Thursday, 2 October 2014

Anything Goes @ Artist Trading Post Exchange Challenge

Welcome to the brand new "Mixed Media" challenge being launched today by the Artist Trading Post.

Sue Carrington, our Design Team Leader, is leading the way with the first challenge theme, which is "Anything Goes"  You can read more about the challenge theme and rules by clicking HERE

We are all so excited to be part of this new challenge blog  and hope you will join in with our excitement too.

Here is my first DT project, which uses a mix of Decoart Paints and Crackle as well as Dark Room Door Stamps, Prima Papers, Idea-ology,  Tim Holtz Stencils, Distress Inks and Paints, Ranger Archival Ink, Cosmic Glue and Decorative Metal Corners, most of which you can purchase at the Artist Trading Post Shop or Online Store by clicking HERE

 The Recipe:

First of all I painted the canvas with Decoart Paint in Rustico, leaving it to air dry.
 I then applied the Decoart Crackle Medium, again leaving it to air dry.
 Finally a coat of Decoart Paint in Whisper. The cracks start to appear immediately.
 Dried Canvas/Paint below ..............fabulous :-)
 I wanted to make a collage of  vintage stamps and decided to use the Correspondence Set from Dark Room Door. I used Ranger Archival Inks, stamping on some of Finnabair's papers, which were then distressed around the edges using my Tim Holtz scissors, before blending with Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Distress Inks.
 Distress Inks were blended through two Tim Holtz Stencils, building up layers of interest around the outside edges. ( Stencils used were Measured and Dot fade, which you will see in a close up of the canvas further down the page.) I then sprayed with a Matte Varnish from Windsor and Newton to seal.
 To alter the decorative metal corners I used Salty Ocean Distress Paint, which I  dried with my heat tool, then sanded to give an aged appearance. Some  More Distress paint in Antique Linen was applied and again sanded off using Tim Holtz sanding tool. Finally a touch of Treasure Gold  Renaissance was applied.
 After playing around with the layout this is what I ended up with, some splatters of watered down paint give a further aged appearance.
 You can see the Dot Fade stencil much clearer in the photograph below. I also matted the main image to some black card for definition.
 Some twine and a piece of newsprint to make this look like a bundle of letters.

Thank You so much for visiting and for taking the time to leave a comment. 
I do hope you can join in with us and we look forward to viewing your "Mixed Media" makes. 
For further inspiration and to view the projects of my very talented DT Roomies please click HERE
I shall catch up with you all over the weekend x

Crafty Hugs as always

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  1. Beautiful work Annie! Hugs, Valerie

  2. Anything with crackle and DecoArt products gets my vote Annie but you've really pulled out the stops here! I love the way you've created your bundle of letters and the stamped images work perfectly. Using the canvas as a 'frame' is a great idea too. You've kicked off in style and I'm proud to be on the DT with you.

  3. What a fabulous project, love the crackled background. Congrats;-))m

  4. A fabulous piece Annie - I love all that wonderful texture and I think those stamps are now on my wish list !! Jennie x

  5. Magnificent piece of Art. Love those crackles and they certainly make a fabulous background for your stampwork. Off to visit the ATP challenge site. Have a Good Day. Hugs Mum xxxx

  6. What an absolute delight to look at. Amazing crackles, fantastic aged collage. Stunning start to your new venture at ATP.
    Julie x

  7. The effect of the crackle is so nice on this piece...nice in total Annie!
    greetings, Alie

  8. Gorgeous canvas, love the textures and vintage look with the great images. looking forward to working with you on the team.

  9. Fabulous, gorgeous piece, I've not used the deco art products, so very impressed with the crackle finish, love the vintage colours, love the nibs, stains and focal images....all of it! Really thrilled to be part of the DT with you. Ruth xx

  10. Anonymous10/02/2014

    Totally gorgeous Annie ! Your crackled background is fantastic ! I love all the vintage images you've used. Great to have you on the team ! Sue C x

  11. Wow Annie, this piece is just fabulous! The crackled background is superb and I love the DD image you have used and the little packet of postcards with the pen nibs look wonderful. A great start to the new challenge blog! Hugs, Anne xx

  12. Love the picture and all the crackle and vintage colours, it has given me an idea for a old picture of my Great nan and Grandad. Thank you x

  13. Oh Annie, this is great! Love all the details, especially the bundled letters. Beautiful!

  14. The crackle is amazing!!! Love the color on it! Wonderful ephemera too! Beautiful!

  15. Annie this is just amazing that background is fantastic

    Hilda x

  16. Anonymous10/04/2014

    I so am thrilled for you Annie to have this new creative experience because you will be the most incredible asset to this DT.
    Love what you have created for your first DT piece and I look forward to seeing all of your future projects, maybe with some more Darkroom Door stamps as the focal!

  17. Beautiful canvas artwork, love the collage and crackle effect. Congratulations on the DT spot! Cheers, Shirleyxx

  18. What a fabulous way of starting this new adventure Annie! Love the crackle effect. Jenny x

  19. Sounds so exciting - huge congratulations on your new adventure, Annie… and what a fabulous debut piece! The crackle is glorious, and the vintage styling is just perfect… my favourite colours too!
    Alison xx


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