Thursday, 9 April 2015

Visual Journey #15

Welcome to the 15th edition of my Visual Journey and another collage spread using some of my favourite products and techniques. As always I wasn't too sure of where I was going but I thoroughly enjoyed the process.



The pages were painted with gesso and left to dry. Strips of papers were adhered across both pages. A marker was placed for the photo so as not to get texture underneath it.


Next gesso was applied through Tim's lattice stencil - NOTE TO SELF gesso can be too thin so although the first pass was ok, subsequent passes meant the gesso seeped underneath the stencil.. Let it dry and smear some matte medium in various places,


Using gathered twigs paint dabber with antique linen spray stain and a couple of pinkish glimmer mists, spray and let drip. Leave to dry then add some drops of Victorian velvet mister (home made). Place waxed paper between the pages and leave it to flatten and dry out under a box.


Gather some elements together for your collage, I used one of Tim's photo booth images, love these.


Ephemera, tissue tape and chit-chat stickers .........


... and a few more drips at the top of the page then out came the matte medium and a brush to go round all the areas that I wanted to create shadow. When dried I was able to use my distress markers  to outline shapes and create more depth.



Thanks to everyone who is joining me in this journey and to those of you who pop in regularly to see what I am creating and making.

I hope you will join me in this visual journey with any journal pages you make. Anything goes with whatever journal/sketchbook/ type activity is right for you. My Pinterest page explains it like this -
'Keeping a visual journal is a journey of experimentation; giving time to be free in expressing yourself and not constrained by others expectations. Practicing design, layouts, composition, colour mixing, techniques, materials, mixed media. Creating your own exercises, titles, mood boards, taking yourself out of the box, finding yourself. Bring new ideas to life, to spark you off in new directions, to allow your own imagination and creativity to develop in complete freedom'.

Thanks for joining me today

hugs Brenda xxx

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23 comments:

massofhair said...

Great colour palette Brenda, fab layering and textures. Another fantastic spread:-) xxx

Shilpa Nagaonkar said...

Absolutely gorgeous journal page, Brenda!

Vintagehandmade said...

Another awesome spread from you, Brenda! I love your fabulous color combination, all the fantastic layers and great textures! Amazing pages!
Branka xxx

Gina said...

You know you are going to have to do a "flick trough" video of the journal when your don, don't you? I need to hear the yummy scratchy crinkliness of those pages :D XXX

Jane said...

Another visual feast Brenda. Gorgeous textures and dripping colour.....it's great to see how it all comes together.....awesome work as always. I am really enjoying playing in my journal...just a quick question I really had no idea how to add the linkz thing to my post...I copied and pasted it but I am not sure that will enable the link to work? I went to the website and joined Linkz but still could not work out how to use it on my blog.Could you give an idiot's guide of how to embed a linkz in a post....I have never put one in a blog post of my own, only joined them on other peeps posts. Sorry to be so dumb and have to ask. Thanks for all you inspiration and for sharing your art. Hugs xx

debby4000 said...

Oh this is amazing and your best so far, well thats because I love it so much.
luv
Debby

sally said...

A fab spread, I love the map and it's so nice to see red, it's a colour I rarely use & thinking about it I don't recall seeing much of it about! Really like the results!

Sally

Patty O'Malley said...

Amazing details, Brenda! Love the texture and depth created with the markers.

pearshapedcrafting said...

Brenda you are such an inspiration! These pages are yet again an example of how to bring a spread together. Great colour choices, fabulous texture and use of papers! Chrisx

crafty creations said...

Another amazing spread so much to see - all that gorgeous texture, love the drips and the fabulous designing of the whole spread x Hilda

Astrid Maclean said...

Another wonderful collage spread Brenda, great colours!

Paula Cheney said...

Brenda this is beautiful. Glad you showed the step outs...I never would have thought you had used such dark pieces of paper at the bottom. Really wonderful.

Meggymay said...

Fantastic pages, love the colour combination you used with all the elements.
Yvonne

Meggymay said...

Fantastic pages, love the colour combination you used with all the elements.
Yvonne

Redanne said...

This is really beautiful Brenda! Hugs, Anne xx

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Gorgeous Brenda, love the layered elements and the picture is lovely set against the inky backdrop. Love it. Tracy x

Lynn Price said...

Great spread, Brenda! The travel theme is fantastic, as are your colors, gesso work and layering....Love the deep red color and the map. Not sure when you are going to California, but whenever, I hope you certainly do find the beautiful there!! xxx Lynn

Terry said...

I so love how you layer up paper, elements and colors! Brenda, this is gorgeous! Hugs!

Kerstin F. said...

Amazing and fabulous colored pages. My newest great love is Mr. Art Journal and so it's no wonder that I have join this very creative journey. Thanks for this beautiful inspiration's.

Daniele said...

great art Brenda, love how it all comes together x

butterfly said...

Beautiful page - I just love the stunning soft inky gesso layers in the background and the collage composition is perfect.
Alison xx

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Beautiful Brenda, love your softly textured background and colour palette, gorgeous as always!

Joi at RR said...

Just spent awhile having happy time exploring all your wonderful creations and journal pages Brenda. So glad to have found your incredible inspirations. j.