create art that can be gentle , washy and light or bold, full of colour and with definite lines and it comes in a variety of guises: pans, tubes, sticks, inks , markers, crayons. So for this challenge we would like your projects to include some form of watercolouring or watercolouring techniques and be in keeping with our favoured styles: vintage, shabby, mixed media. art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk .'

I guess my arty/ creative roots began with pencil drawing and painting, watercolours being my painting medium of choice and I have been wanting to revisit those roots for a long while now but have kept putting it off, shying away from it due to self doubt in my ability, I think, so I saw this challenge as a golden opportunity to rekindle my much neglected love of drawing and painting. I dug out my watercolour paints and brushes of yesteryear and combined them with some of my more modern day crafty mediums/ supplies to create a more contemporary watercolour painting with a mixed media twist.

Alot of watercolour artists often work from photos/ pictures to develop , hone and practise their skills especially if they aren't, for whatever reason, able to paint 'live' so given it had been so long since my last endeavours and not wanting to knock my confidence I decided to do just that so the image is sketched and painted from a picture I came across in one of my 'art inspiration' files.

I began by stretching my paper (300gsm) onto a drawing board. This gives you a tough, resilient surface on which to paint and helps the paper remain flat both during and after painting. I'm sure all you artists out there know how to do this but for for those of you who don't here's how:
1.First soak the paper in water. After 5/10 mins tip the paper to drain off as much water as possible 2.Lay the paper on a drawing board , making sure the paper doesn't buckle or fold.
3. Using Gummed paper tape (not masking tape) adhere the paper to the drawing board keeping it flat and smooth whilst adhering.
4. Leave to dry
Note: craft watercolour cardstock didn't take kindly to being stretched . It buckled at step 1! Worth bearing in mind when choosing your watercolour substrate .

I was then all prepped so gathered my pencil, watercolour paints, brushes and some artists masking fluid and set to work.

I sketched out the image in pencil and then painted the Artists blue mask in any areas I wanted to remain white once the painting was finished. The mask rubs away very easily by finger. Its the first time I have tried this product and have to say I was impressed. Tim Holtz distress glaze, I'm sure, would do a very similar job.
The deep red lips/ mouth show off the use of the masking fluid very well.

I used tones of blue throughout the painting with subtle hints of purple here and there. I have a deep love of eyes . They are without doubt the 'windows to the soul' and for me they speak volumes . Though I have pencil sketched eyes before I have never really tried painting eyes so this was my first attempt and I have to say I wasn't too disappointed with these baby blues....

Once I'd finished painting I added some texture around the focal image using Ranger Opaque texture paste through Tim Holtz dot fade stencil. I blended distress ink over the textured stenciling and around the edges of the paper

before adding a touch more detail using stamps with archival ink

I mounted the painting first onto card stock and then onto a 8x8 canvas which I'd delicately coloured around the edges with a watercolour paint wash.
Bead topped hex nuts helped finish off two of the corners

and I added a few 'words' all thanks to a Tim Holtz small talk sticker adhered to the reverse of a quote chip.

I am pleased I have tried my hand at watercolour painting again, whether I worked wonders with them, well, I'll let you be the judge of that but at least, after almost 25 years ( hangs head in shame) I have taken the first step and rekindled the fire.

I hope my mixed media watercolour painting along with all the fabulous projects created by some of my Fellow Creative Guides , which can be seen here at A Vintage Journey will inspire you to go create yourself and join us in our Watercolour Challenge .
As always at the end of the challenge there will be one lucky winner chosen by Random. Org who will receive our Sponsors Prize which this month is a £20 Gift card , generously donated by
Craft Obsessions

The Creative Guides also choose 3 Pinworthy Winners who will win a Pinworthy badge to display on their blog and an invite to join us as a Guest Designer for a future Challenge.


I would like to enter this into the following challenges : 
Stamps and Stencils: Technique School  
Technique- stretching the watercolour paper
Thats Crafty: Anything but Cards
The Craft Stamper TIMI Challenge:August , Anything Goes Stamping Challenge
background stamping detail 

I hope you have enjoyed your time here today - thank you so much for stopping by.
I really do appreciate all your visits, comments and follows.
Wishing you all a lovely weekend
Take care and keep on the happy side
Amanda
xxx