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Friday, 4 November 2016

Cracking Up at A Vintage Journey

Hello Friends

This month at A Vintage Journey the fabulous Alison is our host and Alison's challenge is 'Cracking Up'.  Here is what Alison had to say:

'Share your crackled projects - whether your crackle is stamped, painted, texture paste or any other kind of crackle.  To be a winner or Pinworthy mention, your project must be in a vintage, shabby, mixed-media, art journalling, industrial or steampunk style.'

I was so totally inspired by my talented friend and team-mate Jenny Marples' September project, using Seth Apter's dies, that I bought one of the sets to make my 'Cracking Up' project for Alison's wonderful challenge.  Here is my project...
To create the crackle background I used DecoArt Media Crackle Paint and when it was dry
I made a very light wash using Cobalt Teal Hue Media Fluid Acrylic mixed with water.
I cut the square using Seth Apter's Robo Square die by Spellbinders.  I painted the squares with Viva Decor Rusty Paper. 
 Once dry I gave them a coat of Quinacridone Gold Media Fluid Acrylic and touched up here and there with Cobalt Teal Hue.
To create the backing for the piece, I did this in the same way as the squares.  I also went around the edges of the piece with Vintage Photo Distress Ink to give a more 'aged' appearance.
To create the 'wrapped' piece I followed a tutorial by Seth Apter and Julie Fei Fan Balzar HERE.  It is such fun using bits of wood, wire and scraps of  wool, thread and charms.
Here's another look at the final project, I added a Tim Holtz die cut dragonfly.  The wings were cut twice, one in card and once in acetate.  The acetate was coloured with alcohol inks.  The body and lower wings were coloured with Distress Inks and then the body was coated with Ranger Crackle Accents.  The words are Tim Holtz Idea-ology chit chat.

This month at A Vintage Journey we are sponsored by Tando Creative who have a prize for a randomly drawn winner.  We will also choose three Pinworthies who will be offered a Guest appearance for a later challenge - so we hope you will join in!

Take care, hope to see you again soon!

Hugs, Anne xx

39 comments:

  1. WOW!! Fabulous crackle and design, Anne - also love those dies! xxx Lynn

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  2. Oh my goodness, Anne, this is absolutely stunning!! Wow!! The cracked background looks amazing!! I love the squares and the wrapped piece!! The dragonfly is such a gorgeous focal point!! I love, love this my friend!! It's spectacular!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  3. Anne what a lovely make. Love Seth's dies!

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  4. Anne, this is truly stunning, when I saw it I was awestruck! Love, love, love. Hugs, S@ndy

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  5. It looks fabulous Anne. I love the colours and all the texture looks wonderful.
    Toni xx

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  6. Anne, I love how you've combined the natural elements with the metal/industrial look! That dragonfly looks amazing as does your crackle background. You've done a great job with those "rusty pipes" and the wrapped embellishment is the icing on the cake! Hugs!

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  7. Always love a bit of crackle Anne! This is a great project, love it. Happy crafty weekend, Angela x

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  8. Just AMAzING Anne. Since I have "harvest" on the mind lately... this reminds me of how your FABULOUS dragonfly sees the landscape below him in the late fall and winter months. Your BEAUTIFULLY CRACKLED squares are all fields - plowed in different stages of planting/harvesting. And your wrapped piece reminds me of a long roll of round baled hay wrapped in colored netting... stored and ready for winter use. And the charms are just the things that fall on top of hay as it sets - leaves, limbs, even flying debree! Love your dragonfly being able to fly free and enjoy the sights!!! Xj.

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  9. Wow Anne - I will go back again and again to study your make - so much texture and so many great ideas!!!!
    Sandy xx

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  10. Gorgeous Anne, love the touches of turquoise set against the brown/rust, works so well. The squares add wonderful detail to the backdrop. Love it. Have a lovely weekend. Tracy x

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  11. This is a wonderful, happy piece of art. I love the contrast of the shiny pearl crackle against the rusty squares, and the wrapped piece "fishing line" is clever with the words and the pretty dragonfly. It made me smile. Alexandra xx

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  12. This is a wonderful, happy piece of art. I love the contrast of the shiny pearl crackle against the rusty squares, and the wrapped piece "fishing line" is clever with the words and the pretty dragonfly. It made me smile. Alexandra xx

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  13. Love the mixture of the rust and crackle effects on your beautiful piece of art Anne!Your Dragonfly looks awesome hovering over his rusty grid work world too. Love it!!

