' ' ' 'Crafty Endeavours: Gone Fishing

Tuesday 21 April 2015

Gone Fishing

The Craft Barn had a Fishing theme last week so when the challenge came round (Masculine Pastimes) I stuck with the fishing theme, coz by then I'd had the vision.
It sounds more dramatic than it is, but, as is the case so often, a series of serendipitous things came together and I couldn't wait to bring my vision to life.

First a fellow blogger explored a technique on this post and I followed a link to a video by Andy Skinner. Then I saw him play with Stampendous Mixed Media stamps and creating faux rust then... well I can't remember but all these inspirations gelled into this:

The base of the tag is Kraft coloured and I applied several layers of paints and several layers of stamping. Only the top layer is really recognisable (Grunge by Stampendous) but I also used one of Prima latest texture stamp.
The wooden sign has been stamped with a Prima cling stamp (Trust the Magic by Finnabair).
The fisherman and his catch are a partial impression of a Paper Artsy stamp on tissue paper.

I hope you get the rust, distressed wood and general grunge of the piece. I'm quite happy with it except for the shine on the stamped image. I did use Matt Mod Podge but obviously it isn't that matt.

Should have I used matt gel medium instead?

        Also entering A Sprinkle of Imagination, Artful Times and That's Crafty challenges


  1. Your should invest in some DecoArt Matte Varnish from the Media Range it is wonderful but if you want something a little more lush then the DecoArt Soft Touch Varnish from the same range is for you! A link for you to see what's available from DecoArt. http://decoart.com/mixedmedia/varnishes

    I bought the soft touch as soon as i saw it demonstrated last year, it feels like velvet after 3 coats...

    I LOVE your Tag, so glad you got enthused and had a play with one of Andy's techniques. He has some other wonderful videos which i am sure you will watch when you have the time. Your hard work has paid off brilliantly and you have achieved the distressed grungy feel to your Tag, i really love it!

    Thank you for the link to my post, it is much appreciated, i really enjoyed making all those papers... :-) xxx

  2. Gorgeous tag Christine and yes I do get the grunge and tactile elements from your photo, I bey it even better irl.

    B x

  3. Terrific work on this and you have created wonderful textures

    Love Chrissie xx

  4. This reminded me of an old metal tin. It's gorgeous. Great job and FISH!! Hugz

  5. Love your tag, it looks just like rusty metal. Great tag, and thank you for joining us on Artful Times.

  6. Fabulous piece, love the attention to detail. I find matt Mod Podge has a sheen to it too, so I mainly use the Ranger matt gel medium.

  7. Lots of techniques Christine which all add up to a very delicious looking grungy tag.

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x

  8. A fabulous project!! Thank you for joining in The Craft Barn Challenge.
    Jane x

  9. Fabulous tag. The background is amazing. I'm off to view Andy Skinners faux rust video.

  10. Oh c'est magnifique!!!!! J'aimerais bien explorer cette technique moi aussi.. Merci pour le lien, je le garde sous le coude. Bisous

  11. What an interesting tag. Thank you for joining in with our challenge at ASOI this time.