Friday, 3 March 2017

All Aboard, it's AVJ's third birthday!

Hello lovely visitors, welcome! Today is a day of celebration because it is the 3rd birthday of A Vintage Journey!! I created a little canvas to celebrate 3 years of challenges, Inspirations posts and more. I'll hope you will celebrate with us!!!
We started way back in March 2014 as a Tim Holtz inspired challenge, and then we grew, changed and expanded to incorporate different styles, but what remained was our emphasis on vintage inspiration and the wonderful creative journey that we all share.

For this our 51st challenge, I decided to go back mostly to our Tim inspired roots. I pulled out my Distress Paints, sprays, Tim Holtz stamps and one of his wonderful Found Relatives cards.
 Below, a quick explanation on how I built this up:

I created texture with the help of a couple of stencils and some Ranger texture paste. I then played with 3 colours of Distress Paint: Antique Linen, Weathered Wood and Pumice Stone. I blended with the help of lots of water and then added a little more depth with Distress Sprays in Antique Linen and Weather Wood.
I love these sweet little characters, the boy in his sailors suit, immediately made me think of our theme of All Aboard (really it's an anything goes challenge). To me they look ready to go off and explore the wide world, the little one a little anxious, the older one with a hint of excitement in his eyes.
This lovely stencil with the word explore was designed by Gabrielle Pollaco, it's one of my all time favourite stencils. I highlighted the raised bits with some Watering Can Archival Ink.
I'm sorry to say, I don't remember who made this particular stencil, but it's another favourite that seemed to fit the theme. The additional texture was created with my fingers dabbed in the wet paste.

There is some background stamping hidden in there as well, though it is hard to see, I used Watering Can Archival to stamp and the Documented and Correspondence stamps both by Tim Holtz.

Well, that's pretty much it. I hope you will take the time to visit A Vintage Journey to see what my super talented teamies have created. And of course we hope you will come Aboard and join us on the next leg of our journey....

Thanks for your visit like always
xxxxx


32 comments:

  1. Oh Astrid!
    I just love these sweet little children! What a perfect pair to be the stars of your canvas! I do love that you "went back to your roots" as you say- brilliant use of palette,stamping and mediums! I just love this! xo

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  2. This is stunning Astrid! I love how you mix and blend your colours .. I can never get that just right. Love the textures and the image of the children is the perfect focal point. Absolutely amazing work!! Enjoy your day Astrid!! hugs xx

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  3. You have truly captured the spirit of this challenge with the photo and "explore". That is exactly what we have done over the years and so happy to be here for another. I love to read your "quote of the day".
    S@ndy xx

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  4. What a beautiful and sweet Vintage project , your colours are so beautiful
    great use of differant products and such a lovely and couple of children, you can be proud of your artwork!
    Have fun!!
    Maria

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  5. whiii i see i see, love this project, so cute andlovely

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  6. WOUW soooooooo gorgeous as always Astrid. I LOVE the texture and the background in this and I simply LOVE these two kids here too ready to get on their first exploring journey. Everything fit sooo erll and perfect together as usual, when you´ve touched it. Really gorgeous work .

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  7. Such a beautiful Tim full canvas Astrid. It seems like yesterday that A Vintage Journey had their first challenge and here you are on the third anniversary.

    You have made some wonderful things for the challenges and they go so well with your style and your own creative makes.

    Love Chrissie xx

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  8. Beautiful texture and crackle o a gorgeous vintage piece...congrats on the 3rd Birthday as well!! Ruth xx

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  9. A real stunner Astrid! I love the wonderful stencilling in the background and the colours you chose are just perfect. The children remind me of my brother and I on board ship to Scotland many, many years ago... A really beautiful canvas and a lovely way to celebrate our third birthday at AVJ! Hugs, Anne xx

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  10. What a beautifully written post Astrid xx totally love the way you have depicted the AVJ journey and of course Mr Holtz is a huge favourite too xx amazing details xx
    Happy AVJ Birthday wishes
    Annie xx

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  11. An amazing canvas Astrid! Love all the texture and the colors! Awesome!

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  12. The stencilled texture looks so cool with the crackle over it, and I love the colour blends across the canvas. Brilliant vintage styling as always, and a joy to be on the journey with you.
    Alison x

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  13. What a brilliant celebratory project Astrid full of your own inimitable style that fits so well within the team. Thanks for producing such a gorgeous mixed media piece today and always and thanks for all your support as a Creative Guide. It's wonderful travelling this journey with you. huge hugs xxx

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  14. WOW Astrid! This stencil work is tremendous and your layers of colors highlight it perfectly. What an adorable image, perfect for this stunning background. Hugs, Autumn

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  15. Gorgeous Astrid. I love how,the children are grounded with the wording that works so well and they sit beautifully in your textural background. Fantastic vintage feel to this piece and everything works so well together . Have a lovely weekend, Tracy x

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  16. Fabulous Tim inspired canvas Astrid love your theme placed around the gorgeous Image, thank you for sharing step by step too.

    MaggieH

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  17. Brilliantly vintage, perfect composition and amazing texture and depth! Love this Astrid xx

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  18. This is very much my cup of tea. It is absolutely delightful.

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  19. Gosh the years have flown by. Its a gorgeous vintage piece Astrid and a super found relatives photo. I have had a lovely catch up tonight to see the amazing posts I missed.
    Yvonne xx

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  20. This is just gorgeous, Astrid. Love all the texture and beautiful colorings.

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  21. What a gorgeous canvas Astrid! Love all the texture with the stencils and the colors you added - that is an adorable couple - perfect for the All Aboard Theme - a beautiful project to celebrate AVJ's 3rd year! I am always inspired by your projects! Julia xx

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  22. Love this! It's beautifully crafted and sophisticated.

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  23. A really stunning Vintage canvas! Astrid. A real heart melter with the young explorers whose characters you have brought to life with your creativity and in your text. Love the shades and tones, the texture , detail and depth. Absolutely Love it.
    Happy AVJ Birthday x

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  24. A fabulous canvas, I love your theme of these children off to explore the world ahead.
    Avril xx

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  25. Astrid, you have stayed true to your beautiful, rich and textured backgrounds with this lovely piece! Your colors are a perfect backdrop to these sweet explorers, and the rich stencil work just steals the show for me! Thank you for so much inspiration you have given me these last 3 years! Hugs!

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  26. What a fabulous canvas Astrid, gorgeous textures and colours and love those sweet children, a perfect way to celebrate 3 years of creative bliss at AVJ! Thanks so much for sharing it, Deb xo

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  27. So lovely texture and colour!

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  28. Wow Astrid what an amazing piece of work love all that texture x Hilda

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  29. Loving all your textures, layers and beautiful colors. Such a fun project. It is just beautiful.

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  30. Lovely as always - those layers, textures and image - gorgeous xx

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  31. Astrid, you have a gentle, blended layering style all your own and it shines through in this fabulous piece xx

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