Wednesday, 18 February 2015

A wonderful gentleman...

Hi everyone,
A very quick post from me today, just to share a simple make I had great fun creating.

I was lucky enough to attend the Stitches Craft and Hobby show in Birmingham yesterday, and apart from catching up with friends, spent a very happy hour playing around at the Decoart stand where the wonderful Mark Gould was letting us create make and takes with the gorgeous Decoart Chalk paints.
So I started this piece while at the show and then finished it off at home as I ran out of time.

Mark was kind enough to offer to let me borrow some of his Paperartsy stamps, brand new and never used. Now if that is not kind then what is??? So thanks so much for that Mark and for re-igniting my love for these fabby chalk paints too!!

I created this door hangers with lots of layers of paint, stenciling with some of Andy Skinner's amazing new stencils, wax resist, sanding back and more layers of paint.
This is one of the stamps in the set Mark let me borrow. I had wanted to stamp him on tissue, but because I really wanted him to stick out and be the vocal image, I landed up stamping him on stamping paper and fussy cutting him out.

Here are some further close ups:
I decided to not embellish the hanger any further, so as to not detract from the paints and stamping.
I had such a great time meeting up with friends, that there was very little time left to look around at all the stuff, one day is definitely not enough really, but better than not going at all. So thank you to everyone I met, crafty friends are just the best!!!

Thanks for dropping in like always and have a great rest of the week!!

35 comments:

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Wonderful project Astrid- it sounds like you have enjoyed this event very much!
Great to hear! Always good to meet with friends and get inspired!
xxx
Susi

Nicole Wright said...

I soooo love this Astrid! I have just received my first Deco Art goodies. I'm waiting for the rest to delve into AS style. I can see why you love those stencils.

Valerie-Jael said...

Wonderful door hanger, and looks like you had a fun day out! Valerie

massofhair said...

Mark is a kind Gentleman indeed and your door hanger is awesome Astrid, glad you had a good time playing with the DecoArt products. Am impatient to get my hands on the new AS stencils! Love the chalk paint, which colours did you use please? Fantastic combination :-) xxx

Kelly Deal said...

Love this project Astrid!

Redanne said...

Mark really is a very special person - so kind and generous (and talented!). I love your door hanger Astrid and so pleased you had such a great time a Stitches...... Hugs, Anne xx

Lynne Moncrieff said...

I am sure you had the most amazing time at Stitches.
Astrid I love the neutral colours on this hanger and that you did allow the man to be the focal and stamping onto card instead of tissue. Gorgeous background from your use of the paints.
Wishes
Lynne

Meggymay said...

A fabulous make Astrid. Sounds like you had a super time.
Yvonne

Joan said...

Fabulous hanger Astrid, love that stamp, think its going on the wish list! Sounds like you had a great time

Joan

Rita said...

Fantastic hanger Astrid. Love what you've done. Glad you enjoyed your time at Stitches, sounds like fun. Looking forward to seeing you on Friday. Hugs Rita xxx

mark gould said...

I love the moody and atmospheric colours for your door hanger, he has been used exactly how I imagine him. Was great catching up at the show and glad you enjoyed the paints x

Lynn Price said...

Astrid, LOVE this painted background.... I am curious about the wax part :-) This looks almost crackled, but I think not with crackle medium. And wonderful make - looking forward to getting Andy's stencils as well as these great stamps! xx Lynn

Annie said...

Looking forward to hearing al about your trip on Friday Astrid. How kind of Mark.. a real gentleman :-) crafty friends are just the best :-)

Love your door hanger.......stamps are gorgeous

Huge Hugs
Annie x

ike said...

Oooooo !!! That is wonderful Astrid. You are sooooo lucky to be able to go there AND meet Mark !!! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Inkypinkycraft said...

Looks like you had a great time , love the door hanger x

chrissies said...

Sounds like it was your lucky day Astrid. What a terrific make with the special paints and stamps. Hope today is just as good

Love Chrissie

Pamellia Johnson said...

Wow Astrid, just gorgeous! I really need to get my hands on some of those DecoArt products!! Love the texture in the background! What a fun time you must have had! hugs :)

Joi at RR said...

Another wonderful creation Astrid. Seems I never tire of your awesome designs. Your gentleman is quite ready for a vintage adventure! Just love the "look" and the colors are perfect. j.

Juliz Design Post said...

Sounds like an amazing day and great fun doing a make and take. Beautiful work as always.
Julie x

Corrie Herriman said...

Fabulous make, Astrid !
Corrie x

rachel said...

wonderful astrid and that was very kind of mark to lend you the stamps. big hugs rachel x

craftytrog said...

This is fabulous Astrid! So kind of Mark to lend you those stamps.

Maggie said...

Gorgeous painty stampy hanging Astrid love the vintage gentleman

MaggieH

Chris said...

Hi Astrid and I'm so glad you had a great time meeting up with crafty friends, it really is the best. I love your hanger, the colours and stamps are gorgeous and so nice of Mark to lend his to you, he's very sweet. Chris x

Deborah Wainwright said...

Wound like you had a lovely time. I love the effect on this door hanging I have this stamp and forgot how much I like it so thank you for reminding me xx

Kathy Bradley said...

Astried,
Amazing door hanger - and the image, colors, - all perfect. Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

What a fabulous door hanger. The chosen 'theme' suits the colour(s) you chose really well, and I adore the stamping. Everything is perfect on it. A really great make, Astrid!

It sounds like you had a really enjoyable time in Birmingham. I don' know how you managed to pull yourself away from it ... I think I'd have had to be removed kicking and screaming! LOL.
Sending love ~ Cobs. x

Terry said...

Astrid, I think your door hanger if fabulous and it looks amazing with stamps and paint, so no other interest required! Love this and so glad you had a great time! Hugs!

Julia S-W said...

A gorgeous piece Astrid and I so love that I saw some of it being created! Lovely to meet you in Birmingham too.
Juliaxx

Ros Crawford said...

Wow!! This is amazing!! I love what you did and those monochromatic colours are really beautiful!

JackieP Neal said...

I saw your photo on fb of you and your friends! How wonderful!!
This is fab Astrid!! I love the simplicity because it really does highlight the stamping and paints- and love that shade of paint! What color is it? Another beauty- thank you! xo

butterfly said...

The chalky background and stamping looks so great - I'm really glad you decided not to cover it up too much. The smoky hues are so atmospheric, and perfect with that very upstanding Victorian gentleman!
Alison xx

Buttons said...

How kind of Mark and boy,didn't you do him proud. Love this hanger Astrid. Jenny x

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Beautiful Astrid, those stamps are to die for and DecoArt has chalk paints?! I'll have to go do some shopping!

Ingrid Kristina V said...

What a fab door hanger! Love Andy Skinner's stencils and you use them so well! Thank you for the inspiration! My bus journey to a very boring work was the most pleasant :) have a great day! X

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