I am sure I won't win any awards with this, but I'm happy and proud to say I've finally broken down and worked in my art journal! A big thank you to Yvonne Blair for sending me this great art journal. I love it because it lays flat, the pages take lots of abuse and it's smallish, so not so intimidating to someone like me. And thank you to Candy Colwell for her encouragement and faith in me. She and Yvonne provided much encouragement to just do it! I've also found the journal pages in many blogs out there to be exceedingly inspirational--way too many to list!
I have to say, all my singing and posting about this song was very productive! I'm happy to report our southern coastal town saw about 15 minutes of snow flurries this morning! Whoopee!
My journal page started off on the wrong foot! So excited to get started and with an idea in mind--a rarity for me!, I splattered on my DecoArt Titanium white paint, and got some incredible texture with hopes to do a resist. Oops, these are manila pages, and I forgot to add gesso! Duh! So I added more white paint (not gesso). Next I did a monoprint using Tim Holtz Stripes stencil and Perfect Pearls spray mists in Pewter and Turquoise (First photo). This was too bright for my liking, so again with the Titanium white, but in a diagonal swipe, so it would look like the windblown snow.
I added some background stamping and stamped my refrain, then added tissue tape. More splatters of white...
I heat embossed my cardinal stamp (anonymous) in black and colored with Barn Door ink and my waterbrush. The pine needles were colored with Pine Needles Distress markers and given a halo of Evergreen Bough. I swiped over with my new Distress Micro Glaze to resist the ensuing inks.
Snowflake stamp and Tim Holtz Snowflake Duo were embossed with Soft Fallen Snow by Emerald Creek and some glitter mix added to the die cut for extra sparkle. My 3 little hearts were made from paper clay and an anonymous acrylic stamp. They were inked with Barn Door and Hickory Smoke and dusted with Soft Fallen Snow.
I took these photos at my kitchen table with an overhead light, so you can really see the texture of the Soft Fallen Snow on the snowflakes and on the pine branch. I love how the stray particles look like little snow flakes. I'm a little disappointed in my cardinal. The ink would go on nice and red, and turn pinkish...probably due to the white acrylic under--probably should have sealed it. Any suggestions are welcome. I do consider my journal to be a learning tool, and don't expect to be without fails.
Die: Tim Holtz Snowflake Duo Stamps: Heart and cardinal-anonymous, Snowflake-Denami Design, Let It Snow-Wordsworth, Musical notes-Stampin' Up, Sheet Music-Recollections Stencil: Tim Holtz Stripes Embossing Powder: Soft Fallen Snow/Emerald Creek Wet Mixed Media Products: DecoArt Titanium white paint, Distress paint-Picket Fence, Black Soot, Shaded Lilac, Blueprint Sketch, Distress ink-Blueprint Sketch, Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Stormy Sky, Hickory Smoke, Barn Door; Archival Watering Can, Sprays: Perfect Pearls mist-Turquoise and Pewter, Distress markers Pine Needles and Evergreen Bough Other: paper clay, tissue tape, Ranger Micro Glaze and various glitters
I would like to enter my journal page into the following inspiring challenges:
Emerald Creek Dares Valentine's in NOT in the Air! I LOVE snow and it IS in the AIR, but this is NOT a Valentine's Day project!
Paper Sweeties Inspiration # 39 January 2016 I had to enter with my last Let it Snow! My inspiration comes from the snowflakes and the silver balls and glitter, as well as the pale blue.
Vintage Stamping Challenges # 40 Anything goes With Your New Stash New stash- New art journal, new to me STAMPS: cardinal and snowflake. New Micro glaze.
Thank you for your visit today and for all your sweet comments. I read and appreciate each one!
Hugs and Blessings!