Friday 7 February 2020

Against The Grain - A Vintage Journey Challenge, February 2020

Hi Everyone and Welcome

Today sees the start of a new Challenge over at A Vintage Journey and this time Sara Emily is our host . Her chosen theme is

Against the Grain
"Most of us love the look of wood and there are a lot of art/craft products out there that help us achieve beautiful wood grain, including stamps, stencils, embossing folders, papers and mixed media products. We would love to see how you add a touch of wood texture or appearance to your vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journalling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk projects "

Having been M.I.A from the last few AVJ challenges I am happy to be back today with a contribution for Sara Emily's challenge. 
I have used woodgrain cardstock, a woodgrain embossing folder, wood chips and a wood panel to create a mini Art Plaque. And what could be more ideal nestled amongst all that woodgrain than a few of natures beautiful butterflies!

As the challenge theme is all about woodgrain I thought I would use a wood panel as my base. So a quick routle around my mountainous stash of wooden/ mdf bits and pieces unearthed an ideal piece!

I painted the panel with black Acrylic paint and then covered the front with wooden slats that I created using Tim Holtz Woodgrain Cardstock, Tim Holtz Distress paints: Walnut Stain, Ground Espresso, Black Soot and a sanding block.

The butterfly came courtesy of Tim Holtz bigz die: Tattered Butterfly. I coloured it with PaperArtsy Fresco Finish paint: Stone and then to give it a wood grain effect I embossed it using Tim Holtz Embossing Folder: Woodgrain.  The wood grain embossing is highlighted with a distress crayon: Ground Espresso 

The smaller butterfly was stamped using one of the many butterflies on Tim Holtz stampset: Flutter. I think this particular one is my most used ... guess that must make it my favourite then but shhhh don't tell the others!! As far as they know I love them all the same!! 
It was coloured with distress inks and given a glossy coat thanks to some Glossy Accents.

The butterflies were adhered together at the thorax and placed in situ on a double wood chip mount.

They were framed with a crackled square die cut and surrounded by a 'wild and free' array of sisal fibres. 

By doubling up the butterflies like I have it not only added an additional woodgrain effect to my project but it also added some colour and some wonderful dimension.

A Tim Holtz Clippings sticker provided a fitting sentiment and finishing touch.

I hope you have enjoyed your time here with me today and that maybe I have offered some creative inspiration for our 'Against the Grain' challenge. 
If you haven't already be sure to pop by A Vintage Journey where there's a fabulous gallery of Woodgrain inspired projects created by some of our talented Creative Guides. 

We hope you will join us in the challenge as we always look forward to seeing your creativity. 
As always there will be 3 Pinworthy Winners chosen at the end of the challenge and each winner will be awarded with a Pinworthy badge and have their winning project pinned to our Pinterest board.

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by today. 
Your visits, follows, comment and support are sincerely appreciated.
Wishing you all a lovely weekend 
Take Care 
keep on the happy side. 


I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Craft Stamper Take it Make it Challenge: February.
Creative Artiste Challenge Blog: Challenge #57: Anything Mixed Media Goes. 


  1. AWESOME I LOVE THIS PROJECT xxx Have a lovely weekend HUGS xx

  2. THUD! Amanda, you hit the wood grain nail square on the head! This is one stunning piece of art that anyone would love to have on their wall! I love how three of the Creative Guides have used wood grain card stock and came up with such amazing diverse looks! Yours is so rich and dark -- just the way I like it -- and brought to life/light with your crackled frame, shabby 'wood' butterfly and that stunning colorful (favorite) butterfly at the center of it all. GORGEOUS, gorgeous make! Thank you for your inspiration and for your friendship; I have loved serving on this amazing team with you! Big hugs! Sara Emily

  3. Wow, what a beautiful make! I love how you adorned the wood panel with the wooden slats and the 3D elements, textures and pretty butterfly look amazing 😁. Thanks for the inspiration and wishing you a Happy February! Hugs, Jo x

    1. Many congratulations on being chosen as part of our Top 3 over at Creative Artiste, this is such a stunning make! Hugs, Jo x

  4. Unbelievably beautiful, Amanda... from the wood plank background (mounted on a real wooden panel, no less!) to the gorgeous butterfly via the stunning crackled frame and all those textural fibres, this is a new favourite for me. Stunning!
    Alison x

  5. Amazing! The background you created is beautiful and perfectly embellished. I love the beautiful butterfly and the crackle frame. Gorgeous!!
    Hugs, Ann x

  6. Fabulous Amanda, love the wood plank background and the wood grain effect on your lovely butterfly is gorgeous, fab textures as always! Thanks so much for sharing it, Deb xo

  7. WOW! Amazing project ..... great detail and texture. Thank you for playing along with the Craft Stamper challenge xx

  8. A really stunning project manda, the background looks amazing and I love the crackle (of course)The fantastic colouring on the butterfly makes for a super contrast and gives it real wow factor!

  9. Stunning thanks for playing along with the Craft Stamper Challenge Good luck xx

  10. Loving the variety of textures you've combined here-thanks for joining us at Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge Blog!


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