Tuesday, August 14, 2018

"Unique" Art Journal Page


Good Afternoon

Today I am sharing an Art Journal page I have just finished.

This page has been in the making for ages, I did the background months ago and it has just been sitting around waiting for me to do something with it. There is another background just like it waiting to be "loved"

This is the completed page


To give you an idea of what I started with this is the page that has the same background that is waiting for me to finish it off. There is a lot of texture in there.



Because the background was quite dark and busy I swiped over it with some white Gesso to lighten it up in the hope that the flowers would stand out more.

The flowers were stamped onto watercolour paper using Stayzon Ink and then coloured using an assortment of permanent markers

These were then attached to the page using Gel Medium, I found that the Gel medium dulled the colour. Don't know weather that was because I put it on too thickly or a normal consequence of using Gel Medium over markers. To fix this I went over the flowers with my Big Brush Markers because I know that once they are dry they will not move.

I then added the stems, a bit of shading and some detail. For the detailing I used a Fude Ball 1.5 pen and a Mitsubishi UB245 black fine pen.

I then stamped the "Unique" title using Stayzon Ink.

To finish off I did some stamping with Gold ink and the same flower stamps, along with a circle stamp in Yellow and Blue. I then framed the page with my Black Big Brush Marker and a gold pen.

Here is a close up for a little bit of the detail.




Thanks for dropping by
Till next time
Hugs
Julie


Thursday, August 9, 2018

ARRC 21st Birthday Layout

Good Afternoon

The inspiration for this layout came from Pinterest. Oh how I love Pinterest, there is soooo much to see there. Unfortunately, lately, I have spent more time looking at everyone else's lovely work and not doing any myself. It is so easy to do isn't it.

The photo's on this layout were taken in one of those photo booths that you often see around and each  photo block has 4 photos on it.

The papers are from a pack I bought but I have thrown the original packaging away and do not know what brand it is.


I have definitely got a thing for banners.

Thanks for dropping by
Till next time
Hugs
Julie

Saturday, July 28, 2018

NYE 2006 Layout

Good Evening

It has been a fair while between posts.....I have been away celebrating my sisters 60th birthday and visiting my Mother.

Well it has finally happened, this is the last layout from the retreat I attended in April.
I will have to get busy now and make some new layouts to share with you, maybe even some more Art Journal pages

Another fairly "clean" layout using a colour that I very rarely use, Navy Blue.

The patterned paper is complimented by the clean white background, which is framed with navy cardstock. Navy cardstock seems to be very hard to come by. I had none in my stash and when I tried to buy some I could not get any. (I tried again today at Kaisercraft's 50% off sale but missed out again) I managed to scrounge this sheet from somewhere. I cut the middle out of it and used that to mat the photo, the journalling block and the triangle in the top left hand corner and create the strip with the torn edge that runs under the photo.

I double matted my photo with some velum which I tore along the top edge. The scallops on the music patterned paper at the bottom of the layout were drawn using the bottom of a Glimmermist bottle then cut with a pair of scissors.




Thanks for dropping by
Till next time
Hugs
Julie


Tuesday, July 17, 2018

"Houses" Art Journal Page

Good afternoon paper people

A bit of a change today. I am sharing an art journal page. I have not done any AJ pages for soooo long so thought it was time to get back into it.

I bought a new stamp, which turned out to be too small, but I used the image on the stamp to draw  houses on watercolour paper.

But let me start from the beginning.......

This page is from my Finnabair Art Journal and is 9" x 7"

I had previously started this page and did not like it at all. The background was good but the houses were too small and too colourless.

To be honest I did this page so long ago that I can not remember what I have used on the background. I can see Gesso, Texture Paste through a stencil and some stamping but I cannot remember what I used to colour it.

The houses are a stamp by Nathalie Kalbach (N*Studio). You get the Foam solid background stamp and then a seperate stamp with the design lines on it. Great stamp but just not right for this page.


So I gave it a make over using the design from the new stamp I bought. Using some grey paper I collaged small pieces to the bottom of the page and then stamped on top of it with black ink to create a "footpath" look.

I drew the houses on some watercolour paper and coloured them with my Jane Davenport watercolours. I then attached them over the top of the other houses I had on the page using Gel Medium. I had to be very careful doing this because the gel medium smudged the water colours. I used my Big Brush markers to shade around the houses then I detailed them using black acrylic paint in my fineliner bottle. I cut the grass out of some green paper and stuck it on. The detailing was done with a white gel pen, a lime green alcohol marker and a black sharpie.

It was looking pretty dark so I gave it a white border using white acrylic paint in another fineliner  bottle. I also gave all of the windows a coat of Glossy accents.


