Saturday 1 November 2014

Inspired by Nature

Good morning all and thanks for visiting. It being the first of the month, it's always busy here, so, there are two new posts here today, and this is the second one. To see the previous one, click HERE

The project below was created for Our Creative Corner, where the theme is to use an inspirational nature photograph.
This is what Kerstin, our host had to say about the challenge:
Photographs can tell amazing stories of specific places or unforgettable moments in nature.
For this challenge use a favourite photograph and add some special colours, moods and effects.
Put these ingredients together in a vintage style and share your creative story with us. Especially suitable are classical scrapbook layouts (30 x 30) or canvases in mixed media style but you can also make cards or tags (as long as your project includes a magic nature photograph).

Note: if you don't like scrapbooking or are no photographer, the focal image can also be a cut out (or transferred) nature photograph from a postcard or magazine for example.

Well, I did something else and altered a photo frame:
This was a plain wooden frame I have had in my stash for ages. I started by giving it a coat of Gesso and when that was dry scraped on some texture paste with a palette knife in random patterns. I also added some crackle paste in the corners. Finally I  adhered some cheese cloth for further texture and to give a sort of cob webby feel.
I then starting the colouring process, using different acrylic paints in brown and black tones, keeping it lighter towards the center and darker towards the edges.
When I was happy with the result and all the paints had dried, I added some Treasure Gold in White Fire over the raised bits, to bring out the texture even more.

Then all that was left to do was to add some embellishments. I used various diecuts and berries, using some of the beautiful Autumnal colours around us in nature.
The dies are from Tim Holtz, Spellbinders and Impression Obsession (the ears of corn). The word Autumn was made with the Tim Holtz letter sticker thingies.
I found the photo on the internet, I loved the magical feel of it.

Well, that's it, thanks for visiting and have a great month of November. I'll probably be very busy getting my Christmas cards done....


Valerie-Jael said...

Beautiful, love all the texture ou put round the frame! Valerie

Kerstin F. said...

Wow...another amazing and beautiful work of art, love the magic foto and the great vintage feeling, Hugs, Kerstin

brenda said...

Another glorious creation Astrid and those ears of corn fit in perfectly - you definitely needed them.

Hope you have a good weekend.

B x

Redanne said...

Your frame is stunning Astrid, you certainly have packed a lot of texture in and it looks wonderful in those colours. I like the central image too. I love those ears of corn, they stand out so beautifully - what a great die! Hugs, Anne xx

Ink Art Designs said...

Hi Astrid. Wow, I love how the texture comes alive on this photo frame! It is like having a sneak peek into something...great effects.
Dot x

Netty said...

Beautiful work with loads of fab textures. Hugs Annette x

Pamellia said...

Brilliant Astrid! The inspiration photo of nature that you used is just fantastic! Love the texture you achieved with the cheesecloth and crackle! Love the leaves and wheat! hugs :)

Denise said...

I truly love it.Something about the colors and texture attracts me.Very pretty :) Denise

Joan said...

Truly beautiful! Fabulous textures and colours and love that corn die , another must have LOL

Joan said...

Beautiful! my type of art every time. Dee x

Jenny Marples said...

Although there is so much delightful texture and detail on this amazing frame it still doesn't detract from the beautiful photo - that's the genius in you! Jenny x

froebelsternchen said...

Wonderful texures Astrid and the photograph is a beautiful focal point! Fab!

Ros Crawford said...

You didn't alter it you totally transformed it ... Wow!! And that's such a lovely photo

Dagmar said...

Oh wow - das ist großartig - so tolle Strukturen und Farben - da hast du wieder einen klasse "Job" gemacht!!! Ganz liebe Grüße, Dagmar. Ich wünsche dir ein wunderschönes Wochenende.

Martina said...

A great project, dear Astrid! You can really be proud. It looks heavenly! I wish you a nice weekend, my friend. Hugs MARTINA

chrissie said...

Wonderful ideas to create the texture on the frame and a really colourful piece.

Love Chrissie x

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

Fantastic grunge, color, texture, and composition! LOVE your frame!

Scrumplescrunch said...

Hello Astrid,
Amazing texture and details, the frame looks great.

Sandy said...

Sandy xx

rachel said...

love the texture Astrid - absolutely beautiful - big hugs to you and thanks for your support! Hugs rachel xx

Anonymous said...

Ohhh Astrid, this is totally, breath-takingly beautiful. The colours, the theme, the photo from the internet; the letters which spell out 'AUTUMN'; even the size of the frame; everything/ Every. single. thing. is just perfect.

It took my breath away when I saw it. I love it.
Seriously love it.

Very well done. This one deserves to be a winner of any and every competition.
Sending love your way ~ Cobs. x

Maryann Laursen said...

WAUW oncwe again you´ve just amazed me here with all the beauty you managd to get into the project here. Soo gorgeous and perfect in every corner, and I just love the colors and the beautiful decorations on this frame here.

Anneke said...

Wonderful Astrid. Great structure. Thanks for your inspiration Anneke.

Evelyn Walter said...

Wow! A really autumn flow. The photo and the frame go so well together! Great work as usual.
Have a nice sunday!
xxx Evelyn

Margaret Mifsud said...

Another stunning creations Astrid!! The colours and textures are awesome and I love the rich colour of the embellies in the corner. Just superb!! ox

Marisa Job said...

Another beautiful creation!!!! Great texture and design!! Have a great day!!

Terry said...

Beautiful frame, Astrid! Love the effect from the cheese cloth and all that gorgeous texture!

Meggymay said...

A stunning altered frame. The textures and colours look beautiful.

Dorthe said...

I love how you used the cheese cloth Astrid, looks so fantastic with the texture paste created "patterns" and amazing colours you used ! Some looks even metallic ,from here ! A wonderful ,art piece ,with that ,yes, magic photo placed inside !!
Dorthe, xxoo

Julia S-W said...

A gorgeously textured, altered frame Astrid which is right up my street! I love how you've used the muslin in particular. You couldn't have chosen a better photo either!
Julia xx

Karin said...

A beautiful creation with gorgeous texture and the photo you picked looks magical! Groetjes Karin

Paper Profusion said...

Your frame and photo are so complementary Astrid. Love the ethereal photo and your incredibly tactile and fabulous frame. Magical all round! Nicola x

Jools Robertson said...

Wow! This frame is amazing
Love the textures with the cheesecloth and the crackle is something else
The colour contrasts perfectly with the fabulous photograph

Jools x

Marjie Kemper said...

Oh, Astrid, the texture and color variations are amazing. What a stunning frame. I love it!

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