Hello everyone! Though I'm off shortly to roam the north of England in Shakespeare workshop mode (well, north-ish - Manchester and Rotherham for the curious amongst you!), I've left this gentle post for you in the meantime.
It's a simple little journal page - just me having a play with my recently acquired Pan Pastels, starting to find out what they'll do. (You'll be getting a sense of the colours I went for by now...)
The stamps are by Artistic Outpost - mainly from the Old Grist Mill plate - one of the first AO sets I got (Think and Wonder and Serenity were the others, in case you're curious).
The background was just several colours blended together, and then I stamped the beautiful Postcard stamp from the Ephemera Backgrounds in Versamark ink and swept the Pan Pastels (think I'm going with "PPs" from here on in) over it to bring out the image.
You get a perfectly clear, sharp image, and I love that it tones in completely because you're using exactly the same shades.
The leaves (Old Grist Mill again) are done the same way, but they're done in just one colour rather than more than one blended over as for the Post Card.
I simply fell in love with this central image the first time I saw it, and it still has the ability to infuse my spirit with calm and soften my breath.
I added some strips of book page which had been painted with melted beeswax which gives a wonderful parchment look to the paper.
And of course the Spring Greenery ivy is putting in another appearance - inked up and then edged with some Burnt Umber PP.
The sentiment is stamped on paper inked with Antique Linen and Pumice Stone Distress Stains to soften the look of it.
I edged it with some more Burnt Umber, and that was pretty much that.
Hope you're all having a great week. As I mentioned, I'm away working for a couple of days, so I'll have to do my catching up over the weekend... see you soon!
I'm afraid I haven't managed the extra twist, but I'd like to enter this in the Anything Goes theme at the Premium Craft Brand Challenge.
And with this sentiment which I absolutely love and agree with, I'd like to enter this in the Show It With Words theme over at the Inspiration Journal.
An old road always looks richer and more beautiful than a new road, because old roads have memories.
Mehmet Murat Ildan