It's all about the Journey .......

Hello to you all and welcome to another new challenge at A Vintage Journey. My heavens how the months are whizzing by! 

The irrepressible Nikki is our host this month and she is asking us to use 


Let's work with canvas this month in our vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journal, industrial, timeworn or steampunk style. It doesn't matter how, as long as some canvas is a dominant feature of your project.  Perhaps you may use canvas in the traditional way or use the reverse to create a shadow box? Canvas boards are fabulous to work on or perhaps you have some canvas sheets which can be cut and adhered to another surface.

Shimmers Paints are our sponsors this month and there is the chance to win a $25 dollar voucher and the chance to join be chosen as a Creative Guide Pinworthy.

I decided to use a canvas board for my project - this one measures 5" x 7" and is a great size for mixed media layering. The board was already primed with gesso so I got straight in and added some texture paste and then a good shake of PaperArtsy Infusions (Rusty Brown) with plenty of water.

A little bit of text stamping here and there and that was it done!

I was recently given a little money gift and decided to treat myself to a three month subscription to one of the monthly craft box companies - Craft Box. This was the most vintage company I could find which suited my style, but more than anything with no chance to visit craft shops or shows I thought it would be great to have a surprise box each month with lovely embellishments and products. I have not been disappointed! I decided though that I needed to stop looking at everything and actually use some of it!

So these are a few of the embellishments I chose.

There was also a lovely wooden frame included in one of the monthly boxes. It was a little small for the canvas, so I cut it in half so it just pokes out top and bottom.

This is a bit photo heavy but I thought you might like to see the layers which contributed to the finished piece.

This was the base layer - I had an idea where everything was going, hence the floating lace!  The lace was soaked in the Rust Brown Infusions.

The little wooden frame embellishment came next.

By this stage there was quite a bit of depth so the metal and Prima clock had to be stuck down with some heavy gel.

Finally I stamped my sentiment and layered it on some heavy greyboard.

I tucked some muslin in amongst the layers too and added this gorgeous little cotton reel with some hessian twine - so cute!

I did go in with gesso once everything was well stuck down but just here and there as I didn't want to overpower it.

I just LoVE this little cameo!

You can see how raised the layers are and having started with a canvas board means that they have a good level of support.

I have really enjoyed using some of my lovely surprise products! There are still plenty more left so I must get on and use them.

And so ..... back to the challenge .... it goes without saying that you should hop on over to the challenge blog for details of the challenge and to see the wonderful inspirational projects the rest of the team has created. Not to be missed !

Have a great weekend and thank you for joining me today.

Jennie x


Brenda Brown said…
A beautiful shabby canvas board Jennie the layers and embellishments are gorgeous and everything fits together perfectly xxx
Astrid Maclean said…
Oh Jennie, tis is so, so pretty, I just love those soft colours in the background! The layering of all the other elements is just perfect, such a wonderful shabby chic creation, I love it to pieces!!!
Quirky Shepherd said…
This is gorgeous, I love the depth and layers xx
Annie said…
Wonderful make Jennie x love the background and soft colours xx looks like the Craft Box purchase was an ideal choice as the embellishments are stunning....beautiful collage canvas.

Best wishes
Annie x
There is a beautiful delicacy to your canvas and I love it. The background is very striking and sets of your embellished pieces perfectly. Gorgeous canvas. Have a lovely weekend. Tracy x
A Pink said…
Absolutely Gorgeous! Jennie. All those lovely embellishments perfectly chosen, arranged and layered around meaningful words makes for a really Beautiful piece of Art.
Have a lovely weekend
hugs x
Nikki Acton said…
Ah I like that - irrepressible!
I like your canvas board too - in fact I love it. I am always seduced by your delicate palette and exceptional composition. Another stunning design. Enjoy your weekend! xxx
Jenny Marples said…
A wonderful collection of embellishments sculpted into a beautiful design on your altered canvas Jennie. Gorgeous xx
Julia Aston said…
I could pick your work out of any crafty lineup Jennie! Your beautiful mix of soft colors, beautiful blooms and eye for design made a wonderful canvas for the challenge! Julia xx
Redanne said…
Oh Jennie, this is gorgeous, so many beautiful details and wonderful texture! Love this SO much! xxx
sarascloset said…
Jennie, I totally agree with Julia, your delicate style comes shining through on everything you make! This is just so lovely! I want to hold this in my hands and turn it around to see every single shabby/vintage detail. Your background is amazing and you have used these sweet embellishments in a stunning composition! Love your work, Jennie! Hugs!
butterfly said…
So, so pretty and elegant. The subtle effect of the Infusions over the texture is just lovely - what a way you have with those powders!
Alison x
Jacqui Chimes said…
Found you - this is beautiful x
SewPaperPaint said…
This is so very inspiring! I adore the soft pink and lovely use of neutrals you are so famous for. That little spool is such a marvelous addition to your lovely embellishments. Truly outstanding! Hugs, Autumn
Debbie Martin said…
A beautiful project. Thank you for all your smiles over the weekend. xx
Nora said…
Gorgeous! So delicate and soft! Love it!
Deb Riddell said…
What a beautiful canvas Jennie, such lovely delicate colours and gorgeous layers and I love the quote that you used, perfect! Thanks so much for sharing it, Deb xo
Jackie PN said…
Gorgeous layout!!
Jackie xo