Monday, June 16, 2014

Spread Your Wings - A Vintage Journey Challenge #8

Today I'm sharing a project I made for A Vintage Journey Challenge #8 - Wings and Things.  Sandy is the challenge host this week and here is the challenge in her words:

"Hi Everyone and welcome.  S@ndy here - I'm so happy to be with you this fortnight as your host for another leg of our journey.  This time we are thinking about Wings & Things, birds, bees, butterflies & dragonflies.  Those delightful little creatures who come to visit our gardens in spring and summer.  Please join us by making a card, tag or project being sure you show any one or all of these critters. 
Our challenges are inspired by the products and techniques of Tim Holtz so don’t forget to let us know how your project was inspired by Tim.  Take a minute to look over the Traveling Instructions and don’t forget, that all important, link to the Vintage Journey blog in your post."

I used a burlap bag for my 'Wings and Things' project.
This 5"x7" burlap bag started out life plain and simple.  First I brushed on some Gesso and let it dry.
Then I brushed on some Wendy Vecchi Crackle Texture Paste and let that dry.
Next, I tore a piece of Tissue Wrap Melange where the beautiful big butterfly was along with some musical lines.  I brushed Mod Podge on the back of it, laid it on my bag and brushed more Mod Podge to seal it onto the bag.  After it dried - (there's so much waiting to dry with mixed media projects!) I sponged the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
I die cut the Caged Bird out of Grungeboard painting the pieces with Silkes Acrylic Glaze.  I painted the cage with Emperor Gold, the bird and branch with Bolivian Blue and the birds wing with Key Lime.  These paints are SO deep in color and also have a shimmer to them.  I adhered the wing to the bird and the bird to the cage with Glue N Seal and pinned the cage to the bag with a Trinket Pin.
I wove some Linen Ribbon through the holes on the base of the cage - and wired some Type Charms to spell "FLY" through 3 of the holes.  I just used some black coated wire I had in my stash.  I added a black rhinestone to make the eye of the bird and some dots on the cage using a Gelly Roll Black Glaze Pen by Sakura.   I added some Remnent Rubs/Botanicals to several places on the bag and cage.
And here's the finished view again.  I'm not quite sure yet what I'll use this for - maybe give a gift in it - or maybe hang it on the wall - I could put some dried flowers in it....
You really must check out all of the wonderful inspiration from the Vintage Journey Creative Guides (DT) - they are SO creative!   I hope you'll create a Wings and Things project and link it up there too!

18 comments:

Annette Allen said...

oh my your burlap bag is amazing.. I totally love this.. very creative

Mary Marsh said...

I really like this vintage-mixed media bag Julia-your work with this media is always so creative

Monika/Buzsy said...

So pretty and grungy. Love the layers and the different mediums you used...

Redanne said...

I would just hang it up and look at it! I love the burlap with the texture paste, it looks wonderful, as do the cage and bird. Thank you for joining in our Wings & Things Challenge at A Vintage Journey. Hugs, Anne xx

Sharli Schaitberger said...

I love it!! This is just enchanting!

Buttons said...

Oh my this is fantastic Julia. Love the way you've layered even more texture onto the burlap bag to create the perfect background for your caged bird. Thank you for joining us at A Vintage Journey. Jenny x

butterfly said...

Oh, yum... I love that Melange butterfly over the textured paste and gesso - what a fabulous effect. The whole bag is just a joy of a project! Thanks so much for joining us on A Vintage Journey.
Alison xx

Bonnie McLain said...

Oh My GOODNESS.... I LOVE this bag... so very VINTAGE and wonderful butterfly and all... love what you did with the bird cage and bird too... FLY!!! Right about now I would love to fly... very hot here... Beautiful ART Julia... love it... Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie

Sue from Oregon said...

That looks like a messy project in the making, but your finished project has so many awesome details! You rock the MMedia style!

Pat (mspfd) said...

Beautiful Julia. Wonderful mix of elements.

Pat (mspfd) said...

Beautiful Julia. Wonderful mix of elements.

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Terry said...

Julia, this is a great burlap bag! I love what you did with the tissue wrap and the bird with cage! So clever and so happy you shared this beauty with us at A Vintage Journey.

S@ndy Diller said...

Love the burlap Julia - Such a clever and original piece of art.
Thanks for traveling with us here at A Vintage Journey

Deepti said...

Way to dress the burlap bag ! I am out of words :)

Diane Jaquay said...

What a COOL technique, who would have thought a simple burlap bag could be turned into a work of art!!

Dianne said...

Hello Miss Julia, look at you go with this mixed media, your bag is FABULOUSSSSS, love the stamped tissue on the paste, the bird cage is fantastic, i use my heat gun on everything to speed up the process :O),love how you threaded the lace through, then they hanging letters, fantastic creating, thanks for sharing..

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