This is a unique challenge blog where we are inspired by and focus on the Vintage; shabby; mixed-media; art journaling; industrial, timeworn and steampunk genres and encompass the talent, flair, expertise and ideas of many artists that we are inspired by. We welcome all types of projects - cards, journaling, assemblage, layouts, albums, atcs, altered art in fact whatever you want to share (as long as it is in good taste).

Friday, 15 March 2019

March Challenge Tutorial - Brenda

I am sharing the process steps for the project I made for the birthday challenge this month. I loved making my shabby piece of home decor and added a word banner I made to fit the title.



Background


The background paper was a piece of a paper mixing palette left over from a brayering session some time ago but the colours are so beautifully neutral and perfect for stamping on. I chose images that represent something for AVJ, the challenge and our birthday. The large gear represents transport, the whole idea of moving on this journey, the clock face is about time and that we have been travelling together for five years now. The typewriter is about the blog posts that we write and how all the Creative Guides share the running and workings of the blog including the communication between us all. Five little stars for the 5th birthday, a shabby border pattern for one of the genres that we like to use and see and part of a map that is representative of the fact that we are a multinational team and you our readers pop aboard from all around the globe too.


Candlestick and box


I used chalky finish paint (heirloom, rustic, relic, everlasting and primitive) and roughly stippled and blended these neutral colors over it and let it dry. Then I repeated with a second coat. I rubbed a little candle wax in random places and then stippled on everlasting, primitive and restore. Before it was fully dry I rubbed with dry kitchen paper to make it look more aged and worn and finished with three waxes clear, deep brown and white, rubbing some away with water before buffing to a beautiful shine.


I did the same to the circular board. 


The Tim Holtz box also got a paint job with similar colours and then some crackle paste trowelled on with a palette knife and when dry I edged with dark grey value 6.

Embellishments


I collected together lots of stamped, die-cut and metal embellishments to use to decorate the top and create a diorama and I made my own word banner.
The suitcases are showing we travel with our supplies and unpack them at every destination and the paper doll is representative of our fabulous team of ladies - The Creative Guides.


The word banner was typed on the computer, printed out and mounted on a strip of greyboard. I covered it with matte medium to seal the surface.

You'll probably see some other bits that were added to the project which is what frequently happens once I start putting things together.

I could have added more to the sides and the back but I didn't want to over do it - less is more they say and I think I have hit the right balance.


I hope you've managed to see the wonderful line up from the Creative Guides and there is some lovely work that has already been entered. You still have time to play along at the AVJ challenge blog, we'd love to see you cone and join in the celebrations.

Thanks for stopping by.

hugs Brenda xxx


Friday, 8 March 2019

Your Hearts Desire February Pinworthies

Hi everyone x It's Annie here with the details of our pinworthy choices for "Your Hearts Desire" Challenge.  As always it is very difficult to choose from all the amazing entries and we thank everyone who hopped on board with us in February. It's always a pleasure for the Creative Guides to visit your blogs to view the creative process and to leave a comment,

So in no particular order, here are our Pinworthy choices :


 Barbara created this amazing textured Etcetera Tag using plaster/Nuvo Mouse and various other elements. The  textured Snowflake and heart are just stunning......such a clever design.


We absolutely adored Kerstin's  celebration box and the beautiful decoration/embellishments, but in particular the amazing heart that takes centre stage.


 
We loved Cathy's textured heart that was baked, patina'd rusted and painted with an amazing grungy outcome.

I will be sending your Pinworthy Badges to you shortly ladies xx

Once again, thanks to each and everyone of you who entered our February challenge and we hope that you will also consider entering our 5th Anniversary Challenge,

"Celebrate The Journey" 
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Here is a reminder of our Birthday Challenge Description.
 
"Back on the 7th March 2014 we tasked ourselves to design, devise, invent, imagine and construct to inspire and encourage you to take this path with us and what an incredible journey it has been so far. Many of you have been here since the beginning hopping on board when you can and it's been amazing seeing all your contributions as we've travelled together.
We are hoping that lots of you will join the journey for our Birthday challenge. To do so we are asking that you include the word or any images that depict a 'journey' or even something that shows a creative journey you are on. Please tell us how your project fits the theme in your blog post and remember to create in one of our preferred styles of vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk."
The challenge theme runs until Thursday 4th April at 18:00 and you can click HERE to view the wonderful projects created by our guides. 

