Hello all! Thanks so much for dropping in, and an especially big welcome to the newest followers - on Bloglovin' too - it's lovely to have you on board for the journey. I'm in blue-and-brown mode today, but if you missed my flurry of spring colour, Butterfly Moments, check it out over at the Calico Craft Parts blog.
Today I've got some journalling pages for you, using some of the amazing Katzelkraft stamps. I was thrilled to be invited by the lovely Béatrice of Katzelkraft to play with some of her designs, and this is the first of the projects which I'm ready to share.
I was inspired by the wonderful spiral clock collage stamp, and it just seemed to want some rusty wire to echo those fabulous swirls of time.
The pages started with some book text and tissue tape, layered with a gesso base.
And then I did my stamping, using Coffee and Sepia Archival inks.
The Clock Collage forms the main image for the left-hand page, and the Baby Collage for the right hand page, and then I repeat stamped the flock of birds from the top of the clock, fluttering out into the world in all directions.
Then I had great fun spritzing with some of the Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays I bought last spring, and have finally got around to mixing up with water!
They have a fabulous shimmer to them...
I found myself adding some Enamel Accents to the harlequins within the image to accent them.
And from there it was a short trip to adding some enamel harlequins to the opposite page.
The Idea-ology clock echos the image opposite, and I added another swirl of rusty wire to that too.
The die-cut words got a good spritzing of Distress Sprays, including the metallics, so that they have a sheen to complement the shimmer of the background.
I added some shading underneath with Distress Ink and pastel pencils...
... and carried on the shading into the Harlequins to give some depth to them.
The tea/coffee stained book page fragments create clouds streaking across the blue sky.
And the wooden arrows offer an accent to take the eye around the page.
Perhaps they're there to help the baby decide which direction to go in life...
... to help him choose in which direction to fly.
There are so many original and fascinating stamp designs at Katzelkraft - I really recommend a visit if you've never been, but don't blame me if you end up with a basketful!
A circle is the reflection of eternity. It has no beginning and it has no end - and if you put several circles over each other, then you get a spiral.
Maynard James Keenan
I'd like to share this in the final ever challenge over at Artful Times - where they are celebrating rather than mourning with a Party Party Au Revoir Anything Goes theme. With the artful swirls of time in my coiled clocks this seems the perfect page spread to say a fond farewell to Artful Times with... it will be a slightly less "beautiful world" without you.