Monday 5 May 2014

Bloom and Grow - Journal page

Hello it's Sue here and today I'm sharing a journal page with lots of paint and stencilling !

I've got a large book that I use as a journal, to begin with I glued 4 to 5 pages together in each side and also coated the pages with glue that I was going to work on to protect the paper from the paint. Once dry I then gave the pages a coat of Snowflake Fresco Finish. I didn't want to completely cover the text from the pages so I used a baby wipe to lightly wipe away some of the paint.

I then started to build up colour, drying each layer before adding the next.

I used the Lin Brown stencil and stencilled the leaves with Snowflake Fresco Finish. Once dry I gave the whole page a wash of paint to knock the white back.

I then used the JOFY stencil and used Chocolate Pudding first, dried it and moved the stencil slightly. I then used Snowflake Fresco Finish as the following colours are translucent and need the white base for the colours to show.

When I'd finished all the bullrushes I decided I wanted to do more stencilling on the background so I used the Lin Brown 001 stencil, again with Snowflake and again I washed over it to knock back the white.

I then started to add the flowers and used the same technique as the bullrushes, building the colours up layer by layer.

I used some JOFY stamps to stamp a border along the bottom edge with black Archival ink.

I painted the JOFY images and then used one of the stamps from the Lin Brown 05 stamp set with Potting Soil Archival ink. I also stamped through the flower stencil with a small script stamp using the same ink.

I had 2 tags left over from a session playing with my Gelli Plate and I was determined to use them on this journal page. The colours weren't quite right so I gave them a wash of watered down Tikka Fresco Finish. I then used a JOFY stencil with Grunge Paste for the word and I drew around the inside of the flowers on the same stencil with a black pen and doodled on them.

When the Grunge Paste was dry I painted the letters using a fine, detail paint brush, building up the layers of paint and colour.

Before I stuck the tags down, I marked on the page where I wanted them to go and used Mud Splat Fresco Finish to create a shadow. 

I then attached the tags and did some doodling around them using a black pen.

I added a little bit of tissue tape at the top as I felt something was missing then did some dry brushing around the edge of the pages and down the centre with Chocolate Pudding Fresco Finish paint. To finish I added 2 buttons to the tags and brushed some Rensaissance Treasure Gold over the Grunge Paste and the buttons.

I hope you've enjoyed today's project as much as I enjoyed making it!



  1. An absolutely stunning page Sue and a fantastic step by step with such clear descriptions and photos! Love how you added the tags to the main spread. The whole thing is just stunning and I really enjoyed reading how you build it all up!

  2. Once again you have came up trumps Sue. The idea itself is wonderful and your pages with all that colour and detail is really stunning. Have a lovely day. Hugs Rita xxx

  3. This is absolutely stunning Sue! A beautiful piece of journaling...
    Dot x

  4. Sue, this is a wonderful project. I love the colours and the textures. Thanks for sharing. Jean.x

  5. Absolutely stunning journalling Pages Sue. The colour combination iare amazing and the stencils are on my wish list. Your step by step I process is perfect. TFS Annie x

  6. Wow Sue, this is beautiful! Fabulous colours, great techniques and a stunning layout! It's great to see a journalling SxS here too so thank you! Chris xxx

  7. This is a gorgeous project Sue, the colours, the stenciling and stamping are all wonderful. Just added a few more things to my wish list..... Great step by step too. Anne x

  8. What colorful fanciful pages Sue! love the colors and wonderful stampings/stencilings - and all the little touches with doodles, buttons and inks!

  9. Completely stunning, Sue - I'm in love with your painty layers and stencilling - amazing as always!
    Alison x