Feb 1, 2016

Mixed Media Vintage Bird Collage

Happy February, what a delightful month!  This means a new challenge at Stamps & Stencils.  Have we got a fun one in store for you!  This month's theme, as chosen by the lovely Sue, our DT leader, is Splatter, Spritz, Smoosh!  We want you to break out your sprays, paints and inks and really get messy!  That's exactly what I've done for my creation.
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For my project I mod podged some die cuts and torn hymnal strips onto a watercolor panel, then went to town playing with my Loew Cornell watercolors, creating ink puddles and then spraying them with water to disperse, allowing drips to form and heat setting in between layers.

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I used my new Tim Holtz Ornate Oval Frame, which I painted and stamped, to create my focal point.

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This awesome image is by Invoke Arts - one of my all time favorites!  I gently watercolored the panel and spritzed and flecked it with the wash.

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For extra texture, I added some string into the mod podged layers and sprinkled with some rock candy distress glitter while still wet.

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I used a hymn title for my sentiment.  Then I embossed around the edges of the panel.  I rubbed Versamark along the edges and then covered with copper Cloisonne embossing powder and heat set.  This page will be added to my Scrabble mini album after I complete the opposing page.

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  1. So many things to see! Ya, you went fabulously loco on this session-- it paid off! I can feel it-- the texture rocks! Soft, rough. I love Invoke, too. My fave stamp set from all time came from them. Maybe ill use it this month on this challenge... Hmmmm... Thx for inspiration!

  2. I can imagine this one was great fun to make Autumn, it's gorgeous.

    B x

  3. What a lot of texture and colour and adorabilty on this page Autumn. Love it.

  4. Wow, Autumn, and can I just say "wow" again?! Beautiful colour tones, and such fabulous textures and layers. Love how you've used the Ornate Frame to draw the eye to that quirkily brilliant image. Altogether fabulous.
    Alison xx

  5. You sure had fun with splattering, spritzing and smooshing on this one! You've created some fantastic textures there! Incidentally, I used an almost identical bird cage in one of my recent projects! Only, mine's wooden that I embossed and yours looks metal! I like the idea of setting the string in mod podge!

  6. Gorgeous Autumn! I just love all the crazy, fun textures and designs going on in that background! So cool!! You really put together such a great mixed media piece, fantastic! hugs :)

  7. Wow, this is amazing!! The texture is so fabulous!! I love the design and details you added!! Absolutely stunning, Autumn!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  8. So love your work Autumn... oh and congrats on your win at F&F too!!! YEAH!!! This projects is just wonderful. YES - you S,S, and S.... all the way home!!! The colors and contrasts and textures are just out of this world. Love the birds too - they just seem to be perfect for your setting. Plus anything with music always makes me happy too. WONDERFUL WONDERFUL. j.

  9. Hi, Autumn! Fabulous project! Your mixed media masterpiece feels very citrusy right down to those amazing textures! I especially like the way you have adhered the image! Thanks for sharing! Hugs, de

  10. Wow, this is an amazing card - I love the fun and quirky image, and I love your layers and textures - the whole piece is stunning.

  11. I'm so loving popping by your blog, this is an absolute stunning mixed media project. Congrats on your win at Frilly and Funkie.
    Julie x

  12. this is amazing Autumn - fabulous work - love it! Hugs rachel x

  13. Totally stunning, Autumn! I love it very much!

  14. Autumn, This is the most exquisite creation. Your expert use of the media allows for a piece which is both shabby yet at the same time, there is a gorgeous "edge" to it and as for your stamp choice, perfection! Adore the colours and the framing of the birds truly brings the eye into the piece.

  15. Love this project stunning colors and texture everywhere! I can't wait to see what you do for Frillie & Funky!! Congratulations on your well-deserved win!! xxx Lynn

  16. What a fabulous project with so many wonderful details! Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us in the Really Reasonable Ribbon's "Show Me The Pink" challenge this time!
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  17. Looks like someone got down and dirty while having a fun messy time. Awesome sauce design and so many textures-I want to reach out and touch! That ornate frame has been on my wish list and you just reminded me why. Gorgeous! Hugz. ~Niki

  18. Amazing, Autumn!!!! Love all the wonderful texture and the beautiful colours!!!

  19. This is spectacular Autumn what wonderful texture I love the image of the Penguins, the design detail is perfection
    lorraine x

  20. Great use of sprays, paints and splatters! Love the little birds and your pretty flowers. Hugz

  21. Wow, such amazing details

    Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

    Jo x

  22. Gorgeous project! Thanks so much for participating in our Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge.

  23. Amazing mixed media project! I love the such works, but I don`t have the courage to try ;)

  24. Wow, what a super cool project, Autumn! It's a textured gem! Fabulous use of sprays, splatters and paints and such a brilliant design! Beautiful colours and a marvelous vintage look! Stunning! Huge hugs! Branka xxx

  25. This is a lovely card! Thanks for playing along with us at Really Reasonable Ribbon. Huggs Ginny

  26. Great mixed media piece with all the splatter, spritz and smoosh going on! Love those vintage colors! Hugs! PS Looks like we'll be coming your way this weekend...

  27. This is awesome. I love everything you did to this beautiful background. Fabulous flowers, too.

  28. So much to see, keep looking back over it... just adoring the texture on this and there's plenty of smooshing, bet your hands were messy by the end of this!! :) Ruth xx


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