This round I had Diane S's book to work in. Her theme was relatively general: The 1800's. She loves the Primitive style so I tried to work with that. Not really in my comfort zone but that's a big reason why I love doing swaps and round robins, to stretch me creatively. It keeps things interesting & fresh. You know what I mean? My whole life I have had a deep abiding love of textiles - especially antique textiles. So I decided to combine her love of the primitive and my love of textiles.
I dug deep through my (embarrassingly large) stash of antique laces and trims and found several from the 1800's - all handmade - including the eyelet ruffle! The one element that is not antique is the ribbon trim which I stained using Tattered Rose, Scattered Straw & Victorian Velvet Distress Spray Stains from Tim Holtz. For the background I painted either canvas or watercolor paper with matte black craft paint. I wanted the laces and 'paintings' to be the stars of the spreads. Black pages really highlight the patterns of the laces.
For the 'paintings' I did image transfers onto watercolor paper (above) and a thin birch panel (below). To give them an old world appearance I coated them with Tim Holtz's Crazing Medium - a much finer crackling pattern that Crackle Medium. To bring out the patterns I rubbed distress crayons over the crazing then lightly wiped away the excess with a slightly damp cloth. The 'painting' above is framed with metal trims from the mid-late 1800's. These are super special to me (and highly prized) because they are rare and made from real metal filaments and silk. The patina and depth these trims have just can't be found in modern trims.
For the second spread I made a lace pocket to hold the birch panel 'painting'. I also decided to do a little rubber stamping with paint and some Toile stamps from Stamp Camp (now Technique Junkies). The black was just TOO plain for my liking. For the other page I made a little Log Cabin style quilt using reproduction fabrics of the period and appliqued a little wool felt heart in the center. This was a nod to the 'Soldier Quilts' during the Civil War which was how so many women (from both sides) did their part for the war effort. Very few of these quilts exist today because they were well used and then re-purposed when they could no longer serve as quilts.
Here are a few more detail pics of my pages:
Happy Creating! T