Thursday 25 June 2015

A Visual Journey #25

 Not my normal style and not my cup of tea either but this is what appeared.

As always I gessoed my pages and left them to dry. When I came to start designing I saw my brayer sitting on my desk so I grabbed some distress paints (gathered twigs. barn door and mustard seed) daubed a little of each on my craft mat, spritzed them with water and off we went. But what to add? I grabbed a plastic file box with some very old stamps in and chose the Katzelkraft Cirque 01 set. The colours fitted a circus theme but I needed more layers to provide a more detailed background.

I used masks with paints and distress inks and then a harlequin mask with white acrylic paint.

I blended squeezed lemonade distress ink over and you can see the difference between
 the left and right hand pages

The pages were uneven so the stamp didn't give me a defined image, but there's always a way round things -

- out came the pens and a pencil.

Lastly came the 'embellishing' and I admit to being rather void of ideas, so a simple big top and a quote.

I'm not over enamoured with these pages but my energies have been ploughed into design and workshop ideas recently so I feel mojoless as far as my journal is concerned and that's the first time since I started it.

Sorry I missed last week, but I hope to catch up at some point. For the rest of today, tomorrow and the weekend enjoy whatever you have planned and hopefully some creative time.

hugs Brenda xxxx

 As always if you would like to share the visual journey collection you will find the code to add to you post here -

... and I look forward to sharing in your pages through the linky below.

Thanks for taking the time to share your work with me and each other.


Patty O'Malley said...

I think these pages look awesome, Brenda!

Annie said...

Great background details Brenda and I have to say I love both pages, especially that Big Top, takes me back to my childhood as I went to the circus every Christmas.

I must have a bash at journalling as it looks such fun and your pages are so inspirational

Have a lovely weekend
Annie xx

sally said...

I sometimes feel like that giraffe with my head sticking very high above the parapet! Off to Edinburgh for the weekend so hoping for some warmth/sunshine!


Unknown said...

They are Fab pages, love the paleness of the backgrounds which makes the giraffe pop off the page, Big Top is awesome. xx

Pamellia said...

Gorgeous background Brenda and I just love the Big Top theme, reminds me of growing up near the fairgrounds in Calgary! hugs :)

Kathyk said...

Well I think it works, Brenda and I LOVE (love, LOVE) the background!

Have a great weekend and may your mojo return in abundance!


Meggymay said...

Great page spread Brenda, the background looks great and the images take me back to the circus visiting our town many, many, years ago,
Yvonne xx

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

Gorgeous background, and love the saying! FUN FUN FUN!!!

sarascloset said...

Great layered background, perfect for the theme. You would never know you didn't get a perfect impression the first time with your stamp...great save! Fun, Fun, Fun pages!

Julia Aston said...

You used the perfect mix of colors and stencils for your circus theme background Brenda! I have absolutely no talent in journal pages - and I really need to sit down and play to develop one! Julia xx

Redanne said...

I love that David Niven quote (love his books too) and your pages are just beautiful. I love your colour choices and the bold stamping - just beautiful! Hugs, Anne xx

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

I love it Brenda, circus themes seem to be coming back into popularity again and this one is great. The colours in the background work perfectly. Happy crafting, Angela xXx

Terry said...

Even though not "your cup of tea," the pages are still fabulous! Love the background which is so perfect for the Circus! Great sentiment! Happy Sunday, Brenda! Hugs!

Vintagehandmade said...

Beautiful pages, Brenda! A perfect background for the circus theme and amazing stamp choice! I love how you outlined your letters and all the colours you used there! Awesome work, as always!
Branka xxx

crafty creations said...

Brilliant pages Brenda that background is perfect

pearshapedcrafting said...

Fantastic fun page! I used to love David Niven! Hope to join in again soon!! Chrisx