2 September 2016

Create within a Frame for A Vintage Journey

Hi everyone and welcome! Today sees the launch of the latest challenge at A Vintage Journey called 'Create within a Frame'. Our host for this one is the wonderful Julia and here's what she has in store for us; "For this month’s challenge we would like you to create something inside a frame. Whatever you use show us how you have incorporated a frame on your vintage; shabby; mixed-media; art journaling; industrial or steampunk project. We can't wait to see all of your creative framing ideas!"

This month we are sponsored by Decoart who have a fabulous prize for a randomly drawn winner. And three Pinworthies will be offered a Guest appearance for later challenge, so there's plenty of reasons to join in.

My canvas for this challenge focused on the two key words in the title - frame and create - Seth Apter's fabulous die designs were perfect for creating interlocking frames and I embellished them with representations of some of the many hobbies/crafts we use to create art.


This canvas began with a few swipes of Texture Paste to obliterate the weave pattern and provide an uneven surface for the paint. A combination of IndigoBlu paints (listed at the end) were scraped over the top randomly in turn, with each layer dried to prevent blending. Then a light dry brushing of white gesso on top toned things down a little before I added a light wash of watery Hot Cocoa. I used Seth's idea of adding lots of die cut layers together to create dimension and depth, planning out the interlocking design before stamping with the same paints underneath them. A little Distress Grit Paste gave the surfaces the look of ageing rust and layers of Kingfisher Blue,Townhouse Teal, Vodka Martini and Hot Cocoa paint added that distinctive patina. Drips of alcohol ink and water created the rusted patterns.



The idea for representing various creative hobbies/arts came when I dropped an old, much loved paint brush by accident and it fell nicely between two of the frames. You'll see from the brush that it's seen better days and the initial reason for binding the top was because it had snapped. Again, taking an idea from Seth's blog I found that by wrapping layers of fuse wire and twine around the top and adding smears of paint it took on a whole new life. The same principle was applied to a die cut bobbin shape, and I also added a nail head, film strip a pen nib and even some beads into a couple of the frames. The words on the Tim Holtz Word Band seemed thoroughly appropriate to the theme of the canvas.



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

24 comments:

  1. Love your piece Jenny; the patina is absolutely fantastic with the touches of rust and I adore your background. Wonderful composition. I also love the artsy elements you added to your design. Have a wonderful weekend, hopefully relaxing a little. Tracy x

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  2. What a great project. Love the colors and textures you've created here. Especially love the way you wrapped the brush and spool. Looks fabulous! S@ndy xx

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  3. Stunning Jenny, love the gorgeous design and fabulous frames.
    Hugs
    Linda xxx

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  4. What a creative design with all of your interlocking frame pieces Jenny! love the colors - the wrapped paint brush and other adornments - a beautiful frame project!! Julia xx

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  5. Love how you have used the interlocking pieces to create smaller frames and then added the elements to bring it all together. Fabulous techniques and design ideas as always. Have a great weekend.
    hugs Brenda xxx

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  6. This has just shot to the top of my 'favourites' of your projects Jenny - it is quite stunning! I love how you used Seth's dies to create a series of interlocking frames - very arty and very beautiful. LOVE this!! Anne xx

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  7. Oh my, how I love this! Glorious colours and I love the interlocking frames .. brilliant!! This has got to be one of my faves. Absolutely stunning!! xx

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  8. Oh Jenny - am going to have to get that die now. I love what you have done and the inspiration is fantastic.
    Hugs, Neet xx

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  9. Oh just stunning Jenny !!!!!! I agree with Anne, top of my favourites from your wonderful arty creativeness. Absolutely LOVE this too. Jennie x

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  10. This is gorgeous, Jenny! Love that paintbrush and the colours you have chosen!

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  11. Another drop dead gorgeous creation for AVJ, Jenny! The interlocking frames are beyond cool, not only in shape and composition but in that fabulous textured verdigris finish, and I love the crafting elements featured within each frame, especially your wonderful wrapped paintbrush. The weathered background is stunning too - altogether fabulous!
    Alison x

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  12. beautiful creation jenny - so very clever! I love the interlocking squares - so wonderful! Hugs rachel x

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  13. I just love your creations, Jenny - this one included! Great colours and composition.

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  14. Wonderful canvas Jenny, love the background effects you achieved and the diecut frame composition looks super! The interlocking is such a clever idea and I love the verdigris colouur effects on them. That paintbrush is probably my favourite element, - Seth is such an inspiration! Great and original take on the theme of the challenge!

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  15. I love the interlocking frames! The geometric pattern you have created is rustic and retro in design. Beautiful effect!

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  16. Lovely work Jenny, love the way you have used the frames and given them added dimension by stacking them together. I've got the robo square die but have yet to put it through it's paces ! Thankyou for mentioning me on face book ! I had no idea Seth had spotted my tag. I love his work. And yours !!!

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  17. A brilliant piece, Jenny! Love what you have done with Seth's great dies! xxx

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  18. What a very clever take on this challenge! Gorgeous color layering and texture!

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  19. Oh I really like this Jenny, especially your interlocking frame, and what you've done to your paintbrush! xx

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  20. A stunner Jenny. The colors, the layers, the wrapping...all amazing.

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  21. Wow wow wow! love this project! it's stunning, I adore Seth's product and I think that your use of them is extraordinary! Barbara

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  22. Sorry for the delay in arriving ! Jenny . Things have been tough here of late . Your canvas is superb. Love all those interlocking dies you have used as frames and your altered elements. Terrific design and composition .
    hugs x

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  23. Fabulous interpretation of the theme Jenny, love how you used Seth's dies to encapsulate the various craft/hobby embellishments and the patina finish you achieved on the frames is amazing! Thanks so much for sharing your boundless imagination with us, Deb xo

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  24. This is amazing - I love the paint brush incorporated into the design. Your textured verdigris finish looks so wonderful. One beautiful piece of art work!!
    Sandy 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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