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  14. Silly me, I forgot to send you some Hugs ((( ))) xx

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  15. How very very cool Anne! This is such a great design with such an amazing background. Those dies are super! Thanks for the inspiration. Hugs, Autumn

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  16. Oh Anne I adore this!!! You have absolutely nailed the whole composition and with those rusty squares, fabulous prayer stick and amazing dragonfly this is definitely a canvas to be supremely proud of. I'm blown away that in some small way I've inspired you but have to say this is all you - and you deserve all the credit for creating such crackled magic here xx

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  17. Ooooh just fabulous Anne! Such a great design and your crackle background is just stunning against those wonderfully rusty squares. And then the dragonfly ....... just a gorgeous composition. Jennie x

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  18. Ooh I am absolutely loving this! The crackle background is gorgeous and I love the colour. Cool squares and a supremely beautiful dragonfly! The wrapped wood with the charms is a wonderful embellishment too! xxx

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  19. Another beauty - love the colour scheme and the alcohol inked dragonfly. Haven't seen those frame dies before butI love what you've done with them! Elaine xx

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  20. Fantastic project Anne and what fantastic use of those Seth Apter dies!! The crackle backhround looks amazig and that dragonfly is just the perfect finishing touch!!

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  21. A lovely piece Anne, the background is amazing as is the dragonfly and I was so taken with the wrapped piece. Thanks for sharing the link, I found it fascinating, so simple yet effective. x

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  22. wow anne - this is stunning - I love your design with the squares and the crackles are awesome - brilliant. I love the colours and the dragonfly is brilliant!!! Hugs rachel x

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  23. Fabulous! Anne. Love the crackle , the gorgeous hues and your use of Seth dies and your Seth inspired wrapped piece . Your beautiful dragonfly finishes your project off perfectly !
    have a lovely weekend
    hugs x

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  24. That is stunning Anne, gorgeous crackle texture everywhere and I love the colour palette, beautiful! The wrapped piece is fabulous, have to check out that link! Thanks so much for sharing it, Deb xo

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  25. What an amazing piece of Art you have created Anne. Love the crackle and the stick. Need to give this a try. Hugs Rita xxx

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  26. Those dies are great and look wonderful on your crackled background...great tones too. I LOVE your wrapped wooden piece...so different and so cool...love that you try new things. Wonderful piece Anne!

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  27. Another stunning creation, Annie! If I didn't know better, I'd say this was an ancient tribal work of art honoring the dragon fly with poetry about it wrapped up symbolically! You take my breath away the way your creations tell a story every time!! Love and hugs, Darnell

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  28. Fabulous cracked piece Anne! I love the colours you used. The combination of the soft aquas with the deep rusted pieces creates a wonderful contrast! The new die set is super fun, I can see you getting a lot of use out of that one! Love your wrapped piece with the little charms you added, and your dragonfly focal piece just gleams and glows! Gorgeous mixed media piece! sending hugs :)

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  29. Anne,
    this is just Fabulous!! I so love the tied twig to compliment the whole piece! Bravo! hugs,Jackie xx

    ps...I bought myself the same dies!

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  30. What a brilliant piece of artwork, Anne. I just adore those rusty frames, and the delicate tinting on the crackle in the background. Fabulous wire-wrapped embellishment too. Amazing!
    Alison x

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  31. Such a wonderful work Anne. That crackle is amazing and I love the composition and choice of colors too.

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  32. This is astoundingly gorgeous and those rusty bits are stealing my heart. I totally adore how you made the background, the foreground, the layers, the found objects and everything! If this design needs a home you have my address dearie. Loves it! Hugz to you muffin!~Niki

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  33. Wooooow, Anne, this piece is out of this world stunning! You used all of my favourite products here, from that Viva decor Rusty paper to those fantastic Seth Apter's dies! Your faux rust effect turned out brilliantly and I adore your cracked background! So super creative! That wire wrapped embellishment is simply fabulous and your dragonfly is awesome! What a super cool piece of art this is, my friend! I love it to bits! Bravo! Sending all my hugs! Branka xx

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  34. A very cool design and cleverly thought out. Your crackle background sits beautifully within the design on Seths dies.
    Julie x

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  35. What great way to "crack up" I love this Anne! Hugs,Chrisx

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  36. Those die cut faux rust frames look wonderful over your beautiful light blue crackle - love the look of that wrapped wire and your sweet dragonfly! Julia xx

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  37. Sorry to be so behind Anne. This is absolutely beautiful! Love the gentle blues in the background and all the fantastic crackle. Stunning piece. I hope all is well with you. Have a good week. Nicola x

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  38. What a gorgeous canvas with superb crackle and added elements. I love how you used Seth's dies to create the boxy background and the rust effects you achieved. Have a great week xxx

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  39. Totally fabulous project for Alison's challenge Anne xx love the background and layers here but the dragonfly and embellishment are stunning

    Sending you and David my best wishes

    Annie xx

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Your comments are much appreciated! Hugs, Anne x

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