Thursday, 9 April 2015

Pastel Shades

Hi everyone,

I would like to show you a photo collage I did...

 I have always loved these kind of creations, but lacked the confidence in doing them. One day I had some spare time, I had nothing planned to do and so I decided to sit and play. I had just printed out loads of vintage portraits and I loved this one in particular - I adored the very muted pastel shades and decided to let that lead the colour scheme

I began with two bottles of Distress stain.... Frayed Burlap and Weathered Wood. I pressed them onto the craft mat until there was a puddle of ink emerging. Then I slammed them down onto a piece of card to create a splatter effect. I dabbed the excess ink with a tissue as I wanted the ink splatter to be pale.

Then I began to arrange some tissue tape strips in horizontal and vertical lines. I knew where the picture would be placed so I just tried to place these around it. I then covered a doily with Iced Spruce and Frayed Burlap DI and stuck it onto the collage...

I dabbed some Iced Spruce and Vintage Photo DI's around the tape strips

I added some script and text stamps...dabbing them around the picture using Potting Soil Archival ink

Then I added together a collection of embellishments, roses, clock, metal filigree flower, buttons, a key, chit chat sticker, butterfly, lace and hemp string. I arranged them all beneath the photo

I decided to layer the picture. So I got some Frayed Burlap and Pumice Stone DI and wiped them onto the craft mat and spritzed with water. I swirled some card into the ink and left to dry. When dry I sanded the edges down to reveal the pale card underneath and add a distressed aged effect

This needs a frame!!! I did the usual thing - four pieces of balsa wood stuck onto card in the size frame I wanted. I painted it with French Roast Fresco paint and then covered it with Crackle glaze. I waited for this to dry then applied a thick layer of Nougat Fresco Paint.

After this had crackled I sanded the paint down to strip back some patches to look even more weather worn. I then added a layer of Raw Umber Antiquing cream which I wiped away with a damp cloth when dry.

The frame was finished off with a coat of Matt Varnish

 Brass Hinge Fasteners were used with hemp string as a hanger

And there is my Victorian Pastel may not be a perfect example of this collage style but practice makes perfect..I had so much fun doing this I will definitely do more! ;o)

Happy Crafting!

Love from Laura xxx

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  1. This is stunning Laura!! Love the soft and subtle colour with your vintage image and the frame suits it beautifully!! Love it!! xx

  2. WOW Laura your vintage frame is exquisite, can see why you enjoyed creating your layers and adding such great textures. Thanks for the step by step, really helps to see how you created your piece of ArT:-) xxx

  3. Laura, this is a wonderful work of art! Gorgeous! X

  4. Stunning Laura!!!, can you help me - where is the imperfect place, I don't know, i would say too much modesty ;-) I love it, great combination from colors, embellis and a wonderful vintage altered feeling! I could write whole novels with enthusiasm, but you know my english is really far from perfect :-) Hugs, Kerstin xx

  5. This is beautiful Laura, love it.
    Julie x

  6. I love this - so very delicate

  7. I love your collage and I'm sure all the comments will encourage you to gon on this way. It's a real harmony and I love the subtle colours as always in your work.

  8. Absolute gorgeousness Laura!! And what a nice job on that frame! I thought it was real vintage!! ") xo

  9. Sooooo pretty, Laura!! I just love your description of 'slamming down' your stains onto your paper! :) Your layers are just lovely and your frame--AWESOME! You know how I love your frames!! This is a fantastic example of your collage style!! Thanks for sharing :) XOXO-Shari


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