Found Relatives

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I have had a fun afternoon playing with Tim Holtz frayed fabric technique. I had some of the charm squares from Eclectic Elements range. I sewed on some film strip, a stamped and inked tag plus some charms. I followed the instructions in Compendium of Curiosities 3. Sorry I can’t tell you any details because I am entering Challenge 19 on Linda Ledbetter’s blog. Check out the DT work there, lots of inspiration! There are some great prizes to be won from Inspiration Emporium.

I decided to use the fabric as part of the cover for a new journal. I am very hesitant to start the journal ( because it’s so new and clean) so this was a good start.
I used grunge paste through a stencil to get some background texture then covered it in black gesso. TOTAL disaster the gesso splurged out over my jeans and favourite jumper!! No I wasn’t wearing an apron, but then I wouldn’t want black over my Tim apron either. So quick change and clothes in the washing machine. Sorry I forgot to take photos after the incident.
I highlighted the texture with Treasure Gold, Renaissance and Oxonite, I think the colours complement the fabric.

I love this Found Relatives photo of the three little boys. The guy in the cowboy outfit reminds me of a cowgirl set I had in the 1950’s. I gave them a Kraft Card frame to show them off.

I am also entering Challenge 25 at A Vintage Journey. The challenge is To Use a Portrait, sponsored by Country View Crafts. I think the young cowboys are a great portrait. Check out the DT, some beautiful projects on the blog.

I hope you enjoyed looking at my work. Please leave a message, I do appreciate your comments.

Jan x

31 thoughts on “Found Relatives

  1. Hi Jan. I love everything about this, from your textured background to the mix of frayed fabric and stitching. It all goes so perfectly with this Found Relative photo. Thanks for joining in the challenge at AVJ and good luck.
    Julie x

  2. Gorgeous album cover Jan!! Love all the wonderful layers and your background texture is amazing! Fabulous stitching and that measuring tape ribbon is such a great detail!! Love it! see you again soon, hugs šŸ™‚

  3. Jan…girl, I am loving this!!! It’s grungy and gritty and way cool on so many levels! I love all of the textures and dimension. The frayed fabric adds a softness to your piece that really is perfection. I love the colors, the machine stitching and how you’ve layered so many textures. From kraft paper to burlap…it looks fantastic. I also love your found relatives picture! So adorable. Thanks so much for sharing your lovely art with all of us at CC3C. <3 Candy

  4. Hi Jan!! I just LOVE your CC3 #19 creation!! I did the same and feel the same–I covered my art journal in the hopes of getting myself to create in it–but it’s just such a nice, clean art journal–I don’t want to ‘ruin’ it!! LOL!! OK–that could be the hoarder in me šŸ˜‰ šŸ™‚ LOL!! I also love how you incorporated AVJ’s challenge theme into your cover!! This looks like a double winner to me!! XOXO-Shari

  5. Alright, who took my brain? Jan, it took me a while but I have put 2 and 2 together, and found out it is YOUR work that I have been admiring! Wow, this is another brilliant found relative! I think you’ve nailed this with all the dreamy texture. I saw your other cover, but missed this one completely! I will crawl out from under my rock now, and tell you I love both pieces, and I can see why you like mine…2 minds thinking similarly:). Hugs!

  6. Just love this – fabulously textural and rugged, and a brilliant layered framing of that mischievous trio. Thanks so much for joining us on A Vintage Journey.
    Alison x

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