Wednesday 16 May 2018

2018 #9 Vintage Neutrals: Nautical Notebook with ESC {by Autumn Clark}

2018 Topic 9: Vintage Neutrals

Autumn is on a 'Sponge Bob' roll of late with her underwater, nautical posts. It's an enduring theme, timeless, and great for those looking for a 'less feminine' theme. Off white with soft blues is a very peaceful and calming colour scheme and autumn has created a journal cover full of touchy-feely texture! Amazing how she creates her peeled paint effect!~ Leandra

Hi everyone, it's Autumn Clark with you today, and I'd like to share my tutorial for a planked wood background.  

When this topic was announced my mind instantly went towards a neutral chippy planked background, which I knew would be the perfect base for a nautical collage with the incredible new PaperArtsy Eclectica³ {Scrapcosy} Collection.  

I am a huge fan of muted palettes and "white space" or openness in design.  It was so rewarding to see this piece come to life.  I cannot wait to fill the pages of this book with sketches for new works!  But first, let me share this simple process...

I cut several "planks" down to size and adhered them to a gessoed greyboard that was cut to size for my graph paper pages.  I scraped Grunge Paste on the boards randomly for a rough natural look.  I added some tiny brads to each corner to resemble nail heads.  I painted a layer of Fresco Acrylic Paint in Blue Oyster then added some highlights in Taupe.  Next, I scraped on a layer of gloss gel medium.  Then I painted over more Fresco Acrylic Paint in Stone then added highlights in Chalk.  I allowed each layer to dry before the next layer was added.

When everything was sufficiently dry, I went in with my awl or paper piercer and scratched off the top layers of paint to reveal the blues and browns beneath.  The glossy gel both seals the base layer and allows the top coat to be scratched off.  I went back in with Distress Crayons and added some earthy tints here and there.

My stage was set to build my collage bundle.  I stamped my octopus and ship on scraps of gel-printed paper from my post HERE.  The other elements include die cut Distress Oxide inky paper, a chipboard anchor, paper flower, sisal fibers and Art Stones, and a couple of metal charms.  I made the "submarine window" to frame my focal creature with Seth Apter's  new Baked Texture embossing powder in Deep Sea and added some gold wax to help it blend with the tiny brads.  

Every tutorial I've read for creating planked backgrounds has been different.  And each time I've made my own they have been different.  But I must say, scratching into these painted layers to reveal slight undertones was my favorite process thus far!  It's truly good ole messy fun!   Perhaps you can try these techniques in a different way, on background or die cut frame maybe?  You will love the matte, vintage finish achieved with PaperArtsy Fresco Acrylics - no doubt!

Cheers, Autumn Clark

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Helen said...

stunning! I love the 'planks' and your notebook looks amazing.

Miriam said...

totally gorgeous! I love this!

Jennie Atkinson said...

Love love love your planks !!!! They are fabulous ... as is the rest of the project. x

Art By Wanda said...

This is fabulous, Autumn!!!

Susan Battensby said...

Absolutely love how your planks have turned out, gorgeous.
Beautiful journal cover.

Words and Pictures said...

Your weathered planks are sublime, Autumn - a fabulous technique which looks amazing as the support to your dimensional collage elements. Beautiful!
Alison x

na.olsen said...

Perfect ! I love the worn wood look with the nails ! You have inspired me to try a board like this ! Thank you for sharing and stirring my mojo :)

Margaret Mifsud said...

Your weathered plank background is awesome Autumn! It looks so realistic!I love how you achieved the peeled paint look and the tiny brads are perfect for the nails heads. Stunning collage too with wonderful layers and textures! Absolutely love this! xx

Paper Wishes said...

What a great way to create planks. They look amazing. Thanks for sharing this technique.

Redanne said...

I just love the way you created your planks, such a great idea, they really do look fantastic. A totally beautiful and inspiring piece Autumn! x

Marty F said...

Autumn, I love this!! Your planks are quite awesome and weathered-looking and thank you for sharing your method. I love these stamp sets - that octopus is so adorable and I love how you've got him layered up and the ship under. Just amazing, as always and can't wait to see more of this album! Hugs!!

sarascloset said...

WOW! Autumn, this is the best 'wood' I've seen on the blogs! So realistic, and those brads look like real nail heads! Thank you for sharing your process. This is definitely going to be pinned and your technique used! Your collage is so charming, and I especially love the porthole! (Squeal!) Can't wait to see the pages of your wonderful album! Hugs!

Raquel Burillo said...

Amazing texture, it seems so real! Actually, it's better than real! I'm craving to try this technique! And your collage it's awesome! My sea creatures and images couldn't be in better hands!! Thanks for the inspiration, Autumn!! xxx

Ruth said...

Wow, what a fabulous ‘plank’ tutorial, bookmarking this! Adore your seafaring take on this topic, stunning work as always! xx

craftimamma said...

Totally awesome book and the plank background is amazing. Love the scratching back bit! Fabulous collage of elements for the focal piece too.

Lesley Xx

maj. said...

Looks wonderful! What a great tutorial!!!

Etsuko said...

Stunning book cover Autumn. I just love the way you put all those Scrapcosy's stamps and elements together with great techniques and idea. xx