Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Altered Wall Hanging

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Hi ya everyone!  I'm back with my weekly DT project for Frilly and Funkie.  We are kicking off a new challenge with Cec as our hostess.  This challenge is all about making something to give as a holiday gift.  It's the Frilly week to post, but I'm afraid I was leading toward my Funkie side when I made this.  I actually had a sweet, pink, girly project going for this challenge, but I had some problems with my distress ink colors turning to a different color so then nothing matched.  I ended up scrapping that project and going with this one.  Desperate for something to make as a gift, I headed to Hobby Lobby.  I found this in the wall art section for 50% off and paid $5 for it.  Basically it's a huge wooden tag 6x12" and came with the twine tie on top.
The first thing I did was gave it a coat of gesso, dried that with my heat tool and then gave it another coat of gesso.  I didn't want the original artwork to show through.  When that was dry, I gave it two coats of Pumice Stone distress paint, dried it with my heat tool again in between coats.  I had seen something with a chevron pattern at Hobby Lobby and wanted to re-create that.  I thought of using a stencil to add the chevron pattern, but I really don't care for the Tim Holtz Chevron stencil.  I do, however, love the Chevron Frameworks die and used it to create my own stencil.  I cut two of those die cuts out of acrylic packaging.  Doing two rows at at time, taping and masking off with masking tape, I stenciled on Mustard Seed Distress Paint.  I dried the paint in between each stenciling.  When all the stenciling was finished, I didn't like the way it looked - too bright plus the patten wasn't very crisp and clear.  I decided to knock down the color a little by sponging the entire piece, especially the yellow stenciling.  I used walnut stain distress ink.  I like the way it makes the distress paint look blotchy and worn - an instant hit with me!

I used the Artistic Stacked Words decorative strip die to cut the number strip that I used for the stem.  It was cut from white CS because I'm almost out of black.  I sponged it liberally with Black Soot, applied black ultra fine embossing powder. and heated it on  The sentiment letters which were cut with the Chip Block decorative strip die started out as white CS and were also black heat embossed.
The flower is made from several layers of white CS cut with the Jumbo Tattered Florals Bigz die and the regular sized Tattered Florals die.  The layers were stained with Mustard Seed, spritzed with water, turned upside down on the craft sheet, scrunched, dried with a heat tool and sponged with Vintage Photo.  Once the flower was assembled,  I flicked a little black soot distress stain on it using a paint brush.

I included a couple of close up shots here because I wanted you to see the texture created by the distress paint.  With the Pumice Stone paint, it looks almost like woodgrain.  The Mustard Seed distress paint that I used to stencil was sort of stippled on using the foam dabber.  It gave it a raised texture and when dry, the Walnut Stain distress ink that I sponged on settled into the cracks and pores and gave the background such a nice rich texture.

The leaves were cut with the Tattered Leaves die, painted with Pumice Stone distress paint, covered with Glossy Accents and then glittered with Pumice Stone distress glitter.

And even though it's not super frilly, I finally had a project I was happy with and felt I could share.  I think the photos really don't do it justice.  I really like the way it came out.  I'm not sure whose Christmas gift this will be but am leaning toward giving it to my daughter.  I think she will enjoy it hanging on the wall in her apartment.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I hope you will stop by Frilly and Funkie to see the other handmade gifts.

These products were used in the creation of the project above.  They are available at The Funkie Junkie Boutique where Ranger/Tim Holtz and most other name brand products are always 20% below MSRP.


Maryanne said...

I love this, Linda! I love the gray, black and yellow combination. And using the chevron die was a great idea!

Cec said...

Since there is a flower front and centre, I think this is a little frilly while you may think it is a little funkie but really it is a little rock and roll:)

Jenny Marples said...

Now this is not a colour combo I would ever have tried but it really works so well! Love the vibrant flower and the chevron design. Jenny x

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