Another circle journal to share with you today, this time for Tricia.
It is a lovely Kraft background to work on so I decided to go for a white gesso messy background.
In addition to the gesso dry brushing I added some stamping in white craft ink. I used a mixture of stamps from Hot Picks and this gave me a nice finish.
Next I started pulling papers and ribbons from my stash and putting them together as I fancied a layered piece and plenty of sewing. So out came the sewing machine.
Then I got the Neocolours out and added some shading and definition to the layers and added some details.
Next I started bringing together the focal images and started building up the pages. I decided to add images from the stamped fabric stash from our weekend with James Sharpe. I think Tricia (who I was lucky enough to sit opposite all weekend) would appreciate seeing me using them.
I also grabbed tags from an Artful Days kit and added them in, but before they made it into the final pages I added distress inks to change the colour a little. I also decided to add some more details to the layers with a bit of stamping and added some shimmery watercolour to add a different texture, oh and I moved things round a little on the final pages so that Albert was on the other side!
Next I added rub ons and sentiment stickers to the page. I also added some splattered black soot distress ink and some white pen marks.
And then I grabbed the black puffy paint and added some dots around the pages as embellishments. And I called it finished!
Love how eclectic this is and love that white background behind the pop of lime and teal colours.
Also love all the loose threads that come from me being a messy sewer and the loose edges to the layers. Those rub ons also work well in keeping the layers light and fresh.
Hopefully Tricia likes what I made too… and now it is time for me to start work on the next journal.
Today I am sharing the tag I made for last month’s swap at UK stampers forum.
I decided to use a new Gorjuss Girl stamp and paper piece and mask her to add more stamping and blended ink behind her.
I kept the colours bright and spring like using Twisted Citron, Tumbled Glass and Peacock feathers for the blending and stamping behind the girl. I also used some washi tape and stickers to add embellishments.
I paper pieced her outfit using Art by Marlene collage paper as the colours were perfect on the scrap I had out on the desk already. I also love using the coloured staples for adding an embellishment along with the sequins.
Another of my teal and lime pages for a circle journal and this one is for my raggy doll sister Marie.
She created a fab bunting journal from canvas sheets. And that gave me the idea of fabric and sewing. And given how poorly I was meant that I could do some of this crafting whilst in bed.
I started strangely with a piece of felt and sewed each scrap of wool, fabric, ribbon and twine onto it using hand stitching.
Absolutely love this background and must remember to do something similar again as I have so many scraps of twine and ribbons.
Next I took a Jofy stamp and stamped it onto some fabric using Archival ink. Then used Inktense pencils to add some colour to some elements.
Which I then sprayed heavily with water to activate the Inktense.
Once dry I started sewing in some details and added some sequins. I am far from the best embroidery person… but still it was fun, and easy to do in bed!
I cut it out and gave it a reasonable amount of a border so it would stand out on the busy background.
Next to prepare the bunting background which I decided to use Sparks paint in the black to sponge around the outside.
Then I added some black gesso as contrast to the sparkle and break it up a little.
Time to put it all together…
An Art by Marlene sticker for the title… and lots of glue to hold it in place.
I am soooooooooooo happy with this piece and love all the textures I added. Especially considering that I am ordinarily not a sewer!
Hope Marie likes it too. I will share what I made for the other side in a couple of days!
I have received so many nice gifts when swapping art so it was good to use some bits for this card, that then went straight back out to another friend as part of another swap.
The beautiful panel with the girls face was gifted in one swap and the sari silk in another. I added gold pen to the edge of both the panel and the patterned paper which is from a Making Cards magazine kit and happened to be on my desk at the time I made this. Then I tied a bow and added the ribbon to embellish.
Love how the two swap items work together.
This week we have a technique based challenge over at Back to Basics and Beyond … salt technique.
I haven’t used salt with my watercolours as a background very often so it was fun to experiment and ended up with three panels…
I cut them down and used each in a different way. One I used an indigo Blu stamp set and heat embossed the fish and the sentiment.
I then added a little more colour onto the fish using distress oxide and my waterbrush.
Then I added layers under the panel in contrasting colours including the ribbon and the pearls.
Now the second card I kept quite simple with a silhouette stamp and added gold edging and some patterned paper and then sequins to finish.
Then the final one I used as a piece of actual patterned paper.
I added the stamped image and some other layers of patterned paper. I added the kraft tag to balance the kraft in the coffee cup colouring.
Love all three of these cards… And love being reminded of what a lovely effect the addition of salt is to the watercolour background.
Can’t wait to see how everyone else used the salt technique in their creations! Here is the blog.
Day 2 on the advent cardmaking series and the theme is baubles… after all we need baubles for decorating the tree.
I chose to go painty with this one… here is the video of the process.
I created the tag with a combination of fresco finish paints and Paperartsy stamps by Emma Godfrey… then the baubles using Darcy stamps.
Love the funky nature of this and it works so well with the Winter Frost papers.
And here it is in daylight…
This month I fancied using a big flower embellishment on my tag using some different flowers I have been gifted over the years as extras in swaps. So that meant my background had to work with this bold feature. Decided to do some subtle stamping using a few different SU sets.
I love how it turned out. Gentle and pretty. And that blue ribbon works so well in pulling it all together.