Inspired by Maremismallart

I’ve been watching you tube videos by Marta from Maremismallart for a while now. I love them. She is inspirational in the way she creates with ease and joy. I also love her butterfly obsession! 

Recently I watched some of her texture based tutorials and it inspired me to get started on a journal page in my Dylusions journal. I made this over several days grabbing 5 minute sessions whenever I could and shared progress on instagram as I went along.

I grabbed book paper and then gesso and here is the first layer.

Already I have a good feeling about this page. Next I added some Paperartsy Infusions… I’ve still got my friends little box of them.  This is them still a little bit wet.

Once this was dry I added more and some more gesso too. I used my palette knife for adding the gesso to keep adding texture rather than brushing it out. 

As per usual when I am creating I have no idea in mind … it is purely about play! I grab things that appeal and just go for it. I figure that it is only a coat of gesso away from being covered again if it looks awful!

Next I grabbed the Donna Downey signatures stencil … why? Well because it was out on the desk and I thought it would work inked over the Infusions background and book print. 

So next I decided to add some paint… Mahogany and Chocolate Pudding Fresco finish paints. I added it with a brayer. 

Then I added some Bora Bora paint too to bring a little contrast.  

I also added a little more distress ink through a Tim Holtz stencil. 

Time to start thinking of some feature images… I grabbed a couple of stencils … on Darcy one and one Clarity one. I mixed some Infusions into some texture paste and put that through the stencils to make some grasses.  

I think they need a little more definition so grabbed distress inks and some gesso to tone down the background a little more. Oh and then added more Infusions…. don’t know where to stop with these! At this rate I may have to buy friend some more! 

I love the earthy feel to the page now. Still not sure where to go from here so this is the point where I left it be for a few days. 

Today I finished off.

Stamping … and a title. Then defining the grasses and leaves using Faber-Castell big brush pens and white paint pen. 

Love this page and how it came together. Strangely just realised it also meets the Paperartsy Autumn leaves challenge with the fabulous Lin Brown leaves I stamped from one of her new sets.

So that’s it for tonight. Off to bed early (ish) as back to work tomorrow after all the disruption from the funeral etc. Life goes back to real life tomorrow! Wish me luck! 

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

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