Friday, 2 May 2014

Fond Memories for A Vintage Journey

Hi everyone and thanks for dropping in here.
Today is the day for another challenge over at A Vintage Journey. The lovely Terry has chosen the theme of Fond Memories.
Well, I decided to create a canvas board, dedicated to the fond memories I have of my beautiful mum. With Mother's day in the US only just over a week away, it seemed a good topic.

This piece was inspired by Tim's scrapbooking and collage style, which I absolutely adore. The products I used for this projects are part Tim Holtz own and part different, our challenge blog is really about Tim's style and not his products.
So here is a quick step by step.
I started with a small 5 x 7" canvas board and covered it with strips of tissue wrap:
Next I blended Picket Fence Distress paint over it using my finger, to merge the strips more into the background, but keeping the texture.
A second layer of paint, this time using Antique Linen was added and then I spritzt it with water to blend the two colours together. On the photo you can see only very little difference.
I added more colour by rubbing a Vintage Photo Distress Inkpad straight over it, without using a blending tool.
I then spritz with water to blend the colours, but when it had dried I decided it needed some more textures so I spread some Wendy Vecchie Embossing Paste through the Tim Holtz Vintage  Doily stencil in two corners.
More colour was definitely needed, so this time, using a blending tool I added Potting Soil Archival over the added texture and around the edges.
Time for some background stamping, using an Artistic Outpost and a SinCity Stamps stamp:
Blending the stamping in a bit with some Walnut Stain and Antique Linen Distress paints, I then added a second layer of stamping, this time using Maroon Red Archival and an Indigo Blue stamp.
Time to make and gather some collage elements and embellishments, here you can see a first collection (as it turned out I did not use them all and added some others):
Some of them were stamped and inked, (the numbers on the right, from the Artistic Stamper), some were die cuts, the bottle cap and ruler( gifts from the lovely Annie and Zuzu), some ideaology and ephemera pieces, all inked and distressed.
Here you can see how I started to play around with them, before committing to their final position. I usually don't think too much about where things are placed, but follow my intuition, making sure there is a kind of balance between horizontal and vertical elements and that some are placed behind and over the central image, in this case the photo of my mum of course.
Alright, I'll show you some close ups of what I landed up with:
A word band, attached with a bit of hemp twine that goes right around the board. I rubbed Antique Linen right over it, left it for a minute and then gently rubbed over it with a bit of kitchen roll, leaving the paint just in the recessed letters. I also added one of the gorgeous heart charms.
The bottle cap, it was cut from Kraftcard, inked with a mix of Vintage Photo and Black Soot. I then punched a circle from a tiny scrap of the French Industrial papers, and added a Type Charm in the middle. The E is the first letter of my mum's first and surname, so fitted just right.
A clock from one of the Ephemera packs, inked and stamped a bit and then tugged behind the photo.
The word memory was printed on one of the scraps of tissue wrap I started off with, so I put it aside as of course it fitted the project perfectly.
A piece of Tissue Tape with the number 35, she must have been about that age when the photo was taken. The special Delivery, from one of the ephemera packs was added mostly just for a little touch of colour.
And finally two chipboard letters, suitably distressed by sanding and then inking around the edges.

And that was it, you'll be glad to hear.

Make sure to go over to the A Vintage Journey blog, to see the amazing projects my teamies have created, I promise you will not be disappointed!! And of course we all hope you will play along in the challenge, but PLEASE read the challenge rules, for if you don't follow them you will not be eligible for either our prize or one of our top three!
Have an inky creative day and most of the products used can be found in the Countryview Crafts shop, who are also the sponsors of our prize.

42 comments:

Karen Garrard said...

Astrid what a beautiful canvas. Love the step by step too. Karen.x

Terry said...

Astrid this is such a loving tribute to your Mum and what a beautiful photograph! The texture you created on the canvas is spectacular and gorgeous! I love what you did with the tissue wrap and then the doily and so forth! Seriously taking deep breaths here! Love this! Hugs!

Jess M said...

What a lovely tribute to your Mum. I love it all.

Candy C said...

Astrid....what a lovely tribute to your mother. This canvas is so beautifully and tastefully done. The warm tones that you have used conveys a real feeling of love and a sense of reverence to me. Your mother was a lovely lady and you have really created a lovely piece to honor her. <3 Candy

S@ndy Diller said...

As usual, your project is amazing.
How wonderful to honor your mother in such an artful way. Just Fabulous!

Heather Jacob said...

vintage at its best ... loveeeeeeeeeeeeeee x

Ruth said...

Beautiful Astrid, love the colours, elements used and the effect from the embossing paste and doily is wow!

Marisa Job said...

Another stunning project!! Great instructions!!

Valerie-Jael said...

A fabulous piece and a wonderful tribute to your Mum. Valerie

chrissies said...

A wonderful tribute piece and the background is amazing-thank you for showing how you made it

Love Chrissie x

Chris Warner said...

