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Saturday 20 April 2019

Encore - Destination Cabbage Roses

Hello all!  I'm having trouble settling back into the swing of things blogger-wise, and the craft table hasn't seen much action either, partly because I've been distracted by watercolours (which you'll see some of very soon), and partly because I've unexpectedly landed up with another theatre gig when I thought I was going to have some nice quiet recovery time.  But I get to play at Shakespeare's Globe, so that's nice!  While I'm trying to get my act together, here's an Encore post in the meantime (see the foot of the post if you've never met one of my Encore posts before).  This was made for Destination Inspiration at A Vintage Journey in June 2015, and here's what I wrote back then...

Hello all, Alison here from Words and Pictures, and I'm delighted to have arrived at Terminal 4 to share June's fourth and final Destination Inspiration project with you.

Packed in the travel bag this month we had:
Colour - Walnut Stain
Technique - texture paste through a stencil
Substrate - watercolour paper
Product - any Tattered die

Three of my fellow Creative Guides have already shared their inspiration with you, keeping us all fuelled for the journey (you can see their roadmaps of inspiration again at the end of the post), and now it's my turn.  Here's what I came up with...  (I had to make this some time ago before life got busy, but I'll do my best to remember how I put it together!)

I started by cutting a large tag out of a sheet of watercolour paper, and applied texture paste through the fabulous Typo stencil before spritzing with Walnut Stain Distress Spray.  I tried to keep some whiter spaces, and places where you can really see the delicate splatter pattern from the spray.

I decided I wanted the Typo lettering to pop a little more, so I did some dry-brushing with Picket Fence Distress Paint to highlight the texture.

I'm not much of a flower-maker in the general way of things, but I know where to go when I do want to do some... my fellow Creative Guide Jennie has some amazing tutorials over at her blog Live the Dream, and I almost always go there for help when I'm using the Tattered Florals die.

I followed her Cabbage Rose design for my large flower (I've enjoyed the results in the past, and it didn't fail me this time either) and a sort of half version of the same for the smaller ones.  I did less curling of the petals on the small roses as my book pages weren't really strong enough to take it.

So with all my luggage unpacked from the travel bag and in place, I now had the fun of adding collage elements and embellishments to finish the whole thing off.

I used one of the brilliant Photobooth photos, and layered up paper scraps and other ephemera to frame it.

I altered my metal embellishments with alcohol ink and some Treasure Gold.  I think the clock looks pretty good peeking out from behind the roses.

I particularly like the effect on the WordBand.  I thought about applying paint to accent the lettering, but decided I rather liked how subtle they are like this.

I like the dark Teakwood and Espresso alcohol ink contrasting with the bright gilding.

I needed something a little brighter to carry the eye on a longer journey and capture the light in places, so I grabbed some thick card off-cuts from the Frameworks Honeycomb die which were hanging around on my craft table and gave them a coat of Antique Linen Distress Paint and then one of Rock Candy Crackle Paint.

Once it was dry and cracked, I pressed the pad of my Walnut Stain Distress Stain down onto them to let the ink sink into the crackles to highlight them.

The seam binding at the top has had a close encounter with the Walnut Stain inkpad so that it tones in with the rest of the tag.

And I'm a real spatter fiend at the moment - can't resist it!  You can see the dry-brushing and a hint of Treasure Gold on my stencilled texture paste here too.

So there you have it... my roadmap of inspiration to re-charge your batteries for the next stage of the journey.  I hope you like it.

I love seeing how each Creative Guide uses the same luggage from the travel bag to create such different and individual projects.

So there you have it.  What will be packed in the travel bag next month?  And how will each Creative Guide use the components to fuel our onward Vintage Journey?  


Thank you so much for stopping by today.  I hope you're all enjoying a lovely long weekend.  The sun is blazing down from a blue sky here, and the birds are singing, so my guess is the craft table still won't see much of me!  Ah well, the cycle of creativity will swing round again at some point, I'm sure.  

Cestina's Dollshouses has been even quieter than Words & Pictures, but for those of you who like to follow what's going on at the Small Worlds dollshouse museum, you'll be happy to know there's finally a new post over there now.  Happy Easter or Passover or whatever you may be celebrating (we have a lot of family birthdays round about now) and see you soon!

An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it makes a better soup.
H.L. Mencken

Since there's not going to be another one for a while, I'd like to share this in the Simply Neutrals Party over at Apple Apricot.

Encore Posts
Projects which made their first appearances elsewhere for Design Team duties or Guest Designer opportunities, but which only had a sneak peek here, are being gathered together in the pages of my virtual scrapbook while I'm busy.
As always, the Encore Posts are formatted differently from the regular ones, so that you can easily spot them.  Please don't feel that you have to comment all over again!


My name is Erika. said...

