Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Travel #2 - pages in my travel journal

I have a background for you today which started life with the intention of me making a card but it ended up being a page in my travel album which I want to get completed from our amazing family holiday to California last month.



Process Steps
1. Paint a thin coat of white gesso over your card, then drip paints (I used raw umber, burnt umber, burnt sienna and titan buff) ....


.... and drag across with plastic.


2. Repeat with the same colours going in the opposite direction.



3. Repeat with white gesso to tone it down.


 4. Next brayer over three colours (I chose phthalo turquoise, paynes grey and titanium white).


5. The dip and dry in separate watery washes of burnt umber and titanium white paint.


6. Cut the card to the size you require and use ground espresso distress ink with a blending tool through Andy Skinner's code breaker stencil and cut the clipboard pieces with the Tim Holtz movers and shapers clipboard die.


7. Add photo and embellishments of your choice, you could make that card if you wanted to.

This photo was taken down Main Street in Garden Grove, I've altered it using Photoshop Elements


It now sits in the background using the flaps from the clipboard die to keep it in place.


I also created a montage of group photos with our friends Joni and Leo ......


...... and finishing the pages with tissue tape and distress inks before sticking the two pieces in.


Here's how they look together.


This is my second inspirational piece for the current challenge at Country View Crafts where the new challenge called 'Travel' has been chosen by the fabulous Jennie. I am so happy to get some more pages filled in my travel journal which can be found Here. I hope you will be able to join us on our travels this month.

hugs Brenda xxx








19 comments:

Gina said...

OOow I am missing "scraping " painty blobs....works wonderfully as a backdrop to that flag photo :D XXX

Valerija said...

Great project again.
Valerija xx

Monika Gulyas said...

So beautiful mixed colours on your background! Great project! Hugs

Redanne said...

Another beautiful project Brenda, I love the wonderful background you created! Hugs, Anne xx

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Just AMAZING! I specially love how you made the background on the left! Super!

Suzanne C said...

Beautiful pages and a wonderful memento of your trip. I loved seeing the layers of paint and the techniques on your lovely background.

Mary Elizabeth said...

I love your photos! Looks like you all had a great time together. What a wonderful way to preserve your travel memories. I adore the background. I have to go to school and work today, but all I want to do is go downstairs in my craftroom and scrape paint!!!!. You have an amazing eye for color and imagery. Hope to play along this month!!!

pearshapedcrafting said...

Oh my Brenda - my mouth fell open when I saw the background process!Wow! I love the fabulous spread you have made! Once we get back to 'normal' I am hoping to have a massive catch up! Hugs, Chrisx

Craftyfield said...

I have used the Credit Card painting method before but I like how you layered the paint, using several other techniques, to get to this beautiful effect. The journal looks good so far... it will be a great souvenir of a happy holiday!

rachel said...

amazing pages Brenda - such a wonderful way of keeping those precious memories together xx

Meggymay said...

Wow, that's an amazing background and is super for your journal photos. Its a fantastic spread.
Yvonne xx

Patty O'Malley said...

Fantastic journal pages, Brenda, and a wonderful way to preserve fond memories.

Evelyn Walter said...

Wonderful pages, Brenda! That´s a beautiful way to "store" the memories. Your background work is fabulous again!
xxx Evelyn

Astrid Maclean said...

Fabulous background techniques on this piece, and wonderful step-out photos!
Love how the spread came together and great photos too, it looks like a fantastic family holiday!!

Sara Barker said...

I'm so happy you decided to put this in your travel journal...there will be plenty of time to make a card using these same techniques. For now, you must get those precious memories of your trip in here, before you forget. Love the painty background and your fabulous photos! Hugs!

Angela Radford said...

Hi Brenda, this works for me! Great idea to put it in your journal. Happy crafting, Angela x

A Pink said...

A wonderful way to keep those holiday memories alive . Lovely pages Brenda .
hugs x

butterfly said...

Stunning painty layers, and a lovely way to celebrate all the happy memories from your trip.
Alison x

Team Clark said...

I am definitely going to sit down and try some of your paint techniques. You achieve such great dimension in your color layers and it "woos" me. :)