Saturday, 27 February 2016

Make your own background

Make your own background is the theme at Countryview Challenges and today I am posting my second project created for the challenge.

Well this theme was easy as I mostly make my backgrounds anyway, but for this project I wanted to try something a little different....
It all started with a size 10 tag.
I gave it a coat of gesso and then played around with a mix of acrylic paints, - Antique Linen Distress, a bit of Peacock Feathers Distress and some Golden Paynes Grey (this particular brand has a blueish tone, which I rather like).
Next I did some stenciling with gesso and a couple of different stencils, - when that was dry I did further stenciling with Watering Can Archival ink, bringing in some further stencils.
It all got a bit busy, so by that point I decided to use the tag as the background to a vintage collage.
Here you can see some of the elements I collected and stamped to add to my collage.
And here you can see the finished collage. The lady is from the 7 Dots Studio Cool Country collection. As you can see I also added a die cut,  the word Authentic from the Tim Holtz Adventure Thinlits die set and the word love which comes from a Prima vintage trinkets collection.
Well when the tag was pretty much complete I decided I was going to make it part of a next page in my Techniques Journal. Earlier pages can be seen HERE,  HERE and HERE.
So I made the background to the page for that, using similar colours and a stencil to integrate the tag into the background.
I kept it much simpler as the tag would cover most of it anyway. I just added a few strips of tissue tape and an old book page to add a bit of interest in the corner that would not be covered.
I also did a tiny bit of background stamping with a text stamp.

Below finally you can see the tag on its background.

I die cut the word Journey from the same die set, placing it partly over the tag, to integrate the two elements together a bit more still and make it all part of a whole.
I pounced a bit of ink on the little Prima plaque still
And here is another little detail still, the bottle stamped from the Tim Holtz Mercantile stamp set and a little label tied to its neck with some twine.
Here finally you can see the whole piece in situe in my journal.

Well that's it and this is actually also my very last project as part of the Countryview Crafts Design Team. I have very much enjoyed being part of the team, but life is taking me in different directions so I felt it was time to move on.....
There are however still a couple of days left to join into the challenge, you can find all the details here

Thank you for your visit like always and I hope you enjoyed my little background experiment.


froebelsternchen Susi said...

AMAZING Astrid! What a beautiful project again!
Happy weekend!

Vintagehandmade said...

Fantastic layered project, Astrid! Your background is to die for! It's breathtaking! Hugs! Branka xxx

brenda said...

Seems Blogger is messing about this morning as my last comment spirited away.

It's another super creation Astrid and you have achieved amazing depth of colour on the background.

Hope you have a good weekend.

B x

Annie said...

A wonderful journal page Astrid x stunning colours and textures on the background of the tag and main page. Great layering of all the elements and I love that vintage feel

You will be missed at CVC xxx
Have a lovely weekend and TFS
Annie x

chrissie said...

Wonderful background for this very beautiful project

Love Chrissie xx

maria's knutselplezier said...

What a stunning page and than you very much for this wonderful tutorial , I love the way you created this background and I will try it certainly too , great colours , great image!!!

Have fun and a beautiful weekend!!!

Pamellia Johnson said...

Beautiful Astrid! I love the touches of Watering Can stencil patterns and accents, it works so well with all the blues. Gorgeous! hugs :)

A Pink said...

Stunning! Astrid in colour tones , texture , detail, collage design and execution. Adore it x

Diana Taylor said...

An absolutely beautiful creation, and a wonderful collection of techniques used - thank you so much for sharing your secrets! I just love what you've done here.

Patty O'Malley said...

Fantastic tag, Astrid. It looks wonderful the way you incorporated onto the journal page.

Marisa Job said...

Another beautiful creation!! Have a great weekend!!

Sara Barker said...

Lovely journal page, Astrid. I absolutely love your style and textured backgrounds and this is just another in a long list of favorites! I am loving those blues this time and all of your collected collage elements work so well together. Gorgeous!

Meggymay said...

Another stunning background and tag. The layered stencils look awesome. Your finished book will be great.
Yvonne xx

Buttons said...

Oh Astrid what a way to sign off from CVC! This is completely dreamy and has all your trademark touches - the blending, the clever use of layers and die cuts, the vintage elements and of course brilliant design. You will be truly missed at Country View but it's always important to follow your heart and I know there's more to come. Sending huge hugs, Jenny xxx

Redanne said...