Much happier with it now and I have called it finished.....although I am tossing up weather to put some tiny flowers amongst the grass.

Thanks for dropping by
Till next time
Hugs
Julie


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

"On This Day" Layout

Good Afternoon

Today I am sharing another layout from the retreat, this is the second to last one.

I have used Kaisercraft's "Always & Forever" paper collection.

Have I mentioned previously that I have a "thing" for banners. Here are a few more.



There is not a lot to say about this simple layout. There is no mixed media on the page at all.

All of the patterned papers have had the edges inked before they were layered onto each other to form a base for the photo. I filed around the edge of the photo to make it stand out more an the black mat.

I love this paper range, the colours and the neutrals are beautiful.

Thanks for dropping by
Till next time
Hugs
Julie




Wednesday, July 4, 2018

"Christmas Day 2011" Layout

Good morning

Today I am sharing a layout I did while we were in Queensland recently.

I did not take many supplies with me so it is once again a minimalistic layout

These photos were taken at my nephews place on Christmas Day 2011 showing my Grand Daughter and Husband playing with my nephew's pet snake "Fluffy".


I have used American Crafts paper range called Play. All of the patterned paper is matted on red cardstock for a bit of a Christmas touch. Not really your typical Christmas layout.

I have splattered some Glimmermist in red and black on the background. The middle banner behind the photo is Velum with gold stars printed on it. I have finished the layout off with some doodling.

Thanks for dropping by
Till next time
Hugs
Julie

Thursday, June 28, 2018

"Love This" Layout

Hi There

So we are back from Queensland and boy is it cold here. I am taking a while to acclimatise from the 23 degrees C up there to the 13 degrees C here. I have got so many clothes on I can hardly walk and the heater is going overtime. I can't complain I have had 7 weeks of beautiful Queensland weather.

I have been busy with all the things you have to do when you get home from holidays and tomorrow I go to the hairdressers so I think by lunchtime tomorrow I will be back to "normal", whatever that might be.

The papers used on this layout are Kaisercraft's "Dream Big" collection.

The horizontal strips are Washi tape. Some collectable, hand made tags, Glimmermist splatters in the background and an edge punch by Martha Stewart make up this layout


I have only got 2 "Retreat" layouts left to share with you so I had better get busy and start making some more.

Thanks for dropping by
Till next time
Hugs
Julie

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Mark and Jenna's Wedding Layout

Good Evening.

Our time away from home is nearing the end. We have only got 3 more days before we are sleeping in our own bed. I must admit that the bed here in Queensland is great but there is never a bed as good as your own is there?

This is yet another retreat layout and as I have not got the layout with me I cannot remember what paper brand or range I used.


A fairly straight forward layout with a bit of Texture Paste through a stencil to add a bit of texture to the paper layers.

Thanks for dropping by
Till next time
Hugs
Julie

Friday, June 22, 2018

Little Moments Layout

Good afternoon.

Another post so soon. I am on a mission to get all of these retreat layouts posted to my blog so you will be seeing a lot of me over the next week or so.

This layout was created using a Kaisercraft paper range that I can not remember the name of. I usually write the name of the paper range on the back of my layouts but because I am not at home I cannot have a look to see what it is. I have a lot of Kaisercraft papers as I like their patterns and the quality of their paper. I also find that the different collections often go very well together so you can use your scraps from a number of collections to make a layout.


I have used 3 of the branding strips on this layout, some of their stickers, a cut apart, some Rik Rak and I have embossed some cardstock with a lovely Diasy embossing folder.

I originally stuck the Rik Rak down with double sided tape but found it did not want to stay put so I ended up using some clear drying wet glue to do the job.

Thanks for dropping by
Till next time
Hugs
Julie

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Helping Poppy Layout

Good Afternoon,

I am still in Queensland and while the temp here has dropped to 23 degrees Celsius it is way better than the 11 degrees they are experiencing in Adelaide with cold winds and rain. Unfortunately we only have one week left here so I will have to start preparing myself  for the cold and wet and rugging up.

Today I am posting another of the layouts I created at the Scrapping from Scratch retreat in April. I can't believe the number of layouts I got finished there.


The photo shows my grand daughter helping my husband clean the grout  between the tiles on the kitchen floor. She always wants to help.

The papers are from a paper pad I bought at Spotlight, It is a very thick pad, about 100 pages I think, and was on clearance for about $5. As I am not at home I cannot tell you what brand it is but I have had a lot of use out of it.

All of the edges have been distressed and I have done some doodling on one of them. I have used a couple of punches and wrapped some twine around the photo mat. The title was made with some stickers from my stash.

The black circles were made using the lid from a Glimmermist bottle and an ink pad.

Thanks for dropping by
Till next time
Hugs
Julie