Thursday 12 June 2014

Get some texture AVJ

Hi Everyone,

A huge welcome to my new followers I am so excited you have joined me on my crafty journey.  I have a project to show you today that I have had great fun putting together for the current challenge at the fabulous Tim Holtz inspired challenge blog A Vintage Journey.  This month the challenge has been set by Jenny who wants us to Get some Texture into our entries.  The challenge is sponsored by, Country View Crafts who are offering a £10 gift voucher to one winner who will be chosen by the incredibly talented team of Vintage Journey Guides.
 I was not surprised that Jenny chose this title as she is well known for her love of texture in her work, pop over to her blog Pushing the Right Buttons and have a look for yourself at some of her beautiful inspirational projects.

 I am rather last minute with this one as the challenge ends today!! I think I have seriously lost a few days somewhere this week, anyway I  got to work on a canvas hanging for you using the Nautical Blueprint stamps and a fish from the Tiny Things stamp plate plus a few of Tim's techniques.

I started with a background of Tim's paint marbling, using 3 distress paint colours I squished them onto my craft mat, spritzed water and swooshed the card through it.  I held it upright and spritzed a bit more water onto it enabling the paint to trickle down the card and blend.


Next came texture paste through stencils technique, I used two to get the effect, firstly with the speckles stencil (top centre), and then the dot fade (bottom).

When dry I spritzed the textured areas with a little water and dropped some shabby shutters and peacock feathers distress re-inker onto the it followed by more water to let the colours mix and blend in and around the texture paste.
I stamped the seahorse, and fish onto separate card stock, I coloured the fish using distress re-inkers and a watercolour pen, followed by a coat of glue & seal to give them a soft sheen.

I used the shattered stains technique on the seahorse as I wanted a bit more texture on him. I spread clear rock candy crackle over the stamped image and when dry coloured with distress stains.  I cut them all out and shaped them on a cork mat with a large ball tool to give them shape.
I die-cut the reeds from the tattered pine cone die and coloured them with peeled paint stain.  I made up a solution of perfect pearls sour apple and water in a spritzer and gave the reeds a fine mist which gave them a shimmer.  I scored to add a little detail and shaped them.
The frame was done  using the tissue wrap wrinkle technique, covering the frame with glue & seal, applying tissue wrap and wrinkling as you go, and then applying paint, wiping with a baby wipe, dry and ink over with distress inks.  Unfortunately as you will see in the finished photo later, I lost the detail of the tissue wrap as I kept changing my mind on paint colours!
The bars on the top and the bottom of the canvas started life as 6 of those lovely wooden drinks stirrers you get with a takeaway brew at the service stations.  Two were laid side by side and then one was glued on top to hold all three together.  I wrapped garden twine around them and glued the ends.  Whilst I had the twine handy, I made two knotted ropes for the sides of the frame, and the metal word band at the bottom. The word band word was painted to match and secured with my tiny attacher and 3d pads. I chose enjoy the journey for two reasons firstly because I was! and two because it looked like the fish and seahorse were on a journey through the sea.
 The fish were given a few glossy accent air bubbles

 The die- cut reeds were complimented by real seaweed, shells and a little message in a bottle which unfortunately for the sender is going nowhere stuck in the sand.  The sand is basically a few blobs of glue with antique linen distress embossing powder sprinkled on it but not heated, just left to dry.
Here are a few close ups

and a final look at the finished project
I want to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone for your encouraging comments on my last post, and if you have got this far, Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog today.
Mo x 


  1. Oh wow,this really is beautiful,I totally love the colours on this. I really hope you have this hanging on a wall in pride of place somewhere,it looks so soothing,like staring at an aquarium : )


  2. wow Mo....this is very cool! You are so talented! Thanks so much for the comment on my blog! :)
    <3 Candy

  3. Wow Mo, this looks totally amazing!! Love all the different textures you have managed to include, such clever use for your layering stencils and oh I just love the beachy elements you have added to those brilliantly stamped and crackled images!! Absolutely fabulous and thanks so much for adding it to our challenge at A Vintage Journey!!

  4. Wow, This is really beautiful and so very creative! I like your style! Thank you for sharing the project with so many details and pictures!

  5. Wowzer - this is stunning, Mo! Glorious textures layered into your ocean background as well as on that scrumptious frame. Absolutely love it!! Thanks so much for joining us on A Vintage Journey.
    Alison x

  6. What a stunning piece Mo! You have created such a wonderful ocean feel with all the textures, colours and embellishments. I just love it! Thank you for joining us at A Vintage Journey. Jennie

  7. Wonderful colours and textures on this canvas, Mo. It is lovely. I love sea-horses and this little chap is gorgeous. A beautiful piece of art. Julie Ann xxx

  8. Wow Mo - this is wonderful - the seahorse stamp is just beautiful and i love the tissue technique - muat try that. The whole piece really works together and is so full of texture. Good luck with the challenge hun!! Hugs rachel xx

  9. I am genuinely blown away by this Mo. The tissue wrap and twine frame is stunning itself but then you've positively outdone yourself with your seascape. Mixing the real with the created is so clever and that background is the perfect compliment. Pinning this one! Thank you so much for joining us at A Vintage Journey. Jenny x

  10. Gorgeous colors, and I agree, it is like looking into an aquarium.

  11. This is stunning Mo, fabulous textures and glorious colours, a really beautiful make! Chris xxx

  12. Fabulous! Just love the frame….and then….all those beautiful textures and colours! Yep! Fabulous! Chrisx

  13. Hi Mo! I just love this- all of it! You really are so imaginative and I love the way you have mixed the real seaweed in. Am looking forward to your next class. Can't come soon enough for me. Jane xx

    1. Thank you Jane, look forward to seeing you. xx

  14. Fabulous textures and frame you've created Mo, really like this piece, wonderful!

  15. Stunning frame Mo. The beautiful colours just enhance the picture even more. Hugs Rita xxx

  16. I really wish I could dive into this!!! The colours, fantastic detailing and enormous thought and skill that has gone into this is obvious Mo. It truly is a fantastic work of art. Nicola x

  17. This is so amazing.....full of wonderful colours and the most fabulous details. Truly stunning
    Annie x