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PATWITS circle journal… Clare’s journal

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.

Happy crafting!