Friday, 7 June 2019

A Vintage Journey ~ New Challenge ~ Tissue Paper.


It's time for a new challenge over at  A Vintage Journey. Our Creative Guide for this month is the wonderfully talented Astrid, and she has chosen, 'Tissue Paper'. This is what Astrid has to say.......

There are many different ways you can incorporate tissue paper into your project - create texture by scrunching it up, stain it, paint it, wax it, stamp on it, emboss on it. You could use cheap tissue from the supermarket, recycle gift wrapping tissue, or even use old dressmaking patterns. Just remember to create in one of our preferred styles of vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk.

I was really excited by this challenge as I have enjoyed using tissue paper in several of my past projects, it has so much potential. My main problem was trying to decide which of the many ways I was going use it! After some deliberation, I chose to stamp on recycled packaging tissue, and then use it to decorate a ceramic plant pot. This is how I did it......

Here is the pot I used before it's makeover.  The first thing I did, was to give it a coat of white gesso. This provided a nice neutral surface for the tissue paper.  Whilst this was drying, I stamped out several sheets of plain white tissue paper, using a gorgeous bee stamp (origin unknown),  and also the fabulous #161 Ladybug stamp by Tracy Evans, for Aall and Create. I used black Versafine Ink to stamp with. 
After heat setting the ink with a hot air tool, I began tearing the tissue paper into manageable pieces, preserving some complete images of the ladybirds and bumble bees. I then applied the tissue to the pot using Mod Podge adhesive. As the tissue is quite fragile when wet, it was much easier to paint the Mod Podge onto the surface of the pot and gently smooth the tissue on top. Here is the covered pot......
 I also added a couple of bumblebees to the inside. I left the pot to dry completely and then started to apply some colour. I used Deco Art Media Fluid acrylic paint to add colour to the ladybirds and also a little colour wash in the hearts and background. Once the paint was dry, I sealed the surface with Matte Medium, left it to dry (again!), and then gave it a coat of Crackle Glaze. Once the crackles had developed I applied DecoArt Antiquing fluid and wiped it back to reveal the crackled surface....


To finish off the surface, I gave the whole pot a coat of 'dirty wash'. This is basically, a watery mixture of Paynes Grey and Quinacridone Gold. I coloured the rim of the pot with a gold paint marker, before spraying it, inside and out, with matte acrylic varnish. I then added a twist of rusty wire and a little ladybird charm. I also remembered that I had a set of travel dominoes and as the Ladybug stamp set features images of dominoes, I thought it would be fun to make a charm out of one. With that, my pot transformation was complete. Now I just need to find a suitable house plant to stand in it. I think I can feel a trip to the garden centre coming on!
 If you would like to use tissue paper in a project we would love you to share it with our Tissue Paper Challenge. Hop over to the A Vintage Journey blog with this link, and you'll find the challenge details as well as a wealth of inspiration from Astrid and the other Creative Guides. I look forward to seeing what you come up with. x

45 comments:

  1. Love how you created your plan pot Toni. I love it and would not have thought of that. Welcome to the team. Hugs, S@ndy

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  2. Such a super cool transformation of that pot Toni!! Great inspiration, fabulous use of those stamps and the finished pot just looks brilliant. Also love the crackle, colouring and the "dirty wash" :o) The little charm is the perfect finishing touch! Hope you managed to find a plant to fit in it...
    Thanks so much for playing in the challenge!

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  3. Your altered pot look amazing Toni and Tracy's stamps are the perfect addition. Love it and those sweet charms are so cute xx

    Huge hugs
    Annie x

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  4. Beautiful work! Wow, the transformation is amazing and I love how you used the tissue paper with the stamping - fabulous 😀. Wishing you a happy Friday and weekend! Jo x

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  5. What a great repurpose of your flower pot Toni! I loved the tissue on it even before you colored it - and how fun to have a couple of bees on the inside! The little charms are a great addition! xx

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  6. Toni, the transformation of the pot is superb! That is my favourite Tracy stamp and I just adore how you used it (Tracy would be thrilled too as she loves her garden). Such a clever use of tissue paper and the wire and charms are just the perfect finishing touch. I love this SO much! Hugs, Anne xxx

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  7. Love all that layered imagery - a brilliant upcycling of a simple plant pot into a piece of home decor. Gorgeous golden interior too!
    Alison x

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  8. Oh my word this is truly fantastic . As Anne says I am a keen gardener and this is right up my street . The ladybug looks superb on your pot and I would like to say a huge thank you for showcasing it so beautifully ❤️❤️❤️

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  9. That is certainly a wonderful transformation Toni! Fabulous use of Tracy's stamps and then the painting just makes everything pop. Fabulous !! Jennie x

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  10. Toni the way you altered this pot is outstanding! Colors and design are perfect! Barbara

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  11. Toni, what a wonderful transformation! I love a project that is both beautiful and useful. Love the images and the way you've finished it with the crackle and dirty wash. Fabulous project for the Tissue Paper challenge! Hugs! Sara Emily

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  12. I reallllly love this lil pot! Happy to see it
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  13. So clever and wonderfully created Toni. The tissue stamping is collaged beautifully on the pot surface and love how you have coloured it. Fabulous! Nikki x

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  14. What a fabulous creation, Toni! I love the way you altered this pot. So beautiful.
    Hugs, Ann xx

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  15. I LOVE your altered plant pot, Toni . So well thought out and wonderfully created. Love the crackle and I doubt you could have chosen to use a more befitting stamp. The plant pot charm is such a lovley idea .

    Sorry I am so late in visiting - life has been a little busy of late.

    have a lovely weekend
    x

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