13 April 2013

Learning to fly further...

Hi everyone and welcome. It is always a joy to see that followers count going up and I am eternally grateful that you choose to spend time here. I've got a number of things to post with deadlines looming, so please 'bear with' and don't feel obliged to comment on them all.


This card is one of those that was in my head but took some doing to turn it into reality. I would imagine by now we've all seen/attempted Tim's 'faux verdigris' technique on his April tag. He challenged us to use different colours, and in recent posts I've shown you my 'faux rust' version. That got me thinking "What other 'faux effects can I create by mixing up these wonderful Distress Paints?"

Waiting for over an hour in a hospital waiting room got me flicking through an interiors magazine and I struck upon the idea of having a go at doing a 'faux aged plaster' effect. Colours picked (and listed below) I started playing, dabbing different amounts of each on my craft mat with water and swooshing the white card through them (extra Picket Fence/Antique Linen were required). Then more water spritzing - the key here is to use a little water and allow the paint to drip downwards in one direction - drying, and repeating the process until the card was covered.

At this point it is was little darker than expected, but now it was time to employ Hels Sheridan's paint scrapping technique, adding more Picket Fence to my Stamps Away 6" blending mat and scrapping it randomly across the surface. Then a coat of Picket Fence Distress Stain, a few random patches of Picket Fence Crackle Paint and finally the merest of hints of Renaissance Treasure Gold gilding wax rubbed into the cracks and around the distressed edges. Et voila! Old plaster!

Using this piece of card was relatively easy as I was able to take inspiration from the work of Natasha Naranjo Aguirre at A Painterlady's View. First it needed a stencilled 'dado rail' in white texture paste and more gilding wax. Then a picture to hang on the wall, courtesy of  Nicecrane Designs (details below) mounted on a spare piece of 'faux verdigris' card and embellished with some of The Funkie Junkie Boutique's yummy metal filigree corners, some handmade flowers with vellum leaves, and a stamped sentiment. As you can see, the whole lot was layered onto more vellum and cardstock, with little pieces of lace used behind the rips and tears at the edges.

 The beautiful birds image comes from Nicecrane Designs and can be found HERE. It really comes to life when covered with a few coats of clear embossing powder.

The challenges I'm entering this into are;

Thank you again for joining me - hope I've given you something to think about here, especially if you too are playing with these amazing Distress Paints.

Take care of yourselves, hugs Jenny x





31 comments:

  1. This is beautiful, I just love all the details.

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  2. Your aged plaster looks just fantastic, Jenny - next step, aged frescoes painted on to it!! (Oh, and I'm glad it was an interiors magazine not the hospital walls themselves which inspired you...) Love the dado rail and picture hung on the wall, and especially those wonderful rips and tears to add extra centuries to the look - brilliant!
    Alison xx

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  3. Hi Jenny, I love the faux plaster finish on your card, love the lace behind the rips and tears, love the beautiful Nicecrane image, stunning creation.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

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  4. Hi Jenny
    This technique looks great. I shall have to play.
    That's a beautiful image too

    Take care
    Rosie x

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  5. Yet another stunning creation, I love it. Everything about the whole thing is beautiful.

    Patricia xxx

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  6. A wonderful piece of art, love how you've placed the lace.

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  7. I had such a hard time finding your comment link. These birds are so at home on the "faux plaster" background! Beautiful details and the filigree corners are perfect embellishments! Love this! Hugs!

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  8. I would happily have my bedroom (boudoir LOL) walls in this effect, seriously this is divine and works so beautifully with your image.
    Sorry to read you had such a time to wait but how wonderfully you turned a negative into a positive by seeking inspiration in some magazines.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  9. Wow Jenny you sure have captured the feeling of an old plastered wall, perfect back drop for your birds :)
    Thank you for sharing with us at Artful Times
    Von ♥

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  10. Wow, I LOVE that aged plaster look, how gorgeous is that?!!! Ignacio's bird image looks fantastic on it and I adore all the other elements you have used! The home made flowers with the vellum are so pretty and the lace addition so suits the whole style of this card, stunning!!

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  11. Hi Jenny...thee are sooo many beautiful elements to this! I love the lace behind the paper, and the paste...Natasha's link was inspirational.
    Dot x

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  12. Really pretty card, Jenny! I love the faux plaster! And the image with the birds is fabulous! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. Hugs, Sandra

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  13. Fabulous card Jenny. The background is perfect and I love those torn and distressed edges. Gorgeous image from Nicecrane too.

    Have a great weekend

    Annie x

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  14. a very lovely piece with delicate colours. Love the torn edges... Thanks for sharing with Simon Says Stamp & Show. Sarah.

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  15. Jenny how lovely this is. Enjoy your experimenting.

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  16. Hi Jenny, what a gorgeous effect of the shabby and aged plaster, love the lace peeking through the rips, a brilliant idea, and such a beautiful card. XX

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  17. Fantastic Jenny love the effects and the image you used

    Best wishes Chrissie xxxx

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  18. This looks absolutely delicious Jenny. An I spired interior where the plaster background is perfect for the dado rail and sweet picture hanging on it. Live it.
    hugs {brenda} xox

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  19. Gorgeous, love everything from the lace to the Beautiful birds and detail x

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  20. Wow - yet again another beautiful creation from you with so many interesting details - love it. No good I really must get some distress paints

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  21. Absolutely gorgeous, love the lace showing through..what a delight this is! Hugs trace x hope all is well with you?!

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  22. OMG Jenny your faux plater is amazing,,,,I love everything here, and all over these stunning flowers,,,,.it is a play of art,,,.You used gorgeus soft colors to place my birds,,,,,,,and now they looks amazing,,,,,very well done my friend.

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  23. You need to give me lessons on your techniques. I really enjoy the different things you create. I love the lace peaking from the torn paper and the birds are so beautiful in their frame.
    Keep posting, we love it.
    Kelly

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  24. What a great look Jenny, love the torn edges, amazing!
    Great card in total...

    kind regards, Alie :-)

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  25. Gorgeous jenny, love it.The effect you have achieved is great.

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  26. Absolutely beautiful Jenny, your faux plaster is amazing xx

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  27. saw this on fb, I love the finish and colours of the faux aged plaster. all the add ons really complement the whole. x

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  28. Elegant, eclectic, simply beautiful Jenny. Chris xxx

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  29. Feels like I'm traveling and seeing this as a real wall... love the aging and the bits of lace tucked back. Just wonderful. Thanks for sharing your aging technique with the paints and spritzing... love it!

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  30. Beautiful work! Love the torn paper and the linen colour. Very peaceful.

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  31. Oh Jenny, this is gorgeous. Love the way you have done this and thanks for walking us through the process.
    Thanks too for joining us at Artful Times.
    Hugs Neet xx

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Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your comments - they are really appreciated. Jenny xxx

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