Thursday 26 February 2015

A Visual Journey #9

Hello Journallers are you still with me in creating something just for you once a week? I have to say I am loving the freedom to just create with whatever is in my mind at the time.

This week I have used gesso, modelling paste and distress stains to create my background with some added steps to create those smudgy shadows.

Quick process steps
  1. Paint gesso over the pages to seal most of the surfaces. Leave to dry.
  2. Adhere die cuts and again leave to dry.

  3. Using a stencil scrape texture paste through it in random places. Leave to dry.
  4. Spray with distress stains – I used antique linen, tea dye and iced spruce. Heat dry.
  5. When cool give a coat of glue n seal.

  6. Stamp quote on scrap of distressed/inked card and print out your own quote, colour in letters with distress markers and ink edges.
  7. Adhere to pages.

  8. Take a vintage photo and a walnut strain distress marker and draw and smudge lines around the hearts and quotes to create shadows.

I really didn't know where I was going with this when I found a bag of die-cut hearts and just went for it. I'm really quite pleased with the effects and colour combinations

One of the best places to look for inspiration is other other artists and crafters. The smudging technique has been around for ages but it is one Tim Holtz used on his February tag - and there's another fabulous place to try out new ideas and techniques, it's one place I go every month to see what new inspiration is up on his blog.

I hope you are enjoying sharing your art. I love seeing your new creations popping up on my blog post and you can have the same if you share the link to do so.

Add this link to the very bottom of the html page - be careful here because if you don't know what you are doing you can totally mess up your post. I googled it to find out how to be sure I was doing the right thing.

Here's the link to share if you would like to.

Thanks for stopping by.

Listen to your HeArt

hugs Brenda xxxx


Scrumplescrunch said...

Hello Brenda,
This is gorgeous, Love the texture and the palette...Great spread.

Nikki Acton said...

Great layout, wonderful colour and light and dark areas. Sorry not linked up again for a while..... Been a little busy xxx

crafty creations said...

Stunning page Brenda with lots of texture and gorgeous colours - love the shading x Hilda

Deborah said...

That's a wonderful background, Brenda(a wonderful page!) I need to do some creating just for me - it's finding the time right now.

Pamellia said...

Just gorgeous Brenda! Love the Iced Spruce with the Tea Dye, great combo!! Amazing technique on your background, it creates so much dimension! May I ask please, what dies you used for the hearts? hugs :)

sally said...

Just love the pages! Also one of my favourite quote stamps (that I've yet to get my sticky paws on).


Ellie Knol said...

LOVE it Brenda! I am not sure of something, do I have to craate a page with the inspiration you give, or will any page do?

Meggymay said...

A gorgeous spread, super textures and soft colours.
Yvonne xx

Deb said...

Beautiful, love how the shadows make the die cuts pop and marry all the colours so perfectly!

Patty O'Malley said...

Hi Brenda. I am new to your blog. Yes, I make it a point to make something for myself at least once a week--it's my way of relaxing. Your journal pages look fantastic!

Dagmar said...

Oh wow - what fantastic journal-pages! I love your art work and the soft colours and shadows. The quote stamp is great!!!! Hugs, Dagmar

hazel said...

Fabulous Brenda - lovely colours and textures.
xxx Hazel.

Terry said...

Oh I love your visual journal pages. The hearts and texture are amazing and gorgeous! Hope your weekend is wonderful. Hugs!

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

Gorgeous...and love the play of words with heArt! Awesome pages!

experiments in paper said...

Brenda, WOW! I love the different textures you've used here, as well as the heart motif! And your use of Iced Spruce and Tea Dye with the other colors is fabulous! Thank you for this great inspiration in what is (at least here in the northeast United States) a Very Long Winter!! xx Lynn

Vintagehandmade said...

Oh, Brenda this is breathtaking! What a fabulous color combination blended together! Rich texture! It is so inspirational! Thank you for your Visual Journey! Great idea!
Hugs :)
Branka xxx

Anonymous said...

The die-cuts create a wonderful effect for the background.
Beautiful textures and colours on display.

pearshapedcrafting said...

Wow! I do love how you have made this background - the colours are just dreamy too! Chrisx ps trying to keep up!!!

Beulah Bee said...

This was a very good tutorial with just the right amount of instruction to inspire taking up some tools to try it!

Words and Pictures said...

Scrumptious texture, and I love the colours you added to the quote - fabulous spread again.
Alison xx