Hello all, it's Alison (butterfly) here from Words and Pictures, and I've been using one of my old books as a journal again.... just playing around really.
This started out going in one direction, and then shifted, and I'm a bit surprised about where it ended up, but I suppose these colours are something of a foretaste of spring.
Initially, I was just gluing down some paper scraps left over from another project to get them out of the way... then I added a coat of gesso to soften and blend everything.
This Tim Holtz woman used to bob up in my early journalling efforts quite often, but she hasn't been out for a while. I stamped her in Pumice Stone and clear-embossed over the top to give her a subtle presence on the page.
Over at the other side, I did the same with the fabulous large flourish stamp (also a TH one).
I'd been playing around with the wonderful cone flower for something else where it didn't quite work, so I tried it out on these pages and rather liked it.
Then I started to build up layers of colour, using mainly Fresco Chalk Finish Acrylic paints, first in blues (Smurf, China and Blue Glass)...
... then some (slightly surprising to me) shades of mauve and lilac (Wisteria and Purple Rain, and eventually some Blueberry). There's some Wilted Violet Distress Ink in at this stage too...
... a layer of Ground Espresso stencilling (which barely made it through to the end)...
... and finally a step into brights with Hey Pesto and Limelight. From a distance I confess it does look slightly like the final stages of a very impressive bruise!!
But close up I love the effect of the layered colours.
Shading around the main images helps them pop.
I used the same colours to light up the woman's eyes, and I love how she emerges out of the purply shadows.
There's lots of splatter - mainly in Ground Espresso, I think.
The inking around the edges gives us a really nice look of aged weathering.
And I really like the effect of the embossing resist of the flourish under the paints too.
I used some Small Talk stickers and, as I did with my recent tag for the Make Your Own Background theme over at Country View Challenges, I used a white pen to doodle lines around them.
I love how this completely changes their look.
So there you have it... another journalling journey. I'm not always sure about the results, but I do enjoy the process and the learning, and I think that's what journalling is really about.
Thanks so much for stopping by today, and we hope to see you again soon.