Hi lovely blog readers
Today I get to share with you the journal spread I did for Claire in her circle journal. I was totally inspired by the delicate cover she had done for her journal and wanted to keep some of that delicacy in mine. This is not something I usually achieve so this was an interesting project for me. This is Claire’s gorgeous cover…
I started by adhering some different papers and ephemera and fabric into the journal to provide a textured surface. I also added grunge paste through stencils and then added a layer of gesso over the top to knock back the colour.
I love how the edge in the middle has picked up everyone’s colours from the previous pages though.
Next I added brushos randomly around the page in Gamboge and Scarlet.
They are so vibrant when wet… but hang on what about the delicate look… well I knew that on top of gesso the colours fade and pastelise (is that even a word) as they dry! So this was, for once, a deliberate choice!
I decided I wanted to try a face for Claire’s journal too… so as I am not the best at drawing I grabbed the Paperbabe templates and started sketching. It was about now I realised that a highly textured surface is not the easiest to draw on. I then used more brushos this time as a watercolour pigment to add some colour and shading.
I only used scarlet and light brown to get to this stage. I wanted only the warm colours on the page (although there is still blue from the fabric I used).
Then I set to with stamping. I used a Sepia Archival and a brown felt tip for adding definition to the girl and round the title. I stamped the title on a piece of cardstock separately to be able to cut it up and put it on the page as separate words.
I used a selection of different Paperartsy stamps for the stamping… Ellen Vargo and Clare Lloyd mainly though.
I decided that the grunge paste needed defining a little more and some of the stamping needed pushing back a little. So I used a baby wipe to add a little more gesso in places, and then used treasure gold Ruby on the texture paste areas.
My final touches were some drops of copper acrylic ink which adds a little bit of richness to the page alongside the treasure gold.
This is the final page in the natural light. I love how this turned out. So different from my usual style and so pretty. Hope Claire likes what I created for her.