Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Our Creative Corner - Recipe Challenge

We have a new challenge going live today at Our Creative Corner. Buttons is the host and she has provided  a 'recipe' to help everyone play along. You are asked to select one 'ingredient' from each of the three lists below and create a project of your choice. You can of course use more than one item from each list but you must tell us which are your three main ingredients on your make.

List A
List B
List C

My three chosen ingredients are:

            LIST A: Fabric                             LIST B: Clay                            LIST C: Paint

I couldn't resist using a number of the other ingredients too - you know how it is! 

The starting point for my tag was a beautiful stamp made by Oxford Impressions. The stamp depicts part of the painting by John William Waterhouse called The Soul Of The Rose (also the name of the stamp plate):

John William Waterhouse - The soul of the Rose by John William Waterhouse

Waterhouse was a member of the Pre-Raphaelite Movement and he painted this wonderful piece in 1908. 

Here's the tag I made, which, besides my chosen three ingredients, also uses lace; metal (rusty wire) and inks (archival):      (there are quite a few pictures I'm afraid)

For some reason, this has been the hardest piece I've ever photographed -  must be the pale colours and the rotten weather giving no light!

The background was created using the following DecoArt products: Traditions paints, two step crackle,  and some Crackle Paste which only crackled slightly. All stamping was done with archival ink. I've used the crackle paste again since and I realise I didn't apply it thick enough! Some modelling paste was applied through a stencil to create the raised areas. 
Various washes of paint were applied prior to the crackle. The stamping can be seen to the right of the centre. The stencilled modelling paste had some Treasure Gold (white fire) applied to give it definition.
I used Fimo clay to make the heart; once cut into a heart, a rubber stamp was used to add texture. After baking the heart was coloured with various washes of paint. Some crackle was applied with black acrylic paint giving the crackle definition. A hanging loop for the heart was created from rusty wire.
The image was stamped onto card coated with acrylic. At first, I didn't like the effect achieved with archival but I decided it gave the image an aged appearance so I kept it. I removed the lady from the background because I wanted her to appear part of the tag rather than just an add on.
Firstly, I used a mulberry paper rose on the image but didn't like it. I decided to make my own little bloom from  some die cuts which were painted, crackled and some twine was used for the centre of the flower.
The quote was stamped onto painted card with archival, a light wash applied followed by more crackle. I curved the card banner to lift it from the background.
For each end of the banner, I made little Fimo 'buttons'. The texture was achieved as before, as was the finishing method.
Another heart was made and placed behind the knotted silk on the tag. You can just see some lace peeking out from underneath the fabric.
More silk fabric was pleated by hand and added to the lower edge of the tag. Here you can see the only part of the crackle paste which crackled to any degree! Also in the image is some stamping with archival. I hoped to create two 'aged'  finishes in my background.
Detailed image of the stencilled modelling paste.
 I loved this challenge because it gives you so many possibilities for creating. Can't wait to see what you come up with!

Don't forget to come back to Our Creative Corner in two weeks time for more inspiration from the other half of the team - you won't be disappointed!


  1. Love your crackled masterpiece, Julia!

    I could look at the wonderful pictures forever! And I so want to touch this tag!!! *lol


    Claudia x

  2. OMG! The close ups on this seriously do it justice. What a feast for the eyes. I adore the two types of background and actually prefer that the lower plaster layer didn't crackle that much. Adding crackle over the top of the modelling paste has also made a huge difference. Oh boy you were seriously inspired when creating this and I'll be returning to view it many more times. Have a great weekend Julia. Hugs, Jenny x

  3. Absolutely stunning Julia, I love that stamp and everything works together so well. Totally gorgeous! xxx Keren

  4. Fabulous tag Julia - the individual textures are wonderful and just so right for that great stamp (one of my favourite paintings). And what a super idea for the challenge. I will certainly hope to join in. Have a lovely weekend and a great day at tomorrow. Say hi to everyone for me!!

  5. Hi Julia, I am so glad you showed the close-up pics of your stunning creation - the crackling on everything is just superb. I really love the pleated silk fabric, the gorgeous flower the lady is holding and also how the lady image looks so aged. A wonderful piece. Hugs, Anne x

  6. The close ups on your tag really show it in all its glory Julia - its fabulous! Love that stamp too and she certainly looks perfect against the wonderful background you created. Stunning piece. Love, Margie xx

  7. absolutely stunning julia - all of the work that has gone into making this tag - just gorgeous xx

  8. Stunning - all that crackle looks just amazing!

  9. What a fun way to do a challenge. And your piece is amazing.

  10. Again you made fantastic tag...I love romantic feel and crackle background...with all details is just stunning!!

  11. this is absolutely gorgeous, love all the details, the crackled flower is incredible!! love all the layers and textures xtrace x hugs x

  12. Wonderful, wonderful work Julia, I just love all the texture you have created and the whole design and colour palette is fabulous. I love it.
    So glad I got to meet you on Friday, Hoping we will catch up again today.
    Happy Sunday.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  13. Wonderful tag, with so many crackled an lovely details !! and the lady stamp from the painting is very beautiful. Happy Sunday, Coco x

  14. A very beautiful tag with some wonderful techniques to admire

    Love Chrissie x

  15. Absolutely stunning - the crackle texture throughout is just to die for... glorious! And the image is so beautiful - thank you for adding the original painting, one I love, and you've more than done her justice with this wonderful tag. So lovely to meet you yesterday - hope you're having lots more fun today...
    Alison xx

  16. A fabulous tag Julia, I love all the crackle and I must have that stamp.
    Lovely to see you again yesterday.
    xxx Hazel.

  17. You've selected great ingredients, your tag looks fantastic.

  18. Oh, this is gorgeous! The pink flower is fantastic!!

  19. wow, absolutely stunning, I love the aged crackle, the worn colour are perfect. The oxford impression stamps are brilliant and the image works so well. x


  21. I loooove all the pics its wonderful eye candy for us. All that crackle, paste, and ink is gorgeous,I love the colors,your own flower is perfect for the tag who needs to buy flowers when you create them like this, amazing. Ths fimo buttons are beautiful,the lace and silk were the perfect touch to go with it all, just a stunning piece. Thanks so much for sharing all this creativity and have a wonderful day, I knew you designers were going to blow my sock off and you have done thanks thanks again..The A team is the bomb..

  22. This is astonishing, I especially love the pink rose you made.

  23. Julia this is simply stunning. I adore the stamped image (lol from a painting done in the same year my dad was born - spooky!!)and your glorious attention to detail, superb work as always sweetie.
    Huge huggles x

  24. This is wonderful Julia, you are the master of the crackle!!

  25. Oh Oh OHHH!!!!! SO much work has gone into this gorgeous piece!!!!! Absolutely fabulous work sweetie!!!!! Now I HAVE to go check out that stamp as I am a huge John Waterhouse fan! xxx

  26. Oh Julia, the texture on this is amazing... from the heart to the tag and all your embellishing.... WOW!

  27. Your art work is gorgeous - I think I am in love!!

  28. What an impressive tag Julia...all the parts you've put on it look so creative...a great tag in total!

    Have a nice weekend, hugs, Alie :-)

  29. ...wowzers Julia how did I almost miss this beauty, stunning work, love the colours and the textures achieved and your ickle fimo makes are beautiful...superb crafting...Melxx :)

  30. Fabulous tag - and such wonderful textures, a real beauty.
    Avril xx


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