Meadow Scrapbook/Art Journal Page

meadow scrapbook page

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meadow scrapbook page close up2

So I was very naughty and bought myself a Santoro Willow small scrapbook kit from TK Maxx. I say naughty as I am great at starting projects, but then I get distracted by the next new idea! Does anyone else have that problem?

Well, I decided would make a start on it straight away, rather than just sticking it in the cupboard (with the others). I found some lovely stickers I’ve had for a while and never used (you can see one on the left of the page with the dandelion clock on). I faffed and fiddled for ages with what to add to it and whether to make it neat and straight or ‘rustic’. I found the willow image on the top right. It was actually on decoupage tissue paper which I glued down onto white paper and fussy cut out. The rainbow patterned paper was actually a Primark clothes label….I love it! I cut the ‘wilderness’ text from an old dictionary and scribbled on the Meadow definition…I wish it wasn’t going slightly up hill, but I’ll call that a good step towards relaxing my perfectionism! I have a feeling I may add more elements to it over time, but I’m going to try not to.

I might have to have a think about whether it needs to have a ‘purpose’. I don’t suppose much of my other stuff has a purpose though, so maybe not. Does anyone else feel slightly guilty using other people’s designs rather than drawing out your own images? I feel a bit of a fraud sometimes, but it’s okay to enjoy and appreciate beautiful things isn’t it? And creativity is creativity in all it’s forms.

I’d love to see what everyone else does with theirs. I couldn’t really find any that have been used on the internet.

RFC

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Back to Crafting

girl with butterflies small

Well I’ve been doing loads of stuff behind the scenes while I’ve been offline.

I’ve been working on some different sketches of some girls I’d like to develop more. This is one of them. I haven’t thought of a name for her yet. This is a page from my art journal with washi tape.

Let me know what you think!

Documented Life Project Weeks 8-9

DLP weeks 8-9

So this is the finished page. It has the ‘repeating elements’ of week 8 and the 5+ layers of week 9.

DLP week 8 layers 1-3 copy

 

This is what it looked like after the first 3 layers. I initially carved the feather stamp and stamped the background, then painted it with Inktense. Then I gelli plate printed over the top, and here I have added more feathers and stamped with an unmounted script stamp. I then messed it up a bit by printing with quite opaque pink over the top. So I printed with more white gesso and other colours, added yet more feathers and paint splodges and writing. I think it’s finished….not 100% sure yet. I like that I used my own handwriting loosened up. First time I have risked doing that and I will definitely do it more 🙂 I need to get a new dip pen which holds a bit more ink.

Documented Life Project Week 4: Words With Friends

friends week 4

 

So this is my 4th page. I may have overdone the brightness and contrast, it’s not quite so bright in real life! This one is less ‘painterly’ than my other art journal pages, so I might eventually move it to a different art journal. I do like it. Whether it is ‘finished’ or not I am not sure yet. I sketched the girls out, then painted them and added the heads to the background after which I painted on the shoulders. It was my first proper attempt at hand drawn text. I think the text could be neater, but I quite like it. My scanner is not quite big enough to get the whole page, which is why the end of the writing is missed off.

 

 

The Documented Life Project Week 3 – The Colour Wheel

colour wheel

This is my attempt at DLP week three, using book pages (or in my case patterned tissue paper and gesso. I used handmade stamps to put coloured shapes in the background and covered over with gesso (actually it was white emulsion). Apologies that the centre is unclear, it didn’t scan too well where all the strings are! I stamped in black archival on all the individually painted mini tags. I’m quite pleased with it. Not every thing is perfect, but it has a neatness to it that I don’t normally have in my art.

Documented Life Project Week Two – The Beginning is Always Today

DLP week 2

 

So here is my attempt at week 2. I created a background with the insides of envelopes (very interesting visual textures). I wanted to try meditation/mindfulness as once of my goals. I also wanted to include handwritten text. This layout isn’t quite finished, but I like parts of it. I need to add an alternative quote at the top somewhere. I am practising my handwritten text a bit more before I do!

January Week 1 DLP

Week 1 Goals

So I’ve been a bit busy and haven’t posted anything for ages!

I’ve been taking part in two online weekly challenge thingies (not sure what you call them!)

The main one I am doing is the Documented Life Project 2015. I am also using the techniques of some of the Journal Journey Driver Reviver.

This is the piece I did for DLP week one. The prompt was about creating your own goals and you have to use book pages in your background. I used brown paper and wrapping paper in by backgrounds instead. It’s the first time I’ve properly used washi tape on a page too!

I am up to date with the challenges, so I’ll post some of the others when I get time!