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!

Sara Barker 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~Paxton Valley Folk Art 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