One of my New Year’s Resolutions was to participate in Journal 52. It’s the only one I’ve kept! So sad…set a great resolution to make a Christmas card a month (might have been 2)…I was going to say haven’t made a single one, but I did actually make one a couple of weeks ago and will blog it soon.
Anyhoo…I had absolutely no plan other than to do a torn magazine background that Neil Walker taught at an awesome set of art journal workshops that I attended last year. I wasn’t sure if the Next catalogue was going to work for this or not (Neil is all posh and uses his National Trust magazines), but it worked an absolute treat…the colours on the pages are divine!
The flowers are made from baby wipes that I thought the colours were too pretty to throw out. Had no idea how I’d ever use them, but wondered the other day if I could die cut them…guess what? It works! This is the peony die set from Spellbinders. Peonies are me favourite flowers after pansies which were me beloved Gram’s favourites. The stems are Dylusions stamps. I tried stamping them in Cosmic Shimmer paint (gorgeous colour…green aqua), but didn’t think they showed up enough. Thought, I know, I’ll paint them green then stamp over them with black ink (they’ve got a pattern on the stamps…a bit zentanglish). Whilst mucking about with the page, I added black gelato round the outside for the shadow and fell in love with the the solid look. I had toyed with the idea of painting paper green and stamping in black and cutting out and layering (and did in fact try it), but much preferred this look this time. The sun is a page from an old hymnal with DecoArts Yellow Iron Oxide fluid acrylic. I needed some yellow in that corner because I wanted to use my yellow flower. The tags are canvas ones from DoCrafts that have been aged with the Yellow Iron Oxide (the uber talented Claudia gave us a tip at her workshop…a wash of this will instantly age any paper). Somehow…flakes of dried quin magenta and quin violet and green aqua paint from my craft sheet ended up on one of the tags so I had to make the rest look alike! 😉 Actually, I really like how it helps tie everything together.
Everything used on this page is from That Craft Place except the baby wipes, hymnal, Next catalogue, and staples/stapler! Baahaa!
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