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Friday, 19 July 2019

'Precious Metal' Canvas Tutorial .

Hi Everyone and Welcome

Amanda (ink-a-pink) here to share a short tutorial for my 'Simplify Life' mixed media canvas that I created for our current challenge 'Precious Metal'. My original post can be seen here.
I will be focusing on the main creative process today. There's nothing too complicated about it and its probably something you have all done before be it intentionally or unintentionally. 
 'Paint blistering', 'Paint bubbling', 'Superheating paint' ring any bells? 
They are all terms I have heard used for this process and when done 'intentionally' its great fun and creates some fabulous texture, detail and interest. 

So lets begin....
The canvas is a 5x7 inch board canvas
Apply a couple of coats of PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Paint.

Scrape white gesso onto the canvas randomly using a palette knife

Apply silver metallic paint to the canvas quite randomly and in variations of thickness using a palette knife or brush if you prefer. 
Dry the paint with a heat gun ensuring the heat is in close proximity to the paint, i.e hold the heat gun super close to the canvas. 

As the paint dries it will start to bubble and blister - you will both see it and hear it as the paint crackles when it starts to blister. The size of the paint bubbles will vary dependent on the thickness of the paint application and the heat intensity. 

Repeat the steps above with gold metallic paint. 

I was multitasking here- taking photos with one hand and working the heat gun to bubble the paint with the other! Not so easy but hope I've managed to capture some shots that give you the general idea. 

 The bubbled and blistered paint can (if you want) be popped simply by using a pin or they can be flattened using your finger -once the paint has cooled of course!! Some may pop/flatten of their own accord but that's ok as you will still retain texture albeit in a slightly flatter form. 
The next steps are optional ....
Sponge very lightly and randomly onto the textured painty surface with touches of DecoArt Quin Gold, gesso and black acrylic paint, drying between each. 

The result 

Add some stamped detail using stamps and permanent inks of your choice. 
The stamping isn't at first obvious to the viewing eye but if you look close you will see 

that its nestled within all the fabulous 'paint blistered' texture. 

I used the same creative process for the slim central panel, the only differences being I worked with Tim Holtz tarnished brass distress paint instead of gold metallic paint and smooched the card through the paint to get an initial layer of colour. 

The focal feature is what I call a piece of 'street swag'- a lucky find that I came across when I was out clocking up some steps earlier this year. It took no real creative effort at all as it was already 'well weathered' so I simply added a few light touches of paint and gilding wax before adhering it to a double mount made up of a die cut (Seth Apter Loop de Loop) and a painted ATcoin (That's Crafty) 

The canvas is embellished with some of Tim Holtz metal ideology pieces, some of which were treated to touches of metallic paint like the ruler or silver gilding wax like the game spinner. 

The words on the philosophy tag and typed token were emphasized with black soot distress crayon and together they provide the title for my canvas

'Simplify Life' .

I hope you have enjoyed your time here with me today and that maybe I have offered some 'metallic paint bubbling/ blistering ' inspiration. 
If you would like to join us in our 'Precious Metal' challenge head over to the launch post where you will find all the details you need to enter. 
We love when you share your creativity with us and are really looking forward to seeing all your entries.
Wishing you all a lovely weekend 
Take Care 

Friday, 12 July 2019

Tissue Paper Pinworthies

Hello everyone, this is Astrid here to announce our pinworthy choices from our June challenge Tissue Paper.
Like always, it was really hard to whittle it down to just 3, but needs must, so without further ado and in no particular order, here they are:

We loved the way tissue paper was used both for the cover and the inside pages of this wonderful album. The detail on all the pages is amazing!
Even though tissue paper is not the main feature in this project, we really liked this fabulous little house with all the natural elements and gorgeous textures.
The creative guides adored the super clever technique with embossing paste and tissue paper on this fabulous ornate tag. The effect achieved looks amazing!

We would like to thank all our wonderful participants for playing in our June challenge and congratulations to our amazingly talented winners, we will be sending you your AVJ Pinworthy badges to display on your blogs very soon.

There is still plenty of time to play in our current challenge Precious Metal, so do check it out to get all the details.

