It's time for my second piece of Drips and Drops inspiration for Country View Challenges this month. No big surprise - I'm back in the art journalling mode. I'm not quite managing to "journal everyday" as the words suggest, what with work and trips to Budapest (wonderful, thank you!) and songwriting workshops (also wonderful, thank you!) - but I'm certainly doing it a lot more frequently, and enjoying myself a lot.
As well as Sue's fabulous theme, I've also been inspired by the marvellous Marta at Maremi Small Art, and how she constructs her beautiful art journalling pages. If you've not visited her blog, I highly recommend it!
I started by layering lace, book pages, watercolour paper and washi tape across the double page spread. I wanted various materials that would all soak up ink in different ways.
Lots of Marta's pages start with these kinds of structures, and then things carry on from there.
I applied some gloss medium through the Finnabair checked stencil so that there would also be some resist once I started dripping and dropping my colour mediums.
I played with the Distress Sprays... sorry, I'm not completely sure any longer exactly which colours, as it's a while since I made this.
I'm pretty sure it's just Shabby Shutters and either Salty Ocean or Broken China. It certainly wasn't more than two in total.
All the other shades were created just by the two colours blending and dripping in to one another.
I did use some Scattered Straw on my crackled book page hearts I remember.
I needed to help them echo the colour of the washi tape, which had also resisted the inks fairly firmly.
I love how the lace and the watercolour paper really soaked up lots of ink, giving great depth of colour...
... compared to the washi tape and around the stencilled texture, where the colours are completely different.
I added some ChitChat stickers so that there would also be some words in the mix.
And there are also some words in the stamping - adding detail and interest softly around the white space (still no good at leaving white space to speak for itself!).
I had lots of fun spritzing and dripping and dropping and allowing the colours to blend and merge...
And I love the effect of the glossy resist in between the inky effects...
... as well as the crackle catching the light too of course.
There's still lots of time to come and play along with your Drips and Drops this month, and be in with a chance at the prize voucher generously sponsored by Country View Crafts.
And don't forget there's always fresh inspiration to be found on the Country View Challenges site. Hope to see you there soon... and I hope to be round for some sight-seeing in Craftyblogland soon too.
I'm always thinking about creating. My future starts when I wake up every morning... Every day I find something creative to do with my life.