Ring out the old, ring in the new

I am honoured to be invited as Creative Guide for today at Vintage Journey. When I read Alfred Tennyson words it jingled a new year resolution into my ears. I just had to create a small canvas, that I can hang on my wall to remind me to live the life I’ve imagined, and if I have hardship or some obstacles, just ring that bell and go on, be myself. Here are the words chosen by Brenda:

“Ring out the old, ring in the new,

Ring, happy bells, across the snow:

The year is going, let him go;

Ring out the false, ring in the true.”


My canvas is 6×6 and I worked on the backside of it. First I applied a layer of tissue papers to get some texture. At the middle I used Tim’s Postale tissue wrap, while on the frame I used white tissue wrap. I covered the tissue layer with a thin layer of picket fence distress paint.

After it dried I coloured the middle with blue jeans distress stain spray.

I cut a fir tree from chipboard and cut a circle in the middle. I hanged there a little bell to ring. I painted my fir tree with picket fence distress paint.

In the meanwhile I layer of frosted film on the middle part of my canvas to get an icy look and distressed the white edges with the inner side with faded jeans distress ink and the outer side with brushed corduroy distress ink.

My fir tree got a layer of peeled paint distress paint and forest moss distress ink. For a frosty shining feeling I used some frosted crystal embossing powder. The snow is splattered picket fence distress stain spray. I used a simple hemp rope.

I used Tim’s sentiment from his stamp set Stampers Anonymous CMS 063 to remind me to my goal with archival jet black ink. I distressed the edges with walnut stain distress ink and added a hinge clip. Finally I applied the sentiment to burlap.

It was time to let it snow on my canvas, so I added some texture paste roughly with a palette knife and while it was wet I poured some clear rock candy distress glitter.

Somehow I wanted to remind myself for the old times as well, not too loud of course, so I cut some bells from old music sheet from Tim’s Menagerie paper stash and distressed the edges with walnut stain distress ink.

Oh and these bells need to hang on something, so I coloured a piece of crinkle ribbon with worn lipstick distress stain spray, made a bow.

I found some place for my old vintage bells at the corner of my resolution canvas:

Hope you enjoyed to join me on board for today’s inspiration at Vintage Journey.


About lerusho

I am obsessed with experimenting, using my fantasy and creating new and unique visions. The challenges are endless and that gives me real inspiration.
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22 Responses to Ring out the old, ring in the new

  1. vickiross says:

    Very nice, Ruth. I particularly like seeing how you used the texture paste! Great start to the New Year.

  2. Rasz Souza says:

    What a beautiful piece. Something to look at throughout the year and remind you of your year’s intentions! Happy New Year!

  3. katyoparty says:

    Hello! I love the way you used the back of the canvas. What a clever idea! I think you illustrated the quote beautifully.

  4. Lisette says:

    I just adore this, another piece I would love to own! What is interesting is that I have a same size canvas out on my table with a thought to make a shadow box. I have the paper prepared for the back and the elements for the decoration, but have been contemplating how to prepare the outside of the frame and was wondering how tissue might work – now I know! Thank you 🙂

  5. what a cool idea to use the canvas the other way around.

  6. Such a sweet canvas you created Ruth…
    lovely details and perfect sentiments too!

  7. kampysgirl says:

    what a fabulous make Ruth!! I love the inverted frame design you created on!! ! Bravo!

  8. Ruth, I am sad to say I am terrible with remembering which blog I went on for what, and I went to A Vintage Journey to see if that was the new challenge I was looking for. It was not, but I saw your lovely canvas, and just wanted to say first that your artwork is stunning, second, that I am finally happy to see a face connected with your blog, and third, I was laughing out loud when I saw your first step! Last night, rather late, I came across a Mixed Media challenge blog that I thought I would like to participate in. I pulled the first thing I could find off my pile of stuff to alter, which was actually a test piece from another project and started adding a wad of thrown away tissue paper I pulled out of the trash. It looks just like your photo! This kind of weirdness happens to me more often than not. I think mine might end up a little different though! They want wings!

    Your bio was fabulous to read! Your artwork is so you and your writing is so your artwork! Lovely!

  9. windinn says:

    This is so beautifully textural Ruth that I want to inhale it with my fingers! Lovely, lovely, lovely.

  10. zksmith says:

    Beautiful and very creative!

  11. Abigail Davidson says:

    Wow, the whole piece is beautiful! Especially like the gradient from blue to gold and the 3-D effect of the tree and bell. So inspiring!

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