Thursday, February 1, 2018

Trying to Fit In With Seth Apter Rusted Mixed Media

Welcome friends! It's time for a new challenge at A Vintage Journey, and our talented and lovely Julia chose the theme Melt It. Oh, that's music to my ears!

Julia says, "This month we're asking everyone to MELT IT! Get out the UTEE (ultra thick embossing enamel), beeswax, encaustic wax, embossing powders or good old wax crayons and a heat tool and get melting to create something in a vintage; shabby; mixed media; art journaling; industrial, timeworn or steampunk style."


 I don't have much in the way of process photos, so I hope my description and close ups will help. Not sure at all what I would create,  I started with a piece of cardboard box which I cut to fit my 6 x 6 Lemon Craft papers I purchased in my friend Lisa's Etsy shop. The sweet polka dot pattern is all but lost beneath my layers of paint.


After adhering the paper, I brayered on Deco Art Media Fluid paints thinned with Tinting Base. The colors I used are  Titan buff, English Red Oxide and Raw Sienna. When dry, I added texture with a Prima stencil and Gold Crackle paste and sprinkled with two embossing powders. One is an old powder called Cloisonne' Granules and the other Aged Ochre Frantage. When the paste dried, I heated to melt the powders. I love how I can see some of the gold crackle peeking out here and there.

I added second generation stamping with Potting Soil archival ink and a Tim Holtz Ledger Script stamp. So far so good.


 Not sure where I was going with this, I wanted to see how my nearly dried up Crazing medium worked with the embossing powders when heated.  Ehhh! Not too good! I think the Crazing medium is beyond hope, even as a grungy paste like I used HERE. Unfortunately, it stuck pretty well, so I needed to proceed. Since gel medium is almost the same, I mixed up a batch of gelmediumdecoartpaintminiartstones, smeared it on the edges of the panel and blasted with a heat tool to melt. While it was still hot, I sprinkled with more of the embossing powders and melted them. Still not satisfied, I rubbed Walnut Stain Distress crayon over the lumpy mess, heated that and called it rust. The DecoArt Media paints used are Quinacridone Gold and Burnt Umber.

I spritzed the background with water and sprinkled on my two previous powders and some chunky copper powder. When I applied heat, it leaves behind a nice random splatter of metallic texture.


So, it looks as if my frame was determining what would go over my pretty stenciling. I went through my box of die cuts, and found these butterflies left over from another project and two Seth Apter Robo die cuts my good friend and fellow Creative Guide Autumn sent me. The butterflies were already done, and I can't remember exactly what I used on them, but I do know there is a chunky copper embossing powder on the orange one. I also melted some Black Soot Distress Crayon on the edges of the blue butterfly .


I decided to make some rusty pipes out of my Robo Square and Robo Bar die cuts. I gave them a coat of black gesso followed by some random smears of my gel medium... concoction. I heated that and added just a touch of Prima  Light Patina Metallique paint.


I thought there could not be a more unlikely paring of a butterfly and rusty pipes, and so my title was born. This started out at a Tim Holtz Christmas Quote Chip, which I sanded, painted with black gesso and applied Label Letters. I gave it a generous dabbing with the Ranger Emboss It Dabber and clear embossing powder.  I also included a Quote Chip to round it out.





That's all for me today. What will you find to melt on your design? We hope you will play along with this month's challenge at A Vintage Journey to be in for a chance to win a £20 Voucher from Country View Crafts or be choosen as one of our three Pinworthies! Please stop by the blog where my fellow Creative Guides are waiting to melt your heart with their inspiration.

Sharing with these challenges:
Scrapy Land Challenge #82 Anything Goes Spellbinders and Sizzix


Thank you for stopping by today and for all your thoughtful comments! I really appreciate YOU!
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily


29 comments:

  1. Oh my good golly, Sara Emily, this is spectacular!! Wow!! I just want to run my fingers over the amazing texture!! The rusty pipes are so awesome!! I love everything about this!! It's so stunning!! Thank you so much for playing along at Scrapy Land!! Have a great evening, my friend!! Big hugs :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  2. Goodness Sara Emily - I lost count of all the ways you melted it! and I had to laugh about your perceived mistake/errors - have you read Deb's post yet??! You both just bravely move on - adding more and more layers and it works! a wonderful MELT IT project and I thank you for joining in my challenge! Julia xx

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  3. Best rust EVER! And so pretty with that lovely shade of blue (that also might be the best butterfly ever). Nicely done!

