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Friday 7 February 2020

Against the Grain February Challenge

Hello friends and visitors! It's Sara Emily here to start us off on our new February challenge, which we are calling 'Against the Grain'.

Most of us love the look of wood and there are a lot of art/craft products out there that help us achieve beautiful wood grain, including stamps, stencils, embossing folders, paper and mixed media products. We would love to see how you add a touch of wood texture or appearance to your vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk projects. 

To get you started the Creative Guides have been busy putting together some wonderful wood grain inspiration for you. Have a look at how we're going against the grain...

This being my last project as a Creative Guide, I wanted to make something special to remember my time with this lovely and talented group of girls. You can visit my blog to see some close-ups and a few words about this make, but I'll be back here in a couple of weeks with a full tutorial of this project and how I made my faux wood.

With Valentine's Day on the horizon I decided to make a Valentine inspired mixed media plaque incorporating a few different faux wood techniques for Sara's February challenge.  Pop on over to my blog for the details and happy Valentine's Day to everyone!

My weathered wood plank background for Sara Emily's great challenge hosts a collection of golden timepieces to bring to life the quote from one of my new word stamp sets.  Come over to Words and Pictures to spend some golden minutes (it won't take hours, I promise!) finding out how I made my planks.


I experimented with a fun technique using Distress Ink and gel medium to create a wooden plank background for my art journal page. This provided the perfect backdrop for the pretty flowers and my Tim Holtz "metal" hearts and quotes. To see how it came together please pop over to my blog Let's Art Journal.

At this moment I am slightly obsessed with Tim Holtz's Heartbeat Thinlits Die. Valentine's Day is around the corner so it's the right time to use it. I created a background with the Woodgrain Paper, Distress oxides and Distress Crayons. For the heart faux wood, I used Lumberjack stamp set by Tim Holtz. To see the details and read how I made my card, take a look at my blog Yayascrap & more.


Having been M.I.A for the last few challenges I am happy to be back today contributing to Sara Emily's challenge.
I have used woodgrain cardstock, a woodgrain embossing folder, wood chips and a wood panel to create a mini 'Art Plaque'. And what could be more ideal nestled amongst all that 'woodgrain than some of natures beautiful butterflies! If you would like to find out more you are welcome to  pop by my blog, ink-a-pink.

I love a good challenge that helps me to use up some of my hoarded stash! If you'd like to see how I've used some lovely, real wood veneer, on this Passport Book, hop over to my blog with this link and I'll show you a step by step. Thank you Sara Emily ! x

I'm sure you will agree that the Creative Guides have shared a wonderful variety of creative wood grain projects and techniques.

We're looking forward to seeing how YOU will use wood texture or appearance on your  vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk projects.  We hope you have fun in this creative journey, and as always, we'll be selecting some of our favorites as Pinworthies to go on our Vintage Journey Pinterest boards.  Thanks so much for stopping by today and happy crafting!

Sara Emily and the Creative Guides

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  1. Beautiful, rich wood projects here, ladies! I can't wait to hop around to see how each one of your 'wood' planks and veneers were created!

  2. Fabulous projects by everyone and thankyou Sara Emily for a great challenge theme. Xx

  3. Such a fabulous array of amazing projects for this wonderful challenge theme and I look forward to visiting over the weekend xx Love the details and cant wait to view/learn more xx

    Huge hugs
    Annie xx

  4. What fabulous woodgrained projects. Like Annie, I'm looking forward to some time hopping round over the weekend to see all the details.
    Alison x

  5. Wow, so many stunning makes this month! I love all the wood grain effects and I can't wait to visit to see how they were created, such fun 😁. Happy February and wishing everyone a wonderful Friday and weekend too! Hugs, Jo x

  6. Fabulous woodgrain creations from the DT, off to take a closer look! Deb xo

  7. So charming,love all alot, you have been busy

  8. A fabulous collection of wood grain inspired projects for everyone . Hoping to pop by you all real soon

    Have a lovely weekend