Friday 31 October 2014

#18 Bountiful Harvest - A Vintage Journey

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Hello fellow blog friends, nice to have you visiting. Firstly I would like to thank everyone who visited my blog and left a comment on my first post with A Vintage Journey - Dare to Shop , I was overwhelmed with all your kindness and support.

Sandy is hosting the challenge this fortnight over at A Vintage Journey called Bountiful Harvest, where you will find all the details on how to enter this challenge and to see the outstanding inspiration from my fellow Creative Guides. You are certainly in for a real treat.

I initially gathered my inspiration from a photograph of a wagon filled with an abundance of fruit, vegetables and grains. I brought these aspects into my project adding several of Tim's techniques to get my desired effect.
You may want to grab yourself a cuppa at this point as this is a long post with many details for you to enjoy.

I purchased a few wooden bread boards from my local bargain stall to alter and thought this challenge was the perfect base to suit my project. I started by giving it a light sanding and a coat of Gesso to seal my board.

While my second coat of paint was still damp I picked up some Distress ink onto a baby wipe  and rubbed over my stencil. This lifted back the damp Gesso and also placed an outline of ink from my stencil. 

I love how Tim always creates real depth to a tag and I wanted to replicate this on my board so I applied several colours of ink through my stencil, heat setting.

So next, I gathered several Autumnal shades of ink that I had, ideally it  would have been all Archival inks I used at this point, for their vibrance and permanent effect. Anyway, I started off by second generation stamping various leaves and colours, heat setting as I built this up. Now with first generation ink,  I carried on stamping my leaves, which now gave me different tones from the same colour of inks. 

I added my crackle stamp and a little distress around the edges, finally heat setting my whole board for several minutes so it was now no longer reactive to water.

I die cut out Cheery Lynn's Burlap Border, applying a little Distress Paint to the edges. Next, grunge paste mixed with distress paint and applied with a palette knife, letting it dry. 

I sealed the back of it with Multi Medium. Next, I applied a thick layer of Prima's Clear Crackle Paste and again let it air dry for a few hours. 

Once dry I rubbed over Distress inks to highlight my crackles. I then mixed up some Scattered Straw Distress Paint into my Grunge paste and placed my Wheat Stencil back over my Burlap Border.

Once dry I replaced my stencil back on and rubbed some more Distress Ink onto the raised areas of my wheat.

Some of my leaves were left over from my Autumn Inspiration project. The technique on what I did is here. The bigger leaves I applied 2 colours of Distress stain, a little Gilding wax to the edges along with raindrops from Glossy Accents. My acorns I applied Tim's crackle technique with Clear Rock Candy painted on the surface and Distress ink added over the the top once dry. My little pine cone and stick I had saved from a winter walk last year.

My image is from La Blanche and was stamped onto Speciality Stamping paper. I sprayed a little water onto my craft sheet to dip my Distress Pens into, this way I could gradually built up my colour, as I wanted a shabby effect without my colour shades being too bold. I tore my paper around the edges rubbing in Distress inks to highlight the edge. I finally added some Crackles with my stamp and placed Tim's Splatter Stencil on to add more age and interest to my image.

Using a Cheery Lynn die, I cut out several Wagon Wheels from a Cereal Box. I glued them together, painted them, added a little Gilding Wax for a highlight. Adding Tim's Hitch Fasteners, don't they just add the perfect finishing touch. 

Now for my embellishments on this project I was really struggling, but by luck I had visited the Craft Fair in Glasgow with my daughter last week and managed to get my wheat and raffia. The photograph that had first given me my inspiration had Pumpkins and Breads on it and I felt this would just finish my project off. So it was time for a little salt dough modelling, something I haven't done in about 15 years.

The mix for salt dough is 2 parts plain flour to 1 part salt and a little splash of oil to help make it pliable, add water until you have a formed ball and knead for about 10 mins. Once you have the shapes you like dry in an oven at about 75 degrees Celsius until hard. These small pieces I made took about an hour to dry.

My pumpkin I painted with some PaperArtsy Paints Butternut and Brown Shed. I then pressed Rusty Hinge Distress Stain on the top and lit it drip down the sides, finally heat setting it. I pleated a loaf, scored a loaf into sections and added poppy seeds onto the other one. They were all sealed with several coats of Mod Podge Gloss on my pumpkin and Mod Podge Matte on my bread. You normally seal salt dough items with varnish but I didn't have any.

I arranged everything on my board and added some computer generated words to finish.

I hope you are now feeling inspired to join in the Challenge at A Vintage Journey, it would be lovely to see your creation. You could be the lucky winner of a £10 shopping spree voucher from our sponsors Country View Crafts where you will find lots of Tim's goodies, with free P & P.

Take care, thanks for stopping by and Happy Halloween !

Julie x

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  1. What a wonderful altering of your wooden bread board Julie! love the background with the leaves - that you then covered up with all the lovely textures and vegetables and breads - your creation certainly looks like a wonderful little wagon - a beautiful and creative fall decoration!

  2. Wow! This is stunning Julie. Loved all the details..the thought of using the board, the burlap panel, the salt dough and that wheel...I want that die! The image is such a great choice,...I could go on! This is just fab dear. Hugs.