   Can't wait to see what you create!

Lots of Crafty Hugs
Annie and the Creative Guides xx




Friday, 1 March 2019

CELEBRATE THE JOURNEY - Happy Birthday AVJ

Wow we are celebrating another birthday here at A Vintage Journey can you believe it's 5 years since we started this challenge blog?


So we are asking you to come along and join in and celebrate this milestone with us. 

Back on the 7th March 2014 we tasked ourselves to design, devise, invent, imagine and construct to inspire and encourage you to take this path with us and what an incredible journey it has been so far. Many of you have been here since the beginning hopping on board when you can and it's been amazing seeing all your contributions as we've travelled together.

We are hoping that lots of you will join the journey for our Birthday challenge. To do so we are asking that you include the word or any images that depict a 'journey' or even something that shows a creative journey you are on. Please tell us how your project fits the theme in your blog post and remember to create in one of our preferred styles of vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk.

Let's take a look at what some of the Creative Guides have produced for this leg of the journey.

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Brenda


Well I had great fun creating something special for the birthday challenge and this is a sneak peek really but it does contain all the main details. To take a look at the whole project please pop over to Bumblebees and Butterflies where all will be revealed. If I say it is a piece of home decor does that give you a clue? xx




I decided to go back to my very first project for A Vintage Journey and choose some elements from it to make a journal page to highlight my mixed media journey over the last five years. Do please join me over on my blog Live the Dream if you would like to see more.


Deb


Happy birthday A Vintage Journey!  While contemplating Brenda's 'Celebrate The Journey' prompt, I came to the realization that I have always followed my heart and done what I loved no matter where my creative journey has taken me.  So I created this mixed media vignette box to represent my personal journey and hope that you will be able to stop by my blog to see how it all came together.


MDF Tag with Tim Holtz Globe die and Ephemera

I am celebrating my crafting journey as we begin a new year at AVJ. My project includes many of my favourite techniques and products. Be lovely to see you at Addicted to Art for more details and photos and a few of the other projects I have made for AVJ along the way!



So many of my teamies here have become close personal friends, so I thought it would be fun to share a project recently created when visiting one of them for a fun crafty day. To find out more about what we did and how this project has become part of my personal crafting journey, do come and visit me



For our birthday celebration I have decided to focus on an artistic journey and this year I am spreading my wings by venturing into the world of video.  I have made a few but have decided that this is the year for me to travel a new road.  My card depicts the spirit of a new journey. 




In these art journalling pages I'm celebrating the people we share our journeys with - especially this wonderful team of Creative Guides, who have become such close friends over this five year journey.  Do come over to Words and Pictures to see all the details.


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We hope you enjoy wandering through our inspirational projects and look forward to seeing those that get entered for this special occasion. Please use the link below to join in.

I would like to take a moment to thank all the Creative Guides that have been part of this journey over this five year period. You have all given so much time, support and amazing inspiration to all our readers and to each other. It is this that has made the journey so exciting and a pleasure to be part of.

To all our wonderful readers and participants thank you too for sharing the journey with us. We so enjoy looking at your contributions and reading the comments you leave us.

We look forward to the next 12 months of fabulous themes and amazing creations.

