Monday, June 3, 2013

Summer Garden Journal Spread

I've finished this journal spread and it is featured over on the
eclectic Paperie blog today!
(Click on photos to enlarge and enhance)
The paints I've used throughout the page are Tim Holtz Distress Paints. The base layer is "wild honey" and "spiced marmalade". (In addition to being really yummy paint, the names Tim has given his colors are so yummy too!) After the paint dried I applied gel medium through a Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 brick wall stencil and let it dry to create a resist.
The next layer of paints is "broken china" and "picked raspberry". I sprayed them with water and where they ran together they made a gorgeous purple. Because the oranges were all ready dry underneath, they didn't mix with them - awesome paint! I blotted and moved the paint around with a piece of bubble wrap until I was happy with how it looked. 
 Once it dried I added some texture with (my favorite) Unity Stamp Company "She Script" stamp and Staz-On ink applied through punchenella. Next I got out a couple of packs of Basic Grey rub-ons that have been in my stash for-e-ver and just piled them on the page from bottom left to top right in the area left blank between the brick resist. I reserved two of the larger rub ons and applied them to book paper and cut them out. I placed those on top of the others to create another layer. 
The bird is cut from a greeting card by Current. I enhanced it with Faber Castell Pitt Pens and colored the edges with black Staz-On. 
At this point the page sat for a few days, I knew it needed something in the top left and bottom right but didn't know what. Sometimes it's best to just let things sit, then when you are going through your stash a light bulb goes off and you find the right product to add to your page. In this case it was Tim Holtz Remnant Rubs - perfect! 

The final unifiying step was to flick a fine layer of "black soot" distress paint across the whole spread with a stippling brush.
I hope you enjoy my spread and are inspired to create something pretty yourself. 
The products used in this spread are linked up to the awesome eclectic Paperie online store 
for your shopping convenience.
Thank you for stopping by, I appreciate your comments!


TeenaBugg38 said...

oh my word! This is off the hook awesome! I keep saying I am going to create one of these art journals but haven't yet....I think this would be an awesome project for the summer, me and small fry could each do one!!

Angella Dee said...

love this journal spread. The colours are so wonderful, they make me feel happy! well done.

Marjie Kemper said...

Love how this came out..... and I loved it 'before' it was done, too!

Anita Houston said...

I loved it before, and the after is even more beautiful!!! Great words, and the florals are wonderful! WOW on the color scheme!