Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Call of the Tide

Well …. two nautical projects in two days!  This is my second DT piece this month for Country View Challenges where our theme is … yes … Nautical!  This is quite a symbolic piece for me as there are a number of things within this canvas which become second nature when at sea.

I took an old canvas used for a project a few years ago.  I stripped it of embellishments and was left with this rather messy, but textured area.

The canvas got a good coat of gesso and I added the builders netting and scrim while the gesso was still wet. Once dry I used the Harlequin Mask with some Grunge Paste. The whole lot got a coating of Paper Artsy Fresco Paint in Snowflake and then I carefully sponged over some Mocha Mousse Fresco Paint to try and create a more aged look. This colour pallet was not what I initially intended - I had thought to go for the yellows and blues which make up Admiralty charts but it looked pretty awful!

I then added some tissue tape here and there and another layer of diamonds using Wendy Vecchi Crackle Paste to lighten it up a bit, extending some of the paste around the edges of the canvas and stamping fairly randomly.  

Then it was down to embellishing with various items which have a meaning for us when at sea.  

Clocks: everything we do is governed by the time - calculating tides, weather forecasts, navigation, etc and we have two clocks on board - one GMT and one BST. 

We could go nowhere without the compass and charts and of course everything has to be noted down in the log book.

Everything on the chart is measured (in nautical miles of course) and we certainly have plenty of ropes on board!

I spent some time trying different text for the sentiment and ended up opting for these rather brash Thickers, but everything else was getting rather lost on the canvas.

I certainly had fun making the canvas and am pleased that I recycled an old one. I love the muted colours which developed whilst making the piece and whilst it might not make it's way on board Mrs Muir (it does get a bit damp at times!) it is a reminder of wonderful times spent on board.

Thank you for joining me today and I hope this hasn't made anyone seasick!

Jennie x


Julia S-W said...

Really beautiful Jennie. The colours are so serene and calming - best choice!
Julia x

Rita said...

Wonderful creation,and it tells a great story too. The textures are fantastic Jennie. Counting the days now till we meet. Enjoy your Day. Hugs Rita xxx

Aspiring crafter said...

This is wonderful Jennie, love it all .
How great for you to be doing the "nautical"challenge!
The fresco paints really complement this canvass and I love the clock die and the way you have placed your embellishments.

rachel said...

this is fabulous Jennie and all the better for our sea faring knowledge! Hugs rachel x

Ana K. said...

Stunning Jennie...great textured background and composition of all elements! Love it!
Hugs from Slovenia

Anneke said...

Really love this project. Everything fits so wel. Love the structure and the color. Thanks for inspiring me Anneke.

Doreen said...

This is beautiful,lots of lovely details and

Redanne said...

The colours are wonderful Jennie, I like the paste over the tissue tape and your group of embellishments look wonderful. I love the texture the scrim gives, must get mine out and use it.... thanks, as ever, for the inspiration. Anne x

Nancy Dynes said...

You have left me longing for a vacation by the sea, Jennie!! You've added layer upon wondrous layer of texture and perfectly placed embellishments. A nautical masterpiece!!

Brenda Brown said...

A stunning project Jennie, I love the shabby look, the wonderful composition and the beautiful colours and textures. But for me the highlight is how everything has been inspired by your own experiences. Love it.
Hugs Brenda xxx

Craftyfield said...

Gorgeous piece, all these textures combine beautifully to create a superb backdrop for the so well chosen embellishments.

Almo said...

I absolutly love this Jenny especially the way you have done the background but I also love the mix of nautical equipment and the bold sentiment is a perfect choice. Mo x

Jenny Marples said...

Your love of the sea shines through on this Jennie and I love the way you've layered everything through the clock. Another beautiful project. Jenny x