Monday, 8 June 2015

Nautical Salvage Plaque by Alison

Hello all, it's Alison here from Words and Pictures with a layered Nautical Plaque for you today.  I'll be sharing more "making-of" details over at mine some time in the future, but here are some pictures to keep you going in the meantime.  I wanted to create something with some of the Mini-Cogs - they come in sheets of different designs so that you get plenty to play with!


I used some of the Birchwood Plaques for my substrates - an Oval (200x150mm I think) and a Rectangle (150x75mm I think, but I'm not at home to measure them for sure!).  There are various sizes and you can specify whether you would like holes pre-drilled or not.  My oval has holes so it's ready for hanging, but my rectangle is hole-less, making it a great element for layering.


Let's start with that rectangle... I gave it a coat of DecoArt crackle paint and then stamped and painted it.  I didn't plan it that way, but I noticed it was starting to look like an antiquarian map - something I love to pore over - so I decided to let it happen, and added more ocean tinting around the "land".


So then I changed direction with the rest of my plans.  I had thought I would go for quite an industrial grey-blue look with all the cogs and gears, but with the old map looking so splendidly weathered I decided to go for a rusty look instead.


I applied texture sand paste roughly to the cogs, leaving some blank areas, and then layered paints and sprays until I liked the look of them.  I've used a mixture of Mini-Cogs - Style 1, Style 3 and Style 4, and you get multiple sizes of each design on each sheet.


I added some metal pointers to some of them, as well as a couple of extra altered metal pieces.


As I tried to position the cogs on the map, I found they were covering too much of the background for my liking, so I decided to expand the whole project by a layer.


That's when I took the oval plaque and applied layers of paint and crackle to get a look of ocean waves and weathering around the edges.


Now I had some extra space to arrange my cogs, and it also created a great dimensional look.


I attached an altered WordBand with some of my trusty rusty wire, and there's also some rusty wire to hang the whole thing up by.


I hope you like it... I always love to hear what you think.  Thanks so much for dropping in today, and I'll see you soon.

Alison xx

35 comments:

  1. Alison, your nautical plaque is wonderful. I love the rusting of the cogs and the blue crackle on the plaque.

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  2. Oh! this is amazing plate! Alison. Beautiful rusting and colours, I love the cracks you have made. xxx

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  3. Wonderful plague Alison. Very interesting too. Love the texture on the cogs. Hugs Rita xxx

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  4. Fabulous alteration you have achieved great colours and the "map" is very effective.
    MaggieH

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  5. Love this! the rusty look is so well done, and the cogs look as though they've been laying at the bottom of the ocean for ages! Have a good week, hope work eases up soon.

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  6. Brilliant colours and textures
    Love
    Amanda x

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  7. A wonderful design with gorgeous rust effects. Nikki x

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  8. Oh WOW and WOW! Love it love it love it. Thanks for the bit by bit post too Alison, now to think about creating.
    Hugs, Neet xx

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  9. It's absolutely gorgeous. I really do love everything about it. I can't wait for more detail on your own blog too. Lx

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  10. I'm really impressed by this creation and the stunning use of colours Alison!
    Greetings, Alie

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  11. What a fab piece!! Would love to hang this on my doorway. You are so inspiring Alison! Thank you for sharing! xo

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  12. What a great project Alison! love all the rust and pretty blues!

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  13. What a fantastic piece Alison! Gorgeous! *****

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  14. Great plaque and I love all the rustiness that's going on :-)

    Sally

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  15. Beautiful piece you have created, Alison !
    Corrie x

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  16. Wow - this looks stunning Alison. Love those intense colours and textures. It has oceanic depths in many senses! Gorgeous piece. Nicola x

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  17. And it is a wow from me too Alison, I love that rusty element across the upper plaque and the gorgeous blues and crackle on the lower one. The cogs look amazing too. Just wonderful! Anne x

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  18. Fantastic, Alison! Your coloring, texture, and layers are brilliant - I hope you continue this as a series from the map angle....pardon the pun, but seems unexplored territory in this mixed media arena. xxx Lynn

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  19. I'm in love! It's absolutely incredible! BArbarayaya

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  20. Alison, your almost "underwater " project is wonderful. Your antiquarian map - yes it truly looks so, with the cogs, so beautifully rusted is gorgeous- love it !!
    Hugs,Dorthe

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  21. Some of my favorite colors here, Alison! Great hanging and the fact it has that luscious crackle and steampunk goodness going on, it is a favorite of mine! Love it!

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  22. Holy smackgobbers! This is freaking awesome Alison! It looks like it was just drudged up from the bottom of the sea, wowsers!! Those colours, those textures and that rusted metal, I just can't get over how realistic everything looks! You rock! hugs :)

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  23. I so love the rusting and the crackle on this piece! Absolutely amazing textures and colours. This plaque has a story to tell, you can just sense it in every little detail. How do you do it, Alison? Your life is so busy and yet you manage to create truly fabulous projects. Thank you for all the inspiration! xxx

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  24. Amazing, Alison! Your ability to age things blows my mind!!

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  25. Wonderful rusty, salvaged goodness! Love how you decided to add another layer to accommodate all those great gears, wonderful piece Alison!

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  26. Stunning in every respect Alison, looks fantastic with all my favourite colour tones!

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  27. Gosh Alison this is wonderful. I love all the layers and colours
    Hugs
    zz

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  28. Love it Alison, gorgeous colours and textures. Happy crafting, Angela xXx

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  29. So rich, gorgeous colours and texture, love your nautical plaque Alison, Ruth x

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  30. An awesome ocean plaque, so gorgeous with all these cogs and other metal elements, fabulous rust effects and colours, how could you remain afraid of ocean after that Alison?.. :D Coco xx

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  31. Fabulous, fabulous colours! You have so captured the look of something salvaged from a wreck! Chrisx

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  32. Don't you just love the evolutionary things that happen when you create. You see things happening with your work that you didn't plan and just go with it. The "map" effect is awesome. I adore the translucent rusty paint that makes the "land". All of the rusty bits (I'm adding the sand texture paste to my list of "gotta get' items) are marvelous in this blue and rust palette. I am adding this to one my a faves as well! -- Mary Elizabeth

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