Wednesday, 30 August 2017

August Journal Page 1 ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. For my first journal page this months I decided to try two techniques to see if I could make them work together. My page looks better than I dared hope so I will be trying this again. Anyway here it is …

An A5 journal page
All the details
One of the flowers close up
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Mixed Media Anything Goes

Happy Little Stampers Watercolour Challenge 
Anything Goes optional twist Bloom

Love to Create Challenge #16 Mixed Media Anything Goes

Mixed Media World Challenge MMW#28 Mood board
I was inspired in particular by the beautiful red berries, the shades of green and the beautiful yellow flowers

I was inspired by the beautiful flowers again

I wasn’t sure if trying to merge these two techniques would work so I decided to experiment on a piece of card so that I could die cut or add to my MM journal. Here are the steps I took:

1. Apply a dollop of white gesso to A4 card and use brayer to spread and cover so that a thin layer covers the whole card. I left it to dry overnight but you could speed this up using your heat tool.

2. Ink up stamp with Antique Linen distress ink pad and repeat stamp the image covering the page. Dry using heat tool.

3. I created watercolour washes using my Spectrum Noir AquaTints and coloured the roses first. I know from previous experience that I need to be careful with the amount of water on my paintbrush when adding watercolour on top of gesso. I coloured the roses and leaves and dried with my heat tool. The definition from the stamped images was completely lost and the page looked like it was blobs of green and red with a yellow background.

4. I made a puddle of white gesso mixed with water on my craft mat and ‘inked’ up the stamp with white and stamped over the coloured images. I know from previous experiments that the image will be off because the stamp is rubber and mounted. I know to progress that I need my MM pages to be not perfect and that was a really hard lesson for me lol. These days I absolutely love the off kilter look that is achieved when creating these backgrounds.

I love the finished look and details that this technique shows and I want to do more, lots more! I think I could create a canvas or home décor item next time. Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment. I really do appreciate it and I hope you get some time to do what u love to do soon ttfn Karen x

La Blanche dogwood rose stamp
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; palette knife; brayer

Card Paper:
A5 Pink Pig Journal
A5 Sheena Douglass white stamping card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Spectrum Noir AquaTints: Perfectly Primary
Pebeo white gesso
Collall all purpose glue


Inkyfingers said...

This is so soft and pretty Karen! That is a great technique and I agree that it would look wonderful on a canvas.
Thanks for sharing with Happy Little Stampers.
Carol x

Clare said...

A beautiful entry for this months Mixed Media Monthly Challenge. Thank you for taking part. Clare DT

Barb said...

A lovely technique Karen. A really lovely journal page. Barbxx

glenda drake said...

I love the off kilter look too, perfect is boring lol. Thanks for playing along at Mixed Media Monthly Challenge. Glenda