Friday 16 August 2013

Here comes Astrid...

Astrid was our DTMSM (Design Team Member’s Special Mention) in June and we think you will see why when you see this stunning project she is featuring for us this month as one of our Guest Designers.

"When I was invited to be guest designer at the Country View Crafts Challenge site I was delighted, especially when I found out that the theme was Quotes and Sayings, as I love adding these to my projects. I decided to make a little 5” x 7” mixed media canvas; - making these is another firm favourite.

I started by adding some texture through a couple of masks and when dry added some strips of Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap and tiny scraps of leftover Scrapbook paper to the canvas with gel medium.

Astrid_2 Next I added some Antique Linen and Weathered Wood Distress Paint using a brush rather than the applicator and spritzed with water to blend the two colours. I then added some Golden Fluid Acrylic paint in Paine’s Grey. I find the Golden Fluid Acrylics mix perfectly with the Distress paints as they are of a similar fluid consistency. I also added the eye stamp from the Tim Holtz Classic Favourites set, stamped on tissue paper with Jet Black Archival ink.
It needed something to frame it a bit so I inked around the edges with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. I then decided it was all a bit too dark and yellow, so out came the Dylusions White Linen Spray to tone it all down a bit. As I did not want the eye to disappear I covered that with a damp baby wipe first.

When I was happy with my background, the fun of embellishing it could begin. I added some flowers, chipboard and a scrap of cheesecloth, adhering it with more gel medium. When dry, (keeping the eye carefully covered) I used various sprays and mists over my embellishment cluster and finally added some highlights with Treasure Gold in White Fire, both on the embellishment cluster and around the edges of the canvas.
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Finally I stamped the Tim Holtz sentiment from his Way with Words set on to a scrap of one of his paper stashes that I had first toned down with some watered down Gesso. I stamped it in Black Archival and then embossed it with clear embossing powder to make it stand out a bit more. I cut and tore the lines into strips, added them to the canvas and then shaded around the edges with charcoal pencil for a bit more depth and that was it.

I would like to thank Country View Crafts for allowing me this guest design spot and hope you liked my project."


Thank you Astrid, your project is beautiful and such an inspirational make too!

If you haven’t entered yet we hope this will get your mojo into gear because we’d love to see what quotation or saying you like and what it conjures up in your crafting.

Another make soon. xxx


  1. Oh my goodness this is so beautiful Astrid, and once again you´ve managed to make it in my favoritcolors. It´s soo stunning work just like always hun.

  2. Brilliant work!! I always love to see your creations and learn from your techniques!!

  3. Amazing piece of art and a wonderful quote

    Love Chrissie x

  4. Good Morning Astrid. What a magnificent piece of art. Like you, I love quotes and your creation just rocks my boat. Hugs Rita xxx

  5. This is such a wonderful piece of art!!
    Great quote too!! LOVE it.
    xxx Marianne

  6. Hello Astrid

    Just had to come and look after seeing your sample on your blog. I am totally fascinated by the way you put things together it is very interesting to see the work in progress. Lovely!

    Crafty Hugs
    Heather xx

  7. Astrid i love this piece! Color palette is wonderful , background and embellishments too! Great great work! barbarayaya

  8. An absolutely gorgeous project, the textures and layers here are fab! A truly great piece x x hugs xtrace x

  9. This is beautiful, Astrid! The colors are so soft and almost mysterious with the eye peering out. Very beautiful!

  10. Just fabulous Astrid - I love all the individual elements and the colour mix is just stunning. I love how they all blend in so well together. And thanks for the great tutorial - always wonderful to see how your work comes together. Jenniex

  11. Wonderful piece of art and the words are brilliant. Love the colours and all the details.

  12. This is incredible!! What a work of art!

  13. Eye love this! What a gorgeous textured canvas. Love the sentiment and every detail! Hugs!

  14. Absolutely gorgeous, love the texture and colours - just beautiful. Hugs, Anne x

  15. OH so amazing, my friend- how gorgeous ,and beautiful.
    All your texture around that eye, looking so strong and straight into the world- and the great and so true qoute - I love it Astrid !
    Hugs from Denmark!!

  16. Great Canvas Astrid,
    The Colour palette is very pleasing to the eye, as is your eye! Perfect composition in this piece, and wonderful texture.

  17. Stunning work Astrid, this canvas is amazing. So glad you joined us this month with this fabulous work of art and thanks for sharing the steps you took to make it.
    hugs (brenda) x0x

  18. WOW...Stunning work Astrid... the texture & colours are fabulous... Love the eye & those words are sooooo true..Love it!! Hugs May x x x

  19. What amazing first thought was Wow! The textures and the composition are a feast for the eye, no pun intended.

  20. Love the layering on this canvas Astrid. Great balanced design too. Hugs, Jenny x

  21. WOOHOOO, I looooooove the title,and create a piece of stunning artwork you did, the background is enchanting,the words are captivating, the texture is something we all would like to feel, your embellishments are gorgeous, outstanding work Miss Astrid, thanks so much for all this inspiration..

  22. Another stunning piece of art Astrid. The textures and the colours are just perfect and the whole design is really beautiful ... as always, I love it!! oxox

  23. Ohhh arrhhh Astrid, this is exquisite plus .... !!! LOVE ...

  24. Oh MY DAYS Astrid!! So glad I am following you - this is totally.....
    Can't even think of right words (which for me is rare, lol).
    I'm in awe, I want to be able to do a piece like this, that eye is Stunning!! Every part of it is so grungey, textured gorgeous!!! :))

  25. Glorious! Wonderful seeing the layers building up to this exquisite finish - perfect colours, gilding, embellishing and quote - I LOVE it!
    Alison x


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