Friday, 6 March 2015

Curiosities and Celebrations

Today at A Vintage Journey we are celebrating our first anniversary and what a year we have all had - so much amazing inspiration from the Creative Guides and Guest Designers but also from our fabulous followers too. As we move on to another year we are moving into a monthly challenge and the Destination Inspiration will be a little different too. We hope you like the changes - do hop over to the blog for more details.

And so on to our current challenge, hosted by our the wonderfully talented and lovely Brenda:


It couldn't get much easier than that could it, so I hope you all find time to join in with the challenge. 

Whilst I love all the wonderful Tim techniques there are out there, the one thing I love more than anything is being able to use his wonderful products in my own style. And my project for this challenge is my favourite! I love taking a disparate collection of items, equalising them with gesso and then spraying, inking and painting them. 

I started with a piece of greyboard (measuring 5" x 6") painted with gesso and added tissue tape and texture paste, various die cuts, flowers (handmade from the Tattered Florals die and others bought in a craft shop sale), buttons, bits of wire and a pen nib and this little frame I picked up in a charity shop - a set of six for a doll's house. 

I went for a design running from left to right across my board.

And then my favourite part of the process - covering everything with white gesso. These photographs were taken after two coats, and I went on to add a third, so you can see it needs quite a few layers!

Then out came the Spray Stains: Broken China, Faded Jeans and Picket Fence.

I love the way the different substrates take the colour - again I (tried!) to spray from left to right and top to bottom with the darker spray.

Then when everything was dry I started adding little touches of gesso and some splatterings of Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

You can keep doing this for ages and sometimes it is difficult to know when to stop!

I rubbed a little Treasure Silver back onto the frame, the metal pieces and also the tips of the roses.

I really love this technique and it is such a great way to use up bits and pieces which you wouldn't normally put together.

I do hope you will join us in our challenge this month and do hop on over to the challenge blog for some amazing projects from my Creative Guide teamies. And look out for the new Destination Inspiration too which is going to be great fun!

I am still on holiday in Ireland, so this is a scheduled post, but I hope to get along to your blogs when I return on Monday. There is no wifi in the village where we stay - just occasionally in the pub, but we are normally too busy chatting and playing music!

Jennie x


Samra Leshinski said...

Oh my goodness Jennie!!! This is breathtaking!!! and my favorite color!!! I am trying to find the right words to describe how much I adore this card, but all I can think of is: HEAVENLY GORGEOUS!!! WOW!!! I have seen many cards in the blogland but this is one of the most beautiful ones by far!!
BRAVO!!! Thank you for the inspiration!!!

Terry said...

So soft and beautiful, Jennie! The flowers and texture are so lovely and the splats of VP, really add that gorgeous vintage touch! Love this much!

Julia Aston said...

I absolutely love the look of this Jennie! Your collage looks lovely even before the gesso application - but is so beautiful all in blue - I have not tried this technique yet and you are inspiring me to get at it! I'm sure you are having a lovely time in Ireland how nice to be away for a bit!

Inkypinkycraft said...

so great to be back - a gorgeous piece, love all the textures x trace x

Buttons said...

Jennie this is GORGEOUS! I love the way the collection of ephemera has taken on the colour in different depths throughout, the design is wonderful (of course) and the splatters of Vintage Photo are the icing on the cake. Happy Birthday! Jenny x

Redanne said...

Your project is stunning Jennie, I love the layout and design, the gorgeous colours you have achieved and of course, the beautiful flowers.

It has been a wonderful 12 months working alongside you at AVJ! Hugs, Anne xx

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Gorgeous, love the monochromatic and the dimension is fabulous . Lovely design. Tracy x

Sue said...

What a beautiful piece Jennie. It really does pay to take the time and build up layers slowly.

Pamellia Johnson said...

Wow Jennie, this is breathtaking!! I just love the monochromatic feel, but yet nothing has exactly the same colours!! AMAZING!! Gorgeous make! hugs :)

Brenda Brown said...

Utterly delightful Jennie, I adore how you have brought everything together so beautifully and used an amazing blue palette with the picket fence. A perfect birthday piece for our AVJ celebrations. Thanks for everything you do.
hugs Brenda xxx

Tee said...

Simply Beautiful! Love the colors,textures,and design layout! Hugs,Tee

Astrid Maclean said...

A brilliant make Jennie, fabulous colouring and a wonderful LO! Your flowers like always are unsurpassed!

Shari Trumbull said...

Beautiful creation, Jennie!! Just love all of your wonderful layers and textures and flowers! I need to use my gesso more! I completely love how you coated everything, then added your color! Such a great 1-Year Birthday celebration card!! I'm sooo happy to be on the AVJ CG Team with you!! XOXO-Shari

Juliz Design Post said...

Great to see all your ongoing photos and as you say a fab way to use up leftovers. Love your layout and the dreamy effect you have achieved with the blue shades.
Hope you are having a wonderful holiday in Ireland.
Julie xx

Nikki Acton said...

A wonderful creation Jennie - I love it at every stage of it's transformation ! Nxxx

S@ndy Diller said...

This is simply beautiful Jennie, I love the layout and the color. Such a great composition.

Georgie C said...

This is stunning! I love it in the white and in the blue!! It's one of my fave techniques too, there's something quite satisfying when you get to the ink spraying stage and can just get down and messy with it lol!!
Such a fab project!
Georgie xx

Annie said...

Love your fabulous card Jennie and the stunning layout and colours.
You have created amazing depth and texture, which I love.

Tfs and here's to the 2nd year at AVJ

Hugs Annie x

Anneke said...

Beautiful. I love them both in white and blue.
They really look pretty. Very inspiring.
Thanks for showing Anneke

Alter This said...

what a stunning creation, love the way it all just suddenly pops when you start adding back in colour x

crafty creations said...

A wonderful work of art Jennie love the way you have shown all the stage photo's - hope you are having a wonderful time in Ireland

butterfly said...

Just gorgeous, Jennie - I'm only just getting around to visiting myself after a trip to Germany and the usual busy work load around the edges!

I love the arrangement of your embellishments, and such gorgeous inky spritzing to bring it all together - fabulous!
Alison xx

barbarayaya62 said...

Unique piece! Love this technique! great work! barbarayaya

Lisa M said...'s amazing! It was SO beautiful before and I feel it would have been difficult for me to cover all that up, but WOW...the transformation was just as stunning and had a whole new feel to it. I just love this!!!
Thank you for the courage :)

Kathy Bradley said...

Oh my, another most wonderful canvas. Blue is my fav color - so this piece is gorgeous with the shades of blue. The texture and pieces used are awesome. Thanks for sharing.

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

What a beautiful creations for AVJ's first birthday Jennie! Combining the best of Tim and the best of Jennie, what a gorgeous piece.