Sunday, 1 February 2015

More Mixed Media fun for OCC



Hello dear friends and visitors, happy February to you all, this is my second post of the day, this time for the new challenge over at Our Creative Corner. You can see my earlier post HERE

At OCC it's the wonderful and super talented Julia who is our challenge host this time. Her theme is Tic Tac Toe and she has given us this grid:

This is what she had to say about it: For this challenge please choose one line from the grid shown. This can be a horizontal, vertical or diagonal line but you must select the middle square as one of your choices. What you make is your choice but please ensure that the three items you have chosen are clearly visible on your make. Please state in your post which line you have chosen. Inks, stains, sprays etc can be used as necessary on your project.

Our sponsor this month is:Tando Creative


 In fact if you come back on the 8th of February I will share a project I made with one of their super products
 Now to my project: I love challenges like this and could happily have chosen the entire grid, but, that's not the challenge right, so in the end I chose the middle column using paints, stamps and stencils and this is what I came up with:
It's a canvas board, using all of my favourite colours and mediums of the moment.
Here's a quick step by step:
I added some texture paste through the Memorybox Lathenay stencil and while the paste was still wet added some Stampendous Aged Pewter embossing powder and then dried (and melted the EP) with my heat gun.
Next I added some background stamping, using a favourite text stamp from the Artistic Outpost Birds of a Feather stamp set, I part inked it with a Faber Castell Big Brush pen. I also added some more stencilling, this time using Wateringcan Archival ink and a Tim Holtz layering stencil. I added colour with 3 different colours of both watered down  Distress paints and the new Distress Stain Sprays: Stormy Sky, Chipped Sapphire and a tiny bit of Weathered Wood.
A metal flower was added to the centre of the stencilled design, altered with a bit of gesso, some more EP and colour sprays.

I decided I really wanted a bit of crackling, so added some Decoart Crackle glaze to some of the stencilled design, after the crackle glaze had dried I also added some Decoart Antiquing cream, to bring out the crackling more.
I love the almost porcelain effect this gives, definitely something to use again on a larger scale....

 Finally I added a sentiment, stamped in Watering Can Archival and then clear embossed, using a Donna Downey stamp, I also edged my canvas with Wateringcan Archival.

I will probably use this canvas to make a mini book or journal cover, I love using these boards for that, as they are so sturdy.

Hope you liked my project, do make sure to check out what my talented teamies have created, and we would love it of course if you played along with our challenge.

Thank you for visiting like always and look after yourselves!


56 comments:

  1. This is gorgeous, love the embossing. Hugs, Valerie

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  2. fabulous work, love all the textures and colours

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  3. Amazing textures and encouraging words

    Love Chrissie

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  4. Lovely canvass Astrid. I just discovered embossing on craft paste and love it. X

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  5. I am totally in love Astrid! This is beautiful; so full of texture, tone and stunning techniques that I don't know where to look next! I haven't used this technique of embossing powder on paste and you have inspired me to try. I really need the sentiment stamps too. Can you tell how much I love this??!! Thank you for making this stunning beauty for my challenge.
    Enjoy your Sunday. Juliaxx

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  6. Me again. Forgot to say I love it so much I've pinned it - hope that's ok! xxx

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  7. Me again. Forgot to say I love it so much I've pinned it - hope that's ok! xxx

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  8. I am totally in love Astrid! This is beautiful; so full of texture, tone and stunning techniques that I don't know where to look next! I haven't used this technique of embossing powder on paste and you have inspired me to try. I really need the sentiment stamps too. Can you tell how much I love this??!! Thank you for making this stunning beauty for my challenge.
    Enjoy your Sunday. Juliaxx

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  9. It's always a delight to see your wonderfully tactile pieces of artwork Astrid and read thought the process.

    Have a good Sunday and if it's as cold there than here keep warm.

    B x

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  10. This is so beautiful! Love the paste/EP combo - never tried that before but am deffo going to have a go! Claire x

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  11. Absolut stunning work here again, and it´s also in my favorit color, and with the most amazing look and with such clever saying too, it´s just really awesome and perfect, and I just really love, what you´ve done here.

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  12. Wow Astrid this is beautiful. I am not a purple girl but you have changed my mind. Love that technique of embossing powder on paste, must go and try that! Thanks for the inspiration. Jan x

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  13. This is wonderful Astrid! I adore it - such a brilliant combination of techniques. It is such a wonderful creation and so inspiring! Lots of love and hugs from Laura xxx

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  14. Fabulous Astrid - love all the layers to your texture... the paste, the powder and the crackle! Works wonderfully. Nikki xx

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  15. Love the crackle glace effect and ofcourse your stenciled and embossed beautiful coloured pattern, and what a fun challenge , you chosed some fantastic tecniques ,to work together !!
    Dorthe xoxo

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  16. WOW. What an amazing result from what started out as a simple choice of just three things! I love the embossing on the paste - I haven't tried that yet so really must give that a go.

    I love the whole thing. The colours aren't the usual 'suspects' for a valentines image - but then, this isn't the usual Valentine greeting ... and you aren't just any regular artists!

    Love it Astrid. Totally.

