Monday, 26 August 2013

DT Project #1 showcasing 7 Dots Studio 9th Wave Collection (by Astrid)

Hello dear Snazzy visitors, lovely to see you here!! Can you believe we are nearly at the end of August??? Scary! Well by now you will know that this month we are featuring the wonderful papers designed by Finnabair. We at Snazzys are all very excited because this coming weekend Finnabair herself will be doing workshops at Snazzys, yippee!!
Anyway, on to my project:
The moment I clapped eyes on these wonderful papers I knew that one of my projects would be a layout of some sort. Now I am not a scrapbooker by any stretch of the imagination, but these papers are so gorgeous, you just cannot go wrong. I decided I would use some of the techniques I learnt from Finn when I did workshops with her last year, and I also wanted to pick up on some of the elements that are printed on the papers themselves, like lace and textured tapes.
So here is a quick step by step of how I did my LO
I cut a piece of mount-board to 12" by 9" and covered it with one of the papers. I then tore some rough strips of another paper and adhered them to my background with gel medium.

I added a thin layer of watered down gesso to blend them into the background and then added some texture paste through some stencils to add some texture. I used both the Hero Arts Stencil,  Boarders that came with our DT kit and some stencils from my stash.
Here's a close up so you can see the texture a bit better:
I added texture both over the background and the paper strips.
Next I gathered some of the bits and pieces I wanted to add to my LO, a photo of course (the one I chose is one of my dad and uncle when they were little boys, I think it was taken in 1914, my dad is the one on the left)
Don't you just love that photo? And yes, for those who like to do their maths, I am quite ancient, but he was quite old when he had me lol....
So here are some of the other bits and bobs I used, chipboard elements, lace, a doily, textured ribbons and tapes, some cheesecloth etc. Flowers will come later. I didn't have many metal embellishments left in my stash so I used mainly chipboard, but Snazzys has a great collection of steam punk and other metal embellishments that would be brilliant for this.
Next I arranged and re-arranged  them onto my LO  until I was more or less happy with the result and also added some flowers lying around in various baskets on my desk. The colours don't matter at all at this stage.
I glued them on with a mix of Cosmic Shimmer glue and gel medium and when it was dry covered everything with several layers of Gesso.
I really quite liked it at this stage, but of course it needed a bit more drama, so out came the sprays. I used a mix of Tattered Angels, Cosmic Shimmer and Dylusions sprays.
Yikes, I don't like this, far too blue. It needs more depth...
Onto the Acrylic paints next, dark brown, black and white. I added dark shadows around the main embellishments and whited out some of the areas that had gone too blue, I also highlighted some of the raised bits again with more white and finally rubbed some Treasure Gold in Pewter to add a few more highlights, - done!
Here you can see some close ups:


And the final result of the whole LO:

Well there you have it, hope you like my LO, not exactly Clean And Simple lol....
Anyway, as you probably know, if you leave a comment on Gillian's first post you're in with a chance to win a fab price, and don't forget to check out the other wonderful projects my teamies have been making with this fantastic collection! I'll be back later on in the week with another little project, so hopefully will see you then.

50 comments:

Debi said...

Gorgeous Astrid, YOu'll enjoy Finn's company she is so lovely - I had a great time at her classes earlier in the year :-) Debi x

Sue Butler said...

This is a gorgeous make Astrid, love the palette and the elements.
Smiles:)
Sue

Solange Barreto. (Lange) said...

Projeto fantástico, maravilhoso. Beijo.

Margaret Mifsud said...

Ooooooooh!!!! This is sooo gorgeous Astrid. Love the colour, the texture, all the embellies ... everything just came together so beautifully. Just divine!!! ox

maria's knutselplezier said...

Wooow, what an amazing project, you are so good with those elements love the texture , olso the colours are great, in oktober I will olso follow a workshop of Finnabair, here in Belgium you make me already exhaiting !!You are so good you can give thise workshops yourselves!!

Greetings and a nice week!!

Maria

Lin said...

Wow wow wow this is so beautiful!!!

ike said...

ACK !!!! Mindblowingly AWESOME Astrid....... such a breathtaking piece :-)

Hugz
IKE xxxx

inkypinkycraft said...

another great LO, love how you have built this piece up , hugs Trace x

Rita said...

Good Morning Astrid. What a magnificent creation. The more I look, the more I see. The way you have chosen to put all the elements together looks wonderful. I love your work so much and have been such an inspiration to me. Have a Good Day. Hugs Rita xxxxx

chrissies said...

Stunning make Astrid-so much to look at and admire

Love Chrissie xx

Elaine said...

Wow, what a beauty. I am not a scrapbooker either, but this layout is just gorgeous as a piece of art. I love the way you managed to tone down the colours, the chipboard elements are super when all painted up and the overall effect really special. I love those papers. I am due to be joining you at Snazzys on Saturday, so fingers crossed. Elaine

Maryann Laursen said...

Not a scrapbooker?? Sometimes I really wonder, if there´s anything, you can´t do? From where I watch, it sure looks like, you can do anything, you ever try dear friend, and it always turn out sooo stunning, and so is this, absolutely stunning project and I´m sure any scrapbooker would agree with me, this is perfect and so beautiful. WOUW I´m impressed with you. I LOVE this project too.

Denise Fletcher said...

This is Gorgeous Astrid! Well done and thank you for the tutorial!

Denise Fletcher said...

This is Gorgeous Astrid! Well done and thank you for the tutorial!

Deb Ochs-LaGrone said...

Another fantastic piece Astrid. Will I ever get over how stunning your work is? Hugs my friend,
~Deb~
The Bling Chronicles DT
CDAC DT Member
A Look Through My Eyes

Buttons said...

