Hi, crafty friends!
I am back today to share with you my project I created for our new challenge at Stamps and Stencils.
Our wonderful Autumn is hostessing the challenge and she has chosen the theme 'Elements of Nature'.
This is how she describes her challenge theme:
Whether you are inspired by the glorious world around us with the changing seasons, or tempted to use elements of nature in your art work, this month we'd love to see your nature inspired entries. Anything goes as long as you include a natural element in your art which can be either either stamped or an actual item ! As always you need to include stamping or stenciling.
I love using natural elements in mixed media projects and I decided to alter a book being inspired by this amazing challenge theme.
The final result looks like this:
This was a pretty thin book and I cut out the middle of the pages in a rectangle shape using my craft knife. I created a kind of frames.
I didn't want to glue down the pages so I used some metal brads instead of a glue.
To add some texture onto my frames I used a dry wall tape and then applied a coat of white gesso over it. I also added my Golden crackle paste randomly using a palette knife.
I used my Decoart media antiquing cream in Raw umber over the textured frame and once dry I wiped it off with a baby wipe.
Here's the result.
Here's the result.
To decorate my left frame I used some old book pages, a Reverse chicken wire TCW stencil and an iron paste (Stamperia). Then I used my finger to slightly apply my Decoart Metallic lustre in gold on top. I also used my Decoart media spray in Turquoise to add some splatters. I fussy cut the butterfly from some paper collection I had in my stash and distressed it with my DI in Vintage photo. I glued it down onto some decorative wooden elements I found in our local craft store.
For the other frame I used an old encyclopedia paper and a Tim Holtz's Splatters stencil with the same iron paste. I also used my Metallic lustre in Iced espresso on top. I wanted to achieve more natural look so I used some melted bees wax, as well.
I also added some natural elements I had in my stash.
Here are some close up photos showing the dimension and the details.
I used Distress spray stain in Rusty hinge and my Golden Open acrylic paint in Quinacridone gold on top of my metal brads to imitate some rust.
I hope that I have inspired you to create your mixed media piece for our 'Elements of Nature' challenge at Stamps and Stencils!
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Hugs! Branka xx
Frilly and Funkie challenge blog - Author, Author - I was inspired by three books - an old German book (the author's name is not readable), an old botanical encyclopedia and a 'Book of Old Traditions' (that is the book I actually altered and the author is unknown).