Aug 30, 2017

Handmade Mixed Media Canvas Journal


It's time for a new challenge at Frilly and Funkie!  I'm so excited to be hostessing a challenge for the first time.  I've chosen the theme A Little Rusty.  With the end of summer nearing, some of us have gotten a little rusty with our creating due to holidays and lazy days.  For this challenge let's break out a rusty color palette in preparation for fall.  Whether you take the challenge literally and use rusted metal a faux rust technique, or just the color in your vintage or shabby chic project - the choice is up to you!  We can't wait to see your creativity in full swing!


I don't know about you, but I am always looking for a new surface to work with, any new substrate for my designs.  I struggled for several days trying to come up with something with no success.  In the end, I decided to make a canvas journal from scratch.  I won't go into the details on that for today's post, because there is far too much to say about the collage for one post...


I used a variety of Distress Stains and Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays to color the layers of lace on my canvas cover.  I concentrated the color in one area, but also added some flecks to the white space for interest.  I dry brushed metallic paint onto the lace to highlight the raised areas.  I used a found relative photo (I'm sorry I don't know which collection this one is from because I jumbled mine together).  I used a circle die to cut out just the faces of the photo, then sanded the edges.  I layered with a die cut doily and some circles, which I embossed with a folder and inked with coordinating colors.


I knew I would be using this journal year round, so I chose embellishments that weren't fall themed, though it was difficult resisting adding some die cut leaves in the mix!  I added a set of filigree metal charms, a Prima flower, and two smaller Wild Orchid Crafts flowers, leaving the stems for interest.


This section of lace was crocheted by my dear friend Barbara's mother, how I cherish it!  I cut two wildflower dies and honeycomb dies from thin chipboard.  To coordinate with my brass charms, I embossed them with brass embossing powder.


Here are some details of the inked lace...


This shot shows the metallic paint highlights.


I can hardly mix any media without the addition of some bundled thread.  I finished off with a simple small talk quote.  And here's my finished journal, though you can hardly tell it is a book at all.  Check back soon for more details on assembly.  Thanks for visiting today and I hope you will play along with my challenge at the Frilly and Funkie blog!  Make sure to stop by and see the amazing projects from my teammates.


Don't forget you'll have a chance to win a $25 giftcard to the shop to buy these and other fine Funkie Junkie Boutique products just by playing along!  




35 comments:

  1. Absolutely gorgeous Autumn, love the colours, too. Hugs, Valerie

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  2. These colors do speak fall to me, Autumn, and I love them. The layers of texture and color here are just amazing. I love that the focal is black and white as it provides such a lovely contrast. I'm always inspired when I visit your lovely blog, and today is no exception.

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  3. Its Beautiful..I loved the textures and warm fall colors !

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  4. This all looks so delicious Autumn and you colour choice is magnificent. I can see some trinket treasures embedded upon your canvas, a real treat for us all. Big Hugs Tracey xx

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  5. I always love your thread bundles Autumn!!
    This piece is a stunner for sure!! WOW! I love your design and placement of your layers of embellishments- You rocked the whole thing together with your perfect palette choice! Bravo dear friend! xx

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  6. This looks stunning Autumn, love the layering of die cuts and lace and such a beautiful colour.
    Avril xx

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  7. Lovely Autumn. I was just over to see this on Frill and Funkie. I love the white space and the soft color palette!
    Kate

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  8. I always love to visit your blog! I adore this style and you are really an inspiration to me!

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  9. Hi Autumn, this is a beautiful work- love all the detail. Thanks for joining us for our "two different embellishments" challenge at Come And Get It, CarolG

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  10. Wow, this is spectacular, Autumn!! The texture and colors are amazing!! I love studying the pictures to see all of the details you add!! This is stunning, my friend!! I love, love it!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  11. I am so ready for fall! Absolutely love this canvas cover. The textures are amazing as are the colors. Well done!

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  12. This is brilliant! Such an ADORABLE piece!

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  13. Yes you can't tell it's a journal at all...you should be hanging this one on a wall! Amazing attention to detail, love the rusty colours, your beautiful and sentimental lace and your grouping and layout is stunning! x

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  14. The rusty tones on your canvas journal cover really do make me think of Fall/Autumn, I really love how you used the beautiful lace! Hugs, Anne xx

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  15. This is fabulous Autumn, beautiful use of colour xx

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  16. These soft Autumnal colours are so pretty combined with the laces and various trinkets. I'm a big fan of those found relatives, even if they are all nameless! Too funny! As you wait for Autumn, we are longing for Spring after a cold, wet winter. I found a daffodil in my garden today, so she is just around the corner.

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  17. The layers, the textures, the graduating colours and fabulous elements have combined beautifully into a superb finished design, love this Autumn xxx

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  18. Fantastic design! The way you have brought the colors from the edges to your focal point draws the eye to the lovely layers. Gorgeous canvas/journal page!

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  19. This is beautiful, Autumn! Love your color palette and all of your awesome textures. This is a beautiful cover and I know the album will be as amazing! Hugs :-)

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  20. This is beautiful!! I love all the gorgeous textures and colours! Awesome job :)

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  21. Words defy me! What super autumn, delicious colors on those laces! LOVE! And the perfect happy couple to top it all off! You are the queen of collage, and it's so fun to see all those seemingly unrelated things come together so cohesively and with such amazing beauty! Can't wait to find out what you used for the background! Just found some gauze pads that I thought would make a fabulous canvas--just you wait! Sending big hugs! Thank you for making my day so much better!

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  22. What a stunning journal cover Autumn - it's beautiful!
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  23. Simply stunning, Autumn - the colours, embellishing and textures here are beyond beautiful - what a glorious piece of inspiration.
    Alison x

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  24. I had to gasp a little when I saw the project. The colors of the stained lace and arrangement of the pretty little elements is just right. Amazing!

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  25. Stunning canvas gorgeous colour and embellishments---Thank you for joining us at 613 Avenue Create
    Carol DT x

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  26. I loooove this mixed media cover! Those colors are fab!

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  27. So beautiful. Love all the elements and paints you used. Very excited about this new team and happy to be a member.

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  28. love all the layers and textures

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  29. Wow...love this project! So stunning and the colours are fabulous! Love all the different textures and bits.... Just my kinda project!! ;-)

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  30. Gorgeous Autumn. Loving all the detail, the colour, the texture and all the layers... brilliant X

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  31. Such a beautiful cover Autumn!!! Hard to believe it's the front of a journal! Seeing all the colours and textures combining together like this is so inspiring and would make you want to open up the cover and see more xx

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  32. Gosh, there's so much I missed in the past few weeks! Gorgeous colours and composition of the 3D elements!

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  33. So beautiful and warm!!! Perfect work! Thank you so much for sharing your project with CuteCut!

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  34. Gorgeous Autumn!!! I love the textures you have created and the colours you have used...

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