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  4. For someone who didn't know where they were going with this project it turned out spectacularly. I love your rusty 'mess' and your random splatter of metallic texture. Everything about this is just wonderful to look at and I've enjoyed a fabulous few minutes reading how it all cam together - Great job Sara Emily xxx

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  5. Every time I see one of your projects, I think it must be my favourite, but then you make another project and it's my favourite!! This is absolutely amazing Sara! It's like something that may have been found in an old treasure chest, wrapped in a stained cloth, just waiting to be discovered and put on display at the local museum!! The textures, the erosion, the rust, the tones, the touches of metallic and that layered butterfly... it's all incredible! LOVE LOVE LOVE

    It's been a long two weeks fighting off this darned flu bug, but I'm on the mend now. Being sick is so freaking boring, so I'm really looking forward to my next outdoor adventure. I hope you have been avoiding the ickies this year and having good weather to enjoy. sending hugs :)

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  6. Gorgeous Sara Emily! What a fun adventure not knowing where you were going, what a beautiful finish xx

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  7. Awesome project, Sara Emily! You always think outside of the box. I love the butterfly on the rusty pipes!

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  8. INCREDIBLE! Oh my word, I love this so! You are the master of awesome grungy layering. I adore the orange/blue color combo and the juxtaposition of the butterfly with the rigid shapes. WOW WOW WOW! What an amazing and moving title that truly speaks to each of us. Big hugs, Autumn

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  9. The 'lumpy mess' as you call it looks like real rust to me, in fact I don't think I have ever seen faux rust look so good before, I think you are on to a winner with your experimentation Sara!! I love that you added the butterfly, it looks so beautifully delicate against the fantastic background you created! Hugs, Anne xx

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  10. WOWZERS WOWZERS! This is absolutely FABULOUS!

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  11. Love how you came up with the sentiment after creating your fabulous project. Lots of fun elements and great that you just kept going...marvellous. Absolutely stunning and a real work of art. Thank you for the stunning inspiration x

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  12. Such an amazing project Sara Emily - and I love your "don't know where you are going" adventures! The embossing is wonderful and the rusty lump mess is just ..... well pure rust! A fabulous project for our challenge this month! Jennie x

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  13. Sara Emily!! This is absolutely Delish girlfriend!!! Omgosh, you fit in so well with your rusty,lumpy,clumpy,yummy textures! You rock that melting! Don't you just love ep?!!! I do!
    Beautiful work- truly!
    hugs & love,Jackie xx

    ps...sending you an email today! <3

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  14. Oh my goodness Sara, this is beyond stunning!!!! You just are the queen of rusty effect, this looks fantastic and that gorgeous butterfly is to die for!! I love this sooooo much!!!!

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  15. This is quite brilliant Sara Emily, love how the misbehaving Crazing medium took you in a totally different direction from where you had intended and yet you brought it all together seamlessly, I love it! Gorgeous textures and patina, thanks so much for sharing it, Deb xo

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  16. The texture on this is just amazing Sara Emily. You really did Melt It!!
    Hugs, S@ndy xx

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  17. Stunning, and it really does look like rust. Love the whole design.
    Avril xx

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  18. I love your process - so like me, trying different things to see what works (some do, some eeeeeek!!!!)- and your results are stunning! Great design Sara... love all the layers and colour and words and embossing! xx

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  19. Love this, Sara Emily! That beautiful stenciling is perfect with the rusty accents and that gorgeous butterfly! You always do such amazing things with embossing powders, especially when they're rusty. Such an inspiring piece of art. Hugs!!

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  20. I love this. Great colors, composition, and TEXTURE! Yes!

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  21. So pretty Sara Emily! I love the colors on the butterfly especially that rusty wing. Oranges and turquoise are some of my favorite colors together. Your texture is amazing on this piece.
    Kate

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  22. Hey Miss Sara Emily! Here in the South we would say your make is awful purrty!!!! And that's the truth!
    Sandy xx

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  23. So many amazing melted textures and techniques here. The highlight for me is the flourish embossed in the two powders to create that magical effect, and I think you should probably market "gelmediumdecoartpaintminiartstones" as a product! Brilliant experimental games leading to a fabulous conclusion.
    Alison x

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  24. What a fabulous time you must have had creating an equally fabulous piece of art, Sara Emily . I love how you just embraced the 'creativity' and worked with it regardless. It was most definitely worth it as your finished piece is fantastic .

    hugs x

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  25. Wow Oh Wow!! This is fabulous Sara Emily! I love the textures and the colors are gorgeous! LOVe the gold and rusty feel~ The butterfly is amazing and such a wonderful creation! So beautiful!
    Thanks so much for joining us in the challenge at Scrapy Land!
    Sherrie K
    Scrapy Land DT Member

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  26. Wow! This is amazing! SO very pretty! The textures and colors are fabulous!! Great work!

    Thank you very much for joining us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!

    hugs...
    Melissa

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  27. such a fantastic project for the Melt It challenge Sara x Wonderful background and I agree that the rusty effects are amazing x TFS Annie x

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  28. Hi, Sara, I can’t even begin to fathom how you can know to think up these combinations of medium and colors. It’s all miraculously intuitive with your magical, skilled hands. I can just imagine the fun you have experimenting and using what’s in your art stash. Always beautiful, my imagination is piqued and inspired. Loving your artwork. Off to see your two newer creations....

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  29. Lovely how you found the meaning in your title - and thankfully when things don't go as planned, it teaches us something, xoxo

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