Thursday, November 3, 2016

A Vintage Journey November Challenge - Cracking Up!

Hi everyone - the November A Vintage Journey Challenge is up on the AVJ blog today -  and it's a fun one!  Cracking Up!
Alison is our host and here is here description of the challenge:  Share your crackled projects – whether your crackle is stamped, painted, texture paste or any other kind of crackle. To be a winner or Pinworthy mention your project must be in a vintage; shabby; mixed-media; art journaling; industrial or steampunk style.

Since I just did a crackle project for Monday's Inspiration post (click here if you missed it!),
I decided to use a crackle stamp for my project today.
 I love this background crackle stamp from Impression Obsession (I used it on my Blog header above).  I stamped it on a piece of white card with Watering Can Ink.  Then I stenciled half of Talaya Goddess of Rain's face on the left edge using black embossing paste and let it dry overnight.
 I got out tray of watercolor paints, brushed over the card with water and then watercolored light blue on the right and flesh color over Talaya.
Then I chose sentiment stamps from Gentlemen's Art and Art in Bloom by Wendy Vecchi - stamping one directly onto the card and one on a small panel of white card.  I sponged all the edges with Distress Tumbled Glass.  I added some Small Talk stickers and a die cut heart that I embossed in Red Geranium embossing powder.
Here's a close up of the sentiments
and a close up of Talaya
I made this a one layer inspirational piece that can stand up on a shelf or window sill by adding an easel on the back.
 So please join us this month in the A Vintage Journey Challenge - showing us how you 'crackle'!!  You'll find more inspiration by the other participating Creative Guides over at the AVJ Blog here!
Stamps:  Crackle Background stamp - Impression Obsession, Gentlemen's Art and Art in Bloom - Wendy Vecchi Studio 490/Stampers AnonymousPaper:  White, Kraft, True Black - PTI
Ink:  Archival Jet Black, Wendy Vecchi Archival Watering Can and Tree Branch, Ranger Distress Ink Tumbled Glass.
Accessories:  Talaya Godess of Rain Stencil - Stencil Girl, Movers and Shapers Tiny Shapes die and Small Easel - Tim Holtz/Sizzix, watercolor paints, water, brush, Red Geranium Embossing Powder - Wendy Vecchi, Idea-ology Small Talk,  Wendy Vecchi Black Embossing Paste.


S@ndy Diller said...

Great project Julia - love the soft color and the cracked up background. Hugs, S@ndy xx

Redanne said...

This is so, so beautiful Julia, I really love the crackle in the background and the way it carries across into Talaya's face... Those wonderful Wendy sentiments are just perfect for this too - very inspirational! Hugs, Anne xx

Renee said...

Love that crackle look!

sarascloset said...

Julia, this truly is an inspirational piece! I love the crackle image and the texture you've created using the paste through the stencil! Great inspirational quotes! hugs!

Bonnie said...

This is an amazing example of mixed media, Julia! A wonderful inspiration message!

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Gorgeous Julia, the crackle stamp is perfect combined with the focal inage and I love the pop of red. Tracy x

Jenny Marples said...

Oh boy this is a favourite now! I adore the way you've added colour to the stencilled woman and added the perfect words alongside. Magnificent! xx

Jennie Atkinson said...

Oh this this gorgeous Julia - the mixture of the image and the crackle is just wonderful! Love it! Jennie x

Loll said...

Amazing project Julia!! LOVE the images and the sentiments that you've used ... all so perfect together. That crackle stamp is awesome!! I have a crackle stencil, but might have to invest in that stamp. :) xx

Astrid Maclean said...

Oh wow Julia, this is such a powerful piece! Fantastic crackle effects and such great use of that stencil! The bright red heart is just the erfect finishing touch!

Deb Riddell said...

Fabulous Julia, love the crackle stamp, I never would have guessed it was a stamp at first glance and wonderful watercolouring. A beautiful and inspirational piece, thank you for sharing it! Deb xo

A Pink said...

Absolutely Stunning! Julia I'm struggling to find the words to express just how much I LOVE this. Of all the art I have seen this year this is without doubt an absolute favourite .
hugs x

butterfly said...

Wow, Julia, this is amazing. I love the delicate watercolour tinting and the sleek modern look of the whole piece - and great words too. Wonderful!
Alison x

Juliz Design Post said...

This is so stylish Julia, loving the design and the pop of colour from your red heart.
Julie x

Annie said...

Totally love this project Julia x the background crackle looks wonderful as does the main image and colours you have used.
The red heart really does pop and I love the sentiments too

Tfs and huge hugs Annie xx