Absolutely stunning Astrid. Love the colours you've chosen and your interpretation of this style. Hugs, Jenny x

Dorthe said...

Astrid, my goodness, this is fabolous...like a morning where all in the nature have been visited by father frost!!
I`m so admirering your skills, and this is just AMAZING dear!
The old photo of your father and uncle is lovely...(maybe not appropiate to say about two young boyes :-) )
Thankyou for alwayes inspirering me , and showing your fantastic talent .
Hugs and love, Dorthe

annekescardart said...

Astrid you have done a good job.It was alot of work. And your explaination is very clear. I even loved the look of your project when I could see some of the colours from the embellishments. You can be prouwed of yourself. Anneke.

Marianne said...

Super project. I'm stunned by all the beautiful colours ans the embellishments.
It's gorgeous!
xxx Marianne

Aquarius said...

Wow, wow, this is so beautiful and great that you have shown the various stages in building it all up. Wonderful photo - don't you just love their smart suits?? Amazing what can be done with an artistic eye and a pile of bits and pieces - stunning.

Paula Whittaker said...

the shadowing really adds that extra something....super project Astrid.

Suzi B said...

I'm lost for words ... other than STUNNING!
Suzi B x

Beryl said...

Fabulous. Love all those embellishments and the gorgeous background.
Beryl xx

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

WOW, what an amazing project. I love the layout and the inclusion of the photo. Thanks for showing the various stages.

Sue x

Caroline said...

Another 'totes amazeballs' piece, Astrid. It's the last bit (well, 'particularly' last bit) I just cannot get right. The use of acrylics to add depth & tone down - mine just ends up a mess & I DO keep trying?! Your project is wonderful & the photo is super sweet (my parents were older when I was born too, lol).
I have said before & Will no doubt say again.... Wish I could achieve a mixed media price similar to yours!! :))

Helen said...

This is beautiful Astrid - hope you have a lovely weekend next week with Fin (hope she's better!!) I really wish I could be there.

Zuzu's Blog said...

Stunning with a capital S..... I am in love with this big time.

Gillian .... said...

Beautiful textures/dimension to this LO Astrid. Not long now:) excited ... see you soon x

pearshapedcrafting said...

Breathtakingly beautiful! Could hardly drag myself away to make this comment!!! Chrisx

snazzyoriginal said...

Stunning!So much depth and detail xx

Annie said...

Jaw droppingly fabulous Astrid.............I love the wonderful details and the colours.

TFS the LO

You are so generous

Annie x

Candy C said...

Astrid...this canvas is absolutely gorgeous. I truly LOVE it! All of the elements that you used are amazing on their own but the way you combined them is just breathtaking. Love all of the texture and the design. That photo of your father and uncle is so sweet and I love that you've used it on your piece. Makes it even that much more special. <3 Candy

Barbara Rankin said...

Gorgeous layout, as always.

Von said...

Oh WOW !!!
Von ♥

Elly said...

Brilliant how you make the colours work together. Beautiful colour combo, too. I really appreciate your step by step pictures. Love the paperline too because of the smooth touch when you tear it. Stunning canvas♥

Brenda Brown said...

An amazing piece Astrid. Are you sure you need to go to Finn's workshop?????
hugs {brenda} x0x

Sandy said...

Your layout is gorgeous Astrid but everything you do is gorgeous. I envy the fact that you can attend workshops. Okay kid, I want you to know how much I love Snazzy's Online. I would not have found it had it not been for you. I love their shop and their site is very user friendly. I also thank you for your step by step tutorial. I will study the way you did this more. Thanks Astrid!
sandy

Sarah said...

An absolutely gorgeous creation, Astrid.

isisimaginings.com said...

Wow, that is stunning.

Minxy said...

You never fail to impress with your delightful projects, this is just stunning xo

May said...

AmAzing work Astrid, Love the photo of your Dad & Uncle...the colours & texture is fabulous... WOW...What a keepsake.. Love it all... Hugs May x x x

butterfly said...

Breathtaking, Astrid... From the wonderful photograph, to the fantastic composition of all those wonderful dimensional elements, to the background papers and textures, to the final ethereal colour palette, it's completely and utterly gorgeous. Nuff said.
Alison xx

Redanne said...

This is stunningly beautiful Astric! I loved it in it's first and second stage but the finished piece is magnificent..... Hugs, Anne x

Dianne said...

Wow Miss Astrid all the ladies are right, I have to stand and applaud this outstanding piece of art, looooove the photo and you've honored it fabulously.Thanks for sharing your inspirational creation, have a wonderful week..

craftimamma said...

Sorry I'm late commenting Astrid. Had a day out with the family today and just grabbed a few minutes online before bedtime.

There really is nothing I can add to the comments (how many??? lol!) already here. To be honest words fail me because this is such a stunning piece of art and I am in total awe! Thanks for taking the time to show us the various steps.

Looking forward to meeting you next weekend.

Hugs
Lesley Xx

kateri said...

I'm never deleting this post. I hope it's ok to pin it to my phone? I wish you would make prints of your art. It's amazingly beautiful. When you added the paint it took it to a whole new level. When I first saw it I thought everything was metal. Your techniques are a gift from God. Thanks for sharing.

lynnesbowsandbelles said...

First of all that photograph is wonderful and what a special way you honoured your family.
I absolutely adore this - I am enthralled by the texture and your use of colour.
Wishes
Lynne

Sandie Edwards said...

I just love this so much, it is certainly inspiring and beautiful.

Gillian .... said...

Looks stunning and very dimensional,definitely my colour palette. I agree with Brenda {do you really need to go to Anna lol} xx

Bärbel said...

Ein großartiges Projekt, die Gestaltung, die Materialien und die Farben, das alles ist atemberaubend!