Monday, 25 August 2014

Paris Assembly



Thanks for visiting, possibly for the second time. Details of the project below this one can, be found at A Vintage Journey

Having been away for most of July and a good chunk of August, I have been unable to play along with the Compendium of Curiosity challenges, so this time round I was determined to join in again. It's challenge 9 already, how time flies... I am sorry also to be posting twice on one day, times are so busy.
Here is my second make, I just had to fit it in quickly:

This time round, the Curiosity Crew are  playing with those cool Sizzix Alterations Framelits!  Tim explains this technique on page 63 in  A Compendium of Curiosities, Vol.3, for the details, you will have to check there.

I am lucky enough to own a few of these sets but for this challenge decided to play with the French Flight one. As the Frilly and Funky challenge blog are running an ATB challenge right now  and are doing a blog hop together with Eileen Hull's Art with Heart challenge where the theme is anything goes, I thought I'll kill 3 birds with one stone (well not really, I would never kill a bird), but you know what I mean, so as you can see, I made another ATB.

I cut the block from thick black card. Next I created my panels, using one of my favourite collage techniques. Below I'll show a quick step by step:
1.Cover your substrate with scraps of paper, I used various bits from Tim Holtz's ephemera and papers.
2. Use a stencil to add texture, I used Wendy Vecchi's Crackle Texture Paste and Tim's Harlequin stencil, then add a thin watered down layer of Gesso. Wipe away some of the gesso using a baby wipe so parts of the papers come through again. I actually love how it looks now, and could have left it, but on this occasion took it a bit further:
3. Adding colour, using Distress inks, further collage elements and some of the stamped and die cut framelets,  after all that is the theme of the CoC challenge and finally adding shadow with Distress Markers..

Below you can see what the other sides finished up as:
This is going to be the front panel, I used 3 different stamps of the framelets set.
One of the sides

The other side.
The lid, using another one of the framelits.

For the Eiffel tower I stamped the image twice and cut it out with the matching die. I then cut loads more, both from Kraft card and corrugated card and glued them all together until the tower was fat enough to stand. I then glued it down on a large circle die cut with some greenery and flowers.
Below you can see how fat the tower is, it's actually completely free standing.
I then put the two things, tower and block together and that was it. Originally my idea had been to put the tower on top of the box, but it looked kind of weird so in the end I solved it like this. I fancied the lid of the box up a bit still by adding a piece cut with the Tim Holtz Pediment die and embellished with a little paper clay ornament which I had painted black with Black Soot DP. I high lighted the raised bits with Treasure Gold.
Hope you like it, - I had great fun making it. The Compendium of Curiosities challenge is sponsored this time round by the wonderful people at the Inspiration Emporium. And of course the wonderful Tim and Mario are offering a big prize packet as well for one lucky winner.

I am linking this project to the following 3 challenges:


Have a great week

65 comments:

Deborah said...

What a wonderful concoction. I love how you've constructed the tower and the ATB is so stylish.

Nikki Acton said...

This is a stunner! I thought I had been creative with this challenge, but you have definitely gone 3 steps on from me! I just adore it, from the backgrounds to the details. Nikki xx

Maryann Laursen said...

Definitely an absolut stunner Astrid. It is sooo gorgeous, elegant and genius made, and it looks so fantastic. You certainly are a genius to think and make these ideas, I´m so impressed and I absolutely LOVE the result here.

brenda said...

Oh wow Astrid, you don't just create a piece of artwork you make works of art. This is simply stunning and I am so pleased you share your creations with us all.

You asked about the wheat die, it's from Impression Obsessions. I had a job to find it in the UK but found a store via google (sorry don't recall their name)using the code DIE085-X and it brought up their web site. At the same time I got some lovely bullrush and dragonfly set by the same company DIE087-P.

I think (should really know as I design for them) but I believe Cheery Lynn also do a wheat die.

B x

Sue C said...

Gorgeous Astrid! Love all the panels and how you built up the layers. Your Eiffel Tower is fabulous and I love how it stands away from the ATB. Sue C x

Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie too!

Heather Jacob said...

sooooooooooooooo amazing. I adore everything here xoxox

klistersøster said...

What a lovely piece. Your colors match perfectly well. And I love your Eiffel Tower.

Hugs Susan

Annie said...

Wow......love this Astrid.....amazing details and great depth ....TFS and hugs Annie x

Stamps and Paper said...

Absolutely amazing work Astrid wonderful colours and textures

Anne

Rita said...

What a fantastic display Astrid. Love it all. Enjoy your Day. Hugs Rita xxx

rachel said...

this is amazing astrid - absolutely brilliant. the details are fabulous and the whole piece rocks! love it x

Buttons said...

Jaw-droppingly incredible Astrid!!! I LOVE the way you've made those panels with the mixed ephemera, and the base with the Tower and flowers is beautiful! Thank you so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Jenny x

Ruth said...