Astrid, this is gorgeous! Your composition is fab and your textures are inspirational! A brilliant project! Chris xxx

rachel said...

lovely make Astrid - the building up of the layers is fabulous - love the use of the stencil too - brilliant colours - thanks for showing us all the details and steps. Hugs rachel xx

Maryann Laursen said...

WAUW this is just another stunner again Astrid, and what a tribute to your mum it is too, and soo gorgeous. I really can´t keep up with more words to describe how beautiful I think your work always are, but it´s truly amazing always.

Rita said...

Good Morning Astrid. What a beautiful tribute to your dear Mum. I can see the likeness. The way you have lovingly put it all together and the pieces you have used make it so special. Have a Good Day. Hugs Rita xxx

Buttons said...

For my money you've absolutely nailed Tim's collage style here and a huge round of applause from me for using a big mix of products to get this superb vintage look. Superb Astrid. Jenny x

Jac desordre said...

such an amazing piece, love the way you have showed it step by step, am now following x

Ros Crawford said...

You can certainly see that's your Mum! What a beautiful tribute to her ... Fabulous work!

Maryanne said...

What a lovely tribute to your Mom, Astrid! I love the texture from that stencil and the scrapbook flavor of the canvas!

Stamps and Paper said...

Such a lovely vintage tribute to your mom......beautiful work Astrid

Anne

massofhair said...

Beautiful tribute to your Mum, thank you for the step by step, really helps to see how you achieve such amazing results :-) xxx

DebbieG said...

This is absolutely gorgeous! Only wish I had not already bought a Mother's day gift, but there is always Christmas! The textured background is "to die for" - love, love, love!

Ana K. said...

Another gorgeous piece Astrid...Not only colours and textures, but also your mother photo ...everything so beautiful!
Hugs from Slovenia

Anita Houston said...

Astrid, it's stunning!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! All the ephemera on this is fabulous! A vintage dream!

Bärbel said...

Eine großartige Collage, liebe Astrid. Der gespachtelte Hintergrund wirkt wie eine zarte alte Spitze, das Motiv,die verschiedenen Papiere, Embellishments und Chipboards ergeben ein wunderschönes Bild im Vintage-Stil.

Redanne said...

This is such a wonderful tribute to your Mum Astrid. I love this collage style and you have chosen the most beautiful elements to embellish it- love the embossing in the background too. This is truly beautiful. Hugs, Anne xx

butterfly said...

What a fantastic collage... Gorgeous photo of your mother, and it's wonderful watching those layers of colour, texture and stamping build up. Beautiful vintage look, and full of love!
Alison xx

Meggymay said...

A beautiful canvas and a wonderful background of textures and additions.
Yvonne

Izzwizz said...

Adore that photo of your Mum and what a fabulous collage. Love all the step by step photos too. Maddy x

Martina2801 said...


What a gorgeous canvas, dear Astrid! Really quite enchanting and charming. And what a tribute to your dear Mum. I love it!
Have a nice weekend my dear friend. (Here it is gray and cloudy. Hopefully in Scotland is better weather!)
Hugs MARTINA

Margaret Mifsud said...

What a lovely tribute to your Mother Astrid!! An absolutely gorgeous canvas board and I love the colours ... beautifully vintage!! Love the step by step too. I can see you put a lot of love into this piece!! Love it!! ox

Silvia(Barnie) said...

That's a wonderful canvas, I'm sure your mum will love it.

Cathy Parlitsis said...

I'm such a huge fan, Astrid! The textures on this project are just spectacular!

julia sanders said...

This is a beautiful tribute to your mother, Astrid. I love how you are always able to make everything come together so beautifully. Your choice of colors and embellishments work so well together and really bring out the beauty of your mom's photograph. Love this!

Nikki Acton said...

Another fab project Astrid - you never cease to amaze! The background and textures are wonderful - thanks for sharing your process. Nikki xx

Fandhmum said...

A beautiful photo and such a lovely project, I love the texture you have created,
Rosie x

Annie said...

Such a fabulous creation Adtrid and you hacpve so many wonderful details to view. Love the texture and stunning layers. Your mum is so pretty and I can see that you look so like her. TFS and huge hugs Annie x

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nanou navarro said...

The background and textures are wonderful ! thank you for the step to step

barbarayaya62 said...

You're doing just masterpieces! I apologize if I can not comment on everything, but sometimes my time is not enough for everything that I want! A wonderful job and fantastic tutorial, full of beautiful ideas! Thanks you for your always kind words on my blog! BArbarayaya

Brenda Brown said...

Oh how I love this Astrid, such amazing layers of texture, ephemera and that wonderful photo of your mother. It is a delightful project xx

Barb Cady said...

Goodness me the textures and layers on this are amazing! I totaly love it. Well done! Hugs barb x

Jools Robertson said...

Beautiful! I love canvas such fabulous idea
Just love the really heavy layers of texture, lovely embellishments and such a beautiful photograph

Jools x

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