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...
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!
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.