Fabulousness! Wonderful 3D, love the Eiffel Tower, the ATB , all of it, wonderful work Astrid, love, love, love it! Ruth x

Juliz Design Post said...

Oh Astrid, this is so good and it has a magical feel, as the way you have designed the opening of the box makes you want to peek in. Loving the texture crackle paste and the. 3d Eiffel Tower. A sure winner !
Where do you get your heavy black card stock from, heard you mention it a few times recently.
Julie x

Rosie Schirrmeister said...

Ooh, Astrid, I adore your gorgeous Paris creation. Soooo lovely

Fliss said...

Wow Astrid! What an absolute stunner. Amazing effects and the Eiffel Tower is so cleverly made.
Fliss xx

Karen Garrard said...

Fabulous piece Astrid. Thanks for sharing how you created the panels. Love everything on this ATB. Karen.x

Dots Dabbles said...

This is absolutely amazing Astrid! Everything comes together so beautifully. I couldn't pick a favourite panel...there is so much goodness to each one!
Dot x

Inky and Quirky said...

This should be in an art gallery,Astrid! I absolutely love it,the layering technique really is something you excel at. Wonderful

Hugs
Donna xxx

Maryanne said...

This is an amazing assemblage, Astrid! I love it and love how you made the tower free standing by gluing layers together. Brilliant!

Mary Elizabeth said...

Oh my goodness Astrid ... this is gorgeous!!! Love the collage panels. Amazing images and textures. And the tower ... just inspired. Love this project with its pops of red. Marvelous make. -- Mary Elizabeth

Meggymay said...

Awesome creation, so many gorgeous details on each surface.
I have enjoyed reading your last posts and having a catch up, as always so much to inspire.
Yvonne

Candy C said...

Astrid...as always, your beautifully crafted art just blows me away. I so love your blended colors to create a soft distressed effect on your box and your Eiffel Towel. Just beautiful! Your box is amazing! Each side so beautifully detailed. Love it! Your Eiffel Tower made from framelits is darling and the perfect accent piece to sit alongside your gorgeous little trinket box. Thanks so much for sharing your art with all of us at CC3C. <3 Candy

Anita Houston said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE that way you did the Eiffel Tower Astrid! The box is wonderful...each side...and love the whole scene! Thanks so much for playing along with us on the Framelits and Stamps Challenge at CC3Challenge!!!

Redanne said...

This really does have the wow factor Astrid, from your amazing collages panels to the stunning Eiffel Tower! Beautiful, just beautiful.... Anne xx

Terry said...

Wow Factor is so right! Your ATB has so many lovely details and each panel such does tell an artful story! I am loving your use of the crackle paste and am adding that to my list! The Eiffel Tower standing so beautifully next to that incredible box another wonderful touch. Love this!

Ros Crawford said...

You make everything look so simple ... this is amazing!

May said...

Fabulous work Astrid, Love all the elements... the tower is amazing...Love the design of it all....Hugs May x x

johanna said...

thanks for your comment on my Edinburgh photos, Astrid! you live in a beautiful town really!

wonderful artwork... like you i would have hesitated to work on at step 2 also, it is great for itself! wonderful end result though!

Margie said...

You had me at "Paris" Astrid as I love everything French and you certainly didn't disappoint! I love what you have done with the tower and it certainly complements the ATB which is beautifully decorated. I just happen to have that Framelits set and you've given me such much needed inspiration here.

isisimaginings.com said...

Wow. That is seriously impressive. And so gorgeous too. the Eiffel tower looks great & I love the ATB.

Sue said...

Hello Astrid,
The Eiffel looks wonderful,and like all the comments I also think the work on your ATB is just amazing.
Smiles:)
Sue

Marjie Kemper said...

Thud. Picking my bruised chin up off the floor... this takes my breath away, Astrid! Speechless.

Angela Radford said...

Great project Astrid, love it.
Happy crafting, Angela x

Paper Profusion said...

Consider all above restated Astrid... Its an awesome, beautiful artwork. Nicola x

Cheryl Grigsby said...

Well you've knocked me out again, as I knew you would. This is just beautiful. Your Eiffel Tower is just perfect, you made just the right choice. Thanks for entering CC3C, I always look forward to your entry!

massofhair said...

Spectacular, awesome and a joy to look at:-) xxx

mamablitger said...

Astrid... STUNNING piece of art ! Gosh you so talented !! Love all the details. You really took my breath away ( again !! )
Can I ask if you can please tell me if you used a mold for the lovely paper clay ornament ??? It just fits perfectly where you placed it... But would love to know if you created it from a mold ??? Please can you help.. ??
Thank you for sharing your art !!
Hugs from SPAIN

Astrid Maclean said...

Mamablitger, Thank you for all your lovely comments always first of all. I have often wondered whether you have a blog so I can pay you a return visit. Whenever I click on your blogger profile, I only see the list of blogs you follow.