    Thank you for the lovely comment on my blog and thrilled that you like the Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter card. (Thank you also for the good 'health' wishes. I'm hoping that they figure out what's actually going wrong with me and 'fix' it - asap!)

    finally ... Happy first day of February, Astrid.
    Sending love ~ Cobs. x

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  17. Beautiful love the pewter embossing on texture paste another great piece. Dee x

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  18. STUNNING Astrid! This has become one of my favourite stencils thanks to you and your gorgeous work! I love the unique look of the sprays on this surface and the beautiful colours, especially the aged pewter! Just incredible! hugs :)

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  19. Beautiful canvas, super embossing details with the pewter highlights.
    Yvonne

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  20. Beautiful canvas board, Astrid! I love the crackle over the stenciling. Another new to me technique to try!

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  21. It's a wonderful canvas, Astrid! I love your work on textures, the paste and powder go so well with the canvas, and the colours highlight them. Beautiful!

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  22. Great textures , love tgat stencil and the gorgeous layer of crackle x

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  23. Beautiful - love both of your pieces today! Really love that antiquing cream on the crackle....and the gorgeous stenciling. Will definitely be trying that technique!
    xx Lynn

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  24. Wonderful texture. Love the look of some of your close ups.
    It looks great Astrid. Very inspiring Anneke.

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  25. Gorgeous textures and great words, really beautiful!

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  26. Simply stunning, and so inspiring!
    Alison xxx

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  27. Fabulous texture! LOVE the purple tones too!

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  28. Absolutely Gorgeous canvas board, Astrid!! The quote you incorporated is wonderful and words to live by, for sure!! Just WOW!! I've got a couple of these canvas boards in my pile of 'new surfaces to work on' and with inspiration like this...I believe I can do something like this too!! Thank you for the inspiration, Astrid!! XOXO-Shari

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  29. Sounds like a fun challenge...snowing and blowing here so maybe I might have a chance to play. I do love your pretty canvas. Always fun to be inspired. Thanks for sharing, Enjoy your Sunday.

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  30. Absolutely beautiful and elegant! It's an awesome piece of art and thank you so much for sharing the step-by-step - it's helpful as I am quite new to Mixed Media!

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  31. Gorgeous soft blues and lovely aged crackle... I've just bought that sentiment too!
    Alison xx

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  32. Das ist so toll! Du hast mich damit inspiriert auch einmal wieder eine Mixed Media Journalseite zu machen ;o) Ganz liebe Grüße, Dagmar

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  33. Just one word - Stunning! Hugs, Anne xx

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  34. Your canvas looks marvellous , Astrid, thank you very much for charing this and for telling us how to make it!!! Great design and colours!!!I really loveit!!

    Greetings
    Maria

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  35. Gorgeous canvas.Love what you did with the stencilling and embossing powder.Also love the crackle.Beautiful effect.

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  36. Fabulous creation Astrid. Love the colour combinations too. Hoping to catch up soon my friend. Hugs Rita xxx

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  37. Love love love your art. You always make the most fabulous art. In this one I adore the stencilling and the way you added color to it.bthe metal flower you added is just awesome placed that way..vgosh do I LOVE this !!!!!!
    Thanks a lot for this inspiring piece of pretty art. You are so talented !!!
    Hugs from Monica... Spain

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  38. wow oozing with texture, color and beauty, love it x

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  39. Outstanding Astrid!! I so want to reach out and touch this canvas!!
    Have I ever told you how much I adore your art- if not, I DO! If I have, I'll say it again! I DO!
    Gorgeousness! xo

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  40. Stunning Astrid ... You make it look so simple too!

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  41. The grid selections you selected are gorgeous! Astrid, as always the texture, colors and depth you create is amazing and a work of art! Love your canvas! Hugs!

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  42. It's always a delight to visit your blog and see your fabulous work!! Hugs!!!

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  43. Wonderful canvas!! As usual I love your art work, dear Astrid, it´s always a pleasure to hop in here.
    xxx Evelyn

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  44. Firstly I want to say thanks for stopping my blog and to answer your question. It is a journal - but not an art journal - its a gratitude journal. Next up I want to say WOWWWWIEEE - this is such an amazing canvas - I love texture and grungy looking stuff. Your canvas just ticked all the right boxes for me. Loving this.

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  45. Beautiful colors and textures! Love your fabulous canvas, Astrid. :)

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  46. That's another wonderful piece of art. Great colors and wonderful texture again.

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  47. Loved the sentiment so much i have just purchased it Astrid! So much to love on your canvas, the colours are sublime the textures are amazing and the embossing adds that little extra lift. Beautiful inspiration as always :-) xxx

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  48. Stunning! That hint of embossing in gold over the paste is gorgeous!

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  49. So beautiful! Amazing work as always. I've not been well and this has lifted my spirits. For that I thank you, Madame! Xx

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  50. Hi Astrid, I went looking for the Lathenay stencil and it doesn't seem to be the same as what you have used here. Could it be the Heartwood stencil instead?

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  51. Oh Wow this is stunning love the colour and textures fabulous Astrid
    MaggieH

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  52. Stunning! Love the combination of metallics and rich opulent colour
    So incredible beautiful, exquisite

    Jools x

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  53. Ooh, I so love the colours and texture on this piece. The embossing powder on paste and the crackle glaze, just heavenly. Love everything about this Astrid...wow! Ruth x

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