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Friday 20 October 2017

Autumn Pinworthy Inspiration

Hello and thank you for stopping by, we have a wonderful treat to share with you today from three very talented Pinworthy artisans. These Crazy For Autumn Colour inspirations are coming to you from Julie of Art & Soul, Lucy of With Glue and Glitter and Marzena of Macarena-Creativa, enjoy!



Hello Everyone, I'm Julie and I'm very happy to be invited as a Pinworthy Guest to A Vintage Journey.


I've spent many years teaching both children, young people and adults alike. My training is in Art and textiles but my passion is for anything mixed media. I've found art and craft to be amazing tools to engage minds and hands, young and old, and I love sharing my techniques and ideas with others.
This is a special time of year to me so the brief ‘Autumn’ was music to my ears. I live quite high up in South Yorkshire. Driving in the early morning, I see the valley shrouded in mist and the Keats poem ‘To Autumn’ sprung to mind. As a child we were made to learn it by rote! Personally, Autumn is time for calmness and reflection, and invokes many happy childhood memories.
I planned several designs and ended up doing something completely different but the introductory line of the poem was my main inspiration - 'Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness'. Truth be told, I tend to work best when things develop naturally rather than working to a specific idea, I’m sure you know what I mean?
I have had an old board book which my son had thrown out from his first birthday. Well… it spoke to me on many levels; how could I get rid of it? I’ve had a plan for it from that day on and I felt it would be a great base to frame a verse or two from Keats and to frame an exploratory faux encaustic panel – an idea which has been buzzing around my head for a while.

Starting out with encaustics isn’t cheap so I decided to try soya wax, pastels and gelatos. I love the way pastels and wax combine to give a mellow and misty effect and felt they would work perfectly. There is a full tutorial on my blog ‘Art & Soul’ where my various experiments and their outcomes are detailed.

I also love the tactile feel of textiles and decided to create a fabric cover for the book using various mediums and techniques, vintage lace, trims and beads. Again, full instructions are on my blog here if you’d like to take a peep? Throw in a favourite set of stamps by Crafty Individuals, distress inked cardstock cut with Tim Holtz’s Fall Foliage dies plus rusty wire and a few choice accessories and here’s my completed project. I hope you like my contribution to Autumn?

Thanks for taking the time to read about my creative exploits and inviting me over to A Vintage Journey.

Have a wonderful day and keep creating.

Julie xx


My name is Lucy and I have been honored to make another post for A Vintage Journey. I have always loved making things, but in the past 2-3 years, I have turned into a paper crafter fanatic. Mostly I make little houses, but sometimes I branch out into other projects. This is one of them. 

This photo is a selfie from the Grand Canyon in June. My first visit to the Grand Canyon - amazing. 

Nothing says fall to me more than the leaves with their astounding array of colors. I knew when I was asked to be a Pinworthy guest for Crazy for Autumn Colour it had to incorporate leaves. Lots and lots of leaves. Making an owl in a tree was the perfect design element to cover in leaves. 

This little cabinet is box framed with Crackle Texture paste. The owl in the center is transparent so that an LED candle could be placed behind it to light up. 

The tree is simply a cylinder of cardboard with the base slightly larger than the top covered with paper mache. The limbs are twisted pieces of brown packing paper. The tree itself is painted with multiple layers of paint with the goal of mimicking bark. The background is supposed to show that the day is getting late. 

I stained watercolor paper and cardstock with various colors of Distress Inks and Stains and then punched out the leaves with an oak leaf punch. 

The opening in the tree was sized to fit the owl. The owl is a Tim Holtz Ornate Owl Thinlits die which I cut out twice - once with brown inked watercolor paper, once in black and then an outline on clear acetate. I colored the acetate with various inks - yellow and then some gold and white fixative. I tried to make the owl's throat lighter because if you read about the Great Horned Owl one of its distinguishing features is the "neat white patch on the throat". 

The frame of the cabinet is just cardboard cut to outline the box. It's painted with black gesso then a generous layer of crackle texture paste. 

There's more detail on my blog. Thank you again for having me as a guest. 


Hello everyone! I am Marzena aka Macarena and I am honored to have been chosen as a Pinworthy Mention and invited for Guest Designing today.

I live in Poland with my teenage son and a british shorthair fluffy and huge cat.

I have been crafting for about 6 years now getting each time more addicted to mixed media, textures, layers and rich projects. I love to get dirty with inks, sprays and paints watching how the project is being built and how it's in the end because I never have a vision of how it should finally look. I just let my imagination flow and spread my wings. The results are always a big surprise.

This is my CRAZY FOR AUTUMN COLORS card with a lot of embossing, inks, texture and layers. Hope you like it.

You can see more pics and products I used on my blog here.

Have a great day!



Fabulous autumnal creations one and all as I am sure you will agree! Thanks so much to our talented Pinworthies for sharing their art with us and hope that you've been inspired to join in our Crazy For Autumn Colours challenge, you have until November 2nd to get your entry in and we can't wait to see what you will create! Thanks again for stopping by today,

Deb and the Creative Guides xo


  1. Welcome Marzena, Lucy and Julie. Your 'Crazy for Autumn Colour' projects are fabulous . Thank you for sharing your creativity with us here at A Vintage Journey .
    Have a lovely weekend everyone

  2. What an absolute feast for the eyes this post is! Julie, the transformation is fabulous and really does portray the first line of the poem beautifully! Lucy, I love ALL of your 3D projects and this one is amazing! Marzena, your autumn colours are stunning and I love how you used the 'wood' stamp in the background! Wonderful projects from three talented artists, thanks so much for sharing with us here.... Hugs, Anne xx

  3. I am so pleased to learn more about Julie, Lucy and Marzena and to see these amazing creations that are chock full of Autumn color! Julie your altered board book is an amazing transformation and the cover is just stunning! Lucy, I love your special talent in creating in dimension and your ability to make your creations both whimsical and realistic at the same time. This tree and owl is nothing short of amazing, and I'm headed to your blog today to see the details. Marzena, you have created a colorful, magical fall piece that just makes me happy looking at it! Thank you for sharing your fabulous creations with us, ladies! Hugs!

  4. What fantastic autumnal inspiration from the Pinworthies - glorious projects one and all. I'm looking forward to visiting each of you to see more details of these amazing creations - thank you so much for joining us on A Vintage Journey this month.
    Alison x

  5. Goodness ladies! Three such different, beautiful and inspirational projects! Julie - your book is beautiful inside and out - love the cloth cover, stitching, leaves and framed image. Lucy, your tree is SO realistic looking and how wonderful that it lights from within! Macarena - your fall panel is delightful with the cut wood stampings, glorious layering of leaves and pretty ballerina dancing in them. Thank you all so much for joining us here at AVJ! Julia xx

  6. It's wonderful to have you Marzena, Lucy and Julie! I absolutely love the diversity of these projects, each one with its own amazing details and design. Thanks so much for joining us! Hugs, Autumn

  7. It is wonderful Marzena, Lucy and Julie to have you share your amazing work with us here, wow, so much autumnal inspiration all in one place.... Thank you so much for sharing your taalents and inspiration with us here!!!

  8. Fantastic and inspiring makes from Marzena, Lucy and Julie xx Thank you so much for sharing your personal information and the delights of your creativity for our Autumn challenge.......its a real pleasure to view your stunning creations xxx

    Huge hugs
    Annie xx