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Monday, 7 March 2016

Destination Inspiration - Arriving at March Terminal one

Here we are alighting at terminal 1 for the month of March and as you will have seen on the birthday post last Friday we are using our travel bag and it's contents for the challenge theme. You may have seen my piece of wall art I made for Friday's post and I have re-created the background for a second piece. So let's undo the travel bag again to remind ourselves what is in there.

Product: Something Metal
Technique: Rust Effects (perhaps using rusting or embossing powders or rust coloured paints)
Colour: Lilac or Pale Purple
Substrate: Board (eg grey board, coaster board, cardboard)



Now let your imagination flow and follow me on a discrete track and find out how I made my weathered boards background using DecoArt medial fluid acrylics.

I began with a piece of greyboard and a piece of manila card both cut to the same size (4 1/2 x 8 ins) and took the card to work on.

Weathered Wooden Boards

If you don't have a purple in your colour range of acrylic paints and I don't, mix quinacridone magenta and prussian blue together to create this gorgeous mauve and paint the surface of your card with it and dry.


Use a stiff paint brush to ‘paint’ on Vaseline or petroleum jelly in the direction of the boards you will finish with ie for me that's longways. Then paint over with titanium white, keep gently swiping the brush in the same direction and slowly some of the paint will be rubbed away by the brush.
Gently heat and wipe with a dry paper towel (again in the same direction) to remove a little more of the paint.


Repeat the previous two steps using titan buff.



There is still lots of vaseline on the card so paint again with titanium white (without adding more vaseline) heat quickly and rub with the paper towel before the paint is dry.
 


Mix a very small amount of your mauve again and add to some titanium white and water to create a pastel lilac coloured wash. Paint again and spritz with some more water whilst it is still wet to create the mottled effects and rub gently with the kitchen towel before it is completely dry.
 

Use a distressing brush tool to scratch some marks into the ‘wood’ ....


... and score lines to create the ‘boards’, distress the lines with a sanding block and rub in a brown distress ink. Adhere to the backing board and distress and ink the edges.



Now gather all the elements to embellish your board - die-cut circles, rusty butterfly, small canvas to create height, a wordband and some natural fibres and foliage.


I promised a step out for the industrial butterfly I made for last months challenge and you can find that over on my blog today. It has a base of foil tape on card.



The mini canvas was changed from an original stamped effect I had on it which was far too busy for underneath the butterfly so I gessoed it all over a couple of times then made up some of the lilac watery wash using the quinacridone magenta, prussian blue and titanium white paints. After a few dips and dries it was just what I needed.



Now to put it together ....

 .... with some natural fibres and foliage ....


.... some remnant rubs ....



 .... an altered wordband ....


.... the rusty butterfly alighted on the mini canvas ....


.... and a rusty wire hanger for displaying.



We have completed our time at Terminal 1, I hope you have enjoyed the stop and the project I made with the contents of our travel bag. We are looking forward to seeing what you make with them - don't forget there are no restrictions on what products you use, just jump aboard the travel bag challenge and have fun.

We will see you again on Friday with the winner and pinworthies from last months challenge.

Enjoy the week.

hugs Brenda xxx

35 comments:

  1. A fabulous project Brenda x your background is fantastic x thank you for sharing the step by step. Too. The butterfly looks amazing.
    Huge hugs Annie x

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    1. Thanks Annie - hope you had a great weekend xxx

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  2. Good Morning Brenda. Another fabulous piece. The butterfly looks so amazing.too. Hugs Rita xxx

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    1. Thank you Rita, I think the weathered boards technique is rather versatile - got another idea to add to it this morning lol xx

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  3. So beautiful - love the combination of the rusted butterfly and the delicate flowers.
    Alison x

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  4. Beautiful canvas, Brenda! And of course thank you for the vaseline trick! I will try it as soon as I have time! Hugs

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    1. Looking forward to seeing how it goes Monika xx

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  5. Stunning Brenda. I just love that background and really need to try it out! Beautifully rusty butterfly with the softening effect of the foliage - perfect! Julia S-W xx

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    1. Thanks Julia, I love contrasts xxx

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  6. Wonderful project and you have taken the Vaseline method to whole new level with your careful washes of paint in many layers. Raising the butterfly (looking incredible by itself and I shall be off to check it out) onto the little canvas, was a brilliant idea too. A stunning project and fantastic step out!!! Thank you for this wonderful inspiration, - what a great way to start a new week....

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    1. Thanks Astrid I'm glad you like the layered effects of that very old vaseline technique. xx

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  7. This is a fabulous project Brenda, I love the weathered board effect and it is so perfect for this project. The butterfly looks stunning, I am off to visit and check out your how to on this. Mo x

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    1. Thanks Mo, glad you like the effects on this one xx

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  8. Love seeing how you create these wonderful effects - a stunning creation Brenda. Nikki xx

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  9. Absolutely fabulous! Brenda LOVE the weathered board affect and your rusty butterfly is a real gem and love how you have made it stand proud of its backdrop by using the little canvas . The natural fibres and foliage provide a wonderful contrast . Goes without saying really you have made terrific use of the contents of the travel bag and given lots of inspiration .
    hugs x

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  10. Gorgeous! I love your weathered wood effect and the rusted butterfly is fabulous!

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    1. Thank you Sue for your lovely comment here and on my blog xx

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  11. Gorgeous Brenda, lovely to see Vaseline used , not done that technique for a while. Your weathered board is gorgeous and so effective, the perfect backdrop for your rusted butterfly which is a fantastic bold focal piece. Tracy x X

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    1. Thanks Tracy, some of the old techniques are still good to go. xx

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  12. Goodness - what a wonderful woodgrain you created Brenda - so many steps in the process - but totaly worth it! Love your 'metal' butterfly and the dried foliage - a beautiful wall hanging using this month's travel bag supplies! Julia xx

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  13. AWESOME - Thank you too for the tutorial xx

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    1. Thanks Carol, let us know if you use it xx

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  14. Wow Brenda, the woodgrain effect looks fantastic but it is the rusty butterfly that does it for me, it is gorgeous - I loved your tutorial too. Hugs, Anne xx

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  15. Awesome job,Brenda!! Love the ‘boards’ you created.
    Ann XX

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    1. Thank you Ann and thanks for stopping by xx

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  16. Its Gorgeous Brenda .. This has become a must try for me .. The weathered wood look was just apt. I first thought it was a pattern paper .. Loved the Butterfly too .. :)
    xoxo
    Remya

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    1. So glad you like it Remya, let us know how you got on with your try out, maybe enter it in our challenge? Xx

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  17. What a fantastic piece of artwork, Brenda! Thank you for a wonderful step out on your weathered wood panel...just what I needed and pinned for future use! I love your rusted butterfly and I'll be flitting off to see that momentarily after I take one more look here! Love what you've done with those colors! Hugs!

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  18. Beautiful Brenda! An amazing background, thanks so much for sharing your tutorial on how you created that amazing peeled paint BG, and love your beautiful rusty butterfly. Great idea to pop it up on the mini canvas! Amazing Spring project with the contents of your travel bag, thanks so much for sharing it and now off to your blog to find out how you created your lovely butterfly! Deb xo

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  19. Cor! Love your project and love the techniques you have shared - thank you for the fabulous inspiration and wonderful techniques too xx

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