Actually there are quite a few new purchases on this page - the paint, the flower stencil (and mask), the text stamp and the star stamp :)
Wednesday, 22 May 2013
Saturday, 18 May 2013
Sometimes a background journal page can sit there for a while before it gets finished. This one has been there a few years now, but I liked it the way it was so it just sat there.
Then along came this month's challenge over at Lavinia Stamps and so my fairy page was born.
The tag at the bottom came about because the fairy's face didn't come out when I stamped it directly onto the page! But I like it :) The next page is as yet undecided. I might just need to get the large 'Believe' stamp and some more tiny fairies in flight ;)
Friday, 17 May 2013
It fascinates me how there are some images that lots of people love (and some that lots of people love and others hate!), one of which is definitely umbelifferous plants!
For some reason though I can never remember the word 'umbelifferous', and frequently ask Sue 'what's that word for those flowers?'!!! So I decided a journal page was in order; the blog title is courtesy of Sue after a conversation at Port Sunlight :)
This is started off as another page I didn't feel was very 'me' in my journal. It got very bright so after a brief panic I stippled white paint through Tim's Alpha Parts - numeric and am now really pleased with it. I printed 'umbelifferous' on the computer and over typed it on a typewriter - which was weird after typing on computer keyboards for so many years!
Monday, 13 May 2013
I gessoed over the page on the left. It had had circular images glued on and these peeled off fairly easy after gessoing which left a nice effect. I removed the original matching page - it had a number of images attached that were far too small and didn't come off easily.
It was great to play with my new paints and stencils after the weekend's trip to Port Sunlight!
I added stamped, stencilled and rub on letters to link in the pen advert which was original to the page but it was still bugging me.
Happily the 'Chloe Stem' by Memory Box gave the pages a better focal point. I have a couple more pages to re-work, and one to finish, but I'm much happier with the overall look of this journal now and, who knows, I might even get a whole book finished!
I have found it interesting, looking back through this journal, at how many pages have quotes on them!
Sunday, 12 May 2013
I worked in my small, square, pink pig journal, that I've not used for aaaaaaaaages. It had a number of pages inside that I didn't like so I started off by gessoing over them last night, before adding patches of colour this morning, spraying through a floral stencil
then adding some stamping.
I did have to stamp the fairy onto paper and cut her out as my ink pad wasn't very inky! (I did find a better one after that!)
On a very different note - this is my beautiful two day old niece Erin who we met for the first time today!
Saturday, 27 April 2013
[I also got to play with some of Sue's stamps and stencils :)]
I love the textures you can create with the gelli plate. All I added to this envelope was the flower, the tiny stamped circles and three green paint circles (using the pritt stick lid) and the words 'native graciousness'.
Glassine envelopes are FaB to work with in conjunction with the Gelli Plate :)
Sunday, 21 April 2013
The wonderful Sue Roddis of the 'Jabberwocky' has been on a roll making duct tape journals and I decided to make a fabric version! When journaling with fabric I start in a similar way to my regular journals, by picking my colours and supplies.
I love the edge of cotton fabric where they put the pattern number and the colours used in the print and that ended up being my starting point, along with the feeling that it was a yellow day!
I then cut a strip of furnishing fabric (only because I liked the feel of it and the colour!) and used it to join the front and back covers together. The grey strip of fabric with the words on was going to go across the spine and onto the back cover, but I forgot to hold it straight when I was stitching so it went a bit wonky. I wasn't about to unpick it all (one of the very many reasons I'm not applying for The Great British Sewing Bee!!!) and instead just adapted the design a little, trimming it down then highlighting the word 'creative'.
I love Sue's idea of putting her pages in her duct tape journals with elastic bands so she can easily take them out to work on them. Elastic bands don't really work on fabric so I've pinned my pages.
I've used a mixture of materials, including acetate and paper alongside fabric.
EDIT: I hadn't realised but the colours I used for my journal are near enough those of this week's Play Date Cafe, so I was encouraged to enter!
I was awarded the cup of the week and won a $25 gift certificate for Jenni Bowlin Studios - so exciting!!