Friday 6 July 2018

Get sentimental for a Vintage Journey

Hello friends, it's the first Friday of the month and that means a new challenge starting at A Vintage Journey. The talented Nikki has chosen the theme "Get Sentimental", and this is what she would like you to do:
Let's see lots of sentiments on your project, whether they be words, poems or quotes. Just remember to create your project in our preferred styles of vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk.
Well I decided to create a journal specifically to use quotes and also to experiment with different mediums and styles.
Here first of all is the cover:
I had this piece of Stamperia London themed rice paper hiding in my stash and decided to use it for my quotes journal. I also wanted to finally put some of Lynne's Affirmations stamps and stencils to use, so that was my starting point.

I cut two pieces of scrap card to just over 6 x 8  and covered them with the paper. I then cut  7 pieces of A 4 water colour card, folded them in half to form signatures. I sandwiched them between the two bits of card and then wrapped a bit of sports tape tightly around the spine side right along the length. The sports tape is so sticky it holds the pieces in place, so super easy. Then all I did was glue a spare bit of the rice paper over the spine, and that was it.. If ever one of the signatures get loose, you can always hold it in place with some washi or design tape.
Once everything was held together I started to decorate the front cover a bit further.
I wanted to try and get a sort of faux encaustic technique both on one of the inside pages and on the cover. For the cover, I first of all stencilled one of the sentiments of the affirmations stencil with white opaque embossing paste and when that had dried covered the whole cover with a thick layer of thick Matte Medium, using a pallet knife and scratching into it a bit for some additional texture. I then let it dry overnight.

 My new Tim Holtz 3D embosslets had just arrived, so they were put to good use to embellish the cover. I cut them from Kraftcard, coloured them with Distress inks and then highlighted the raised bits with some Whitefire Treasure Gold.
Some of the textural bits in the now dry medium were further highlighted with some Distress Crayon in Cracked Pistachio.

The inside of the covers were covered with some Prima Design papers I had in my stash, I just inked, stamped and gessoed them a bit and then added another sentiment to the front one, using the stencil once more.
Alright, onto the first of the journal pages, another faux encaustic experiment that I messed up rather...
There are numerous layers on this piece, paints, inks, washi tape, gesso etc and then I stamped some of the affirmations stamps onto tissue paper and added them too before covering everything in the thick medium again.
The sentiments got lost against the background, I tried to rescue that by outlining with a stabilo all pencil, but I am still not happy with the result.....
So the next double page was done in a very different style:
I often use this style in my daily and bullet journals, using washi tapes, stamping and stencilling, but again, in this size of journal, the sentiments got lost a bit....
Here are a few close ups still:

I added a few drops of sealing wax for some extra highlights...
I absolutely love these stamp sets, the sayings and additional images that come with them, but ultimately I think they would work better on a smaller format journal or cards/tags.

My final spread is a combination of the previous two: These pages were done in a similar way, Using paint for the background and then adding other elements, background stamping and some of the wonderful bugs from the Tim Etymology set, stamped on tissue paper. To give Lynne's affirmations a bit more prominence I stamped them on scraps of paper first.
And a couple of close ups, to finish it all off:

This time for the faux encaustic I used Transparent Texture Paste, this worked better and if ever I wanted a slightly more waxy look I would probably just add a tiny bit of paint...

Well, that's it, sorry for this mammoth post, thanks for dropping by like always, and if you have not done so yet, do check out the projects of my talented teamies, tons of "get sentimental" inspiration for sure.


Julia Aston said...

What a beautiful little book Astrid! Beautiful textures and images throughout - lovely use of the new TH #D embosslets (I bought some but have not tried them yet!) and all the wonderful sentiments scattered throughout! Julia xx

Valerie-Jael said...

Your book is beautiful Astrid, well done. Hugs, Valerie

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

What a lovely book Astrid, this must have been what you was working on when you mentioned those stamps. So much detail and interest to take in with those layers. A beautiful piece of art, stunning in design. Thank you for sharing.
Creative wishes for a beautiful weekend ahead Tracey xx

Cath Wilson said...

Ooh, I bet you had loads of fun making this. So much texture and so many techniques - you put a LOT of work into this and it shows. You achieved a true vintage style effect, with muted colours, florals, aged pages and wonderful quotes. Your love of this style is evident in every little detail. Beautiful work.

Cath x

Maryann Laursen said...

Both your projects here today are absolut out of this world gorgeous as always. I really like your style and you always make such amazing projects, and both here are truly amazing and looks just fabulous.
Have a wonderful summer now, I´m of here to enjoy a few weeks with my whole family, but see you when we get back.

