I dont scrapbook... I think that's important to say so you maybe can be
a little kind to me. Technically this is my first attempt. I realise
getting the composition on a canvas or ATC or card etc etc, is much the
same skill as needed on a 12x12 scrapbook page, but the size seems
daunting to me and I dont much like photos, unless they are vintage and
So with all that in mind, I found an old photo of my
Granddad during the war (World war 2) and decided to make something with
that photo. I used a little bulldog clip thing to hold the photo in
place so i didnt have to get it near paint, ink or glue.
I used a sheet of 7 gypsies postale paper
(called 'document') for the front main page. I tore it in places and
rolled the edges back (I know, I do this a lot but I have liked it for
the last 7 years, i dont predict a change any time soon lol). I also
distressed all around the edges of the sheet and inked it with versamagic chalk ink
(gingerbread)... now, because of the torn back bits i had to back it on
to something else that was OK to show through. I raided my VERY old
drawer of scrapbook papers and found a suitably boring brown vintage
looking bit. not sure who it was made by. it looked a bit like very old
Victorian wallpaper. I layered my postale sheet on top of that. it
looked nice and sepia to go along with the tones in the photo.
The bunting flags are cut from another postale sheet(called
'post'). I thought the stripes looked almost patriotic in colour but
aged and faded. the map at the back of the main photo is from Tim Holtz'
"crowded attic" salvage stickers (its a nice BIG sticker), as is the bit of hand written letter. The tags are 7 gypsies tags i had in my paper drawer.
And although its not relevant to the post, here is a wee close up of the photo and my Granddad...
I altered this canvas using embellishments, lace and texture.... I had wanted to use an image of my Grandmother but all my old photos have been packed away till I move house (TUT)... so instead i have temporarily added an image from 7 gypsies trousseau papers.
I added a layer of textured papers and fabrics (lace etc) as well as some German/Dresden scraps... I then added some foliage and flower embellishments. when i had a composition I quite liked I made sure it was all glued into place, let the glue dry and then coated it all thoroughly in white "Gesso". Although i put a good solid coat of gesso on, I also made sure that the textures and shapes were nice and clear.
When the gesso was dry, I sprayed over the canvas sparingly with mica mist sprays (like tattered angels, glimmer mists, etc)... then i attached my image (coated in mod podge to seal and protect it). and lastly i added my arch window (also coated in gesso and sprayed).
Lastly I rubbed some treasure gold gilt wax polish around the edges and over some of the raised textured pieces of the canvas.... when I get my photos unpacked i will be replacing this image with one of either one of my grans, May and Mary or my great aunt Mima
When I create an item for a design team, I dont show the full item on this blog but only show it on the shop/retailers blog..... but once the initial viewings are over I can put them here.. here are a few of the items I made during April that only appeared on other blogs....
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