Birds & Words

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Altered Burlap Panel

Hey, CC3Cers!!  You guys were brilliant on your Distress Watercolor work!  Love this artistic community, I always learn from you.  I think you're going to love this new challenge.  Hopefully it will stretch you a little as you tilt your head, change your perspective, rotate your orientation and color your world.  I know it did for me!!

Wouldn't this be a good day to fly?

I laid down a wide black lace panel I bought at a garage sale years ago.  I've been taking Claudine Hellmuth's online Composition in Collage class and was determined to play with the high horizon structure I learned about.  It is a challenge for me but it was a blast working with it.
I cut out Tim's Sizzix Ornate Frame which I am deeply in love with.  You've got to use Grungeboard, everything else I've tried tears up with you try to get it out of the die.  I embossed it with Stampendous Aged Ivory Embossing Enamel.  It was a little too white, so I used Vintage Photo Distress Paint over the frame and wiped it off while it was still wet.

I knew I wanted to use this Amy Carmichael quote, a favorite of mine.  I hope you can read it 'Let your soul take wings.... resist the downward pull & sing"  I cut a piece of chipboard the same size as the stamp.  I used Ranger's Embossing Dauber (LOVE it) and embossed with Stampendous Aged Taupe Embossing Enamel.  I did three layers of embossing enamel, letting it cool between layers.  On the third layer, while the embossing enamel was still melted, I set the inked stamp down into it.  When that cooled, I painted the whole thing with Distress Black Soot Paint and then wiped off while still wet.  The wet paint settles down into the stamped words.  If there's too much black paint on the surface of this piece, just use a cloth with some rubbing alcohol (Hels, that's "surgical spirits".  :-)  ) and rub away the paint.

I always find it a challenge to glue things down to burlap, but Ranger Matte Medium does the trick.  I just painted in one my elements, laid them out and then used my irons on top for pressure while the glue sets up.

I thought my letters in the word "fly" might get lost against the similar color I cut my Spring Greenery die from.  So I used some Sandal Adirondack Paint to lighten them up just a little.

I used my finger and just touched some wet paint on the letters, taking care not to totally cover the Juniper color.
I fought with my composition a little on this challenge, but I'm learning so much about collage from Claudine it really helped.  Can't wait to see all your brilliance.  Burlap is so earthy with such fabulous texture, its fun to work with!!

I won't repeat the guidelines for these challenges as most of your are familiar by this time.  If you aren't familiar go to Linda Ledbetter's blog and you'll find all the details you need.  I will say briefly that you'll need your own copy of Compendium of Curiosties III and on page 37, you'll find the challenge.  Be sure and comment on all of the host blogs which are linked from Linda's blog on the CC3C Challenge 6 page.  If the name for your comment and the name for your entry are the same, it makes it a lot easier for the Curiosity Crew to view your art and track your comments.  All of us spend a lot of hours each week viewing art and we want you to have the BEST chance to win!

Our sponsors this challenge are The Funkie Junkie Boutique and Mr. Tim Holtz hizzelf.  So much crafty goodness is being delivered each challenge to our winners!!  Its exciting to think of you opening those goodie boxes and squealing at all the yummy prizes. 

Create away, CC3Cers!!!

74 comments:

  1. Great panel. Thanks for the tutorial Cheryl...

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  2. a beautiful panel Cheryl - fabulous work! Hugs rachel x

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  3. nice panel and great big ribbon, nice details!

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  4. Really lovely panel, I love everything about it.

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  5. I LOVE THIS VINTAGE piece... but I LOVE THE IRON the most... have to find mine... would certainly work so much better than bottles of water... LOL.. I love the entire panel... but the layers of lacey and lacey looks(leaves) are fantastic here... love it... Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie

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  6. A beautiful scene on the canvas Cheryl! Love the way you embossed that sentiment - thanks for showing how!

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  7. Beautiful Cheryl! LOVE the black lace and the frame!

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  8. Beautiful sweet sentiment! Love your canvas and how it
    all ties in together!

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  9. Very pretty. The lace is the perfect background layer.

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  10. I'm big on birding so this piece really speaks to me.

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  11. Lovely to see Claudine's high horizon being used and the black lace was perfect for the technique. The stamping into the embossing powder looks so effective with that great sentiment. Love your iron too! Anne x

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  12. What a beautiful quote and a lovely panel to illustrate it. Love it.

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  13. Beautiful - love the black lace too.

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  14. I absolutely LOVE this. Love the quote and I think your composition is superb! you rocked this one girly!!! Fabulous!

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  15. Love your use of Tim's burlap panel. Your piece is lovely. What a great hop and want to thank you for the great prize.

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  16. Very pretty; I love that you left part of the burlap panel showing, unaltered; it really adds to the vintage feel of the piece. I also have some wide lace that I'm usually at a loss to use; this gives me some great ideas!

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  17. what a fabulous piece of lace, its really gorgeous with the burlap texture mix. you know, your the first person who mentioned the names should "match" so, of course mine probably do not. Sorry about that. I have not played along with this before.

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  18. Hi Cheryl, Great day to SING and FLY! What a super composition.

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  19. Cheryl, your whole project is just lovely, but the embossed quote is probably my favorite element...I really have to try that technique one of these days! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  20. The stamped image is perfect. I haven't used that technique in years, in fact I forgot I even knew it! Thanks for reminding me with this beautiful panel.
    Jess

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  21. Beautiful canvas, the added lace is lovely!