Brenda Brown said...

This is gorgeous Astrid, I love all the wonderful layers and quotes you have used and the faux encaustic is coming along nicely, I am using the technique so much now I love it. Have a wonderful weekend xxx

Redanne said...

I really enjoyed the walk through your beautiful little book Astrid, the faux encaustic techniques you used look very impressive. The first spread is lovely, lots of room to hand write further quotes in. The cover is wonderful with the new Tim 3D embossing too! Hugs, Anne xx

Words and Pictures said...

Really enjoyed your faux encaustic experimenting. I love the effect on the cover, with those textural scratches (and the stencilled text is wonderful), and I also really like the page you say you messed up - it has a beautiful misty atmosphere, especially with Lynne's magical tree. Love the affirmations (yet to ink mine up, so this is good prompting), and I agree they work well stamped separately, to give them more presence on the page. A lovely book full of words.
Alison x

Margaret Mifsud said...

I loved the walk through of this gorgeous book Astrid! Every page is a treasure all on its own .. add it all together and you get a spectacular album!! I love the faux enxaustic look .. even the page you said you messed up .. and I love all the affirmations. Totally adore the final spread and so love the cover! Stunning work once again!! hugs xx

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Oh Astrid! you've done it again. This journal is magnificent and so inspiring. I have loads of patterned papers which have been left unused, maybe now is the time to do something with them. Have a fabulous weekend, Angela xXx

Paper Wishes said...

I really love this journal. Its so full of mystery. That rich golden glazed effect that is on the cover, the tiny flecks of bright turquoise green on the textured areas, all the images glimpsed through tissue or mediums. its wonderful and the beautiful botanical details throughout just lovely, thank you so much for sharing it and so many pages too. x Amanda

Meggymay said...

WOW, you are so talented making these books Astrid. I run out of words, each one is so special. All the photos are fantastic.
Yvonne xx

Dorthe said...

Dear Astrid, it is beautiful and dreamy looking , love the pages you made , as if looking waxed - they have such magical light and speaks to me about lovely adventures. So gorgeous and all to fall in love with .

Dorthe, xoxo

A Pink said...

Your 'quote journal' is absolutely gorgeous inside and out, Astrid . All those beautiful created pages that hold such lovely touches of imagery and stenciling and provide perfect settings for Lynnes affirmation words . Love the effects of your faux encaustic experiments that add an air of intrigue to the journal and draw the viewer/ reader in you.
Thank you for for sharing this inspiring vintage treasure .

Hugs xx

It seems you are the lucky mascot for England , Astrid . Every time I write you a comment they score, lol . ( I started typing this when the 2nd goal hit the back of the net ) x

Let's Art Journal said...

Wow, such an amazing project! I love to use quote and sentiments on my journal pages too and you have created such a beautiful journal to capture yours in 😁. The textural bits on the front cover look so beautiful and it's always fun to experiment with different techniques. Thanks for the inspiration and wishing you a lovely weekend! J 😊 x

Helen Wallace said...

It's always a joy to visit your blog and see the techniques you use. It looks effortless to me and I'm drooling over the faux encaustic effects. I especially love the "Whisper secrets into the wind page. The delicate greens and insects looks quite ethereal. Fabulous creating.

Rita said...

Hello Dear Astrid. Another amazing piece from your fabulous journals etc. Love it all, I would have so much to learn to make something like this. It's the way you artfully bring it all together that makes your work so special. See you soon. Got Eileen's XL journal from Annie for my Birthday. Hugs Rita xxxx

froebelsternchen said...

What a fantastic book this is - it's a rare beauty.
You know I have written it often, but I have to repeat it again and again:
You never cease to amaze me with your unique style and projects!

Kate Yetter said...

Wow! This is beautiful! I love the look of this technique and all the layers.

Nikki Acton said...

Thank you Astrid - a wonderful project for the Sentimental challenge! So many wonderful and inspiring words on those gorgeous pages. I love the faux encaustic work - I really must try this soon... even the one your have 'mucked up' has a a wonderful feel with so much depth! A great project xxx

Jackie PN said...

Ok, this is just Gorgeous! and the page,you thought you messed up is so beautiful, very ethereal feeling! I adore lynne's stamps and stencils and can't get enough of them! I really think your idea to create this journal with the quotes worked out splendidly!
Beautiful work my friend! xoxo

SewPaperPaint said...

Astrid, this is totally AMAZING! The tree collage is one of the prettiest things I've ever seen. I simply adore all of your textures and embedded layers. What a fabulous way to use this hoarded paper and create a simply designed book. Love love it my friend! Big hugs, Autumn

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