Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Tackling Scarecrows and Finnabair Mixed Media Style

Hello Friends! It's so nice to see you here today! Thank you :)

Before I move onto my project for today... some of you might have seen or participated in a discussion on my Facebook wall about the recent change in the number of visits on my blog. 

I've noticed a very sudden drop in your lovely visits and it almost broke my heart thinking that I might have done something that has discouraged you from visiting. This may well be the case (although I sincerely hope it's not... please do let me know if it is!) but it appears that other bloggers have experienced this decline, too :(. We've discovered that recently some new posts stopped showing in our blogger news feeds and the side bar blog rolls are also often out of date. 

I wonder if you have noticed anything similar - please do share your thoughts. With this in mind I would again like to invite you to follow my blog via alternative ways, just so you don't miss any of my posts in the future. I find that the most reliable way is following by email and you can subscribe to my blog here. I usually post once, sometimes twice a week so your inbox should not get too 'clattered' with the email updates lol :). Alternatively you can follow my blog via Bloglovin' or on my Facebook page here.

OK, back to my project. Today I'm sharing an altered frame I made for Stampendous. You can view my full tutorial HERE.

I've recently got totally inspired by this phenomenal altered mirror my dear friend Terry shared on her blog. Please do check it out - I promise you will keep coming back for another look!

I decided that I just HAD to have a go. especially after having craved to try this kind of a mixed media play for ages. In case you haven't come across this wonderful artist Anna Dabrowska from Tworzysko Finnabair, you must definitely visit her blog. I've been drooling over Finn's art for a very long time and it was about time I had a little play myself :).

As for the inspiration behind the theme...:). I’ve always been fascinated by scarecrows. although when I was little I used be a little afraid of them, too. My grandparents once had a mahoosive scarecrow in their field and at the time it looked so real and magical to me. It had a proper coat, hat and trousers, it moved when the wind was blowing so there was nothing to tell me that it wasn't real…. even the straw face didn't alert me then . Funny how differently things look when you are a kid!

In my project I was trying to capture exactly this – the magical look of a scarecrow in a middle of a field bursting with crops, flowers, butterflies and a riot of colour. I also thought that Finnabair’s style would be the perfect way to recreate my idea of a countryside field full of colour and texture.

For my piece I used cling Friendly Scarecrow stamp from Lisa Hindsley collection and Fran-tage Green Glass Glitter, as well as buckets of gesso, spray inks and DODZ from the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L.

I hope you will find a moment to hop over to Stampendous blog to view my today's post and tutorial. Thank you again for visiting today and for all your lovely comments. Every single one of them is appreciated and received with a great joy.

Hope you have a fabulous week!

Big crafty hugs

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Challenges for this project:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Say it with stamps
PanPastel UK #39 - Anything goes
Fashionable Stamping Challenges #57 - Autumn Colours
Frilly and Funkie - Colours of Autumn
The Artistic Stamper October - Alter something
Top Tip Tuesday #111 - Flowers
Vintage Stamping Challenges #12 - Anything from your garden
Scrapki Wyzaniowo #81 - Vintage


Jamie Martin said...

I love this frame and how you added the lace!! I will definately try this, beautiful.

Meresanth said...

This is absolutely amazing! I love all the texture and colour! Makes my head spin in a good way! :)

Netty said...

Gorgeous project Asia, I love it.
As you know I have had the same problem with the feeds from Blogger. Annette x

Joanna said...

Pieknie. Piekna praca i post bardzo fajnie napisany :) teraz hop na step by step :)

Terry said...

Now you have inspired me to do another on a more lighter side! This truly takes my breath away with all the lovely Autumn colors and findings and all those glorious layers! That scarecrow image does project a feeling of magic! I adore this totally! Big hugs!

Brenda Brown said...

Visiting via FB my friend, haven't looked at my Blogger feed today. I just love this Finn styled frame, beautiful work and gorgeous colours. You did a great job on it.
hugs {brenda} x0x

Ros Crawford said...

This is amazing!! You've incorporated just about everything into this ... and what a cute ole scarecrow!

Carol Q said...

wow that's fabulous Joanna! beautiful colour choice. looks like it has a layer of "mould" growing over it - don't be insulted - I love it! :)

Drycha said...

What a great shading! I like it!

Cindy Gay said...

Love the frame and your techniques! I'm thinking maybe a full shot of your project at the top of your post rather than a detail shot might draw bloggers to open up the full post. Not to worry......your work is superb!

Meggymay said...

Absolutely gorgeous, amazing textures and details. Thanks for sharing it with us at FSC,
Yvonne xx

Buttons said...

Love this to bits! Such fabulous use of these techniques and beautiful colours. Thanks so much for sharing it with us at Frilly and Funkie. Hugs, Jenny x

toni said...

Fabulous altered mirror i love the textures and yummy colours x

Dots Dabbles said...

Hi Joanna, Wow!!!! You have certainly captured the effect that you were after. The scarecrow looks right at home amongst the burst of life around him. Great colours, great style and great texture.
Thanks for joining in the fun over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.
Dot x

soapHOUSEmama said...

WOW! This is outstanding! Thanks for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! - Ashli :)

Shirley Chillman said...

Just had to come and have a closer look at this amazing project Joanna and I am glad I did. So much to see and digest whilst looking ... love it.

Huge hugs from Shirl x x x x

With my DT hat on ... Love it even more.

Thank you for sharing with us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.

Crafty hugs from Shirl x x

Tracy said...

Oh my...I am in love with this full of life ..colors and texture....inspiring indeed!!
So glad you joined in over at premium crafts chalkenge and good luck!!
Tracy xxx

Candy C said...

Asia...absolutely stunning piece! Gorgeous detail, amazing depth and dimension. Love the scarecrow among the flowers....just a beautiful piece. Thanks for sharing your art with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. <3 Candy

Sue C said...

Beautiful frame Joanne ! Love the Finnabair style ! Sue C x

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Absolutely stunning piece.wonderful blend of colour. Fantastic texture and dimension. Love the scarecrow nested inside the embellishments. Thanks so much for joining in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Tracy x

Mrs.B said...

HI Joanna, absolutely stunning, love the addition of the scarecrow image.
Thanks for sharing with us at FSC
Avril xx

Emma Williams said...

Wow!!! This is wonderful...another fabulous piece of art and just stunning, as always! xx

Lisa S. said...

Oh my gosh Joanna, I love this! The colors are gorgeous and thanks for the close ups showing all the texture on this fab project. Love the inspiration I always find here. :) Hugs

Sarah Lynch said...

I just discovered your blog and you are amazing! Love this scarecrow! New follower...come visit me sometime

Anonymous said...

Very in depth and lots to look at too! Thanks for Playing along with us this time at Top Tip Tuesday Challenge, don't forget we have a DT call too! hugs Samantha :0)

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

Totally fabulous, Asia. Such gorgeous mixed media Finnabair style piece - color, depth, texture - all absolutely perfect and I love your scarecrow. So happy to have you joining in the fun with us for our recent Colours of Autumn challenge at Frilly and Funkie! Thanks so much for playing along.

Anonymous said...

This is just gorgeous, love the colours.

Moira xx

Deborah said...

This project is a wow absolutely beautiful TFS

Georgie C said...

Eye-popping wowzers! I just adore this layering and mixed media fabulousness - it's stunning and the colours are perfect!! xx

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