Friday 1 July 2016

Monochromatic- A Vintage Journey- July 2016

Hello Everyone and  Welcome
Hope you are all doing ok  and are all set for the start of a new challenge over at A Vintage Journey. Yes, believe it or not, another month has passed ( the clock just seems to be ticking so quickly this year) and its time to launch July's theme 'Monochromatic' hosted by Tracy. Heres what Tracy has to say
'I love Monochromatic themes in my artwork. I love the balance dlook it gives to a design. If you ever struggle with knowing what colours to usethis should be right up your street, one colour alone or hues of one colour(plus black and /or white- simple! Please just check that your entry is vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journalling, industrial, or steampunk to be in with a chance  of being a winner or a pinworthy mention .'
For my Monochromatic project I have drawn initial inspiration from a painting by Belgian Surrealist Artist Rene Magritte, The son of man and created a piece of wall art using some of Tim Holtz 2016 CHA new release products.
I have remained true to my love of the classic monochrome palette of black, white and grey/ silver. Admittedly my finished piece is more 'real' than 'surreal but that's where my creative muse led me- this time... 
Unfortunately I forgot to take a comprehensive set of step by step photos but I can provide you with the details of techniques/products used. 
So lets begin
I created a mask for the moon using a circle die. This was positioned and adhered to a pre-cut white card panel and remained in place until the background was complete, after which it was removed to reveal the moon.  
 Tim Holtz Wrinkle free Distress technique using Distress inks provided an initial layer of colour. More colour was then added using the distress inks with a blending tool.
Now to add some detail
That included some background stamping and whilst the jet black Archival ink was to hand the Evolution Man(as I am calling him) was stamped onto a separate piece of white card stock and cut out ready to position in place later
and some distress ink stencilling aswell as gesso stencilling for some added texture.
With the products and techniques covered time for some photos of the background panel
The gesso stencilling was enhanced with touches of silver gilding wax.
Some picket fence distress paint splatters made an appearance too. You know I love my splatters!
Moving onto the wood panel ....
This was cut to size by my new 'mate' at the local building merchants. I had a few panels cut at the same time, various sizes and they were unbelievably inexpensive costing little more than a standard chocolate bar here in the UK .So its worth checking out if you have any similar merchants in your area as those pennies saved on pricier shop bought mdf panels goes towards more craft supplies, right?
After sanding back the edges the panel was primed with gesso and then finger painted with Distress paints and Gesso. The corners and along the sides of the panel were crazed with Distress crayons blended into the crazing.
A couple of ideology arrows were added to the finished panel. 
Why arrows? Well lets see if I can share my thoughts : The arrow is a symbol of direction/movement/progress. Man is at the point of the arrow- the pinnacle of Evolution but in this ever increasing digital age will man be pierced by the arrow as it progresses further into the future?
Only time will tell I guess!

I hope my piece of wall art along with the fabulous projects offered by my fellow Creative Guides(which can be seen here at A Vintage Journey) will inspire you to go create and join in this months 'Monochromatic' fun.
I would like to enter this  into the following challenges 
Country View Crafts-July Challenge- Have fun with Circles  
Thats Crafty- Masculine Challenge 
The Craft Stamper- Take it Make it Challenge- July  - Take a Stamp: Anything Goes
That just leaves me to Thank you all for stopping by today.
 As always your follows, visits and comments are much appreciated and extremely valued. 
Hope you all have a lovely weekend 
Take care  


  1. Oh how absolutely amazing is this! I so love your use of these awesome stamps and the gorgeous texture you created!

  2. Amazing work amanda. This is fantastic x

  3. This is such a fantastic celebration of Rene Magritte's work Amanda - so much so that I like your version even better! I love how you used wood for your background and the monochromatic tones are just so perfect for this creation. The arrows are such a lovely touch too and I loved reading about your thought processes ... all in all, a fabulous piece of art! xx

  4. Love this stunning piece, Amanda - the textured background, the layered stamping, the haunting image of the man silhouetted against the moon, the brilliant thought-provoking ideas behind it. Beautiful! Sorry I've been MIA again - I've a couple of weeks coming up soon in CZ when I'm planning to do some proper catching up!
    Alison x

  5. THis is so cool and beautiful in so many ways. The juxtaposition of the negative space around his head and the busy corners which fade to black. I love love this design! Brilliant!

  6. A wonderful piece of art and super clever composition! xx

  7. What a delightful design with that masked moon, Amanda - love the stamps you used and all the texture you added! Julia xx

  8. The layering of the stamping and stencilling with the circle opening is done very well. It all works together beautifully for a striking image. In fact, I think it would fit in with our challenge at Country View....

  9. Hi Amanda, I love how you were inspired by the artwork and I love the masking and that the gent looks like he is looking beyond the page. Love the added numbers and layers you added to your design too. Have a lovely weekend. Tracy x

  10. Fabulous interpretation of Magritte's painting Amanda (which is one of my favourites), wonderful colour palette and the moon works so well to focus the eye on your Evolution Man. Thanks so much for sharing it! Deb xo

  11. Gorgeous, it's great to see your process, now I know why your creations are so beautiful!
    Have a lovely weekend xxx

  12. What a great piece you created Amanda...fabulous depth and texture and the moon is perfect for joining in with our have fun with circles challenge over at Country View x
    Jane DT

  13. Oh, deep thoughts! Your interpretation of(or inspiration from) Rene Magritte's painting is beyond words! You truly have caught the essence of monochrome here--achieving tremendous balance with your shading and composition! Love this; it should be hanging right next to Rene's in a fine art museum! Hugs!

  14. Love your monochrome make Amanda xx Great textures and details on the the stamp too

    TFS and best wishes
    Annie xx

  15. Wow, fantastic ! Love it all...
    Thank you for joining us over at Country View Challenges !
    Corrie x

  16. Absolutely stunning Amanda......a masterpiece. Love the design.
    Julie x

  17. Wonderful entry for the Craft Stamper challenge this month
    xxx Ellie Knol xxx

  18. Gorgeous work on this piece! beautiful.

  19. This looks amazing! I love the black and white. Thanks for playing along with the Craft Stamper challenge xx

  20. This is wonderful Amanda, so beautifully put together xx

  21. I LOVE this! Thanks for sharing!

  22. Totally see Magritte in this Amanda!!! One of the best uses of this image I've seen - I totally LOVE it!!! xx

  23. Just found this and pinned. Love the monoochromatic theme on this... Feels very twilight zone.


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