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Monday, 4 April 2016

Encore - Light Journalling

Encore Posts
While I'm away, there are some scheduled posts with new creations coming your way, but I'm also taking the chance to do some catching up here at Words and Pictures.   Projects which made their first appearances elsewhere for Design Team duties or Guest Designer opportunities, but which only had a sneak peek here, are being gathered together in the pages of my virtual scrapbook.  I'm calling them "Encore" posts and they're formatted differently (all the way down the centre), so you can spot them easily.
Please don't feel that you have to comment all over again!

This one doesn't go all that far back, but it feels right for the start (we hope) of Spring.  This is what I wrote over at The Artistic Stamper in January 2015...
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Hello all, Alison (butterfly) here with you again... and with some more art journalling.  But rather than the wintry atmosphere of the pages over at Words and Pictures (Ed: that was the Winter trio which you can track down from here), this is an altogether lighter and brighter bit of journalling!


It does make me smile though to see how similar elements seem to have bobbed up on this very different page.


I'm definitely having a thing with circles at the moment - and here there are two layers of them.  First, some Distress Spray spritzed large circles using the Large Sequin Waste mask, and over that I spread a very thin layer of the Viva Decor Croco Crackling Colour through the Large Dot mask and left it to get on with cracking while I went off to do something else.


When the large dots were dry, I did some stamping with Distress Inks in my Jan/Feb colours of vivid blues and greens.  There's the Sequin Waste background stamp in Mowed Lawn and the Mini Polka Dots in Broken China and Peacock Feathers.


Once stamped, I gave them a spritz of water to let the Distress Ink do its magic wicking thing, softening the look.


And I used Distress Stains to add some colour to the large dots, wiping away the excess so that the crackle is highlighted.


So, like the winter pages, there's lots of crackle too.


For my focal point, I chose the word from Journaling Words #5 (oh, for the missing L!  Ah well, the Americans will like it).  I stamped it in the matching Distress Ink colours and clear embossed it on a whitewashed book page.


It's layered up over some wire mesh, tea-dyed tissue paper (transparent - so you can see the stamping and the text through it - love it!) and another book page.


I had great fun with my metal pieces.  The Idea-ology flower is altered with Distress Paint, while the skeleton leaves have had a dose of my Ten Seconds Verday Paint (weathered patinas, until now only really used on dollshouse work).


I used a combination of the Verday Copper finish as well as some Distress Paint in Mowed Lawn and Salty Ocean to get the finished effect, and I love it.


And I edged the page with Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain to pick up the rusty colours of the central layers, so we also have - at heart - the blues and browns of my winter pages, but transformed to a brighter version.


So having set out to do something completely different from the recent art journalling shared over at Words and Pictures, I have got something different, but somehow very closely related!
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Another Encore for you, but there's something new up next here at Words and Pictures, so I hope you'll be able to pop by again soon.  Happy Crafting in the meantime!

There is no lighter burden, nor more agreeable, than a pen.
Petrarch

25 comments:

Helen said...

I remember this one. it seems perfect for Spring.

Brenda Brown said...

Fabulous page and definitely spot on for the start of Spring. (Please excuse the pun, it just happened). Love the colours and those crackles are gorgeous. Xxx

sally said...

It's good to see your favourite colours getting an airing!

Sally

craftytrog said...

Gorgeous!!! xxx

Lauren Hatwell said...

Wow! GORGEOUS textures. An absolute masterclass. Love it. Lx

hazel said...

A beautiful piece, lovely colours and crackle.
xxx Hazel.

Pamellia Johnson said...

Gorgeous Alison! LURVE those crackled bubbles in the background, just stunning! hugs :)

Marci said...

Great crackles and I really like the colors.

Kay Wallace said...

I don't remember this one, Alison, but perhaps it was when I was on sabbatical (so to speak!). I do love it, especially the aged text!

Team Clark said...

Tell us more about that dollhouse paint, darling! Must know!!! This is just fabulous. Those crackled circles woo me. <3 The leaves are to die for. Who makes the die or is it CVC chipboard? Eeek, so excited about this gorgeous process. Will have to stamp in color more to create similar backgrounds. Thanks for the ideas. <3

Joi at RR said...

ADORE this one Alison. Truly. The background is absolutely INCREDIBLE... wow - that crackle and those colors - the BEST. But somehow those book pages with the rusty leaves and metal "brads" just draw me in. Makes me want to go sit under a tree in your luscious blue/green background and just read a great book and do some writing. STUNNING journal art girl. Sooo enjoyed this. Xxj.

Dorthe said...

I so enjoy this again, Alison, -there are so much beauty, in this page, --the magic crackle in the circles, the beautiful tea dyed tissue paper, (I must try that) and the AMAZING leaves, they look fabulous .
And yes so very spring-like !!
Hug, from Dorthe

Redanne said...

Loved seeing this piece again, so perfect for time of year - and in my favourite colour combo too! Anne xx

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Very nice! I really like the circles in this piece. Oh and I'm a fan of those rusty rustic looking leaves as well.

Corrie Herriman said...

Absolutely fabulous !
Corrie x

Julia said...

I am also having a bit of a circle thing lately. I really like those crackled circles, they look so good.

Chrissy said...

Gorgeous Alison..I still have not mastered a journaling page, and it is funny how we get the urge for a certain shape and play with it for a time..beautiful Spring colours.

luv CHRISSYxx

Barbara Schiassi said...

FAbulous project Alison! you know I adore these shades of green! Love the crackle effect and all circles, fantastic! Barbara

Dortesjs said...

Love it great colour choice

Margik said...

Gorgeous page Alison! Love the crackled circles.
Mar xx

Anke said...

Traumhaft schön, liebe Alison. Der Crackle Effekt schaut gigantisch aus, ein wundervolles Werk.

Herzliche Grüße
von Anke

Coco said...

I love the texture on this page Alison, just SO fabulous over these large circles and dots... An I also love your layering with the wire mesh and the other elements, so beautiful. Thanks for this great ENCORE post! It's never boring to see again your wonderful makes, and is worth a second comment! :)
Coco xx

Diana Taylor said...

Perfect for Spring - what a fresh, clean palette and I love the crackle glaze - it really is eye catching.

Sandy said...

I am always amazed at what you do - all the techniques. I really need to go through you blog and try what you do ---
sandy xx

pearshapedcrafting said...

I do remember this! Such fabulous crackle! Hugs, Chrisx