Life By The Seat Of My Pants

Evening Stroll

Posted on: March 6, 2012

VivaLasVegaStamps has some of the most delightful stamps I have seen. They have a wide variety of choices including everything from birds to words, fantasy to nature. They have some of the best steampunk stamps I have seen and they even have a special section of naughty stamps for those of us with a dirty mind 😉 Not only does VivaLasVegaStamps have tons of stamps, they also carry a myriad of other products including miracle tape, ephemera and one of my new favorite products, Terri Sproul’s Mixers!

When you order from VLV you get to choose from three different mounting options; wood mounted, cushioned or unmounted. I always choose unmounted because you get a FABULOUS discount on the price! Visit the VivaLasVegaStamps blog for more fantastic projects and ideas.

I am applying for the VivaLasVegaStamps design team and I created the garden wall in this painting using their Decorative Frieze stamp.

You can view the full video tutorial below. All images can be clicked to enlarge.

I am all about upcycling, so this mixed media painting is on an 8.5 X 6 piece of cardboard that was box divider in a shipment I received. I covered the cardboard with a magazine page that reminded me of a Victorian garden. I painted over some of the flowers to make them stand out a bit more and then gave the entire image a wash of white acrylic craft paint and water.

I found an image of a vintage lady online, but she was standing in a group and part of her dress was covered by another ladies dress. I cut my lady out and then drew a replica of her skirt bottom onto watercolor paper. I could have covered her entire skirt, but I liked the idea of having some of her original skirt showing, so I only covered half. I painted her entire dress with Neocolor II’s to give it more color and conceal my handy work 🙂

I created a garden wall using Creative Paperclay® modeling material and VivaLasVagaStampsDecorative Frieze. I rolled the Creative Paperclay® out and then embossed it by pressing the stamp into it. I cut out my image and let it dry completely. I didn’t decide to cut it into sections until after it was completely dry, but because it was thin, I was able to cut it with a knife and good bit of pressure 😀

I painted the Paperclay pieces first with a wash of Adirondack alcohol inks (Latte) mixed with a bit of rubbing alcohol and then using a makeup sponge, I rubbed on some Distress Ink (Vintage Photo.) Using a dry brush (only brushing the tops of the embossed image) I painted over the pieces again with Liquitex Basics acrylic paint in Unbleached Titanium.

I stamped over my white washed garden image with a pretty text stamp using Archival ink (black) and then again with a decorative flourish stamp using Distress Ink (Peeled Paint.)

I gave my lady some dimension using Distress Ink (Forest Moss) before gluing her onto the painting and then with a wash of alcohol ink (Latte) and rubbing alcohol after.

I glued on all of my garden wall pieces and painted my quote “She loved to take an evening stroll in the garden” using a wash of black acrylic craft paint and water. Lastly I framed the entire  painting with Distress Ink (Dusty Concord)

I really enjoyed making this project and I reeeeeeeeeally hope I am chosen for the VivaLasVegaStamps Design Team!

Wish me luck!!!!


10 Responses to "Evening Stroll"

thanks for your submission to the viva las vegastamps design team.. wonderful video with great techniques…

Thank you 😀 My fingers are crossed!

Great Upcycle. You KNOW I love good upcycle! 🙂 Good Luck with your DT submission!!

Thank you! Good luck to you too 😀

Love the techniques… I gotta learn to do videos!!!! Good Luck!

Thank you. Videos are easy, let me know if I can help.

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