Thursday, 30 April 2015

Visual Journey #18

I began these pages with a light coat of white gesso and let them dry. I have Tim stamps UNUSED - oh boy who else does that? Buys new stamps then takes forever to use them? Not just me I hope!!!


Using the classics #11 I stamped two of them onto my pages and stamped two onto thin card. I also found a mask also UNUSED in my drawer, a crafter's workshop one called mini dragonfly harmony, so I squeezed some turquoise acrylic and added some white gesso and blended it over the mask using a piece of cut and dry foam. I then washed over some decoart quinacridone violet and used a wet babywipe to pull some of it off again. This was quite damp by now so I left it to dry and began the next two pages. (I often have two on the go at any one time).


The background needed more layers and textures but my mind is on today and excitement got the better of me - today is my travelling day - flying to California  - and the dragonfly dance reminds me of the whirl my brain is in trying to remember everything and getting things finished before I go. I set aside my two stamped pieces of card and began to rework the pages.


Mixing a watery wash of transparent yellow iron oxide on my craft mat I dipped the pages in it twice and dried them, then I took the Decoart turquoise shimmer mist and transferred some of it to a mini mister (one part turquoise and 4 parts water) and sprayed through one of Andy Skinners masks.



The two previous colours are transparent so I took the opaque carbon black and another Andy stencil to give me my words and focus which was when I decided the stamped head would fit in well relating to the hundred and one things to think about. But my head is really in California already, you can tell that by the stamps I added that relate to our destination.


I typed and printed the words I wanted to add .....



... including my feelings about why we are going -
'We are now travellers in California, having seen what we wanted to see, we now visit to make the most of what there is to see.'


We also go because we want to spend time in a place we call home from home with our friends Joni and Leo and take time to do some travelling, especially to spend a day with Terry and Steve having a lovely meal together and getting into some craft shops but  also to live the American way.


I will be on Face Book with updates so if you follow me there you will see some of what I see too.

I have some posts scheduled whilst I am away, so stay tuned and I shall continue to follow the journey of my fellow visual journey followers too.

Here is the link if you wish to share the collection and the linky is below for you to add your journal pages.


Take care and thanks for being part of my journeys.

hugs Brenda xxxx



13 comments:

massofhair said...

Enjoy your travels, safe journey and have lots of adventures and create wonderful memories each and every moment Brenda.

Fantastic pages, love the Tim/Andy combination it really works:-) xxx

barbarayaya62 said...

Rwally wonderful! color palette is amazing and the mix Tim/Andy it's absolutely wonderful! Your pages are gorgeous! Barbarayaya

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Beautiful pages Brenda, love all the amazing masked layers and the whirling dragonfly was so perfect for your theme. Have a wonderful trip and as Tim says, enjoy the journey!

Jane said...

Beautiful and very inspired pages for your trip. Your new products work so well and I love your words. Have fun and enjoy travelling in America. ...how exciting. Safe trip my friend xx

debby4000 said...

Fabulous pages, have a lovely holiday.
luv
Debby

pearshapedcrafting said...

Ha! ha! Un - used stamps - me? Errr! Yep!!
This is fabulous Brenda, I can feel the excitement rising! Have great time away - by the time you get back we will be ready for France!! Hugs, Chrisx

Karin said...

Gorgeous pages, enjoy your holiday!
Groetjes karin

Gina said...

This is a really thought provoking page *especially the bit about unused stamps...* :D XXX

Buttons said...

Hands up! I have two sets of brand new TH stamps as yet un-inked due to other priorities and time constraints. They are sitting there making me feel more guilty every day. I love what you've done with these ones, and in fact have been inspired to finally start journalling too!!! Will link up when it goes live. I hope you have a safe journey and enjoy your time in the US. Please give Terry a big hug from me, Jenny xxx

Buttons said...

Hands up! I have two sets of brand new TH stamps as yet un-inked due to other priorities and time constraints. They are sitting there making me feel more guilty every day. I love what you've done with these ones, and in fact have been inspired to finally start journalling too!!! Will link up when it goes live. I hope you have a safe journey and enjoy your time in the US. Please give Terry a big hug from me, Jenny xxx

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Wonderful spread Brenda !

mamablitger said...

Thank you for sharing this fabulous spread. Very creative. Love your combination and colors.
I wish you a safe and entertaining travel / journey. Wish you'll enjoy your time over there.
Hugs from Monica... Spain

Marjie Kemper said...

What a gorgeous spread! Hope to join you later in the month.