Sunday, 7 July 2013

Off to French Country

Hello everyone, long time no see... I am sorry I have been AWOL over the last week or so but I have been extremely busy with end of term activities and getting  ready before I go off on my hols to France on Monday.

Obviously that is the inspiration behind this little canvas.
I started with adding some Golden Brand molding paste through a couple of stencils. When dry I I added some Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap  (no longer visible really) and then painted with a variety of different brands acrylic paints, Golden, Tim Holtz and Fresco Finish were all somewhere in the mix. Next I stamped a couple of Graphics 45 French Country stamps onto some smooth stamping paper, blended with Distress inks and coloured further with some water colour pencils and my re-fillable water brush.
I finished by layering some of the elements of the paper collection, a die cut ribbon slider and some string and  my all time favourite ideaology bit, the inevitable pen-nib.


I carried the texture through on the sides of the canvas also and rubbed a tiny bit of Treasure Gold around the edges and over the raised bits.

 Well, that's it. We leave on Monday and will be on the road for about a week, traveling through Holland, Germany and Switzerland, so again it will be pretty quiet here. But whenever I can get online I will try and visit my favourite blogs and see what you are all getting up too.

Loads of art and crafty stash will be packed and I hope to do some art journaling while away and I might be able to show some work in progress.

Thank you for visiting, have a creative time where ever you are, may the sun shine on you and I'll see you when I see you...

I am adding this to a new and exciting challenge blog for people who love the alter things Altered Eclectics where the theme this and every month will be, anything goes, how fun is that!!

50 comments:

butterfly said...

Gorgeous use of the French Country papers, with all your added extras of texture, paint and beautiful stamping... a wonderful canvas to say Au Revoir with... and I wish you Bon Voyage!
Alison xx

Sandie Edwards said...

Hi Astrid, love your creation, that yummy texture and amazing colours. Hope you have a wonderful time on your holidays in France .... xxxx

Susie Bentz said...

Ooh-la-la! Love all the texture and warmth in this canvas!

carole said...

What a beautiful canvas. I love those papers and colors. I'm especially partial to the chicken wire. Feels like home. Great job!!! Carole

Buttons said...

Love the thoroughly vintage feel to this canvas Astrid. Very warm and summery colours. Hope you get a really good rest and enjoy your break. Hugs, Jenny x

Margaret Mifsud said...

A gorgeous canvas Astrid. Love the textures and the colours are amazing. Love, love, love it!! Hope you have a really great holiday. ox

Paula Whittaker said...

what a lovely layering of mediums - fab looking canvas. Have a wonderful time away xx

Annie said...

Stunning canvas Astrid. Love the colours and textures and the overall vintage feel. Safe journey and have a lovely holiday.

Hugs Annie x

Aquarius said...

Fabulous canvas - certainly sets the mood for a holiday on the continent. Love it.

chrissies said...

Amazing canvas-I was lost in the scene it set.

Have a wonderful trip and I am sure you will gather ideas a plenty while you are travelling

Love Chrissie xx

Татьяна said...

WOW!!! So tolle Canva. Bilder,Texsture und Deko sind Nostalgi voll.

Татьяна said...

Und noch, eine gute Reise und wunderschöne Wetter wünsche uch euch- Alles wird gut.

froebelsternchen Susi said...

this is amazing Astrid! I wish fab weeks in France!

Rita said...

Wow. What a fantastic canvas Astrid. You already know how much I love the 'French Country' papers. A spectacular piece of art. Enjoy your holidays and be sure to take lots of pictures. Hugs Rita xxx

Heather Rogers said...

Well Astrid my dear you have excelled yourself here I do hope you are taking it or a picture to show how French Friends! I love the way it is put together and the, luscious, texture you have managed to achieve here. Simply beautiful.

You have a lovely time abroad it seems a lot of travelling for a week! Or are you staying longer?

Crafty Hugs
Heather xx

My name is Cindy said...

Lovely as always. Like the moulding paste, don't use it enough. Have a great holiday!! Cindy

Stamps and Paper said...

Astrid just love your fabulous creation..lots of embellishments and wonderful textures

Anne

Chrisy said...

Beautiful art piece...have fun in France!

Redanne said...

What a stunning canvas Astrid, love the warm glow of the colours, those papers are a delight. Loving the French theme. Hope you have a wonderful, relaxing holiday and get lots of journalling done too. Bon Voyage!! Hugs, Anne x

lynnesbowsandbelles said...

