Sunday 23 December 2012

ABAC Anything Goes / Share Your Favourite Project From 2012

Two posts from me today and then that's it for 2012. The first is my DT post for Anything But A Card and the second is the post showing my Craft Barn Callendar challenge in full. They follow consecutively so bear with me or for speed, scroll down to the Craft Barn Full Calendar post. Due to a family get together, I'm having to post this early but the challenge will be up later over at the blog.

Don't forget to check out the other DT pieces today and next Sunday for some wonderful inspiration! Thanks to everyone who has supported our challenge blog since September - we have really enjoyed all your amazing creations.

The challenge at Anything But A Card for the next fortnight, has two wonderful themes that you may choose from:
                                      1. Anything Goes
                                      2. Share a favourite project from 2012

I have decided to combine the two really because I made this piece at an Andy Skinner class in October so it's a real favourite and it fits the 'anything goes' theme too.

I haven't previously blogged this piece because firstly, I had a terrible accident with it when I got home from the class. To cut a long story short, I had to sand off everything and start again from scratch. I then didn't have photos of it for a while but that is now done so I can share it with you. I'm not sure what the final piece is called but I have named it a wall plaque. Of course it is a very timeworn piece because that is just one of the many things Andy does so well (can you tell I'm a fan??).

Here's my wall plaque with a very timeworn angel staring into the infinity of time:

The pictures were taken outside because there was no light indoors - not much outside either!
The wonderful angel image is achieved by an image transfer technique.

Lots of wonderful crackle all over the plaque. This vintage girl is actually quite heavily inked with distress but the picture seems to have lost the colour. Next time I would use paint to age her.

Andy had a wonderful rusty key at the bottom of his plaque but in the absence of one, I chose to distress some beads and try to age them instead.

Another technique using paints helped to age this part of the project. Looks like rusted metal doesn't it?

The caption was printed and then aged with distress. I wondered whether burning might have achieved a better effect but I think the paper may have gone up in smoke, knowing my luck!

More of the wonderful timeworn effects at the top of the plaque.
I was a little worried that I'd gone overboard with crackle and the paint effects when I did this piece for the second time. On balance, I'm happy with the effects I've achieved and I hope you like it!

If you don't have time to look any further then I'll wish you a Merry Christmas and a peaceful and creative 2013.


  1. Julia, this is a stunning piece, you clearly gained a lot from Andy's class and it shows so well here. The crackling is amazing and I really, really love how you aged those beads. Love the top of the piece too. You really are an inspiration and I look forward to seeing what you create in 2013! Happy Christmas to you and yours. Hugs, Anne x

  2. Now I've scrapped my jaw off the floor I can tell you how stunning this is. So much clever technique and a beautifully well balanced design to boot. Your 'former life' always makes such a difference to the way you put a project together - extremely professional in concept and delivery. Can't wait to see what 2013 holds for you. Have the best Christmas ever, hugs Jenny x

  3. What an extraordinary work of art. The crackle is so gloriously atmospheric, full of nostalgic effect around that wonderful photograph, and the distressed beads look stunning... what a wonder - all the more so for its journey to existence. I love it, and can't wait to see more of your work in 2013!
    Alison xx

  4. Gorgeous and what a great theme for peeps who haven't got time to make anything but can reflect from the year what they have made

    Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and all the very best for the new year

    Sam xxx

  5. great project. have a good xmas. x

  6. ooo what a gorgeous piece! Have a fabulous Christmas Julia xxx

  7. Beautiful wall plaque! I love the beads and the amazing crackling!

  8. Beautiful & Elegant Tag.
    Happy New Year,


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