Thursday, 6 August 2015

A Visual Journey #31

I am on another of my inspiration visits today off to another blog and wonderfully creative journal pages I found and pinned on Pinterest. This time it's to Living the Creative Life with Shelley R Chavis and a Documented Life project she did. I do urge you to pop over to Shelley's blog to see hers and how she made the pages and you will see what I took as inspiration to make my own. This is my version.


I began by spraying vibrant turquoise dylusions spray through a mask, turning it over to use the ink on the back as well on my pages and not wasting it. I painted in some random areas of lime green acrylic paint and stamped my bees using watering can archival ink.


I took a piece of left over card that has some mottled green inks on it and sprayed through two stencils using ocean pie and lemon zest dylusions inks, then cut them up and added to the pages.


I shadowed the coloured strips with a black inktense pencil and waterbrushed round and punched some circles and an oval to add more interest. I also used the inktense pencils to colour in the bees. I took Shelley's advice and did some doodle sewing around the edges using the sewing machine, it is definitely something I need to practice more.


Next I made a flower petal and butterfly for each page by running some card through an embossing folder, layering on oil pastels and dabbing over with festive berries/peacock feathers distress stains and spritzing them with water before heat blasting them. I ran my hickory smoke distress ink pad around the edges - I do love this new colour.


It was just a question of  gathering a few other bits to add to the pages, printing out a quote that I found, assembling the pages together  .....



... and adding them into my journal.


So there we have my pages made taking inspiration from Shelley - her pages are very different and beautiful so please pop over to see what she did and check out all her process steps. Thank you Shelley for inspiring me to get some bright colours out and challenging me to make something of my own but I can still see the Shelley influences. I love what I created, these pages are so different for me.


This post and the next few are scheduled as I am off to Lanzarote today with the family. I hope you are enjoying some quality time with people you love and also getting in some wonderful creative time too.

Take care and enjoy your own crafty endeavours.

hugs Brenda xxx


13 comments:

Gina said...

GLorious pages...though you know I could never resist those buzzy bees. I also love using "found" text on my art. I buy old paperbacks from charity shops and cut words from the aged pages :D XXX

Daniele said...

lots of lovely inkiness on your pages Brenda
hugs x

Suzi B said...

Wonderful pages, fabulous colours.
Suzi B xx

froebelsternchen Susi said...

A fantastic spread Brenda - it is simply Gorgeous!
oxo
Susi

Patty O'Malley said...

Wonderful pages, Brenda!

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Beautiful vibrant colours Brenda and the inktense outlining really makes those elements pop. Love the bees and what a great quote! The stitch doodling around the edges adds so much interest too, will have to give that a try. Thanks for sharing and hope you are having a wonderful vacation! Deb xo

Sophie said...

Wundervoll, Brenda, das sieht großartig aus mit den schönen Hintergründen.

Herzlichst Sophie

Joi at RR said...

This is just WONDERFUL Brenda. This will sound silly but I was thinking that even a bee sting will be better tomorrow! Love all the layers, texture and sentiments. Especially love all the colors and designs - that's so fun to me - seeing all these colors blending together to make one BEAUTIFUL creation. Thanks for sharing Shelley's page too - I enjoyed hers as well. Both of your projects are just wonderful. j.

rachel said...

stunning - I love this - super colours xx

shelley r chavis said...

Oh my word, Brenda! You TOTALLY rocked this layout! WOWZERS!!! I ABSOLUTELY LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT IT! Thanks for all of the love! I BLESS YOU, sweet lady!!! XOXO

Mary Elizabeth said...

I am so in love with this color palette. The warm tones just pop off the cool-toned background. Stunning!!! I really want to learn more about mixed media. This is an excellent way to do so. -- Mary Elizabeth

A Pink said...

Fabulous journal pages Brenda. Love the oil pastel with the DI's on the flowers . Love ya choice of quotes and ya doodle sewing is great - no practise needed imho x

Sara Barker said...

Branda, thank you for sharing your colorful and inspiring journal pages with us, as well as the process that led you to the end. I love the bees, and your quote is just what I needed to read today! Great colors and fabulous effect using the inktense pencils to shadow. Enjoy your family time!