Saturday, May 9, 2015

French Wall Scroll

I am finally back! What I mean by that is, I feel like my muse has finally returned and I am back to getting the mixed media ideas from my head onto paper. Thank goodness! I kept having this image of an ivy wall in my brain so I created this simple altered clipboard.

This is what I started with for $1.00. A clipboard made of recycled materials, found at a local craft store. I did add the piece of paper. :)

I created my background first. I used so many different colored Adirondack Dabbers I don't even remember all the names. I think it was 8 or 9 colors. But I did start with Pearl for my base coat. I also used numerous Distress Inks. I created texture with a baby wipe scrunched up. While I was layering the Dabbers I also added the brick stencil to create my wall. The last color I added to the bricks was Archival Fern Green. 

I just kept adding until I liked the look. 

And more colors...
I also used a TH stamp-Cracks to give it more depth. There are cracks in the mortar between the bricks, cracks with the stamp, crack texture created with the Dabbers. 

I worked on my scroll between drying times with my background. I added the French Script stencil from Americana Decor with Coffee Archival Ink. Then flicked it with black and brown watered down DI. 

 I then added a layer of Americana Weathered Wood over the entire scroll. You can't see the cracks very well because I only gave the scroll a thin whitewash to age it. It received a spritz of Frost Shimmer just because I could. :)


I added my scroll to the clipboard and glued Spanish moss and other moss to the left edge and behind the scroll. 

Lastly I added some hand painted roses and spring greenery with little dew drop crystals left over from another project. 


I feel like my old self again and have already started another altered clipboard along the same lines as this one. Carpe Diem! 


I will be sharing this piece with the following challenges:

Frilly and Funkie-Snap, Crackle, Crackle

Recycle, Repurpose, ReInvent-Must Recycle My clipboard is made of recycled materials.

Little Red Wagon #288-Distress It

Through The Craft Room Door-May 5-May 11th-Anything Goes

Rhedds Creative Spirit-Altered Art Anything Goes

All Crafts Challenge-Anything Goes, no cards





33 comments:

  1. Fabulous clip board Niki, loving your background it is glorious! the stencil is beautiful isn't it and i really love all the moss you have added. A lovely piece of Mixed Media. So glad you have found your mojo! :-) xxx

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    1. Me too Mo! I was getting worried. The moss was in my head for days, so it kinda looks like ivy, sort of? Haha!

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  2. Totally awesome!!! Love the scroll idea and that moss adds it such a great touch...Simply fantabulous cupcake!

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    1. Agreed Samra-cake! I have a whole bag of the moss so I need to get crackin on another canvas. :)

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  3. Very cool clipboard! Welcome back mojo. ;)

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    1. Thank you Nan! It was a long time coming. :)

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  4. This is a beautiful hanging. I totally agree with your thought and the creative satisfaction that you get when you can actually make something that you have envisioned in your mind. ..does that make sense to you Nikki . . I love the french scroll and the spurt of greenery here.

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    1. I understand exactly what you mean Rupa! It is a blessing when it happens and so much fun! More Spanish moss is in my future! Lol!

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    2. Hey popped back to say ...Thanks for sharing this with us at Rhedd's Creative Spirit this month. Good Luck, Rupa.DT

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  5. It didn't look like you had lost your mojo, but this is definitely a step up. It is a great feeling to be able to translate the brainwaves onto paper. The moss adds just the right touch. Great work!

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    1. Sometimes it gets lost in translation. Hehe! Thank you Alice.

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  6. She's baaack! Wonderful wall scroll Niki, the patina and aging is so great. Can't wait to see what you create next!

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    1. I feel like I am back in almost full swing Deb. I caught a cold that is going around my neck of the woods and haven't been in the art room for days. Hugz and thank you!

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  7. What an amazing altered clip board, Niki! You've created a spectacular background and that french scroll is fantastic! Your moss is a perfect addition to this fabulous creation! Oh, I love your mixed media creations so much, my friend!
    Have a great weekend!
    Hugs :)
    Branka xxx

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    1. Branka dearie, you are so sweet! Thanks bunches and bunches. The background was the best part and I felt guilty covering it up. Lol! Big Hugz to you muffin!

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  8. This is awesome, I love the background on the clipboard, those colours are so earthy, yet shimmery too! The greenery is a fabulous idea too, a perfectly over grown wall that looks like it belongs in the past with a ye olde advertisement/notice - LOVE IT!!!
    Hugs
    Georgie xx

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    1. Haha! Gee, that is exactly what I was going for. I even said ye olde to myself. Bahahaha! Great mind you have there! Thanks! Hugz to you muffin!

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  9. Genius Doc!! Love love love your amazing pearly brick background, freaking beautiful! I love this stencil, I have added that to my wish list! The fact that you used real moss is just another reason why you are the queen! I love that you altered a clip board, this is such a brilliant project Doc and I love it!! hugs :)

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    1. Good grief, I completely forgot to say thank you so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie for our 'Snap, Crackle, Crackle' challenge! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

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    2. Thank Bubbles! The brick stencil is a must have art supply, and so versatile! Cec and I had the same though for a clipboard project! Too funny. Hugz to you muffin!

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  10. What a fun transformation. The brick background is wonderful and I love the scroll. Also loving the moss with all the flowers tucked into it. Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie.
    Hugs!
    Cec

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    1. We were on the same wavelength with the clipboard base this month. Your alterd clipboard is amazeballs and the crackle is awesome sauce! Hugz to you muffin!

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  11. This is stunning. I love all of the texture and dimension you created with this clipboard. A work of art. Thanks for sharing this in our Distress it challenge at Little Red Wagon.

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    1. Why thank you kindly Tracy! I just found Little Red Wagon and had to Join in the distressing fun! :)

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  12. Amazing transformation with mixed media! Loved the scroll!

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    1. The scroll was almost thrown in the garbage at one point but our Mixd media mistakes can sometimes turn out okay right? Thanks Tanvi!

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  13. This is really lovely, and I love how you did the background! Thank you for entering your project at Rhedd’s Creative Spirit. Sammy-x

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    1. Thank you Sammy! The Adirondack ink Dabbers are awesome to work with and layer with.

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  14. Oh this is fantastic Niki! The brick wall clipboard is fabulous and I adore that scroll. Thanks so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Jenny x

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    1. Had to try out the new french script stencil with the scroll. DecoArt stencils are amazing! Thank you Jenny!

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  15. Hi, Niki! Playing catch-up! Love your brick stenciled background--may I ask who makes the stencil? I need a good brick stencil, and my home made one took such a beating on my birdhouse! Cool idea to use the moss, and the vintage looking scroll!
    Hugs to you, Punkin!

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    1. Sara doll! Dearie, so glad to see you over in my neck of the woods! I use a Crafters Workshop brick stencil. I can definitely see why your stencil took a beating. Hugz to you muffin!

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  16. Kiki, This is a beautiful piece and I love the natural elements. You have also done an amazing job on the scroll and really have made it look very old an worn. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful piece with us in the May challenge over at Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Invent. Sorry this comment is so late in coming, and hope you will drop by and share your wonderful work with us again.
    :) Chris / CS Designs

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