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 28 April 2017

A new amazing Guest Creative Guide

Welcome to this month's Guest Creative Guide post and we have a fantastic artist who makes the most incredible time worn and grungy projects using loads of different mediums, paints and usually somewhere there will be some incredible textured embossing. I would like to introduce you to the amazing Dee Adams, let's go take a look at what she has designed for us today to fit in with our current challenge 'The Magic of Three'.


Hi everyone! I am very pleased to have been asked by Brenda to be your guest today. If you are not familiar with my work I love the aged worn look, metals, embossing and generally shabby, bit like myself! I also quite like a mythical feel to art but generally love it all inks and paints and my passion is mixed media.
Today I have taken the topic literally and gone with what it says on the tin! A wooden number 3. 

I started with various bits including texture sand paste, art stones, anything that will achieve texture.

You then glue it to the wood frame just don't use salt.

Next came a good coat of black gesso followed by raw umber to cover the three.

   DecoArt's weathered wood came next and once this was dry it was followed with DecoArt Media crackle paint.

 I swiped the uneven areas with a Versamark ink pad then I sprinkled Stampendous chunky gold embossing powder over the areas and gave a quick shake as you only want it to take in those places.

Once happy with the embossing powder I followed with the beads these were glued into position which can be quite messy.

Raw umber, Quinacridone gold & Prussian Blue hue were used to highlight and age the project around the embossed areas.

A very watery wash of Quinacrine Gold and Raw Umber were used over the crackle I think I did two coats but it's up to you.

The inside surface was a watery wash of Prussian Blue.

I made a little embellishment with a glass pebble and a clock stamp which I glued to the bottom curve then, I glued three gem stones to the upper curve.

For the butterfly I used a Stampendous butterfly from their Jumbo Butterfly Trio. I used watercolour  to paint it on a base coat of clear gesso. Beads were used to create the body of the butterfly.

I hope you have all enjoyed my interpretation of this amazing challenge.
'The Magic Of Three'

Thank you it has been a pleasure to join you

Cheers Dee x

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What did I tell you? Dee has used all her favourite supplies to design and create this amazing project for us, just everything she has used fits together amazingly to produce such wonderful grungy, aged and textured results. Thank you so much Dee for altering this number three in such a brilliant way and sharing the steps with us. I don't know about anyone else but I want to get making and follow your steps to see what happens for me and I'm sure there will be lots of people reading this who have been inspired in the same way.

Well after you've left some love for Dee and hopefully popped over to her blog as well, I hope you'll spend a moment looking at our challenge that still runs till next Thursday.  We've had some fabulous projects entered already but there's always time and room for some more so we'd love to see you there.

Have a wonderful bank Holiday weekend if you're in the UK, that usually means for,a lot of people there is an extra one day holiday on Monday to look forward to.

Take care and see you Monday for the next DI installment.

hugs Brenda, Dee and the Creative Guides. xxx


  1. Super! What a wonderful work!

  2. I did have a smile at Dee's description of herself, she is the exact opposite of timeworn and shabby!! This is a stunning piece of art, full of wonderful textures and colours - and the butterfly is just fabulous. So thrilled to have Dee sharing her amazing art with us! xxx

  3. Wow, what an amazing project, I love all the texture and nitty gritty bits you used. It's beautiful x

  4. What a fantastic project Dee, it has all that I associate with your brilliant work... Amazing textures and that stunning butterfly is such a wonderful finishing touch! It's super to have you here with us sharing your stunning art, - thank you!

  5. Welcome Dee. Great to meet you . Your project is fabulous. I just love all those grungy colour tones and texture . Thanks so much for sharing your creativity with us . x

  6. Oh Dee I am in heaven! So much wonderful grungy, aged texture - I love it. Completely inspired by the use of Prussian Blue hue with quin gold etc - it looks stunning - never thought of that! Thanks so much for sharing this fabulous design with us xxx

  7. Bravo, Dee! What a fabulously grungy project you have made, so rich in texture and techniques! Love the embossing, truly a favorite of mine! Thank you for sharing your wonderful talent with us as Guest Creative Guide. Now I'm off to leave some love on your blog.

  8. WOW Dee this is stunning! I love the crackle and gorgeous textures you have created on this number! The butterfly is gorgeous too.
    Linda xxx

  9. What a wonderful 3, Dee! all of your pastes, beads and decorations have created a beautiful aged piece and your layered butterfly is stunning. Thank you so much for being our guest DT at AVJ! Julia xx

  10. Brilliant piece, love it. Happy crafting, Angela xXx

  11. I love it!! You inspire me. Thank you.

  12. Amazing texture on the figure 3 - the crackle overlaid with all the beading and gilding is just fabulous. But it's the butterfly which has completely stolen my heart - spectacular! Brilliant to have you with us on the journey this month, Dee.
    Alison x

  13. Hi Dee, lovey to see you as our guest. I adore your textural number three and I love how you interpreted our challenge . The rusty tones are gorgeous and your butterfly is stunning and the perfect focal image. Love this. Tracy x

  14. Positively beautiful Dee! I love the addition of gems to your rusty three and that butterfly is so lifelike it could truly fly from the screen. Thank you so much for sharing xx

  15. Dee - YOU and YOUR THREE - have my truest ADMIRATION. Beyond SPLENDID. Xj.

  16. Absolutely stunning! The amazing textures are just asking to be touched!! Love this!

  17. Fabulous colours and textures Dee, thank you so much for sharing it and for joining us here at AVJ! Deb xo

  18. Very cool number 3 Dee! Love the grungy, textural yumminess to this! hugs,Jackie xx