Oh my goodness this is so inspirational.
I adore the depth of colour, making it appear authentically aged and also the texture. I do feel as though this has been hanging on a stone wall in a cottage in Provence for a lifetime.
Have a beautiful time on your travels.
Wishes
Lynne

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

Totally yummy grouping of wonderful French Country vintage images and amazing textures have created a gorgeous piece of art! The effect of the moulding paste is seriously awesome. I hope you have a fabulous and safe vacation. We head out for a vacation week on Monday also!

Hugs,
Linda

Paula Jane Atkinson said...

Gorgeous design Astrid. I love all the texture and it transports me right to France with all the imagery.
I am so jealous of your forthcoming holiday, I usually go in September with my sister, but due to a few problems we can not go this year :(

Maryanne said...

I love your French Country canvas! That's one of my favorite collections and you've used it so beautifully. I love the background you created. Have a wonderful vacation!

Sue C said...

Beautiful canvas Astrid, love the rustic French feel. I am so envious of your trip to France, hope have a lovely time. Sue C x

Nicecrane Designs said...

Wowww,wowwww,,Astrid incredible canas work and all over don`t forget to visit Eiffel Tower,,,,,,yeahh,,,, and take picts.......Yeahhhh.

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Moira Gray said...

Your canvas is just fantastic, just love everything about it.

Thanks for joining our challenge at Altered Eclectics.

Moira DT.

May said...

Gorgeous canvas Astrid...Love the texturs & fabulous images...the colours & design are perfect... Have a super holiday.. enjoy!! Thank you for joining us at Altered Eclectics this month... Hugs May x x x

Heather Jacob said...

sigh and drool xoxoxo

Ros Crawford said...

What a fabulous canvas you created ... I finally ordered some pen nibs! Have a wonderful holiday ... I'd love to be going to France ...

Fandhmum said...

Wonderful texture, wonderful design and basically just wonderful
Rosie x

Terry said...

Gorgeous French Country canvas! Love all the texture and the layers of vintage images. Have a most wonderful vacation! Hugs!

Diane D. said...

I love this, beautiful. Have a wonderful time in France. I leave on Friday for Paris and Rome and also plan on doing some art journaling on our trip.
Thanks for the wonderful inspiration.
DianeD
Mansfield, MA

Marianne said...

Very lovely canvas!! Have a lovely holiday!! xxx Marianne

Dorthe said...

Oh Astrid, you lucky one...going on tour to France and even driving all the way yourself, what a wonderful adventure, you are up to- I wish you the most wonderful vacation dear friend. Travel safe and take care!!!
Your French piece is so beautiful, with your embossed pattern looking old and wonderful, the French country side, and the old papers- a gorgeous piece dear Astrid!!
Hugs and love, Dorthe
See you !!!

Brenda Charlton said...

Love this project Astrid.No matter how many different mediums you use you always manage to bring everything together beautifully
Have a great holiday hugs Brenda.

Brenda Brown said...

This is divine Astrid, love the French Country images and the way you have pulled everything together.
Have a wonderful holiday. Not long before we meet in August.
hugs {brenda} x0x

Netty said...

Smashing canvas Astrid, have a terrific and well earned holiday, hugs Annette x

Anita Houston said...

Gorgeous canvas Astrid! I hope you have the trip of a lifetime! Be safe too!

Sandy said...

Have a wonderful holiday!! I do love French Country an your canvas is delightful!
Sandy

die amelie said...

Comme c'est belle, Astrid! Enjoy your holiday!!!!

Hugs,
Claudia x

Titbelsoeur, mixed-media addict said...

What a gorgeous canvas ! Where will you be staying in France ? Enjoy your holidays !!

Martina2801 said...

Astrid, this canvas is gorgeous!
I love the colors and all details!
Lovely work!

Marisa Job said...

Just stunning!! I hope you can visit LA one day, I would love to learn from you. Your mixed media projects are out of this world!!

Anjas-Artefaktotum said...

Gorgeous country look, I love all elements, textures and coloring.

Daniella said...

That is beautiful!! I love all the layering! Have a wonderful trip!
xxDaniella

Dianne said...

Well Miss astrid you have outdone yourself with this canvas,all the painting, textures, gorgeous old world France, the gorgeous elements. You have left us with a treasure. I wishing you a fantastic time, we'll miss you greatly.. Big hugs...

Lorraine said...

Stunning Astrid. Just stunning. Hope you're having a brill holiday.

Elaine aka Ellapu said...

Beautiful piece of art. Thank you so much for sharing with us Altered Eclectics this month. Good luck and hope to see you in future challenges.
Elaine aka Ellapu

Laurian said...

Wow this is stunning Astrid, love the French country feel so authentic!
Thanks for joining us at Altered Eclectics and I hope you will come back with another beautiful project!

Hugz
Laurian

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