Friday, 3 March 2017

A Vintage Journey - 3rd Anniversary

Today A Vintage Journey celebrates its 3rd Anniversary, a wonderful three year creative journey and I am thrilled to be a part of it.

Here is what our host Brenda had to say about our Anniversary challenge:

"Come join in our open house challenge where you choose what you want to step aboard with and although we still need to see you working with the styles and genres listed in the banner at the top of the page you can choose whether you share a card, some altered art, a journal page, a painting, in fact whatever you fancy, but with no theme to follow. Let's have some fun, share our current creations and enjoy the informal feel of our birthday celebration".

I decided to decorate one of Tim Holtz new Etcetera Tags, these are a fabulous thick sturdy surface to work on, perfect for lots of layers which I love adding to my artwork.
I began by applying PaperArtsy Grunge Paste over one of Tim Holtz new Layering Stencils and allowing to dry completely. I opted for Grunge Paste as it is possible to sand the area after medium has been applied.
The next step was to paint over the tag with Antique Linen Distress Paint.
I applied two coats of the paint to give me a good backdrop to add further layers.
Vintage Photo Distress Paint was added to a non-stick craft sheet and spritzed with water.
I then dipped the tag into the paint and spritzed further with water and moved the tag to allow the paint to run into all the Paste.
I continued with this process until I was happy with the layer of colour and then dried with my heat tool.
I then added a touch of Fired Brick Distress Paint and once again spritzed with water and then dried with my heat tool.  If I added too much paint, I simply dabbed with a baby wipe to remove any excess.
I die cut one of Tim Holtz Tiny Houses and then applied Grunge Paste over one of Tim's Mini Layering Stencils, allowed to dry and then coloured with Distress Oxides, Vintage Photo, Fired Brick and Fossilized Amber. I also applied Vintage Photo Distress Crayon around the edges of the house and smudged with my finger. Once I had coloured the house I then sanded the paste a little to give highlights. I also added a Hitch Fastener for added interest.
I also sanded the background areas to give highlights and also added some Tim Holtz Idea-ology and rusty tin wire for added interest.
Mini Alpha Dice add further dimension to the design. Before adding the Tiny House to my design I layered some tape and a remnant of fabric behind along with cotton fibres to give more texture and interest to the design.
I added a spoon for a play on the words homemade which I coloured with Rust Alcohol Ink. I also added computer generated text along with some random Remnant Rubs to the background.
I added delicate splatters of white paint and added a few delicate scratchy lines with black paint, all adding to the layers and interest. I adore the oxidisation on the house from the Oxides!
Our sponsor this month is Country View Crafts offering a fabulous £20 gift voucher for our randomly drawn winner.

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by. Tracy x x


Jackie P Neal said...

Beautiful Tracy! I love your choice of palette for this piece, so warm and cozy,just like home! xx

S@ndy Diller said...

So lovely Tracy, the colors and details are fabulous. The perfect theme for this challenge. S@ndy xx

Juls said...

Eeeeeeeeeek, wow wow wow, love this xx

Astrid Maclean said...

Brilliant Tracy in so many different ways! I love the painterly background in that colour combo so much already, and now I just have to have that particular stencil..... The idea of adding one of those timy houses to the tag is genius, the way you finished the whole piece is brilliant too, - love this so much!!! A great step out too!

Annie said...

What a stunning make Tracy xx love the colours and stunning background xx the tiny house is so cute xx
Happy AVJ Birthday xx
Annie xx

Pamellia Johnson said...

What a wonderful project Tracy. I just love all the dimension elements, the dice, the house and the spoon, fantastic! The background is amazing, so much texture. A beautiful vintage piece! hugs :)

butterfly said...

Stunning soft painty colours and effects - so beautiful over the texture - and I love how you've incorporated the little house - also delightful with the texture - and the embellishing is just perfect. This is a glorious make.
Alison x

Suzanne C said...

Beautiful! I love the soft colors you used and the texture of the paste on the house and the background is a soft shadow and perfect! Lovely tag!!!

Marci said...

Beautiful, I love the tone on tone colors!

Team Clark said...

Tracy, this is just the coolest project! I adore this color palette and how you blended paints with oxides. The rusty and metal details are perfect. Truly amazing! Hugs, Autumn

Redanne said...

The little Oxided house looks amazing on that gorgeous painty background you created - I love that flower stencil! The spoon is such a wonderful touch too (love your play on words too). Those tags really are special to work on! Hugs, Anne xx

Carol said...

Love all those layers and subtle colours YUMMY xxx

Julia Aston said...

I love how you colored your stenciled flowers and tag background Tracy - and your beautiful little house! Great textures with the cheese cloth and looped thread! A beautiful project to celebrate AVJ's 3rd year! Julia xx

Brenda Brown said...

Tracy this is utterly gorgeous, such a fabulous design. I love the textured background with the great choice of colours and how you built up the layers with the tiny house and perfect embellishments. It's a brilliant birthday celebration project and you are definitely at home with AVJ. Thank you for being one of the team and consistently bringing beautiful projects and fresh ideas to the line ups. Huge hugs xxx

A Pink said...

Absolutely fabulous! Tracy. Love the stencil work with those subtle wash tones on the Tag. Using the spoon handle to create a grounding for your fab oxidised house is a clever touch-like the play on words this element brings too.
A really great project and lovely design .
Happy AVJ Birthday x

Nikki Acton said...

Brilliant Tracy! I love every bit of this - the tiny house on the big tag (cant spell etc - so lets abbreviate!) works so well and all your embellishing looks fantastic. Love the spoon! Nikki xx

Sara Barker said...

Just gorgeous Tracy! I love the DOX mixed with paint and the fabulous chippy texture from the grunge paste. Great collage of dimension objects that convey such a sweet message! Love your work, and this is tops in my opinion! Hugs!

Deb Riddell ~ Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Tracy, this is fabulous, adore the stenciled background with Tim's new rose layering stencil and the Tiny House on top is just too cute! Love the homemade reference on the spoon, very inventive and all the fabulous textured layers. Thanks so much for sharing it, Deb xo

crafty creations said...

Beautiful work Tracey love the background and the colours you have used xx Hilda