Thursday, February 28, 2019

Follow Your Heart Mixed Media Vignette Box For A Vintage Journey

Hello everyone and thank you for stopping by, I have a very special project to share with you today that I created for our 5th birthday celebration at A Vintage Journey (can't believe that it's been five years already!). Brenda is our lovely hostess for this month's 'Celebrate The Journey' challenge and here is her brief:

Join the journey for our Birthday challenge. Include the word or any images that depict a journey or even something that shows a creative journey you are on. Please tell us how your project fits the theme in your blog post and remember to create in one of our preferred styles of vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk.

I thought long and hard about what word or image would tell my creative journey story and, in the end, came to the conclusion that whatever road I have taken has always been because I have followed my heart and done what I love. So that became my theme and here is the mixed media vignette box assemblage I ended up creating.

Follow along with me and I'll show you how I made it, let the journey begin!

I started out with a Tim Holtz Vignette Box and Baseboard Frame.

The frame was whitewashed with gesso and then coloured with Distress Crayons in Tumbled Glass and Stormy Sky. A coat of DecoArt Media Crackle Glaze followed and then the frame was coloured again with Walnut Stain Distress Crayon after the crackle glaze had dried.

The outside of the Vignette Box and the back side of the frame were covered with Floral Collage Paper.

Both were then given a coat of Crackle Glaze and coloured with Distress Crayon in Vintage Photo and Ground Espresso for an aged appearance.

On the inside of the Vignette Box, the sides were covered with Melange Tissue Wrap and coloured with Stormy Sky Distress Crayon. The recessed back was covered with a piece of Distress Mixed Media Heavystock that had been inked with shades of blue Distress Oxide Inks, stamped with the Ledger Script stamp and Ground Espresso Distress Archival Ink and then stenciled with Transparent Gloss Texture Paste through the Flourish Layering stencil.

Two eye hooks were aged with Distress Crayon (Rusty Hinge, Tumbled Glass and Ground Espresso) and screwed into the sides of the Vignette Box.

A resin frame was painted with Ground Espresso Distress Paint, as was a gold heart locket from my stash. The Distress Paint was wiped back while still wet from the raised areas on both pieces. The frame was then brushed with Champagne Ice DecoArt Metallic Lustre. Air dry paper clay was inserted into a sun mold (sorry, can't remember where I got it from!) and when dry it was painted with Brushed Corduroy Distress Paint and stippled with Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint. After it had dried, the sun was given a wash of diluted Ground Espresso Distress paint and then the raised areas were finger painted with DecoArt Media Interference Gold.

Two chipboard flourishes were painted with Weathered Wood Distress Paint and a coat of DecoArt Crackle Glaze. After the glaze was dry, the flourishes were coloured with Walnut Stain Distress Crayon that was wiped back to reveal all those lovely crackles.

Flowers were die cut with the Small Tattered Florals die from cardstock that had been painted with Aged Mahogany and Rusty Hinge Distress Paints. Some metal gears were added between the flower layers on the larger posies and they all had Brushed Corduroy Distress Glitter added to their centers.

A Salvaged Doll was coloured with Stonewashed and Mushroom Alcohol Inks with the Alcohol Ink Blending Pen. The doll was then given a wash of diluted Ground Espresso Distress Paint that was wiped back while still wet.

The sun, heart and frame were adhered on the inside of the Vignette Box and some of the flowers added along the bottom.

The prepared Frame was adhered to the front of the Vignette Box along with a couple of Quote Chips that were aged with DecoArt Crackle Glaze and Walnut Stain Distress Crayon.

The two chipboard flourishes were glued together and adhered to the top of the Vignette Box.

A few charms and embellishments from my stash were aged with Distress Crayons (Rusty Hinge, Ground Espresso and Tumbled Glass). Some Words Remnant Rubs were selected and added to a couple of the charms (the 'possibility' charm is one of Tim Holtz's Tag Labels and the light bulb charm is an Edison Bulb from Emerald Creek Craft Supplies).

I didn't have a Vignette Finial large enough for my Vignette Box so took an old spool, painted it with Ground Espresso Distress Paint, Weathered Wood Crackling Medium and DecoArt Media Titan Buff. It was then given a blue tinge with Distress Crayon in Stormy Sky and Faded Jeans.

A strip of torn muslin was coloured with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and then I stamped my 'story' with Tim's Ledger Script stamp and Ground Espresso Distress Archival Ink onto it.

