I am married to an amazing man, and my biggest supporter. We have four children, yes four! I live in the US and work full time as a church secretary. I have been stamping for over 15 years. Creativity is my outlet, passion and purpose. I define my style as grunge meets elegance. Though I love to distress everything, I like to balance my work with a touch of pretty and neat. In addition to stamping, I love to draw and paint and have found that mixed media allows me to blend these skills and create rich artwork, filled with depth and texture. I'm thrilled to be joining the A Vintage Journey team today for this fabulous challenge!
Often, with such a busy schedule and commitments, I sketch out my designs beforehand so I can get right to it. But project was the result of pure play and experimentation. I started out with a thrifted frame, purchased for a dollar because of its unique size. I have about 40 frames in my stash because I can’t resist taking them home and giving them new life! Some people pick up kittens, I pick up frames! So this challenge was truly up my alley! After I cleaned up and dismantled my frame, I prepped the backing board with gesso.
I was in the mood to paint something, so I cracked open my brand new IndigoBlu paints and thought I would experiment with color mixing right onto my board. I used a palette knife and scraped on and blended my colors (red, blue and yellow) randomly. But since this is A Vintage Journey, I had to take the bright colors down a notch! So I used a cosmetic sponge to apply gesso lightly over the entire panel. Then I dripped a mixture of alcohol inks diluted with alcohol over the gesso. I was loving the variation in color, but still wanted to bring more white and subtlety, so I stenciled an “airy” stencil over my background.
I built my grouping around this Found Relatives photo of four children, two boys and two girls – just like my own children. I opted for leaves and branches as a nod to the changing seasons. The clock die was embossed in Clossone plum embossing powder, a UTEE. What fun it has been to design for this fabulous challenge! I hope you’ll be inspired to alter an old frame of your own. Thank you so much AVJ for having me today.
What a beautiful and inspirational piece, Autumn. Thanks so much for being our guest this month.
The Winner of our Sponsored prize last month - a £20 gift Voucher to spend at Country View Crafts as selected by Random Generator is........
Your winners badge and Gift Voucher will be will you shortly and we hope you will join us as a Guest Designer in the near future.
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We will be in touch shortly with your badges and invitations to be Guest Designers here at A Vintage Journey in the near future.
Thank you so much to everyone who joined us in this Challenge. We really do appreciate all your entries and always enjoy seeing all your creations.
We hope you will join us this month for Julia's fabulous challenge, 'Create inside a Frame'.
One of us will be back Monday to share the latest Destination Inspiration so until then
we wish you all a lovely weekend
Amanda and all the Creative Guides.