Thursday 2 July 2015

A Visual Journey #26

Yikes you know what week we are on????? Yep you got it, half way through the year (in fact that was last week as I am one behind at the moment).
We are all going away as a family in August and our minds are turning to the sun, sea and sangria of Lanzarote. I combined those thoughts with a workshop I did recently on brayering techniques and decided on a sea theme with a brayered background and I really quite like the end result.

I began with three dark, opaque colours of fresco finish paint using Leandra's monotone look.

I then added more opaque and translucent colours until I achieved this (and guess how many colours I used in the end - 12!!!!).

To get my class started on our workshop we talked briefly about adding household items to the brayer including elastic bands and this technique reminded me of a watery effect - so using chipped sapphire distress ink we got this - .......

.... and then repeating with snowflake ff paint we got this -

I also added some 'bubbles' using Tim's stencil and mermaid lagoon distress ink.

Next I stamped the nautical blueprint stamps using scraps of leftover inky pieces of card and cut out the shapes and names.

Finding a left over sample of the monotone brayered paint technique from the workshop I dipped it in walnut stain distress ink and began putting the pages together. Finding a shell stamp from an old Craft Stamper magazine, I added that and a tresaure collage stamp using white pigment ink.

When I was happy with it I actually added some journalling about our impending holiday in Lanzarote and the memories it invokes.

Are you in Summer mode at the moment or are you in winter mode (according to what part of the world you live of course)?

Well I definitely want to start packing now, but will have to wait another month I am afraid.

Enjoy your holidays and breaks wherever you are.

hugs Brenda xxx

 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.


experiments in paper said...

Beautiful background - thank you for the detailed step-outs! I love how the darker colors have become so much as you layered with lighter tones! And love the sea/coast theme - just looked at Lazarote images online - looks divine, and you've perfectly captured it! xx Lynn

Monika Gulyas said...

What a great idea the painting roller and the elastic band combo!!! You achieved fantastic waves!!! I have to try this! Thank you for sharing it with us!!!

Astrid Maclean said...

Beautiful spread!! The brayered background with those clever additional elements looks super!! Great colours for your thee too!!

Hope you will have a fantastic time come August, enjoy that sun and sea!!!

I really hope that come September I will find the time to join you with this journal venture...

Sophie said...

Großartig sieht das aus, sehr schön gestaltet, liebe Brenda.
Und die Farben sind herrlich, richtig erfrischend :-)
Hier ist es grade sehr, sehr heiß, zu heiß für mich.
Wir sollen über 40°C bekommen, schrecklich :-(

Ich wünsche dir einen schönen Tag.
Liebe Grüße von Sophie xx

sally said...

I can hear the ocean calling! I love sand dollars & used to collect them when I lived in the Middle East so this has brought back some hot & happy memories of beach combing with my mum. No she'll collecting on my hols this year though and it will be the sound of a mountain torrent rather than the ocean but your page will transport me to the beaches whenever I need to be there :-)


Patty O'Malley said...

Beautiful pages, Brenda! Love the rubber band brayer technique.

froebelsternchen said...

Love your spread and all the fab techniques to achive such a fab background Brenda!
Wow.. sounds fabulous to spend weeks in August at Lanzarote!


rachel said...

wonderful creativity brenda - very much puts me in the holiday mood - how lovely! I love the rubber band brayering - looks awesome! Big hugs rachel x

crafty creations said...

Just love that background Brenda - brilliant pages - have a wonderful family holiday

Redanne said...

Well, I can honestly say that 12 layers never looked so good! I love all sea related projects and this one is gorgeous, I love the seahorse image and the way you created the sea with the brayer - so clever and so effective. Beautiful work! Hugs, Anne xx

Helen said...

oh, Brenda this looks fantastic - love the 12 brayered layers (I adore this method of adding paint) and you've created a gorgeous page to treasure. Hope your holiday is as enjoyable!

mamablitger said...

Brenda this is such a fabulous spread. You really achieved a water looking background using that technique with the brayer and rubberbands. Impressive result. I find it exciting that you used TWELWE colors... Waw ! Your embellishment look great too. What a lovely summer spread !
Thank you for sharing.
Hugs from Monica... Spain

Margreet said...

So beautiful, Brenda. I'm enjoying holidays with our friends in Switzerland at the moment with lots of fun, sun, good food and drinks.
xxx Margreet

Meggymay said...

Love the brayer background, its a fabulous journal spread, it makes you want to be by the sea just looking at it.

Unknown said...

I do love this. . And your work blows my mind.... I've red over your blog 3 time today. .. super stoked to have come across it... can't wait to keep receiving your newsletter. .. Thanks for sharing your amazing talent Xxoo Joan

Silvia(Barnie) said...

So wonderful, such a great spread.

Marjie Kemper said...

Oh these are lovely! And what fun to anticipate the coming getaway with these sea images.

pearshapedcrafting said...

No wonder you are in the holiday mood!! This really brings seaside holidays to mind!! Beautiful!! Chrisx