Friday 29 December 2017

Tag Friday at A Vintage Journey- December 2017

Hello Everyone and Welcome 

Hope you have all enjoyed the fun and festivities of the Holiday Season and are looking forward to ringing in 2018 in just a few days time! 
Today over at A Vintage Journey we see the year out with our final post for 2017- Tag Friday! I'm sure many of you are already familiar with this tradition but for those of you who aren't, I will explain. When there are 5 Fridays in a month, the 5th Friday sees some of the Creative Guides share a tag they have created in whatever style they wish - no rules, no themes, anything goes! 

So here's the tag I have created. 
The background of the tag is a spare 'tie dye' background I had made for a previous project . It looked something like this but with a few colour differences. You can see how I created it here. 
My original idea was to stencil a focal image onto the tie dyed background using a StencilGirl stencil (Talaya Goddess of Rain) with Black Acrylic paint but I didn't achieve the clarity of image I wanted as some of the black paint bled under the stencil so it was then destined for only one place - the bin! That is until the white acrylic paint and brayer that were sat on my desk caught my eye .......! With nothing to lose I brayered the white acrylic paint over the background. The paint 'picked up' the pattern of the creases I had made when prepping the paper to tie dye, whilst retaining some of the bright colours and bleeding into others thus creating lighter shades of the original brights.
The 'bin worthy' background was transformed and a new design then evolved . 
As I was caught up in the creativity I failed to take any 'step' shots but I have 'close up' shots of the assembled tag that I will narrate . 

I added some stamping both for extra detail and for the words 'star'
and 'light' (Seth Apters Impression Obsession stamps 'Word Chain', Journal Jargon one and two) and of course there had to be some splatters! 
The focal image is one of Seth's fantastic Spellbinder dies - 'Outlaw'. 
With the imminent release of Seth exciting new Baked texture Embossing Powders (details can be found here , here and here) I had embossing on the mind so I triple embossed the die, stamping into it with a word block stamp. I then rubbed silver gilding wax over the words to highlight. You can pick out 'Relax', Inspire, 'Art', 'Imagine' in the photo below.
The stacked die cut is topped with one of Seth's 'Woodchips'- the Star which I crackled with Deco Art texture paste.
and embellished with a metal 'washer'
and the brass stud I'd saved from my jeans that I recycled earlier this year to make a journal (you can see that project here
To finish off, the tag hole was covered with a silver eyelet, a piece of ribbed jute threaded through and brought together at the top of the tag with a couple of Tim Holtz ideology 'clip bails'. 
Now for a few arty( coughs) shots 
that give you an idea of the dimension of the focal image from the sides 
and from the bottom to the top . 
Hard to believe that 'Talaya the Goddess of Rain' lies beneath!
I guess its worth 'messing up' sometimes ! 

If you haven't already be sure to stop by A Vintage Journey to see the fabulous gallery of tags created by some of my fellow teamies.

I would like to enter this tag into the following challenge
That's Crafty -'Anything Goes' Challenge
Thanks for stopping by today. I always appreciate you taking the time to visit, follow and comment . 
Thank you too for all your support throughout this year. It really means alot that you have stayed with me throughout the last '365' sharing in my creative journey. 
I am hoping 2018 will see me here more frequently and I hope you will be able to join me . 
Wishing each and everyone of you a very happy, healthy and peaceful New Year.
See you in 2018! 
Take Care

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:
(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
keep on the happy side