  3. Good Morning Julie. What a beautiful piece you have created. I just love the Autumn colours and the way you have totally transformed this bread board. Have a Good Day. Hugs Rita xxx

  4. What a feast this is Julie, just a delicious piece with so many wonderful details. The salt dough loaves are inspired, you really do have such creativity x

  5. Stunning project, Julie! I love the idea of altering a bread board. You did a wonderful job here, it all looks gorgeous! Xx

  6. Julie, this is stunning. Such a good idea and so creative. Love the background , like you said all about the depth and all your embellishments are wonderful. Nikki xx

  7. Love the gorgeous image and a fab

  8. Beautiful and bountiful, the layered background is superb! So much to see, I love step by steps as they inspire me. Will be revisiting a few more times me thinks. Can you guess I love it? Ruth xx

  9. Wow! .....stunning ! It is art , really Juile !

  10. Wow Julie, this is fantastic! Two more dies to go on my list, hehe! I love every detail you have included on your project! Your background turned out amazing, love all the layers of stencils and stamps! Love the real bits of nature too! I couldn't see listed, the name of the wheat stencil, did a google search with no luck. Any chance you could let me know what it is, thank you so much! big hugs :)

    1. Hi Pamellia, the wheat stencil I got from Imagination Crafts. Hope this helps x

  11. Another completely amazing project Julie! I adore it! From the amazing background on the board, through all the wonderful crackle and stenciling effects to the amazing harvest embellishments! I absolutely love your little salt dough harvest loaves, such a wonderful addition! The whole thing is just stunning and thanks for all the detailed explanations!

    By the way, your link from the main AVJ blog to here is not working, you may have to ask Chris to sort it out....

  12. Julie this is amazing, you have created a wonderful harvest piece with so many great ideas, wonderful techniques and clever design. Thanks for sharing your process steps and photos.
    hugs Brenda xxx

  13. Wow Julie, stunning, love the great idea with the wheels and such beautiful harvest 3D elements, a wonderful autumn inspiration!! Hugs, Kerstin

  14. Oh wow Julie,you are such a clever and talented girl....a bread board...would never have thought of that! This is soooooooo wonderful,my jaws hit the floor with wonderment, I LOVE it,superb creation.

    Have a fantastic weekend

    Big hugs
    Donna xxx

  15. What a great idea to use a cutting board - shows that you can gather inspiration from just about anywhere. Not only did you show your inspiration but you showed it in a beautiful way. You did such a wonderful job with the theme.

  16. Hallo Julie,
    Hoe kom je op het idee om een snijplank te gebruiken? Jij zit toch boordevol creativiteit! En de stap voor stap uitleg geeft voor velen heel veel inspiratie!
    I love it!!!! Have a nice weekend, Gerie xx

  17. Oh wow Julie, this is absolutely stunning! I love how you used a bread board and turned it into a piece of beautiful art. My favourite bit is the little salt dough items - especially the fabulous pumpkin - I love that. The wagon wheels are a lovely touch too. A really beautiful project and so perfect for Sandy's theme. Anne xx

  18. Wooooow Julie, what an amazing creation!!!! You're more than over talented!!! Everything is so beautiful... every tiny detail is absolutely fantastic. and I love these dies by Cheery Lynns you have used, they look great! Thanks so much for sharing so well with us this fabulous creation. Happy week-end, Coco x

  19. What a way to alter a bread board! Love the idea of adding the wheels and the faux burlap panel works an absolute treat! Jenny x

  20. Julie
    The beauty of this is astonishing!
    I love that your art has a harvest theme to it and how you used a bread board as the substrate, such a wonderful connection in itself.
    The colours are beautiful and the detail and the rusty effect wagon wheels, this is so wonderful in so many ways.

  21. Stunning Julie! I would never have thought of making over a breadboard! The rustic wheels are an inspiration and all the wonderful details are just well WOW! I love what you did with the hessian. Have a lovely weekend x

  22. Julie your bread cutting board turned out fabulous. Gosh what a lot of great details. Love your stencilling, your crackle, your salt dough embellishment, the wheels and leaves. Thank you for a wonderful tutorial. Easy to follow ! I'm grateful for you sharing this fab inspirational art piece. Thanks a lot. You are very talented !!
    Hugs from Monica... Spain

  23. Love how you have decorated the board, the wheat and leaves are beautiful
    The wheat on the burlap with the crackle is stunning, such an ingenious and fab way to creat an embellishment

    Lovely project with fab techniques and tutorial

    Thank you

    Jools x

  24. Love eveything about this board. Definitely feels like Fall.

  25. I just love this so much, Julie! Altering the bread board was a clever idea and what a wonderful home décor it is now! All the details and adding the wheels are amazing! Love the softer colors and crackle as well. Gorgeousness!

  26. Fabulous make Julie......I love the background techniques and your wonderful salt dough embellies. The wheels look amazing with the fasteners.
    Beautiful and inspiring make
    Hugs Annie x

  27. Those wheels look how you used the die cut as a stencil too. Awesome showcase of the Cheery Lynn dies Julie and such a beautiful beautiful project
    Dr Sonia
    Cards Crafts Kids Projects

  28. What a wonderful transformation Julie - love that you explained everything

  29. love this Julie the crackle and colours are brilliant love the use of the bread board. Dee x

  30. A bread board!!!! I don't know how these ideas pop into your head but I'm glad they do! This is amazing, so much to like, I won't go on! I'll just say I really love this!!! Chrisx


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Julie x


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