The stamped muslin was wound around the spool and tied on with a piece of jute twine, the Vignette Box was adhered on top of the spool and my Follow Your Heart mixed media vignette box was complete.

Here are a few closeups of the finished piece.

I gave the little Salvaged Doll a Treasures Adornments crown aged with Distress Crayon and then added a wee die cut heart to her chest and gave her one of the little flowers to hold.

I hope that you have enjoyed seeing how my project came together and that you've been inspired to join in our 'Celebrate The Journey' challenge to share your creative journey with us all. Make sure to pop by A Vintage Journey to see what the other Creative Guides have made for our birthday challenge and hope to see your projects linked up soon. Happy creating!

Deb xo


  1. Deb I adore this piece, following your heart has made your journey a very special one. The beauty in this piece is just jaw dropping. It has so many gorgeous details and they are all so harmonious. Just fabulous xxx

  2. Your magnificent project tells a wonderful story Deb of who you are as a person and as an artist. You are strong and kind with a sunny disposition and a loving heart. You share your talents and ideas freely, you are curious and see the possibilities in everything and everyone. You continue to to develop your skills and creativity in many directions and you’re not afraid to follow your heart. Thank you for sharing your amazing projects and ideas with us as a Creative Guide at AVJ, for your wonderful support and friendship and for being a fabulous team player. Huge hugs xxx

  3. Your vignette box is absolutely stunning Deb xx There is so much to look at with wonderful detail/techniques incorporated. Its been a pleasure to share the journey with yu and I wish you a very hapy Anniversary xx

    Huge hugs Annie xx

  4. Oh Deb, what a wonderful piece this is and what a great and detailed step out!! So many incredible details, from the fab crackle on the the frame to all the stunning embellishments, - it is a real piece from the heart!!
    It has been wonderful to have you join our team at AVJ and I look forward to more friendship and sharing for many years to come!!

  5. OH, MY GOODNESS, Deb!When I first saw this magnificent vignette box, I could not wait to get over to see the details, and you did not disappoint! I adore every single wonderful thought out, crackled detail from the frame to the embellishments. I am just ga-ga over this project, Deb, and you can really tell you created this from your heart! What a wonderful reminder of the 5th year celebration at A Vintage Journey this will be! Sending you big hugs!

  6. What a glorious vignette box, Deb - with such stunning crackle, and just perfect perched on its wrapped pedestal. I love the metal dangles either side, the golden gleaming sun at the heart of things, and your altered Salvaged Doll is pure genius! Gorgeous colours throughout too. What a great celebration of the journey. Happy AVJ Birthday! It's an honour and a delight to travel with you.
    Alison x

  7. Deb, I think this is my favourite ever, of your projects, it is absolutely stunning. The crowned doll is beautiful, the sun, heart and frame are wonderful additions. I love the crackle on the frame and the flourishes and flowers are beautiful finishing touches. Love the charms too! It is so hard to believe that AVJ is 5 year old and it has been such a pleasure seeing your art grow over that time! Hugs, Anne xx

  8. Such a lovely project Deb - I love the crown and all the other elements. You should always "Follow your heart." Hugs, S@ndy

  9. This has been put together with so much love and thought Deb, It really is a piece to be cherished as it shows as quoted above your story. We all have one to tell but they are not all shared so beautifully as this one is. Amazing work! Thank you so much for sharing.
    Creative wishes Tracey x

  10. This is a fabulous project, love all the details. Just a lot of eye candy!

  11. This is a stunner Deb! Love all the elements you used. Gorgeous colors too. Congrats to AVJ.

  12. Ooooh Deb I don't know where to start - I am in crackle and detail heaven!!! This is stunning - I love how you alter everything and add so much that makes me want to reach out and touch it all. Just brilliant - a pleasure to be on this journey with you. Nikki xxx

  13. What a beautiful piece Deb - I read through your whole description - and was happy to see how much you used your Distress Crayons - I have not used mine a lot and am glad for this inspiration! love all the pieces you put together here - the gorgeous AI coloring on the salvaged doll - I've printed that out for future reference - a wonderful Journey piece for the challenge! xx

  14. A fantastic piece of creativity, Deb that emdodies your inner strength and belief to always follow your heart and do what you love - qualities as admirable as your creativity here.

    Thanks you so much for being such a great teammate and lovely friend, Deb. I feel honoured and humbled to have been able to share the AVJ journey with you since we first joined the team together. I can remember how super excited we both were :) and if you are anything like me, still are ! :)
    Heres to many more happy creative AVJ years together .


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