Saturday, 21 April 2012

What does he see?

Well all this rain is doing my garden the world of good, and it makes me feel not quite so guilty about spending all my time (when I'm not working) in the craft room. Do we crafter's actually need an excuse to get into the craft room? Mine is I'm awake, therefore I craft.

You saw these journal pages below earlier this week on the WOYWW (What's on your workdesk Wednesday) post. I had not started to add all my journaling bits and pieces. But it's finished now I think, I might still add some writing to it later.


I really enjoyed making this background, there is a lot going on here so I'll try and list everything I did. firstly using cream and white Adirondack dabbers and water spray I coloured a background using long strokes, I distressed the edges with TH Walnut Stain and used a number of stencils here and there. The small round circles are Crafters Workshop, I used dark brown, tan and pearl white dabbers through the stencil. The big round circles, I drew. Then I used a few stamps, a TH flourish (used brown Archival ink), and circles (used green acrylic dabber), the flower stamp was free in this month's Craft Stamper, the crackle stamp is a Clarity stamp. The wispy swirls along the bottom is a My Minds Eye stamp. I used other stencils that you can't see in the picture below, but you can in the picture above. These are an old brass sunburst stencil, which still comes in useful sometimes, then I used a piece of old netting with some metallic bronze acrylic paint dabbed through it. Old window netting is brilliant for stencilling. I dragged white and green soft pastels down the page to distress a few areas.


I then wrote out my journaling on pieces of paper, distressed them with scattered straw and mustard seed distress inks, and cut them out. I drew a women based on a picture of me with pencil & soft pastels, and stuck these onto the pages. I forgot to mention about the pile of silver embossing powders in the bottom middle of the right page. I'll say more about that further down. I drew some stems and leaves for the flowers too.


This is a pile of silver, gold, black, white and copper embossing powders with some mica flakes stuck in it.


I have a roll of wide florist straw ribbon. I cut a heart shape and stuck it on the page too. I based the pastel drawn women on the black and white picture of me in the Crafty Individuals frame. I coloured the frame using Lettuce Adirondack ink, and then stamped it with a text stamp, a flourish and the TH circles.


I finished off the pages using blue and white oil pastels around elements on the page, and orange and yellow oil pastels on the flowers.


I've probably forgot to mention a few things I did because there is so much going on here. I do love it though. Michelle x

9 comments:

applejack cards by sue said...

My goodness...I just love that there is so much going on. So much to see...attention paid to every section. I think you are an artist and I just dabble, that's not putting me down just acceptance of what you create.

Marjolein said...

LOVE this!!! What a lot of techniques you've used and the drawing... awesome!! Love the letters in the journaling!! Great job!

(btw thanks for visiting!!)

Marjolein said...

Back again Michelle, and without wanting to repeat your comment on my blog.... I'm gonna follow you too, cause I absolutely love what you do!!

...the yorkshire fox... said...

...beautiful...loVe the silver shimmer...Mel :)

Samantha Read said...

Beautiful :o)

SHARY said...

Great journallling and a lovely page.x

Wendy Fraser said...

WOW!!! You are sooo clever! Stunning work xx

Helen said...

Fantastic! I love the texture and the journalling.

Linda said...

This is wonderful!!! I love how all the elements flow together so well.

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