Thursday 16 July 2015

A Visual Journey #28

Windows on life.

This began with a coat of gesso and when dry I stamped some old la blanche stamps on the pages and on spare paper and used removable tape to add them as a mask.

I love laying my first layer of colour down using a babywipe, it can give a very soft blended hue or be applied much heavier to give that deep and vibrant blend of colour. I used rusty hinge, barn door and vintage photo distress paint.

After drying the light layer of paint I didn't want to waste what was left on my craft mat so I sprayed it with water and dipped and dried the pages several times.

Whilst the stamped images were still masked I used DecoArt white crackle paste and laid down some brick texture adding in some more of the colours used in the background.

This produces fabulous crackles in quite a short while.

I used my own made up misters to add colour depth around the textured areas.

Then removed the masks to 'paint' in the images using distress markers and inks.

Somehow I omitted to take photos of the next two stages where I added some stencilling using DIs and some light stamping using the new hickory smoke DI. A typed and printed quote added to finish it off.

People are like stained - glass windows. 

They sparkle and shine when the sun is out,

but when the darkness sets in, 

their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Have a great end to the week.

hugs Brenda xxx


Mary Elizabeth said...

Love that quote Brenda!! So true. And this is such a lovely piece of art. Thanks for the tip about applying the paint with a baby wipe. It is a lovely first layer. I want to try that! Love the final color, pattern and texture. Hugs -- Mary Elizabeth

Deb said...

Beautiful Brenda, love those stamps and the lovely crackle texture on your bricks. What a wonderful quote and so very true, thank you for sharing your journal page.

pearshapedcrafting said...

Beautiful Brenda! I love how the paints were added to get such a great blend of your lovely colours! A lovely quote too! Chrisx

Patty O'Malley said...

Wonderful pages and quote, Brenda! The background is awesome.

crafty creations said...

Stunning pages Brenda love what you did with baby wipes, the layout and, of course, all that texture

rachel said...

gorgeous work Brenda - love the texture and the colours are awesome - wonderful x

SueC said...

Wonderful pages Brenda, love the quote and the pastel shades are beautiful. Sue C x

Meggymay said...

Beautiful pages Brenda, the quote is lovely as well.

Anonymous said...

A beautiful quote to compliment such a beautiful page. Gorgeous colours and I love the addition of the crackle element. Very beautiful.

Unknown said...

Lovely mixed media page and beautiful quote. Thank you.

mamablitger said...

Brenda this is a fabulous spread you created. Love the colors. And the texture is just awesome. Love the crackled bricks and your quote is just great !
Thank you for sharing your fantastic art.
Hugs from Monica.... Spain

Inkypinkycraft said...

Fab pages and a great quote x

Gina said...

Love the masking simple we often neglect using it :D XXX

Terry said...

Such a lovely page, Brenda! There are so many windows to life! Have a wonderful weekend. Hugs!

Words and Pictures said...

Gorgeous pages to illustrate one of my favourite quotes. I love the colours here - so soft and warm.
Alison xx

experiments in paper said...

Beautiful pages - really love how the paint you mopped up blends into the original background yet is so intense. And lovely colors..... wonderful inspiration as usual! xxx Lynn

Pamellia said...

Wow, I have missed so many wonderful projects! This is just stunning Brenda! I love the brickwork and your colours are gorgeous, the pinks and rusts go perfectly together!! WOW! hugs :)