I agree, it is a terrific way to sign off from CVC, you really are the Queen of backgrounds and this one is no exception! I love the way you layered up the elements too on your truly stunning tag! I look forward to seeing when your new adventures take you... Hugs, Anne xx

Anjas-Artefaktotum said...

Love that creation, it's a wonderful composition as always. Love the various patterns in the backgrounds and the color combinations are marvellous, you have found your own style in all your art works, that is great!
I wish you a nice sunday,
big hugs Anja

Suzi B said...

Gorgeous page, love all the elements. The step by step tutorial helps me so much, thank you
Suzi B xx

Dots Dabbles said...

Oh I looove the colours on this Astrid! And the stenciling looks so great...what a wonderful backdrop to the vintage elements! I looove this piece.
Dot x

Maryann Laursen said...

Another stunning creation here Astrid. I love the final result on the page here, soooo beautiful as usual. Wonderful colors too ofcause he he.
Good luck on your future journey in the craftworld here, I very much look forward to see, where it´ll take you. Have a great sunday now.

Margaret Mifsud said...

Loved your little background experiment Astrid .. totally gorgeous!! Stunning mix of layered textures and shades of blue and some lovely vintage elements all add up to a totally gorgeous project!! Adore this!!! xx

Suzanne C said...

Gorgeous. I just love the backgrounds and the fabulous ephemera you mixed together beautifully!

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Gorgeous, love the backgrounds and use of the different stencils and paints. Fantastic step by step as well, thanks :) Shirleyxx

Barbara Rankin said...

Gorgeous backgrounds, love the techniques you used, and the colors are phenomenal, as always.

Corrie Herriman said...

I am really running out of things to say to you apart from fabulous, gorgeous, beautiful ... you get the gist !!!! :)
Corrie x

Team Clark said...

Astrid, I love every single detail of this fabulous tag and card! The blue is amazing and the vintage touches always thrill me. Gorgeous project, you make it look so easy in your step by step, but I know it is not! You have such an eye for composition. <3 Hugs, Autumn PS. Love your new profile pic! <3

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Gorgeous Astrid, love the Paynes Grey, such a wonderful colour. Fabulous texture and details in the background and the ephemera you layered on top ties it together beautifully. So sorry to hear you are leaving Country View but wishing you much success in your new endeavors! Deb xo

Barbara Schiassi said...

wonderful step by step! Amazing piece of art, I love your style, so unique! BArbara

toni said...

Gorgeous page Astrid love your layer upon layer style! And beautiful colour palette xx

Almo said...

Love love love this page Astrid, fabulous layers and stencilling on your background and then more delicious layers of elements on top, so nice to see the step by step and watch it all come together. I look forward to seeing where life takes you next and wish you well in your new ventures. Mo x

Anita Houston said...

Vintage gorgeousness!!! Every bit!

Sandy said...

Your collage is really wonderful Astrid - it makes my mouth water relishing the thoughts of making something like this!
Sandy xx

Jackie P Neal said...

I was over at CVC and saw that was your last post over there. Sorry to see you leave there, but I am sure you will have many more exciting creations to show us from your new journey!
What a gorgeous entry for your journal! Love love that blue!
hugs,Jackie xx

Mrs.B said...

Wonderful background layers of colour and texture. I'm sure the finis book will be fabulous.
Avril xx

Mrs.B said...

Wonderful background layers of colour and texture. I'm sure the finis book will be fabulous.
Avril xx

Dorthe said...

I love this gorgeous tag, love the color tones, and the seoia with them,- the extra tags and the hand, the words and trellis--- Just love it all ,Astrid .
Dorthe, XX

butterfly said...

Very sad to say goodbye to you at CVC, but what a wonderful finale. The colours are beautiful - very ocean-like - and I love how the whole thing has taken on a nautical feel with the compass... I feel as though she is setting off on a journey, and perhaps that sweet little labelled bottle has some anti-seasickness medicine! Wonderful tag and page, and a wonderful farewell.
Alison x

Anneke said...

This looks gorgeous Astrid. I found it on Pintrest. The combination
of colorstock and stencilend looks amazing. Thanks for inspiring me.

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