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  22. Cheryl...your canvas is so pretty! I love your "Fly" theme here with the bird and that beautiful sentiment. That black lace in the background is very striking against the kraft colored burlap. You have combined so many elements here that all work together so perfectly. Love it! <3 Candy

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  23. Love this piece, Cheryl! i am in love with the whole theme and details including the black lace, bird and quote! Fabulous!

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  24. Its just beautiful, what more can I say

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  25. Wonderful colors and I love how you've done the quote! Fabulous!

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  26. I actually really love the look of the black lace in the background and may have to steal this ida for a Halloween project I'm working on!

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  27. Love it. I'm in Texas and hoping to be in your shop in a couple of weeks.

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  28. What a fun addition that lace is to this color combo ! Love the Amy quote; so perfect for your beautifully framed bird !

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  29. So pretty ! The lace on the background is a cool idea. The quote is so perfect !!

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  30. So lovely, Cheryl! The touch of black lace is a wonderful touch and really pulls in the eyes! Love this!

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  31. Great panel and I love the use of your lace.

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  32. Just love the black lace. So lovely!!

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  33. Background with lace is an incredible idea! Amazing canvas, thanks for sharing with us your inspiration! BArbarayaya

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  34. I love all the layers that you have on this panel. Great lace background too! So cool!

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  35. Beautiful! Love the bird. I should take that Claudine class I heard it was great!

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  36. Beautiful, the black lace looks amazing, Love your quote, a gorgeous panel!

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  37. Cheryl this is so beautiful and I especially love the way you did the quote. I was scared seeing the iron.... so glad you used it just for a weight! No ironing allowed :-)

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  38. Cheryl, your composition is spot on. This is such a beautiful piece. That black lace background is perfect and I love the sentiment. Everything pulls together so nicely. Love it!

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  39. Such a pretty canvas, Cheryl....from the black lace, quote to the framed birdie...love it all :)

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  40. Great work - love how you have kept some of the burlap showing. Nikkix

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  41. This is beautiful in it's simplicity. I love how it all works together to make a lovely cohesive piece of art.

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  42. Pretty and inspirational piece. Collage is a challenge for me but I am learning and it's fun to get my hands really dirty and sticky.

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  43. Gorgeous, The stamping into the embossing powder looks so great. Love your iron too, Kerstin

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  44. Oh heck, my comments are being shortened Sorry. I'll delete. Anyway, you won that composition battle!

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  45. This is a fabulous piece, Cheryl!! I'm taking Claudine's class, too (but I'm behind and coming up to week 2), so I like that I'm seeing this collage piece without really knowing anything about its layout :) I think it's FAB! Love how you've gotten around to using that piece of black lace! It was a find!! OH--Also love how you used your antique iron for a weight!! XOXO-Shari

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  46. Wonderful organic feel to your canvas. I too have a deep love for that ornate frame. So versatile. That black lace makes a nice background.

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  47. What a lovely panel, so vintage especially the lace.

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  48. I love what you have done. I too am out with my comfort zone on this one as I have never worked on Burlap before, so thanks for the tip on using Matt medium to glue things down xx

    Denise xx

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  49. So pretty! Love the black lace in the back! Really cool! Hugs, Sandra

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  50. Wonderful panel. The lace background is a beautiful addition.

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  51. Very pretty! I love that black lace!

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  52. Wow - the black lace looks cool against the burlap and the bird is wonderful swooping through the frame.
    Alison x

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  53. I love the beauty and simplicity [deception] of your panel. It's a very cool composition and a whole lot of work in this piece, you made it look easier than I know it was.

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  54. My favourite die ever garden greens, I cant leave mine alone

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  55. Love the effect of the black lace on the panel, and your overall composition.

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  56. Love all the detail and the inlaid look of the sentiment.

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  57. nice! I like the lace background. =)

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  58. Fun piece! I love how you stamped your quote into the embossing powder layers - such a great effect!

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  59. I love your panel...the combination of the black lace and burlap is stunning.

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  60. I would not have thought to use the wide black lace, but it works. Pretty and unique!

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  61. Love the lace as a backdrop, it's so elegant. Your panel is beautiful Cheryl!!!

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  62. I really love your layers, all the texture is so beautiful. Great canvas, have a lovely day!~kim

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  63. This is lovely Cheryl! The lace is genius!

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  64. loved the stamping technique reminds me of sealing a letter with wax and signet. Also i have old heavy iron like that as well- what a great idea i hate holding a waiting for things to dry.

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  65. This is so great, I love how you did the quote. All of your panels have inspired me SO Much!

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  66. I love the lace background. Gives it elegance. I also like that you come up with new techniques that i can try.
    Thanks for being AWESOME and letting me play along in CC3C again.

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  67. Love the black lace on the panel. Very elegant and clean.

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  68. I like your collage tutorial. The technique used for the quote is informative.

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  69. Black lace and Burlap ! stunning combination on a beautiful panel x

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  70. Lovely panel, love your use of the lace and the quote is wonderful.

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  71. Nice finishing touches on your panel. You can see you put the time in to attend to everything. Great job!

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  72. Wonderful panel. Thanks for the tip about using matte medium to glue down the elements.

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  73. Nice project. I love the lace and the embedded quote! Cool project!

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