Today, I am back with a good bit of grunge! Ahhh…there’s nothing like some grunge in the middle of the week to make your soul happy, at least mine anyways! 😉
This project was created for the newest idea-ology release for 2021. I combined my love of all things grungy with some aged and well worn brick that I created using the new Sizzix 3D Brickwork.
Some of the new idea-ology products used were the new Industrial Gears, Stencil Cards, Gauge Frames, Backdrops and Paper Doll Groups.
Check out the intricate details that these industrial gears have…
OVER THE TOP, YUM!
All these lovely grungy idea-ology bits led me to thinking about a good masculine project, and the 3D Brickwork Texture Fade instantly popped into my head as the perfect backdrop. So I gathered some of my favorite Distress products and began grunging it up, which, you know I had a blast doing!
Isn’t it crazy that this is paper??? Mind-blowing texture!
The brickwork paper was used to cover a couple vignette panels that were adhered together to create thickness and a base for the men to sit upon.
Some additional pieces of the brickwork paper was torn into pieces and used as an accent over the project.
I sprayed a piece of watercolor paper with water, Rusty Hinge and Brushed Corduroy Distress Spray Stains and dried it with a heat tool.
This was a piece of 4 1/2″ x 12″ watercolor paper, large enough to cover the vignette panels that I planned on using to create a brick wall background.
Then, I spritzed the inside of the brickwork folder (the inverted textured side) with Brushed Corduroy Spray Stain and Frayed Burlap Oxide Spray Stains plus a couple spritzes of water to activate the oxide ink.
I did this on both ends of the paper to make a continual piece of brick paper.
Then, using my finger, I rubbed on some Antique Linen Distress Paint randomly over the entire paper to emphasize the texture.
Next, I splattered it with the paint using a splatter brush and rubbed in random places with Rusty Hinge and Walnut Stain Distress Crayons, then rubbed it into the paper.
…and the finished paper, so good and grungy, I love it!
Then I chose a few of the new Backdrop papers that I thought blended well with the brickwork paper and my theme.
Two vignette panels were glued together using collage medium and clipped together until dry.
I trimmed the brick paper to fit the front and sides of my vignette panels, wrapped the sides first, then applied the front.
In this photo you can see that I left a good amount of the paper so that it could wrap around the edges.
After the paper was wrapped around the panels and dry, I then blended the edges with Rusty Hinge and Walnut Stain Distress Crayon.
I began arranging and deciding where to place some torn brickwork paper.
the gears and gauge frame…
I just couldn’t resist adding rusty crusty goodness to these!
First, I rubbed all the pieces with Antique Linen Distress Paint…
..then with Translucent Grit Paste (and set aside to dry, don’t use a heat tool to dry this medium) after the grit-paste was dry, I added some Black Soot Distress Paint.
and then a little Tea Dye and Rusty Hinge paint…
and then, evergreen bough…
..and finally, some Mushroom Alcohol Ink and Statue Alcohol Ink Alloy, all of the layers were applied with my finger. I dripped the mushroom alcohol ink onto my glass mat, then added a drip of alloy to it, the alloy floated ink the mushroom ink and broke apart, then I rubbed the blended inks onto the dried grit-paste and metal areas of the gear.
Then finally they were rubbed with a few colors of distress crayon.
Viola! Grunge overload, and some happy messy fingers ta boot!
I stained an idea-ology wood ruler with Brushed Corduroy Stain, then pencil marked it to make it look well worn, vintage and loved.
..and a little grungy treatment to the new Stencil card using pencil, black soot distress paint and walnut stain distress ink.
The paper doll workmen were colored using some Distress Crayons and a detail water brush.
I trimmed a couple of the new backdrop papers, scraps of paper from my scrap bin (the foundry scrap), a tag (from the idea-ology salvaged tags).
Then I began adhering it all to a Small Etcetera tag with Matte Collage Medium. The collage medium was applied to the front of all the papers to make a slick surface to apply some distress crayon.
Then the brick pieces were applied to the top of the arrangement.
I arranged the rest of the layout and added them to the front of the tagging collage medium and pieces of foam adhesive. I added the phrase “Experienced Workmen” found in the idea-ology clipping stickers pack and rubbed it with a bit of crayon to give it some age. Then some grunged up Hardware Heads were added to complete the vignette.
With that, my project was complete.
Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Products used to create this project- idea-ology Industrial Gears, Stencil Cards, Gauge Frames, Backdrops, Paper Doll Groups, Hardware Heads, Clipping Stickers, Ruler Pieces, Salvaged Tags, Sizzix 3D Brickwork Texture Fade, Watercolor Paper, Ranger Transparent Grit-Paste, Distress Spray Stains and Oxides, Distress Ink, Distress Crayons, Distress Paint, Mushroom Alcohol Ink, Statue Alloy and more…
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Outrageously good! So great to see how it all came together… grungy gorgeousness.
Nancy Wethington says
WOW! You are one fabulous designer! Each technique you used on this piece is a treat and a feast for the eyes. Love your work!
Wonderful project Stacy. I love that brick background you created – so realistic! This grungy piece is very cool!!
Marie P says
this is absolutely stunning, Stacy! Hi from Belgium!
OMG this is wonderful. I admire your art. I think your work is amazing. Thanks for sharing.
Paula Poole says
Stacy You are truly talented and gifted!!! Wow it looks so real life. Great job.
Grungy goodness at it’s best….great piece. I too, admire your work and want to be like you when I grow up…LOL. I laugh because I am old enough to be your Mother….LOL…love it!!!