5 May 2017

Use A Quote for A Vintage Journey

Hi everyone and welcome! Today marks the start of the latest challenge over at A Vintage Journey and this time the theme is 'Use A Quote', so unsurprisingly we need you to use a quote! Any quote! Whether it be on a stamp, a sticker, handwritten or sourced from the internet, make it the focal point of your vintage, shabby chic, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk project.


Our generous sponsors this month are That's Crafty! who are offering a £20 gift certificate to our Random Org winner.


As soon as I saw this clear acrylic light bulb surface on the That's Crafty! website I knew it was a match made in heaven with a brand new, as yet unreleased, A5 stamp set from IndigoBlu. Yes folks, you're getting a sneak peek of some of the images/words from the set right here first! And what encouraging wise words they are from everyone's favourite Hogwarts master. The fun bit was working out how to paint and stamp in reverse as all the colour is on the back of this once clear bulb!

If you are going to embark on a clear acrylic project my best advice would be to stamp the images and words you want to use onto copy paper first and work out where you want them to go and in which order. Remember, you are working from front to back so the foreground images come first. I stamped with black gesso and allowed each part to air dry before adding splashes of acrylic paint colour. You'll spot the colours 'inside' the lightbulbs had water added to allow them to run and merge a little. The rest of the painting was completed with undiluted paint to ensure it didn't move on the slick surface.


When dry I covered each bulb with white gesso to allow further layers to be added, like the background moths and hanging track flexes. Each of the bayonets were coloured with gold acrylic paint and I hand drew the screwcap detail on the main bulb shape with a permanent black Pitt pen. Oddly enough when wanting to make the main bulb opaque I discovered that simply using white gesso wasn't enough. A coat of black gesso was required to eliminate any light from coming through.


To decorate the clear base I added coarse texture paste and pushed car light bulbs into it. These had gold added to the silver metal endings and the same paint colours used to added drips across the tops. Finally to ensure the words were prominent I stamped them onto white card, cut them up and arranged them onto the front of the light bulb. It made for a portable, durable piece that showcased the stamps perfectly.


So that's where this month's fabulous theme took me. Now please do hop on over to A Vintage Journey to see what my fellow Creative Guides have come up with using their choices of That's Crafty! surfaces and focal words. Then it's over to you - the challenge will remain open for a month so there's plenty of time to get those creative juices flowing and link up your entries to be in with a chance to win.

I'm thrilled to be able to let you know that I'll be officially launching the A5 'Shine Bright' stamp set alongside more goodies from IndigoBlu on Hochanda, May 27th at 8am and 11am - hope you'll join me for that. And if you're going to the Create It Show at the Kent County Showground, Maidstone on May 13th and 14th I'll be demonstrating on the IndigoBlu stand.

As you can imagine there is a lot going on behind the scenes here in preparation for a busy month ahead. Whatever you are up to, have a fabulous weekend, get creative and take care of yourselves. Jenny xxx

47 comments:

  1. Love what you have created using the acrylic upright Jenny., it certainly puts us to the test when working from the back to create the front. The IndigoBlu stamps sneak peeks look fabulous as always and as you say fit in perfectly with the Light Bulb surface. Thank you so much for sharing.. Hugs Tracey xx

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  2. This is such a unique project and you've chosen these perfect stamps to decorate the bulb. How clever to be able to think this through so you got such an amazing end result. Love those pops of color to contrast with the black and white! Love this to bits! (And the stamps are on my wish list now!) Hugs!

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  3. what a fabulous project, and a perfect quote!

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  4. Love your front to back working on this fabulous design Jenny, those smaller light bulbs really light up the whole piece and I love how the moths are attracted to them. This is so cleverly thought out , especially with your top tip of stamping onto copy paper first to help get the composition and process organised first. Brilliant xxx

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  5. WHat a fun and unique project Jenny ! Fabulous stamped layers and such a great use of the lightbulb shape. It really made me smile ! Love it! JEnnie x

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  6. Very clever and much fun. Love the pops of colours and the placement of all the light bulbs within the light bulb. Thanks for the tip.
    Hugs!
    Cec

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  7. Brilliant! Love your acrylic design - so great to layer up - although does require planning! This is fab - the new stamps look amazing and how perfect for the light bulb upright. Your mini lights bulbs on the base are inspired! xxx

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  8. Absolutely, love this a lot. So freakishly cool and clever, now I want a light bulb too (but I want to steampunk it out). I love quotes too. So you are right match made in heaven.