Thanks for stopping by like always,

Astrid and the Creative Guides

Friday, 5 July 2019

Precious Metal , July Challenge

Hello Everyone

Amanda (ink-a-pink) here to welcome and introduce you to our new challenge here at A Vintage Journey. The theme this time is

'Precious Metal'
'For this challenge we would like to see some kind of precious metal feature in your project. Think gold, silver, brass, copper, aluminium, steel.... It could be in the form of embellishments, cardstock, paint, gilding wax, foil, gold leaf or rub ons. Just remember to ensure that you create in one of our preferred styles of vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk'.

So lets take a look at the 'Precious Metal' projects some of our talented Creative Guides have created. Be sure to click on the links each Guide has provided to find out more details about the creativity behind each project.

I have created a Grungy Mixed Media canvas for my hosting challenge that features precious metal in several forms - paints, wax, a very 'lucky find' and some ideology pieces - two of which provide the 'note to self' title -'Simplify Life'. You are very welcome to pop by my blog to see and read more.

For Amanda's wonderful Precious Metal challenge I created an art journal page using copper and silver embossing powders; I had lots of fun heat embossing them onto stencilled modelling paste, stamped letters, chipboard pieces and a die cut butterfly. Please pop over to my blog to see how it all came together.

I've created a pair of ATCs using all sorts of mediums. Much of the delight of these comes in the details of the rusty effects and patinas, and in catching the metallic gleam from different angles, so do come and join me at Words & Pictures for some cool close-ups as well as step-by-step pictures.

I was delighted when I saw Amanda's challenge for July because I just love all things metallic! For this project I've submitted to my obsession with tomato paste tubes. If you're curious to see how I've used them, hop over to my Artistic Craft Dabbler blog, and all will be revealed.

Well, for Amanda's fabulous challenge I have gone to town on the gold but I think the lovely sunshine and warm weather we have been having here in Surrey have influenced my colour scheme completely. and I could quite easily have gone for a seaside theme. In fact the focal pieces on the background have been changed several times until I was happy with it. There are just a couple of photos and a short explanation how this came together over at Bumblebees and Butterflies today. You'd be very welcome to pop over, I would love to see you there. xxx

I want to thank Amanda for her wonderful Precious Metal challenge! This theme is perfect for me and it works so well with some of my favorite crafty things! I adore metal! I created an Etcetera tag with a lot of hand made metal embellishments! Hope you join me on my blog Yayacrap & more, you can find the whole tutorial of this project!


For Amanda's wonderful Precious Metals challenge I decided to create a mixed media plaque that started with a base of metallic foil and then was built up from there using metallic cardstock, metallic embossing powder and metallic embellishments.  Hope you can pop by my blog for the how to!


I'm sure you will agree our Creative Guides have shared some fabulous inspirational projects featuring 'Precious Metal.'
We would love for you to join us in this challenge as we are really looking forward to seeing your 'Precious Metal' Creativity.
At the end of the challenge the Creative Guides will choose 3 Pinworthy Winners who will each be awarded a Pinworthy badge to display on their blog and their winning projects will be pinned to our Pinterest board.
The challenge begins today and remains open for entries until 1st August 2019.

Happy Crafting Everyone 
You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
Click here to enter

Friday, 28 June 2019

Creative Card Making with Jennie

Hello and welcome to this fourth Friday of the month which means that one of us shares a Creative Card Making tutorial. And this month it is my turn!

I don't think it matters where you live in the world but postage today is very expensive and yet it is lovely to be able to send cards for all different occasions. As a result I have been working hard on my single layer stamping techniques and combining this with my love of the ATC.

So today I am going to share with you how I put this card together which looks extremely effective but is all one layer.  And ..... the best thing is you can have a number of ATC sized pieces all ready to make a card whenever you need to. I know that many of you will probably already use this technique but I am sure there will be some Creative Travellers with us who have not tried it yet!

I like to use a good quality card for the stamping so took an A4 sheet of white cardstock and trimmed it up into nine ATC sized pieces - 2.5" x 3.5".

