Friday, 15 July 2016

Monochromatic Mixed Media canvas

Hi, friends!
I hope you are all safe and well and I have a new project to share with you today!

I am delighted to be invited to guest design on the A Vintage Journey blog for their current challenge hosted by amazing and lovely Tracy and this is what I came up with, inspired by her awesome Monochromatic theme!

I started with some vintage baking tin mold and a coat of a Decoart media black gesso.

I put a coat of my Decoart chalky finich acrylic paint in brown on top.

I used my sponge to apply the paint randomly and while the paint was still wet I sprinkled some cinnamon on top of it to achieve a rust effect. Here is how this turned out.

Then I started to build the background of my canvas using some pieces of a vintage lace, some burlap, some lace trims and such. 

I wanted to add some more texture so I used my favourite Tim Holtz stencil and my Golden crackle paste on top of my lace background.

This is a close up of my stencil work while the paste was still wet.

I like to play with my handmade weaving loom lately so I decided to create a woven piece in brown tones and to add it to my project.

I decided to go with a vintage style here and to use brown tones.  I cut out a circle out of an old book paper, stamped the image using my LaBlanche stamp and used some bees wax on top of the image. I glued down the image in the center of my rusted tin mold using the Tim Holtz distress vintage medium.

Here is a close up of my rusted mold. 

I used my Distress stain sprays in brown tones on top of my textured background.

I also added some burlap, a piece of gauze, some lace trims and some cotton and burlap twines to create more textures. Then I used my Distress spray stains again on top of it.
That Prima metal trinket with the word Inspired is a gift from my lovely blog friend and a wonderful teamie Anne. Thank you so much, my friend!

 I used some small nails to attach the woven piece to my canvas. I like how this turned out.

I hope I have inspired you to create your monochromatic mixed media piece and to join in AVJ's wonderful challenge this month.

Thank you AVJ for such an amazing opportunity to share my monochromatic creation with you today! I am truly honored!

Thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving lovely comments! I read and appreciate each and every one of them!

Hugs! Branka xx

Country View Challenges - Have Fun With Circles - I cut out the stamped image in a circle shape
Creative Artiste Challenge Blog - July challenge - Anything goes
Frilly And Funkie challenge blog - All Lined Up - I created lines with strings and trims and on my woven piece. I hope it's ok :)
Altered Eclectics - July challenge - Anything goes
Eclectic Ellapu - July challenge - Pink team - Anything goes
Moo Mania - July challenge - Anything goes
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - July challenge - Anything goes


  1. Oh Branka, this is such an amazing piece!! I absolutely love it! The rusted up baking tray is the perfect contrast to the laces and textural elements, and wow, to incorporate that rustic woven piece is so clever. A stunning, stunning wall hanging!! Thank you so much for being one of our guests at AVJ!!

  2. First of all, Branka, huge congrats on your so-deserved guest design spot!! My gosh, this is absolutely breathtaking!! I am in awe!! I love how you stenciled over the looks amazing!! I'm so going to try that!! All of the fibers are so fabulous!! I love the woven piece!! Wow!! Gorgeous!! Your rusted tin is amazing!! You are so inspiring!! This is phenomenal!! I love, love it!! I hope you have a wonderful day my friend!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  3. Congratulations on your well deserved Guest Designer spot Branka! Svaka ti cast!!!
    Your shabby and so chic canvas is a work of art my friend and your creativity blows my mind!
    Hugs to you my dear!
    Paper Talk with Samra

  4. Congratulations, Branka, on your GDT with A Vintage Journey! They are lucky to have you on board for this challenge, because you knocked it out of the park! I love those textures, and your rusty tin is fantastic! I especially love the look of the crackle paste against the lace--so pretty! Your use of textiles in your work intrigues me and is delightful to look at! I'm honored to be sharing this post at AVJ with you, my talented friend! Big hugs!

    PS That was so sweet of Anne to gift you with this pretty and so great you were able to use it on this special project.