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  9. Love, Love, Love. This is so fun to look at and I see something new each time. Great use of the lightbulb and thanks for sharing a new release preview with us. Hugs, Sandy

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  10. WOW! I love this Jenny! Fabulous design and loving the textures and the light bulbs which you have used as decoration.
    Hugs
    Linda xxx

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  11. I didn't realise it was acrylic until I started reading your post! You really did do an amazing job on this, I love the fabulous lightbulb stamp, I bet this one is a real hit! The colours you created inside the lights is superb and that sentiment is brilliant! Such a great tip about stamping onto copy paper first too. Clever, creative and such fun!! Oh, yes, I love the little bulbs at the front too! Hugs, Anne xx

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  12. Wonderful - I love what you did to the base!!!!
    Sandy xx

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  13. Oh Jenny this project/lightbulb really made me smile and I think you know why !!! The quote is wonderful and so true !!! fabulous details and a lovely new stamp set too
    Such a great challenge..... Have a great weekend
    Annie xx

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  14. Wow Jenny! how fun is this acrylic lightbulb piece!! Love the mix of colorful 'flares' in each bulb and in those scattered along the base - and what a perfect sentiment to go with them! Julia xx

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  15. Fantastic and the perfect match for the IndigoBlu stamps. I love the bulbs pushed into the paste and how you gave life to the bulbs . Great idea to draw in the detail to the top of the bulb and fantastic quote. Tracy x

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  16. Absolutely brilliant, the lightbulb is one of my favourite of the That's Crafty! substrates and you've done such a wonderful job here ;)
    Hugs
    Donna xx

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  17. This is incredible Jenny, the thought process behind figuring out which layers to stamp and colour first on the acrylic surface to make this amazing creation makes my mind boggle! Wonderful colours in the light bulbs and brilliant to echo them on the base with the little car light bulbs, love it. What a wonderful quote as well, who doesn't love a Harry Potter reference! Thanks so much for sharing it and for hosting this wonderful challenge at AVJ, Deb xo

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  18. Oh Jenny what a totally genius piece!! Just absolutely perfect with that quote which I totally LOVE!!! It's a new one for me, but so very, very true and one to remember! A brilliant challenge and this is such a clever use of that substrate!!

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  19. I had to come take a closer look Jenny after seeing this at A Vintage Journey. I love the light bulb shape and the wonderful stamps, which will be purchased soon, and the layering of stamping and colour is perfect, to me anyways. Love, love, love it! Karen x

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    1. Thank you so much Karen! This bulb shaped acrylic has been such fun to work on and yes, the stamps are a match truly made in heaven - you'll love the rest of the set too :) xx

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  20. This is such a fabulous piece Jenny and made me smile! So clever of you to spot that light bulb! Hugs, Chrisx

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    1. Thank you Chris. I'm so glad it made you smile - gotta love that quote and the light bulb! xx

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  21. Such a great choice of substrate to highlight these cool as mud stamps! I love how you put this all together with so many repeating elements. Such a big impact! Hugs, Autumn

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    1. Thank you so much Autumn. Must admit to being totally in love with this stamp set and the acrylic bulb xx

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  22. Fabulous! Jenny. Some very clever creating here as acrylic isn't the easiest of substrates to work on. Ideal choice of stamps for the project -love those splashes of colour in the light bulbs and the track flexes as hangers and the base arrangement of car lightbulbs enhances the whole 3d effect . As for the quote - perfect!
    x

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    1. Thank you so much Amanda! It was such fun to play with this shaped substrate xx

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  23. So cool - love the coloured lights burning bright both in 2D and 3D. And yes, the perfect stamp set for the substrate!
    Alison x

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    1. Thank you so much Alison. So glad you like it xx

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Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your comments - they are really appreciated. Jenny xxx

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