Monday 15 June 2015

Aged Beauty

Hi everyone!

Over at Sandee and amelies Steampunk Challenge this month we are focusing on -

Ravages of Time

 Thinking of peeling wallpapers, rust in all its glorious forms of appearance, peeled paint, crackle, patina, weathered wood,

I love making things with a weather worn aged effect...There are so many paint techniques that can transform card into a tarnished treasure!

    I started this creation with a Paperartsy substrate...they are great! They take so much punishment (I know because several times I have stripped back the layers of a creation to re-do it). This toughness comes in handy for a creation where layers and sanding come into play...

     First I covered it with a coat of gesso as a primer - I wanted to use Quinacridone Gold which is transparent and would loose some of its vividness if painted directly onto the brown surface of the substrate. The white paint makes a good base for the transparent paint to shine...

    When the Quinacridone Gold paint was nearly dry, I patted the substrate with the palm of my hand to remove some paint. I didn't want to wipe the surface with a cloth in case I removed too much - by patting it with my hand, I removed patches of paint and the effect was wonderful - one to remember and worth getting paint covered hands for!!!

      I then covered the substrate with crackle glaze. After leaving it to dry I painted it with a thick layer of  Decoart Phthalo Green-Blue Liquid acrylic paint mixed with some white acrylic paint. This  formed a gorgeous turquoise.

      I covered the substrate with a thick layer of this which formed wonderful crackles - revealing the rusty Quinacridone Gold and also the white patches.

When dry I sanded around the edges revealing the layers of paint and adding to the distressed peeling, aged look. I dry brushed some Raw Umber and Quinacridone Gold around the edges of the substrate.

     Now was time to decorate...

   I wanted to focus on time so a clock die cut seemed recipe for creating rust is very simple

Dab on some Evergreen Bough DP
When dry dab on some Vintage Photo DI
Then dab on some Picket Fence DP
Then covered with Quinacridone Gold and sprinkle with Vintage Photo Distress Embossing powder when wet.

This method was used to create both the cogs and the clock surround.

The clock face was made from printed paper which was stamped with my favourite script stamp in Potting Soil Archival ink. A clock was cut out from printed paper and dabbed with Frayed Burlap DI. The clock hands were painted with Antiqued Bronze DP and a bronze screw brad was used to attach them.

    The word TIME was stamped using Evergreen Bough DP. It is stamped onto pattered paper which was then cut out and had twine stuck to the ends. Twine braid was wrapped around the substrate and the word time stuck onto it.

The background was decorated with a script and text stamp - using Potting Soil Archival ink and Picket fence DP. Several stamps  - the numbers, gears and quote were added using tissue paper - the stamp was stamped onto the tissue paper - the image was torn out and stuck to the substrate with Matt multi-medium. 

Hope you like it! Why not come over and check out the wonderful things the rest of the team have made to inspire you!

Happy Crafting!

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  1. LOVE love love this, Laura!

    And I love your "simple" rust technique (as it looks sooo stunning) and the palm-of-my-hand technique sounds worth trying too! ;)
    Guess I will take a closer look at those paper artsy substrates too - as I usually punish my projects too. lol

    Hugs and wishes
    Claudia xxx

  2. This is FABULOUS Laura. The colors remind me of the theme - it makes me think of an old rusty clock "ravaged by time" after being pulled out of a Caribbean sea. Really WONDERFUL creation. j.

  3. Gorgeousness Laura!! You really rocked the worn look here! xx

  4. Beautiful piece, Laura. Love the colors. Your "rust" technique looks so real. Love the clock face, too. Just beautiful.

  5. Love your brilliant design! The contrast between the blue and rust is amazing.

  6. This is sooooo stunning and wonderful! I absolutely love everything that you have done here. Your simple rust and patina technique does not look simple at all! How clever of you to use your palm and it worked amazingly! Loves it! Awesome sauce Laura! ~Niki

  7. I like the things you make with a weather-worn look to them, too, Laura!! This is no exception--Love the cracked paint background with the top layer of turquoise!! I may have been playing with some DA crackle paints/glazes today ;) :) Wonderful rusty cogs and clock face! Those layers that you built up really do the trick! Now, you do know that your 'Time' piece has me singing "Time" by The Culture Club, right?! :) LOL!! That's what art does to me!! :) :) XOXO-Shari

  8. Wonderful make Laura!! Love the teal with the rust- yummy!!

  9. What wonderful punishment you dole out! I love your crackled background and the colors! Big rust fan here, and I'm going to try your recipe, because your weathered clock and gears are just fantastic!


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