Thursday, 12 March 2015

Visual Journey #11

Dreaming of the summer.
My visual journal today again just came out of nowhere. Is it that I'm off to California soon that my subconscious mind led me in this direction? I don't know. But whatever I was really pleased with the different results again.


I adhered tissue wrap to the double page spread and let it dry.
I splodged and misted picket fence and antique linen distress paints over and heat dried them and then blended mustard see distress ink over – the paints act as a resist so we get some mottled effects.
I have lots of quotes already printed off and kept in a file, so I rummaged around and found one I liked. 


Using the Tim Holtz rays stencil I blended fired brick and ripe persimmon distress inks through and stamped chicken wire in random places using potting soil archival ink.


The sun was cut from scrap inked card and I punched red circles from another piece of scrap inky card and began to design the pages.


The rays seemed rather squat so using my ripe persimmon distress marker I drew some scribbly lines out and rubbed with my finger and I used stormy sky distress marker to add some blue areas around the pages.


In my bits box I found a portion of a TH ticket and adhered another circle on it ........


and I went round edges of the pages with a vintage photo distress marker and added some tissue/washi tapes and remnant rubs.


Finally I finished by using walnut stain distress marker to add shadow and dimension to the circles and ticket.


This reminds me somewhat of the ATCs I made last year after following the 52 card pick up online course by Stephanie Ackerman. I seem to be going back to those ideas at the moment and applying them to larger projects.

Thanks for joining me again on another step of visual journey and if you want to walk along beside me then I would love it if you'd link your latest pages here. There's no pressure, no challenge, no theme, just a chance to see what other people are creating and to find additional inspiration. You can also go find the code to add to your blog post to share the collection with your readers too.



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hugs Brenda xxxx





16 comments:

Sue said...

Hello Brenda.
The pages look wonderful; very lively.
Smiles:)
Sue

Inkypinkycraft said...

great use of shapes and colour x

Jane said...

Our inspiration is just in the back of our minds isn't it Brenda and is everywhere. These are gorgeous pages, there is sunshine shining out from them. I must get my journal out again, I just need to find an hour of quiet time to play...hopefully at the end of this week. It's feeling very spring like today. Enjoy your trip over the pond, how exciting. Hugs xx

Gina said...

Still loving this simper/looser style you are creating :D XXX

Pamellia Johnson said...

Gorgeous pages Brenda! I love the sunset colours and your amazing sun! hugs :)

Patty O'Malley said...

Awesome pages, Brenda!

massofhair said...

Liking your pages Brenda, the background texture is fabulous and i do love the little pops of colour. Enjoy your visit to the US :-) xxx

Lynn Price said...

You are definitely "California Dreaming", Brenda!! Your spread is amazing - love all that red and yellow, on a fabulous background. I can feel the sun just looking at it! xx Lynn

crafty creations said...

Stunning and definitely with California in mind - all that wonderful sunshine you can just about feel it - its been just 6 degrees here in Lancashire today !!!

Have a wonderful time

Nikki Acton said...

Wonderful pages Brenda. I know I say it all the time but you have a way of creating amazing depth in your 2D work! Nikki xxx

butterfly said...

Yup, it's pretty clear your imagination is heading towards the sunshine - fabulous pages!
Alison xx

Anita Houston said...

LOVE the colors, the rays, the design!

Vintagehandmade said...

Amazing pages, Brenda! I love the colors and the stenciling here! The colors are fabulous!
Hugs :)
Branka xxx

Jenni Mills said...

I like this page ... kind of grungy and raw.

hazel said...

Brilliant pages, love the design and the fabulous colours.
xxx Hazel.

pearshapedcrafting said...

It's got me in a holiday mood - really fabulous page Brenda! (Bit behind - keep going away!) Chrisx