Let me introduce you to the wonderful things we are playing with this month:
I started with a chipboard base and used some old dressmaking patterns and loads of multi medium to create a textured background. I then applied three coats of Gesso and a little more texture along the bottom using a much loved stencil.
I then spritzed the whole lot with PaperArtsy Olive Tree Infusions and used loads of water to get this lighter effect. I love how there are tiny little flecks of orange in there too, so not all green!
Three of my travel bag items used at this stage.
Turning to resist techniques was my next step as I wanted to do something a little different. I have seen wax resist/faux batik techniques on Pinterest but have never tried it. I spent some time watching many videos. It was all fascinating but in the end I had to just get stuck in and have a go. There are no pictures of the process as it all happens rather quickly!
- the first step was to emboss a piece of wax paper (I used the Tim Holz Papillon Embossing Folder)
- secondly I placed this between two pieces of reasonably heavy cardstock
- thirdly I ironed the tag sandwich however do make sure you have them on a wood block so they don't sink into the ironing board ...... ! and yes do turn off the steam ...... ! (took me a few goes before I worked these out!)
You can't see much on the tags at this stage but when inked, or in this case spritzed with the Olive Tree Infusions beautiful batik style patterns emerge on the paper.
I die cut my leaves from the tags (using Tim Holtz's Tattered Leaves die) and then added Gathered Twigs Distress Ink around the edges to give them a little definition.
Then it was down to adding them to the background.
I added a little text paper (softened with a coat of watery gesso) to make the leaves more prominent .....
I also added some glass beads which look like water drops .......
This lovely quote seemed most appropriate.
And finally as I still have a few tough daisies left in the garden borders I decided to finish off with an Autumn flower.
Unfortunately since I made this little project we have had horrendous gales and torrential rain, so the falling leaves are not really falling but going in a rather horizontal direction past the house!
Thank you for stopping by for this short tutorial today. Do please pop back next Monday when another Creative Guide will be taking your through their use of the travel bag contents. And of course check out our new challenge ALTERED ART and the wonderful pieces made by the Creative Guides.