hugs Brenda and the Creative Guides. xxx



Friday, 22 February 2019

Creative Card Making with Annie

Hi everyone x It's Annie here again and its so nice to have you hop on board with us today for our monthly Creative Card Making post. 
This card was made with a wedding anniversary in mind but could equally be used for a birthday/thank you card etc.
Below you can see the photograph of the finished  8" by 8" card, followed by details and photos of the steps........so lets start our journey !!
 First of all I chose my papers then cut them in various sizes for matting and layering
 The edges were then distressed using Tim Holtz Distress Tool, however, you could also use scissors
 I wanted to knock back the colour on the floral paper so applied a couple of layers of Paperartsy Snowflake paint
 Tim Holtz Thinlits dies were put through my  Big Shot
 And you can see how the die cut paper looks in the photo below....I love it !!!
 Another two of Tim Holtz thinlits dies were cut  out and the pocket die is really handy for adding a message, placing a gift inside. Doesn't the word "Love" stand out so well when placed on top of the silhouette ?
 Once my little pocket is put together I start to think about the rest of the card
I thought I would use my Lynne Perella stamps set from Paperartsy, applying Sepia Archival Ink.
The stamps were then fussy cut and one of them was trimmed and used as a tag, on which I placed a personal message
 Some third generation stamping, again using Sepia Archival Ink, was applied to the paper
 Now to think of my layout !
One thing I did know was that I wanted to apply Distress Ink around the fussy cut stamps and the pocket as it really adds depth.
 You can see a distressed doilly from my stash, which was halved, then placed behind the pocket. 
A mini clothes pin was placed on the tag, which is inside the pocket. A paper clay butterfly, which I had made some time ago was placed on top of a Tim Holtz 3D Impresslits medallion
 Thank You for sticking with me and I would like to remind you that this month's challenge, 
remains open  until the 28th February at 18:00 hours. It would be lovely to see your entries and if you are looking for inspiration the  amazing projects  posted by the Creative Guides can be viewed by clicking HERE
Our next challenge commences on Friday the 1st March !!! Crikey !!!...that's next week !!! It's also a hugely exciting time for everyone at A Vintage Journey Challenge Blog as we
Celebrate our 5th Birthday................!!!! 
Can you believe it !!! Where has the time gone !!! so do hop on board for more beautiful and inspiring projects as we all travel together on our creative journey xx

Best Wishes & Crafty Hugs
Annie & The Creative Guides xxxx


Friday, 15 February 2019

Your Hearts Desire Tutorial

Hi Everyone xx Its Annie here with the Step by Step Tutorial for my project that was created for our "Your Hearts Desire" challenge theme.
You had better grab a cuppa as there are lots of photographs to view and details to read!!
 
 My canvas measure 8" by 8" and the heart is about 3.5" by 3.5" The heart is polystyrene and I cut it in half so it would lie flat.
 Gesso was applied to the canvas and to create lots of texture I took a palette knife, lightly pressing then lifting all over the canvas.
 You can see that I also added some Art Stones while the gesso was still wet.
 Whilst the gesso  on my canvas was drying I applied some to the heart, enabling me to adhere paint to it xx
 Some lace was adhered to the corners and sides of the canvas
 Followed by some hot glue from my glue gun.
 The photograph below shows the glue applied on each side of the canvas.I then applied more gesso to cover all the embellishments.
 Whilst the gesso was drying I applied some book pages to a piece of grunge board, using my brayer to flatten them on after gluing. I did not want to apply sealer to the top at this stage as I wanted to use distress ink directly on to the paper.
 The distress ink  was then sealed with Judikins Microglaze, which I have had in my stash for years and is now called Tim Holtz Distress Ink Micro Glaze
 Taking Tim Holtz Layered Wings die by Sizzix I cut the wings, ensuring that the book writing was the right way up. Decoart Quinacrodone Red was applied to the heart.
 To dry the paint quicker I applied my heat gun and a "Happy Accident" occurred as the polystyrene expanded creating amazing textured detail on the heart. I adored the colour once I had given it two coats of Quinacrodone Gold
 Tim Holtz Distress Stains in Cracked Pistachio, Vintage Photo, Dried Marmalade, Squeezed Lemonade and Twisted Citron.
 Decoart Gold metallic paint was then dry brushed over the lace, glue and stones and I loved the way this changed the canvas details/textures.
 Some stamped script was applied in Archival Sepia Permanent Ink. The edges of the canvas were then inked with Black Soot Distress Ink
 A close up of the top right corner. You can really see the gold details on the lace, stones and glue.
 Bottom right corner of the canvas and look at the texture on the polystyrene heart...its amazing, looks like skin of a raspberry!!
 And a final pic of the finished project.
 Thank You for sticking with me and I hope you have been inspired by some of the details/techniques used. The challenge remains open until the 28th February so there is still time to enter. Just click HERE to view the inspiration provided by the Creative Guides.

Huge hugs  and Happy Crafting
Annie xx