  5. A wonderful project Branka - awesome! Thank you very much for joining Moo Mania & More with it - always great to have you with us there!
    oxo Susi

  6. Branka, I am nearly at a loss for words! This piece is not only inspired but also clever and absolutely stunning. I have so enjoyed seeing your step by step and seeing how you 'rusted' that tin - it is truly incredible and looks so beautiful against the gorgeous textured canvas and those equally gorgeous textiles. And to think you created that woven trim on your loom - wow, wow, wow! I love how you used the word 'inspire' too, it looks so beautiful on this fabulous creation! Truly, this is spectacular!!! It is wonderful to see you sharing your art at A Vintage Journey too, this will inspire many people Branka, me included!! Big hugs, Anne xxx

  7. What a fun project, thanks for joining us at MM&M, Valerie

  8. Love the colours, turned out fantastic
    thanks for joining our challenge over at
    Debbie DT

  9. Wow what a breathtaking piece of art... Thank you so much for entering our challenge over at Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge Blog, we hope to see you join in again...

    Hugs Rhonda DT & Owner

  10. Hi Branka what a gorgeous piece your created. Your weaving is brilliant and so unusual. Your circle image is perfect for our have fun with circles challenge over at Country View. Thanks for joining in with the fun x
    Jane DT

  11. HOLY FRICKIN SNICKERDOODLES!! I am so impressed with you right now Branka! I can't believe you used a loom to create part of your project!! Not only is that genius, but it's so unique, original and freaking beautiful!!! I am never disappointed with your creativity dear friend, oh how I want to touch it!! Congratulations on your guest designer spot, how lucky are they to have you as added inspiration!! Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie, I adore your interpretation of our Lines challenge! sending hugs my friend :)

  12. Wonderfully creative as always what you did with the baking tin..and the section of weaving you made is fabulous..
    A wonderful entry for our challenge over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit...x

  13. Gorgeous Branka, an amazing canvas with so many fabulous details and techniques! Thank you for sharing it with us at A Vintage Journey and for being our guest designer! Deb xo

  14. Wow! This is amazing, love all the different textures you have used. Thank you for joining in with Altered Eclectics this month, Jane (DT) :) X

  15. Great vintage look to your project ! Thank you so much for joining us over at Country View Crafts !
    Corrie x

  16. Branka, this is amazing! The coolest thing I've seen in blog land in AGES! I adore every last detail and would totally hang this in my house! What fabulous art!!! You never cease to inspire and thrill my heart. Biggest hugs, Autumn

    1. I'm over the moon happy to see you win at F&F and receive some great recognition for this cool art piece. I love it to so much! Congrats sweetie! <3

  17. Fabulous art! It reminds me of when we had weaving in art class. Love the gorgeous texture you achieved with the fabric, lace and wool. Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie Challenge "All Lined Up".

  18. Just gorgeous

    Thank you for joining us at MOO MANIA & MORE

  19. So unique and fabulous textures. Looks fun too. Thank you for sharing with us over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit this month and hope to see you again in future challenges.

    Handcrafted by Ellapu
    Mother Hen for Altered Eclectics
    Mother Hen for Eclectic Ellapu
    DT Rhedd's Creative Spirit

  20. So much yummy texture here! I love the woven elements...just fabulous! And that rusty tart tin is inspiring! Thanks so much for joining the fun at Frilly and Funkie "All Lined Up" Challenge!

  21. Huge congrats on your guest spot dearie! They sure picked an amazing artist! Is there anything you can't do? Hehe! A loom! Say what!?! How awesome sauce and original is this design and the use of the lace and other fabrics is genius! You sure know how to include to many different mixed media techniques. Wowzers on the rust again and the face image is magnificent. Hugz to you muffin! ~Niki

  22. Such a clever and subtle way of adding lines to your gorgeous project! Huge congratulations on your guest spot and thank you for joining us at Frilly and Funkie xx

  23. Spectacular make Branka. I adore the texture and the way the eye travels down your piece. Congrats on you Guest Spot at A Vintage Journey and congrats on your win at Frilly and Funkie! Love your work. -- Mary Elizabeth

  24. Wow, great use of fiber in your multi-media piece! Your layers of lace and ribbon for background texture worked well, and your rust technique for the baking tin looks so cool.
    Thanks for joining Eclectic Ellapu’s July challenge!

    -DT NieNie