Really fabulous to see this again and lucky you to play at the Globe for a bit. I visited there once and it is really cool! Have a happy Easter Alison. Hugs-Erika

Tamara said...

this is so very creative and inspiring. I love all of your layers and everything about it! your flowers are beautiful. I have this die. I'll try that method. thank you for sharing and have a wonderful day!

Tamara X

Redanne said...

I remember this so well, those tattered florals are gorgeous and I just love how you built up the layers on the tag. A wonderful endore.

You brought back another memory for me, when I worked in London I walked passed Shakespeare's Globe every day - a building I could never tire of seeing!

Thanks so much for your visit today, it has been a long haul but I am gradually beginning to feel a little better - thank you! Anne xx

Helen said...

I hope they aren't working you TOO hard at the Globe... but what fun! I have just caught up with Cestina, and thank you for enjoying Kew and pointing her in it's direction. Of course I went again today... Loving seeing this encore post, it was a beauty first time round and no less again today.

froebelsternchen said...

This is such a wonderful ENCORE posting - the tag is magical! Have fun with Shakespeare dear Alison!
HAPPY EASTER my artful friend!

Hugs, Susi

Lucy Edmondson said...

That's beautiful Alison. I hope you get a rest soon, x

Lace Age Girl said...

Hello Alison,
Big congrats on playing at the Globe. What an experience! We've only so much creative energy and time, and sometimes we have to park some fun activities on the backburner for a while to do others. It sounds like you are multi-talented!

I love your cabbage roses out of book pages, and this tag looks fantastic with all the paint layers and thought you've put into it.

Happy performing! Hugs from Jesse XX

Cestina said...

The end quote made me laugh a lot! Thanks for the signposting to my blog. People will have forgotten I exist after such a long gap!

There seems to me to be much creativity going into those lovely watercolours....
Happy Easter xxx

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

First, I want to thank you for your kind words on my new (hopefully temporary) blog.

I was really impressed with the cabbage roses and the layers and layer of beauty and texture you created. Simply wonderful. The only "cabbage roses" I ever made was when I cut the end off a celery stalk and dipped it in paint. The results are similar to a cabbage rose, but NOTHING like your beautiful art.

Hope you have a lovely Easter.

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

Happy Easter to you!!! I know uts a giod thing for a new job but rest is good too...lol.hopefully you'll find some balance. have a blessed day!

suzyb said...

Loved this piece then and still love it now. Your life is full, so remember to take time to breathe. :)

Craftyfield said...

Not much time for playful crafting here either and the sun also beckons after these cold days... I can't remember this beautiful Vintage tag, love the texture and roses! Happy Easter xx

Dorthe said...

I love this tag, Alison, the beauty of the rose, the crackled tiles, and lovely neutral tones , so gorgeous . Hugs, Dorthe

Neet said...

Lovely to share this tag again. It reminds me of how I once made roses like this with Tim Holtz at his workshop (many years ago) at CHA. In fact I pulled the piece to bits but saved the rose only a few days ago.
I too am an admirer of jenny's blog and her flower making - I just don't visit her enough.
Think I am going to have to buy that Typo stencil - it is gorgeous, especially how you have used it here - and those speckles of yours add so much - truly gorgeous tag.
Hugs, Neet xx

Mac Mable said...

Wonderful mix of texture, colours, layering and stencilling and Wow to those flowers and can't believe this glorious tag is from 2015....x
Congratulations on the gig at Shakespeare's globe hope you had a lovely Easter? x

Katie said...

This is beautiful

AppleApricot Wen said...

So gorgeous!! I always love seeing your art making process, thank you so much for sharing! And what a wonderful things you're into art wise, the watercolouring and the theatre gig. Wishing you lots of joy :)

Roosterhead Designs said...

This tag is hands-down beautiful! I'm so glad to see your 'encour's' at any time : ) Gorgeous cabbage roses Alison! Wowzer I really love 'em~
Your details and 'step-by-step' really help me to see that the end result is in fact attainable : )lol And I always appreciate that (you share your process.) The clock is perfectly set there. And an appropriate title! (c.t.m.) to coincide with that great photo booth photo~ I like the crackle and platter; just love it all! TFS
Wishing you the best on your new Gig!! Hugs, karen o

Brenda Brown said...

How lovely to see this gorgeous tag reach the fold of your wonderful blog. The gorgeous design, the fabulous elements and the stunning colours and textures stand out beautifully, it is an absolute delight. How wonderful to be at The Globe, Ella (my 12 year old granddaughter) was there recently on a school trip to see Romeo and Juliet, she loved it. Have fun xxx

pearshapedcrafting said...

This one I definitely remember! I absolutely love the background and then those gorgeous roses and the romantic feel of this tag! I am sure you will enjoy the Globe even though you will be working!! Chrisxx