01 April 2016

Pixels and Paper Challenge Blog - Vintage April

"Vintage Art Journal Page"

Wow, where is the year going?  We're into April already, Easter has been and gone, and it's First Term school holidays in Victoria - OMGee!! 

It's also time for another challenge over at the Pixels and Paper Challenge Blog, and this month we're all about vintage!  Here is the gorgeous inspiration photo:
The criteria (obviously) is Vintage.  You are welcome to submit traditional paper layouts, art journals, divided page protectors, smash books, a mixed media canvas. Digital entries are welcomed and encouraged.  All entries must be new for this challenge and no back-linking please.

You may combine with a sketch challenge only - no other combining will be accepted. Please include our inspirational picture as well as provide a link back to Pixels and Paper on your blog post and don't forget to tell us how you were inspired. International submissions are welcome.
So, vintage isn't really a style I'm familiar with at all, so this one was waaaay out of my comfort zone!  I decided to make it an art journal page as I'm into learning about mixed media at the moment, and here is what I came up with:
I started with sponging 'Tattered Rose' Distress Ink on the background of the page, and then stencilled some 'Tea Dye' Distress Ink through a lace stencil by Prima Marketing.  Wanting to get a bit of texture into the background, I also stencilled some texture paste through the same lace stencil, and inked up some of the raised sections with 'Tattered Rose' once it was dry.
I grabbed a piece of hessian from my stash and sewed some random buttons onto it and frayed the edges.  I also grabbed a piece of white lace from my stash and inked it up with 'Tattered Rose' to change the colour.  I grabbed a piece of patterned paper from the Duchess Collection by Kaisercraft and cut it into strips and uneven lengths.  One thin strip from the blue side of the paper was threaded through the lace.

Once the papers were stuck down, I applied a small amount of gesso over them to hold some blue watercolour paint.  There is also a gold doily there somewhere, under the lace and under the hessian and mannekin base (a retired die set by Stampin' Up!).  The dress for the mannekin was cut from the remnants of the patterened paper and a piece of ribbon was added to differentiate between the bodice and the skirt of the dress.

There is a piece of scrunched up kraft paper set out like a fan behind the dress mannekin, and this also has patches of gesso and then blue watercolour paint.  As a finishing touch, I added a few paper flowers under the bottom edge of the dress.

There's a lot going on with this page!!  As someone who is (a) only just really learning about mixed media and art journalling; and (b) not all that flash with the vintage style, I'm pretty rapt with how this page turned out!!

Thanks for visiting, and be sure to enter the challenge so you have the chance to win a prize!



  1. Nice art journal page Deb. I like the inspirational photo - might have to find time to enter this one :)

  2. Great journal page, you have come a very long way in your mixed media journey x


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