Friday, 9 May 2014

Mini Journal Pages

Since teaching the Journal Day last month with the Technicraft Club in Wales, I have been spending just short amounts of time creating some pages, just as warm ups and time fillers really and it’s so nice to get some small works of art done in a short time – there’s something gratifying in that.
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This first page was made by scraping some paint over the page and leaving to dry – which really didn’t take very long. I stamped the harlequins and text over in black archival – heat dried it – then scraped some white acrylic paint over the top.
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I have some hearts printed out in various colours so I tore one of those and adhered to the page and a stamped butterfly. I have various computer generated quotes so I added one that fitted the images then added some remnant rubs. To finish I added shadow around areas and stamped a small bottle with distress ink. Done!
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This page started off with distress stains rubbed over and then spread with a damp babywipe. I sprayed some white linen dylusions ink over the top and heat dried it. The focal image is one of my altered playing cards created with book paper, tissue tape and some stamping which I followed through onto the background. An off-cut of patterned paper aged with walnut stain DI, some text stamping and hey presto complete.
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My altered playing cards have been inspired by taking part in the 52 card pick up on line course by Stephanie Ackerman.

I hope you get to create small pieces of art sometimes and keep them in a journal. It’s lovely to go back over what you have made and be refreshed and re-invigorated to create something different again. I now have my large dylusions journal, my collage journal, this small practice journal, a small ideas journal and a learning journal I take with me when I attend workshops. Lots here to keep me going then.

Keep well and have fun.

hugs Brenda xx

43 comments:

Nikki Acton said...

Lovely Brenda, you make it sound so easy, which it isn't! What a great idea though to do 'quick' makes, I seem to be taking ages to do one thing at the moment so I might try this. Hope you are having fun. Nikki x

Valerie-Jael said...

Lots of wonderful ideas to have in your journal, quick inspirational makes are always good. Hugs, Valerie

Jane said...

Good morning dear Brenda, what gorgeous pages you make...I learn so much from seeing your creative process. The altered card is amazing.....do you use any specific art pads for your journalling...I wonder what weight paper the pages are? Have fun and I'm still humming the theme tune...LOL. See you soon hugs xx

sally said...

Love your small pages!

Sally

Jules Bettinson said...

Just stunning little pages!

annekescardart said...

I like the look of these two projectsubsidie. The first one looks so delicate and transparant. Lovely color too.
Gretigst Anneke.

Fandhmum said...

Absolutely wonderful, Brenda Hope you are having fun,
Rosie x

Deborah said...

Love your quick make pages, Brenda. I agree, sometimes it's nice just to go with something that's not too thought out.

Dots Dabbles said...

Quick things are so often the masterpieces. I love these pages Brenda...and the butterfly saying is one of my all-time favourites.
Dot x

Rita said...

What a fabulous album Brenda. Lots of lovely textures. Enjoy the rest of your holiday. Hugs Rita xxx

Juls said...

oooooh wow this is fabulous!! hugs Juls

Jac desordre said...

amazing and stunning work, so much love has gone into your creations, I am now following you x

Ellie Knol said...

Gorgeous techniques and colors in here!

1CardCreator said...

So well done Brenda, you always bring in a fresh idea into all your work. ~Diane

Redanne said...

Such beautiful pages Brenda! I love the butterflies on the first one and the altered playing card looks amazing on the second. I love that trellis looking stamping too - so beautiful, they don't look quick to me!! Anne xx :)

Pops Origami said...

Wonderful pages... They are beautiful

Margreet said...

Gorgeous pages Brenda...lovely techniques!
xxx Margreet

froebelsternchen Susi said...

wonderwonderwonderful Brenda... love this.. please MORE!!!!

Artfully challenged said...

Love that green heart,your work is beautiful to look at as usual

Donna.x

massofhair said...

Love the colours and techniques used Brenda, a beautiful page :-) xxx

Chris Warner said...

Wow, these are gorgeous Brenda! I agree with Nikki, you make it sound soooo easy, lol. Fab composition and colours on both! Chris xxx

butterfly said...

They're wonderful, Brenda - I love the scraped paint of the first one and then that heart really pops against the background - so simple yet so effective! And I love the warmth of the second one, fab distressing and lovely chicken wire.
Alison xx

Gio said...

Amazing page, Brenda! And a quick one?? How is it possibile, it's perfect for me, gorgeous background and composition!

nefertiti said...

Gorgeous pages Brenda, I love the first!!!!!bizz

Meggymay said...

Great painty backgrounds, the pages look fantastic.
Yvonne

Julie Ann Lee said...

Exquisite! I love both of these - such beauty, it's hard to believe that they are 'quick makes'! Julie Ann xxx

Silvia(Barnie) said...

These are two wonderful creations, fantastic backgrounds and fabulous elements.

S@ndy Diller said...

These are just lovely Brenda -
So nice of you to share with all of us. I see that I need to get into journaling.

Buttons said...

Great journal pages Brenda. I love the way you've incorporated the heart onto that first one. It doesn't look printed. Jenny x

Annie said...

Wonderful journal pages Brenda.....I adore the colours you have used and the shabby /vintage appeal

Hope you are having a great time

Hugs Annie x

Mary Elizabeth said...

Hi Brenda ... Sorry I haven't been around lately. But I just had to drop by and see what you have been doing lately. I LOve these journal pages! Gorgeous. You have some fabulous ideas for making quick and absolutely beautiful backgrounds for cards, albums, etc. That altered playing card is wonderful. Thanks for sharing these and for the inspiration you provide us all. I wish a could pop across the pond to take one of your classes :) -- Mary Elizabeth

Sue C said...

Fabulous journal page Brenda and love the playing cards. Sue C x

Coco said...

Wow Brenda, it is just absolutely perfect, what a great artist you are!.. Love especially the first one, so beautiful, and the quote is perfect with it. Happy week-end, Hugs Coco xx

Ana K. said...

Brenda, really wonderful pages! You choose great colours and made amazing background on the both pages!

cheryl said...

Oh this looks amazing hun live all the words layering and colours hugs cheryl xx

Karin said...

gorgeous mini journal pages!
Groetjes Karin

Jools Robertson said...

Both beautiful creative pages, love the very watery colour effect on the first one and the colours and all the different fonts on the second one are lovely

Jools x

Andrea Ockey Parr said...

Brenda! These pages are stunning! The layers are incredible and I am so amazed at the depth you were able to achieve. Not only to I adore them aesthetically, but I find the quotes and subject matter so inspiring. Thanks for sharing these beautiful treasures!

hazel said...

Wonderful pages, I love all the different textures.
xxx Hazel.

lynnesbowsandbelles said...

The pages are so wonderful.
I love the delicate appearance of the first with that delicious heart.
Wishes
Lynne

Terry said...

Fabulous pages, Brenda! I do love that green heart and to me it represents spring and that means butterflies! Both are lovely! Big hugs!

Marjie Kemper said...

All that layering builds and builds to such an interesting piece. I really like the background as well as the card.

Cath Wilson said...

Stunning, Brenda - the quote, too...One of my faves and one I need to keep reminding myself of! Bless you for the inspiration x