I start most of my projects with browsing through all my wooden boxes and drawers with old paper scraps, snippets, tiny glass vials, ribbons, buttons and whatever else I have been hoarding since I started to indulge in creating mixed media art. Often that results in finds of long forgotten treasures - which always feels as if I'd found them another time (which is kind of rewarding - even though I also always promise myself to try to get more control over all the stuff I have and get better at using it up). For this project I pulled out a match box that holds tiny manufacturers labels that I have saved from some watch glasses I used quite some time ago, some feathers I gathered on my nature walks, a lovely strip of dry embossed black paper and a scrap of embossed wood grain cardboard (that was a left over from making loads of wood planks for one of my card board mansions I've made). Also a used and dried tea bag, some old watch parts and Dresden trim left overs. My base to work on was a chunky wooden panel with some not so intriguing home decor print on it (I love to buy these at the sales sections of home decor stores at the ridiculous price of one or two Euros as they are a really cool substrate to work on). My plan was to first do a grungy crackled background, then create some awesome nature feel texture in some spots by stamping into PaperArtsy Grunge Paste and combine that with maybe a little aged looking glass vial holding the feathers. The rest of the design - as always - would reveal itself to me during the process.
I really love the aged look of my vial and the intense colour of the embossed paper strip that holds it in place!
To visually fuse all the elements of my assemblage piece I found I needed to repeat the circle shape of the button at least one other time - so I painted a left over die cut reinforcement ring with Fresco Finish Acrylic - Taupe (FF60) to add it to the mix.
The reinforcement ring got another watch glass label added on top and for a final touch I painted tiny dots of Fresco Finish Acrylic - Sage (FF66) around it and also a thin Fresco Finish - Blue Lagoon (FF132) border with tiny dots at the bottom right underneath a lovely vintage lace trim from my cigar box.
To create really tiny dots I like to use my smallest size hand embossing tool. Much better than a detail brush in this case.
As it was already on my desk I used DecoArt - Decou-Page (Antique) again to glue all the bits in place and finish off the project. Once everything had dried the feathers finally found their new home in the tinted glass vial!