Anyway, as to your question, yes I made it with a mold, it is a Martha Stewart one, as far as I remember it came in a set of 4 that also included some leaves. I bought it at a craft fair, so I am not sure of where it might be available to buy online. Hope you will see this, I don't know how else to contact you....

Greetings from Scotland

Dorthe said...

Astrid, it is a fabolous block , I love all the different sides and what you created ,they are all gorgeous in every way,-colours,stamps,and the alwayes fantastic stenceling creating texture , in your art. Love your tower ,too what a great way to make it stand. So impressive dear.
Dorthe,xo

Sandy said...

I do honestly believe that God gave you some of the talent he meant for me. Which goes to show you - anyone can goof!
The minute I saw your box I really did think of Paris. A very expensive "parfume" box. My first wow came when I saw your rendition of the "Eiffel" tower up close. And I will say it again WOW!
Sandy xx

mamablitger said...

Oh Astrid... Gosh I'm so grateful for your help. Yes it was kind of co-incidence that I saw that you repkied to my question. And no I dont have a blog. Guess I ought to add my mail adress to my Google profile.
And another thing : I LOVE and ADORE your creations. I'm truly impressed. Both of what you create but also the amount you manage to create and share !! Artists like you means a LOT to me as inspiration ! I soak it from you !!!!
Thank you for all the fantastic things you share !! Honestly when I see there's a new post from you my spirit is lifted several degrees !!! Love to study all the fab details !!
Once again thank you for your help and time.
Sending grateful hugs.... Monica

Ingrid Kristina V said...

Oh wow! This is fabulous! I adore your Paris assembly, how very creative of you! The flower topper and all the texture on the cube are just amazing!
Ingrid xx

Donna Gibson said...

Hi Astrid, I absolutely adore this Paris ATB! Thank you for sharing all the steps you included on those yummy backgrounds! I've recently ordered that framelits set and now I'm even more eager to receive it. Although I won't do it justice as you did here!

Julia Aston said...

What a gorgeous project Astrid! thanks for sharing how you created your collages for the sides of this wonderful box - love the layered Eiffel tower accompanying it as well!

Marisa Job said...

Such a beautiful project!!! Very creative as always!!

--juliiu-- said...

This is simply AMAZING!

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Such beautiful art Astrid!

Hels Sheridan said...

AWESOME creation Astrid, love love love your Eiffel tower and the block looks beautiful... Thanks for playing along with the CC3 Challenge, hope to see you again soon x

Ana K. said...

Absolutely gorgeous project, Astrid!! You never cease to amaze me!
Hugs from Slovenia

Shari Trumbull said...

OMG Astrid!! This is a TOTAL winner!! :) :) Gosh, just when I think I make something cool for CC3, here you come and blow me out of the water with this GORGEOUS creation!! WOW!! I think I'll go sit in my closet now and sulk :) ;) LOL!! XOXO-Shari T.

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Wow, that's a breathtaking project. So many fantastic details. Just gorgeous.
Sorry for not being around these days. I'm very busy and there is no time for the computer.

Dee Adams said...

Brilliant!! X

pearshapedcrafting said...

Wow! and Wow! again! This is stunning! It really is a come back to piece because i can't take it all in at once! Fabulous! Chrisx

Cec said...

This is stunning. I love all the techniques and details in the box and the fabulous scene you created although it is making me a bit sad. My goal this year was to get to Paris but the exchange rate is through the roof right now so that plan has been put on hold - maybe next year. Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie.
Hugs!
Cec

Lisa H said...

I love this!!! You make such great ATBs (among other project types of course. ;-) )

Annette Green said...

Wow, Astrid! This is amazing. Love the use of the framelits throughout and especially the dimensional Eiffel Tower. Fabulous!

Yvonne said...

What an amazing piece of art! Beautiful and so clever. Fabulous!

Margaret Mifsud said...

Awesome!! This pieces is simply amazing Astrid!! Love the colours and textures and loved that you explained the process!! Just love it all!! ox

butterfly said...

Jaw-droppingly cool!
Alison xx

Dianne said...

Hello Miss Astrid sorry for not dropping by still having trouble with my internet provider, at least I can visit now. okay this is **** THE BOMB **** LOVE IT.....

BLockHEad said...

Love it Astrid x

Linda Ledbetter said...

Astrid, congratulations! Your stunning piece is the Curiosity Crew's Choice for Challenge 9!!! It's absolutely sensational!

Please contact me at Linda(at)StudioL3(dot)com with your shipping info so I can get your prize in the mail.

Thanks so much for sharing your art with us!!

xoxo,
Linda

Ruth said...

Oh Astrid so so pleased for you CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! Well deserved for such a stunning piece! Couldn't be happier!! Ruth xx

Anneke said...

Gorgeous Astrid. THis is so pretty. Can't find the right words. Beautiful.
Have a good weekend Anneke xxx

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