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Tuesday, 3 September 2019

Encore - Dippy Wooden Diptych

Hello all!  I'm so glad you liked my Last Days of Summer tag.  It reminded me of this diptych using the same Tim Holtz stamp, made back in January 2017 for Destination Inspiration at A Vintage Journey.  Since we've also had another diptych recently, I thought now might be the time to give this project its Encore here at Words & Pictures.  (See the end of the post if you don't know what I'm on about.)  So here's what I wrote back then...

Hello all, and thanks for joining me at the first stop at Destination Inspiration for 2017.  We're at Terminal 1 with a whole new bag full of goodies to play with, and here's what's in the luggage this month:

Substrate - Wood
Technique - Wrinkle Free Distress
Product - Crackle Paint/Paste/Glaze
Colour - Hues of Blue

And here's what I've cobbled together whilst waiting for the next stage of the journey...

I need to show you inside as well as out, though the contents of the travel bag are all involved in the exterior, as it happens.

I started with a little wooden diptych.

On the outside I used the DecoArt Chalky Finish paints and crackle.  First a coat of Relic - a.k.a. dark grey...

... then Crackle Glaze - the one designed to work with the Chalky Finish paints, and eventually Everlasting - a.k.a. white - over the top.

On the inside I put just a coat of the Everlasting, and then blended Pumice Stone Distress Ink over the top to highlight the wood texture.

I left the crackling to do its business overnight so that it would be thoroughly dry, and then I put Stormy Sky and Chipped Sapphire onto my craft mat, with just a touch of Wilted Violet, and dipped and smooshed my diptych into the water-spritzed inks until I liked the look of it.

It's one of my all-time favourite techniques.  I love the random splotches and blotches...

... though of course it's not entirely random - you can encourage certain effects, just as you can manipulate where the colours go on the mat.

With the travel bag contents dealt with, I decided to keep the rest nice and simple.  I added some of the fabulous Tim Holtz wild grasses.

They're stamped in Versamark and embossed in Wow Bark powder.

And around the edges I blended on some Vintage Photo Distress Ink followed by a touch of the darker Ground Espresso.

Well, it wouldn't be very me to have blues without any browns, would it?

And on the inside it is, if anything, even simpler.
The grasses are there again, this time stamped in Potting Soil.

The texture of the wood means you get a roughness to the stamped image which gives it a nice rustic feel I think.

And the sentiment is one of my favourites too...
a Tim Holtz stamp, taped so that I could stamp each half separately.

Again, I've used the Bark embossing powder
to give it extra presence against the wooden background.

So that's my stop at Destination Inspiration.  A simple stop, but worth it, I hope you'll agree.


So there it is - the same stamp as on last week's tag, but a different mood.  And it's easy to see why it's one of my favourite stamps, I think.  Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I'll be back later in the week with something brand new for you to enjoy... and I think you will!  Have a great week in the meantime.

Wood is universally beautiful to man. It is the most humanly intimate of all materials.
Frank Lloyd Wright

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 away.
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...

Glad you shared this as I haven't seen it before. I will say you are the queen of crackle effect Alison. I can never get it to look right but yours always looks so good. Happy September! Hugs-Erika

froebelsternchen said...

It is/was AMAZING - wonderful project Alison!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Once again, you have given us a beauty to see for a second time, even though it's my first opportunity to see how you created it. You should join my Second on the 2nd when you have one of these posts you want to bring back for us to see. Everyone posts a favorite repost once a month on the 2nd, so if you are in need of a repost, here's another outlet for you and one that will bring even more people to your doorstep (although you definitely don't have any trouble getting people who love your art to stop by).

Sue said...

Ooh I remember this from the first time around and it's just as beautiful now as it was then! Have a very happy week, Sue xx

Fonda said...

Gorgeous project!

Mac Mable said...

The goodie bag inspiration was really made for you Alison and of course the blue with the pop of brown x. The texture and the crackle looks fabulous and the stamping with the heat embossed bark powder is perfect x. Thank you for the wonderful inspiration and re-cap x

Lys said...

Yes it's worth remembering! I love the crackle background and the so familiar grasses.

Redanne said...

I really did love this on the first outing and it is most definitely worth a second look Alison - I love the gentleness of the stamped images. Anne xx

Amanda said...

What a fabulous piece to be reminded of, loved it then love it now. Beautiful.
Amanda x

Cocofolies said...

I agree, it's worth remembering... love these words too Alison, great choice for your inside, it remains simple and that's perfect.
The outside is just very beautiful, with these wonderful grasses so elegant, and using your favorite (one of mine too) wrinkle free Distress technique.
Thank you for your answer and kind message on my blog <3 xxx

Neet said...

You certainly know what colours work with one another and the brown is perfect against this blue background. Such a delight to see this again and have an explanation of how it was made up this time. Keep the |Encore Posts coming - I love seeing what you do and have done.
Hugs, Neet xx

Dorthe said...

Your amazing crackles always is sooo admired by me, and this is gorgeous, Alison xoxo

A Pink said...

I love the layers of creativity that you have made look effortless but so effective in the final result, Alison .A fabulous piece
Hugs x

pearshapedcrafting said...

How absolutely stunning this is! Such fabulous crackle and oh! those splotches and blotches! The colours are perfect ! Chrisx