5 August 2016

Stencil It for A Vintage Journey

Hi everyone and welcome! Today sees the launch of the latest challenge at A Vintage Journey called 'Stencil It'. Our host for this one is the amazing Amanda and here's what she has in store for us; "There are so many fantastic stencils available to us right now and so many ways in which to use them so we would like you to include stencilling in whatever it is you choose to create for this challenge. Don’t forget all the ways in which they can be used – inks , sprays , paints, texture/embossing pastes and gesso are all stencil friendly. So be sure to have fun and embrace your stencils in your vintage; shabby; mixed-media; art journaling; industrial or steampunk projects.!"

This month we are being sponsored by Country View Crafts who are offering a shop voucher for a randomly drawn winner. And three hand picked Pinworthies will be offered a Guest appearance for later challenge, so there's plenty of reasons to join in the fun.

I actually had something of a plan in my head for this canvas, wanting to show how stencils can be used in layers with a variety of textures to create the perfect basis for the addition of a little colour and a scattering of embellishments.


And here's a guide to show you how that background came together;

Check out How to Create a Layered Stencil Background by Jenny Marples on Snapguide.

Finally here are some close up photos which let you can see how the handmade flowers and plaster moulds work to enhance that background and provide the essential focal point. I deliberately kept the colours pale and added plenty of layers of white gesso to emulate those gorgeous plaster mouldings you see on the finest buildings in Britain. And did you know you can use the thinnest of smears of gold embossing paste as a way of highlighting moulds and flowers!



I love how the alcohol inks really help to reveal the crackle texture and lower layers of stencilling/crazing. Tim Holtz Remnant Rubs are a great way of adding a little extra detail over uneven surfaces. Coat them with a little matte medium to ensure they remain securely in place. Some of the flowers have been created using Substrate Sheets and there's a guide to making the largest of the flowers on my Snapguide page if you're curious.



I am entering this into the following challenges;

So that's where this month's fabulous theme took me. Now I urge you to hop on over to A Vintage Journey to see what my fellow Creative Guides have come up with - it's well worth the trip! Then it's over to you - the challenge will remain open for a month so there's plenty of time to get those creative juices flowing and link up your entries to be in with a chance to win. For now take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx

26 comments:

  1. Jenny, your handmade flowers steal the show! I really love all the many layers you put into the background, yet it doesn't seem too busy. Beautiful design!

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  2. This is beautiful Jenny - how nice to see all the layers behind your beautiful spray of florals - wonderful textures and colors with your stenciling! Julia xx

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  3. Wow!! This is just so gorgeous Jenny!! Looooveee the colours .. a truly beautiful mix. The layered stenciling added magical texture and your handmade flowers and plaster moulds are the crowning touch!! Absolutely stunning design!! xx

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  4. Utterly beautiful, brilliant, gorgeous and incredible designing Jenny, I love the fabulous background and delightful shabby flowers, this really sings to me xxx

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  5. Fantastic! I will follow your step by step guide later.

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  6. I thoroughly enjoyed your Snapguide tour, it was wonderful to see how you built up those beautiful layers and the way you used the alcohol inks. The Prima clay embellishments are beautiful, as are the wonderful flowers you used. As ever, a truly stunning piece of art! Anne xx

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  7. Glorious! A real humdinger of a creation with those amazing background layers and stunning flowers taking centre stage. I love the colour palette here too, with the black accents giving such a funky edge to the whole look.
    Alison x

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  8. eeeeeeek I love it, all of it!!! Great guide for the background - a work of art in itself - but then you go adding lots of bits (awesome layout and flowers) and it just gets better and better. Top drawer stuff Jenny xxx

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  9. Sooo pretty jenny ... i love yhat you added the crazing medium over the whole background. Gonna have to try that. Beautiful. Thanks for continued inspiration and support! Hugs rachel xx

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  10. Jenny, you are a 'vintage queen'. You are inspiring me over and over again with your gorgeous creations....!!
    Lia xx

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  11. A stunning cnavas Jenny, love all those layers of stencilling and the effect of the alcohol inks looks fantastic! Your flowers are brilliant too, yo have certainly done Jennie proud!! A truly beautiful piece!!

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  12. Stunning canvas Jenny, love the colours and gorgeous texture you have created. The flowers are fabulous too. Enjoy your weekend.
    Hugs
    Linda xxx

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  13. Wow Jenny, clever techniques and a stunning canvas.
    Julie x

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  14. Gorgeous,Gorgeous, Gorgeous Jenny, loving sll thouse delicious stencilled layers and beautiful flowers. The colours you have chosed really work and I love the pops of black and the gold highlights, beautiful canvas. Mo x

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  15. WOW what a stunning piece of artwork Jenny I love the colours andtexture as fo rthe flowers stunning .I've just started messing about with tiny canvas's but mainly ATC'S if I ever get anywher enear to this level I would be overjoyed....everyone should can dream big!!!!.....Thanks for sharing your wonderful work and talent
    andrea

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  16. Jenny, every time I visit your blog I'm more inspired! What a glorious canvas with so many techniques and tips throughout your post! Love the unlikely color combo of the pink with the rusts. Elegant design! Off to see the Snapguide. I can't wait to hear how you used those alcohol inks. Hugs!

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  17. Hi Jenny, your canvas is amazing. The layers are enticing and the colours quietly sigh ...Summer Days!
    Thank you for linking to Rhedd's Creative Spirit this August. Enjoy your sunshine days!

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  18. Utterly Utterly STUNNING! Jenny. Thank you so much for creating not only an absolute masterpiece for the challenge but for taking the time to do a snapguide too. You really have left me struggling for words to express how much I adore this.
    Hope you have a lovely weekend
    hugs x

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  19. Absolutely gorgeous canvas - fab composition and the flowers are outstanding - Thank you for sharing with us over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit this month and hope to see you again in future challenges.

    Handcrafted by Ellapu
    Mother Hen for Altered Eclectics
    Mother Hen for Eclectic Ellapu
    DT Rhedd's Creative Spirit


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  20. WOW, WOW, WOW. Just love everything about this. Hugs, S@ndy

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  21. Love this and love the snap guide too! What a great idea to show your tutorial through that method xx

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  22. So beautiful Jenny, the texture and alcohol inks on the background are fabulous and then all those gorgeous flowers and embellishments layered on top are the icing on the cake! Deb xo

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  23. Stunning canvas, love this!!! Thank you for joining us at Rhedd's Creative Spirit!!!
    Hugs,
    Arlette DT

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  24. stunning canvas! I love the beautiful layers of the stenciling and the beautiful layers of color. Gorgeous design!

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  25. Love your canvas and the use of the layered stencils. Fab colours as well.

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  26. Beautiful! Thank you for the how to!

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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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