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.