Thursday 15 February 2018

In the Deep Murky Depths - Journal panel

Just a quick post today with a journal panel made using the fabulous fossil fish that I love - new from Andy Skinner. I put this journal together last year using four panels made to cover the front and back inside and outside covers (see here, here, here and here). So now I want to start making pages/panels for it and am starting with this one.

I created the background more or less following the steps I used for the back cover.

The fish were stamped with white gesso and they have a lovey textured look and feel to them.

Once I had the basic layers down and had the crackle glaze dry I rubbed over the fish and inner part of the page  with distress micro glaze as I wanted to add the black antiquing cream and prevent it from turning everything black. I think it worked a bit and certainly helped me wipe the antiquing cream off of the gessoed fish.

The painty layers merged beautifully to give that deep murky feel to the panel and you can see the crackles in the crackle glaze around the edges.

I finished off by stamping the bubbles by dipping a large eyelet into the paint and stamping with it.

So hopefully I will get to make more of these panels for this journal and get it filled up? Maybe???

I'm off to Stitches on Sunday, picking the lovely Suz up along the way and meeting up with Nikki and loads of other people over the three days. If you are coming please let me know and we can hopefully get to say hello.

hugs Brenda xxx


Kate Yetter said...

I love this! These Andy Skinner stamps are amazing. You showcase them perfectly.

Annie said...

Fabulous pages with amazing details and tips...Love it xx The gesso'd fossil fish looks fabulous xx

Sending my best wishes
Annie xx

Gina said...

I wonder if this is the sight awaiting the scientists who are about to explore beneath that huge ice float down in the Antarctic??? Amazing piece XXX

hazel said...

A wonderful journal panel.
xxx Hazel.

Trish G said...

Love your work, enjoy you sharing your posts. I would find it helpful I'd you would, as with a lot of other artists, post the dimensions of the panels be posted.
Thanks for the inspiration.

Redanne said...

A gorgeous panel Brenda, love the colour tones in the background and the gesso stamping gives those fossils a wonderfully ghostly feeling. Beautiful work! Hope to catch up with you some time on Monday... Hugs, Anne xx

Unknown said...

PEACEFULLY SUBLIME is how I feel when I look at this Brenda. I grew up by the lake and this just reminds me of those lovely days. Even the skeletal aspect of the fish warms my heart because every good fisherman knows how to filet and then cook outside over the fire! LOVE LOVE LOVE the texture and the gentle color hues... nothing murky just BEAUTY. WONDERFUL CREATIVITY! Xj.

Meggymay said...

They are fantastic new stamps. the panels look beautiful and I love how they look stamped using Gesso.
Yvonne x

pearshapedcrafting said...

I love this underwater look at those fabulous fish! They really do look as though they are finding their way around in the deepest part of the ocean! Chrisx

A Pink said...

Love those colour tones and the 'murky' feel you have achieved , Brenda . A really fabulous panel .
hugs x