Having chosen the stamps I wanted to use I then had to think about what order I would be stamping them in to have the most important stamped element sitting on the top. In this instance it is this wonderful flower, with the second layer being the circular post stamp and finally two background stamps, one text and the other more detailed. The stamping will be done from top to bottom with each top layer being masked. I have limited myself to three layers here but you can do many layers ..... !

I have tried lots of different mask products but always come back to the good old post it note! I find the sticky piece at the top of the pad is more than sufficient to adhere to the project and they will last a good few times without disintegrating. (Use a larger post it note pad for larger stamps.) Just ensure that you stamp a largish piece of your stamp onto the sticky layer. Then fussy cut the flower for your mask.

I then stamped my flower onto the ATC.

And masked it with the post it note flower. This flower had alot of "floppy" leaves so it needed a bit of washi tape to hold it in place as well.

Then to stamp my second layer, ensuring that some of the stamp lies over the flower.

I made a mask of this circular stamp and adhered it on top of the area of stamping.

This then allowed me to use my two background stamps to stamp over the whole of the ATC. This time I have used Distress Ink (Vintage Photo) to get a lighter look.

And hey presto! when you take all the masks off everything is layered behind the flower.

I used a few of my stamp sets to create some different designs in the same manner and then had a lovely relaxing time painting them.

I blended a little Distress Ink (Vintage Photo) around the edges of the ATC and added a gold edge with Gold nib style pen. I like to layer the ATC onto a piece of corresponding card just slightly bigger than the ATC (2.5/8"x 3.5/8").

Whenever I need a card I add the layered ATC onto  a plain 6" x 6" card blank with my sentiment stamped in the bottom corner. (Again you can get ahead and stamp a few to have ready!)

It is easy to make up a nice little batch of ATCs using different stamp sets and have them ready to add to card blanks as and when you need them.  It is also a great way to familiarise yourself with some of the stamp sets you might not have used for a while.

It can get a little bit addictive! and don't forget about extending it to the envelope as well.

I hope this tutorial might inspire you to grab some of your stamp sets and see them in new light and go some way to saving you a little money next time you need to send a card.

Thank you for joining me me on the Creative Card Making journey today and don't forget there is still a little time to join in our current challenge which is "Tissue Paper".

Jennie x

Friday, 21 June 2019

Tissuepaper Book Box tutorial by Astrid

Hello friends and welcome for our tutorial post here at AVJ. As the host for this month's challenge, it is my turn to share a tutorial for the project I made for that..
As you may remember, I altered one of these bookboxes that I am using to keep my wax seal stamps in. So let's get started:
Here you can see what the box looked like to start with. To cover it I used an old technique using scraps of plain tissue paper to end up with a sort of leather look surface.
I tore a hug pile of tissue scraps, the fact that they have this strange colour is just due to the bad lighting when I took the photo, they are actually white.
I adhered them to all sides of the box, including the spine of course, using gel medium.

I then gave it all a coat of clear gesso and then coloured everything with a mix of Distress Oxide Sprays and Decoart Media paints, until eventually I was more or less happy with the result, and then promptly forgot to take a photo of that stage, - sorry.

While the box was drying I started work on the front panel.
I adhered a piece of Tim Holtz tissue wrap to a piece of card with Collage Medium and then toned it down with some Decoart Media Translucent White paint, gently removing some areas with a slightly damp baby wipe.

I then turned to the inside of the box. I covered the inside of the lid with a piece of rice paper from Stamperia.
I then used Distress crayons and collage elements to add further interest.
First I used a stencil and texture past, then I added some washi and parts of paper serviettes (all further examples of tissue paper of course) and finally finished it with a wax seal.

I used similar elements for the front panel, moving collage elements around until I was happy with the final composition  and then adhered the panel to the front of the box.
The final stage was to highlight some of the raised  bits created with the tissue paper with Treasure Gold gilding paste and then to fill my box with my ever groing collection of wax seal stamps. I love how wax seals can create a finishing touch to collage projects and journals, and using them has definitely become somewhat of an addiction...
Well that's it from me for today. There is still plenty of time to add your own tissue paper project to our challenge and we would love to see what you can come up with!

Thank you so much for your visit today and hopefully see you next week when one of us will share a creative card making post with us all here.