Friday 12 July 2019

Wildflowers and cultivated flowers - mixed media journal page.

I went out with a friend for her birthday recently and I bought an old book of Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities. Unusually there is no printer's date in it but it was scribed by someone and dated the 7th January 1910, over a hundred years old, so now I don't want to tear it up or alter it lol.
However my friend had some books in her car ready for the charity shop and one was A Country Diary birthday book, certainly not old at all but the illustrations are all flowers and are hand painted prints so I decided to take it off her hands and have a play at using some of the gorgeous flower designs in some journal pages.
This is the first one stuck into my nature journal which already had some tissue collage paper glued on it.

To age the illustration I stamped with some text and gave it a light coat of watery gesso and distressed the torn edges.

I painted some wildflower stems .....

.... and drew round one of Tim's transparent butterflies on watercolour paper, dipped it in some pinky paint washes, glued the two together and covered the surface with glue to make it matte. I also added a crochet die border and a quote.

You'd think this would be quite quick to do but as always I overthink everything.

I am also sharing this over on the Country View Crafts project blog.


Supplies from Country View Crafts
Tim Holtz wildflowers die and crochet die
Tim Holtz stamps Nature's Wonder
Tim Holtz Transparent acetate wings


Helen said...

what a fabulous spread and a great use of the page from the book.

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

What a beautiful page Brenda, your additional elements work in harmony with your chosen page, so many beautiful ones to chose from within that book. I have to admit when I come across old books it is the first thing I look for to see if they have been personalised with a handwritten message or date.
Glad you rescued The Country Diary Edith Holden's illustrations are very close to my heart as she was a local artist, my Mother grew up in the same area she was born in. I have many variations of her books, some for creative use and others just to keep. Her studies are so inspirational. I've always wanted to own one of her first editions but never got my hands on one. So lovely to see this today Brenda it's a beauty.
Wishing you a wonderful weekend Hugs Tracey x

Betty4 said...

This is just so beautiful! I'm a card maker more than anything and I'm imagining receiving it as such. Your work is just lovely.

Rosie said...

I just love this, Brenda - everything about it!

Lisa said...

Wow, this is so amazing!! I absolutely love the flowers!! They look so gorgeous!! What a stunning page!! Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

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A Pink said...

A wonderful journal page , Brenda . You have enhanced the gorgeous flower designed [ages with respect and beauty .
Hugs x

Patty O'Malley said...

I love it! So pretty!

Words and Pictures said...

It's a charming page - I love how you've echoed the Country Lady flowers with your wildflower diecuts. Doesn't look overthought to me!
Alison x

Let's Art Journal said...

Wow, what a stunning page! I love the elements that you created and how you layered them together, it's such a beautiful and elegant design 😁. Thanks for the inspiration and wishing you a wonderful week! Hugs, Jo x