Friday 5 May 2017

Use a Quote! A Vintage Journey May 2017 Challenge

Hi Everyone and Welcome
Hope you are all ok and a good week has been had by all. Today we are all set to start a new Challenge over at A Vintage Journey and this time our lovely Jenny is the host of the challenge:
'Use a Quote!'
'Take a quote! Any quote! Whether it be on a stamp , a sticker, handwritten or sourced from the internet and make it the focal point of your vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journalling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk project. '

For this challenge I have created a piece of 'grungy' Art using a That's Crafty! 6x6 MDF Panel that allows my chosen 'Quote' to take centre stage. I'm a real lover and collector of quotes/sayings and meaningful words but I made no reference to the many I have gathered over the years as I knew which quote I wanted to use right from the get go and thanks to Seth Apters fabulous stencil,  'You got this', I was able to create my project. I have quoted these words to myself so often during the tougher, darker times of life!  The times when the self doubt, worries and concerns are heightened or the chronic pain is relentless
(hence the colour palette used and the textures created) These three words act as a kind of 'note to self'!

The Quote panel
A Thats Crafty 6x6 MDF panel was primed with gesso before being painted with Deco Art Black Acrylic paint. The quote itself was then created by applying Deco Art Crackle Paste through Seth's 6x6 stencil, leaving the paste to dry and crack naturally. Once dry there were some areas where the cracks were hardly visible (the application of crackle paste had been too thin) so I risked applying more paste hoping it would give a better crack. It did even though the crackle was more closely knit.

Black acrylic paint and gilding wax helped enhance the cracks 

and a few red splatters finished off the quote panel.

The background panel.
This is an 8x8 mdf panel found in my stash
and primed with gesso (similar panels can be purchased at That's Crafty.). The paints used were Tim Holtz distress paints-Pumice Stone, Hickory Smoke, Black Soot, Picket Fence, Aged Mahogany. Application was with brush,dry brush, brayer and fingers and removed as and when with kitchen towel and damp wet wipes. I had no definite plan I just went with the flow, followed my muse and really enjoyed the process.
The detail comes in the way of some scratchy lines created using my fingernail (they aren't just for manicuring ),

some of Seth Apters fabulous stamps- Dot matrix, Morse Code, Tattered Screen (My new faves) with Archival ink (Jet Black, Watering Can, Red Geranium)

and following through from the quote panel some red flicks and splatters

The quote panel is mounted onto a piece of black card stock and adhered centrally onto the back ground panel

and that's my piece of meaningful grungy art complete.

I hope my Art has offered some inspiration and if you haven't already be sure to stop by A Vintage Journey where theres a gallery of fabulous inspirational projects created by my fellow Creative Guides.
We hope you will join us in out 'Use a Quote' challenge and as always at the end of this 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 kindly donated by That's Crafty.

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 into the following challenges:
The Craft Stamper TIMI May Challenge - 'Anything Goes'
Creative Artiste Challenge #26- 'Anything MIxed Media Goes'
Altered Eclectics May Challenge

Mixed media Monthly Challenge #36 'Put a Stamp On It'
(stamps used on the background panel)
STAMPlorations- May Mixed Media Challenge

Thank you for stopping by today. Your visits, comments and follows are very much appreciated. Wishing you all a wonderful weekend
Take Care


  1. Amanda, I can almost hear you saying this to yourself, or to someone else when you see them faltering. What power in three little words! And you gave them ever more power by creating this panel to show them off! I love your crackled quote (how creative) and your gorgeous background! Well done, my friend! Hugs!

  2. This is a fabulous grungy 'note to self' work of art Amanda, I love the crackled quote panel and the painty layers of the incredible background panel which have come together beautifully with the perfect quote that we all need to tell ourselves from time to time. Great job xxx

  3. Fabulous crackled panels Amanda and your colours and textures are just the prefect foil for your quote x

  4. Love how you have layered this up - and so much detail - the crackle on the top and all the scratching and stamping have created a background piece with amazing texture and depth. Great project! xxx

  5. Love how this came together. The quote is something that we all need to think about. Perfection! Hugs, Sandy

  6. What fantastic crackle Amanda and I love the touches of red. Your panel is perfect for showcasing such a powerful quote . Love it . Tracy x

  7. This is fabulous Amanda, great sentiment and a wonderful textured background. I really like the flashes of red and the scratches. Brilliant! xx

  8. You followed your muse beautifully Amanda, I love the black, white and red colour tones in the background, the crackles look amazing and the stencil is fabulous!! This truly is a stunning work of art... love, love, love this, it showcases your talent beautifully my friend! Hugs, Anne xx

  9. Love the background palette and the amazing crackle/texture on your wonderful panel Amanda x such a great quote to use on your wonderful panel

    TFS and huge hugs
    Annie xx

  10. Could that crackle be any better Amanda?? Love the gray with sprinkles of red and that wonderful quote front and center!! Julia xx

  11. Love the grunginess of this creation, another fab use of a That's Crafty! substrate too ;)
    Donna xx

  12. What a wonderful work of art Amanda, adore the way you stenciled Seth's wonderful quote with the crackle paste (and good to know you can 're-stencil' if need be!), the colours and textures are just perfect for Seth's fab stencil! The background panel compliments your quote perfectly, thank you so much for sharing it, Deb xo

  13. Oh Amanda, you are just so clever with these dramatic pieces, - wow, a truly impressive piece of art!! Those paint effects in combination with Seth's wonderful stamps are like a match made in heaven in your hands, stunning work my friend, - you really rocked this challenge!!

  14. Amazing stencilling, such depth of texture and my goodness doesn't the quote so totally take centre stage Amanda! LOVE it xx

  15. This is sooooo cool! What a great design. Love the letters and their size and impact! Big wow! Hugs, Autumn

  16. Loving this. That crackle surface is amazing! Hope you don't mind if I feature it on my blog!

  17. Amazing layers and textures, Amanda - and those words really steal the show at the centre of it. Fantastic!
    Alison x

  18. Interesting canvas and I especially like the background. Thank you for joining us at Creative Artiste this month. Hope to see you back here again soon. Judy DT

  19. This is a great piece and I like that scratching touches of your fingernails Amanda. Loving the crackles. Thank you for your participation and support at STAMPlorations May Mixed Media Challenge ...See you again soon :)
    Hugs and smiles,
    STAMPlorations Mixed Media Design Team
    Qinaahana Arts & Crafts {My Personal Blog}

  20. Love the texture of the crackle paste. Definitely on my wish list now. Love how it looks. Thanks for sharing with STAMPlorations mixed media challenge.

  21. A great piece of the Urban feel to it..the crackle is gorgeous.
    Thank you for joining in with this months challenge at Altered Eclectics.


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  22. This looks amazing! Thank you for playing along with the Craft Stamper challenge xx

  23. Love the splashes of red in the background and the quote stencil is fab - gotta love a bit of crackle too x Awesome project xxx

  24. Very interesting canvas. Lots of wonderful details. Thank you for joining us at Creative Artiste this month. Hope to see you back here again soon. Judy DT

  25. Love this project, three simple words so full of beautifully crackled encouragement. Thank you for sharing it with us at Altered Eclectics.

  26. This is just wonderful! You captured the energy of this saying perfectly... Thank you for joining us this month for the STAMPlorations Mixed Media Challenge.

  27. wow, love this!!! Thanks for joining in with us at the STAMPlorations Mixed Media Challenge!!!

  28. Fabulous piece of art work Amanda. Thanks for sharing your mixed media at STAMPlorations this month. Carol DT xx


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