Tuesday, 26 April 2016
April journalling ...
Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. I made some time to play in my journal and I created two new A5 journal pages: whoop whoop!! Here is the first one …
Love my birds!
Lots of ink and paint
Here is my second page …
Lots of detail and texture
More ink and paint
The flowers and butterfly
A final look at the flowers & birds
A final look at the butterfly & flowers
Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Anything But Cute Challenge #12 earth day
Things with Wings
#40 April Stencil Sunday
I’ve been playing with shades of blue, pink, yellow, purple and white more this must. I must have been inspired by spring lol! Both of these pages were fun to create and it felt good to get mucky creating something that is just for me and about me. I had an A4 piece of card that I had mopped up excess AquaTints onto and I used that for both journal pages. I cut the card into two A5 pieces and started to experiment.
On the first page I allowed myself to go with the flow, just grabbing stencils and paints and going with it. On this page I used the paints as is, not watered down at all and because I was careful not to completely cover the ATs you can still see some of the colour behind the gesso and acrylics. Some parts of the first page have more paint than other parts.
On the second page I allowed myself to think about it a bit more before adding acrylic medium and paints. I watered down the white gesso and the other colours of acrylic paint before applying them through my stencils. It was a worthwhile experiment as I am surprised at the difference in these two pages and that’s caused by watering down the acrylics. The second journal page includes my drawn and coloured flowers which I am happy with lol! I’m not used to saying ‘my own drawings that I am happy with’ lol. In fact, shucks, I feel shy saying it. The Spectrum Aqua pens were a Christmas present from my lovely hubby and I sat on the sofa Christmas Day playing with them, trying them out and I am happy with my pretty little flowers.
Both of the finished journal pages look good, well to me, they aren’t even or perfect and I love that fact. However I am surprised to be saying this but at the moment I prefer the second page more. It is much more even and less lumpy although it still has texture and that’s the one I prefer. However I know that may change the next time lol!
Whilst waiting for the acrylic paints to dry on both pages I started to go through my pile of stamped and coloured images, my drawn images, and all my other bits and bobs as I knew I wanted to add more detail to both. On the first page I decided to add Washi tape to the RHS of the page and I found two stamped and coloured Crazy Birds and I put them aside to add to the page too. I cut mesh to approximately 140mm x 200mm, found my drawn and coloured panel and my stamped and coloured butterfly. Once the backgrounds were dry I played with layout and then stuck everything in position: simples lol!
Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment. I really do appreciate it and I hope you get some time to do what you love to do soon ttfn Karen x
Tim Holtz: Bird Crazy stamp set; Perspective stamp set
Stamplorations stencils: gridlocked; wild flowers
Tando Creative stencil: sequin waste
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil: wood grain
Miscellaneous Tools: heat tool; paintbrushes; pipettes; palette; water pot; sponge
Card Paper: Card: Crafters Companion A4 Sheena Douglass card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Spectrum Noir: Beautifully Grunge AquaTints; Aqua pens
DecoArt Americana paint: pink; teal
The Works: white acrylic paint
Pebeo: blue acrylic paint (it looks purple)
Gold EP #; Black EP #
Adhesives/Mediums: The Works: white gesso; Versamark IP; Washi tape #
Other: Hobbycraft: white mesh
# VOS: very old stash and no idea if still available to purchase, min. 8 years old