Saturday, February 23, 2013

Crafting Ireland Design Team

I can let the cat out of the bag now! I am on the new Crafting Ireland magazine design team. I am so excited to be on this team of very talented women, and I am looking forward to the next few months. Look out for our first projects in the March edition of the magazine. For those of you who don't know about it, Crafting Ireland is an on-line magazine, published monthly. If you would like to subscribe head over to the Crafting Ireland where there is a link to the magazine and a place to subscribe so that you never miss a thing.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Icarus Falling- Journal page

This page/ pages started out as a sketch idea for another project. I was just laying down some colour and texture as a background when my Derwent inktense block made a kind of circular shape on the page.

So as the name suggests the page is based on the Greek Myth of Icarus, the boy who flew too close to the sun. The pages were gessoed in white quite thickly. While the gesso was still wet I dragged my spreader through it to create grooves and patterns. I let this dry and then started adding paint. I started with a deep yellow which I painted on one page. I closed the journal over then and pushed down to transfer some paint to the other page. This gave a great mottled effect. I dried this off with a heat gun and then applied a lighter yellow to the opposite page and repeated the process. This results in one page being brighter than the other. This is where the happy accident happened. I got out my Inktense blocks to add a little more depth to the background and ended up with a large sun which just didn't want to be contained on one page! Then I thought, 'what does the sun bring to mind'? and I thought "Icarus". Off I went to the trusty internet to find some images of Icarus. I found this great one by Frank Wright, which has a lovely sketchy quality to it. I printed it down and used an image transfer paste to transfer it to the page. I used some more texture paste and stencils to add a little bit more interest and sprayed the lot with Cosmic shimmer mist in Mango Blaze. To finish I added the story of Icarus around the son.

A close-up of the texture

A close-up of Icarus

Saturday, February 16, 2013

"Love" Journalling

Did you see what I did with the title? For this page I played with my new Dylusions sprays. Oh my word are they fab! I used the Bubblegum Pink, Vibrant Turquoise and Crushed Grape. I got the sprays from the lovely Kate at Create with Kate. She has a great range and I believe the new colours will be coming in over the next couple of weeks. I can't wait to get my hands on them, there is a new red and a new pink.

 Anyhow to the page. I spritzed the page liberally with water and then sprayed my three colours onto the page. I then closed my journal and got two pages for the price of one! I rolled off the excess ink with kitchen roll to give a lighter background. I then went back with my turquoise and grape sprays, but this time I didn't spritz the page first and concentrated the sprays at the top of the page. I stood the journal up then to allow the ink to flow down the page.

After drying the page I drew a large heart in the middle of the page and used a thin layer of gesso to fill the centre of the heart. I stamped out the love crafting girl from Stampotique Originals and used an image transfer paste to place her to the left of the heart. I outlined her in white to make her stand out from the background. The heart was outlined firstly with Derwent inktense pencil and blocks and finally with white pen. To finish I used the Dylusions Stars stencil, through which I spritzed water. I ran over this with my kitchen roll to lift some of the ink off the page, dried the page again and outlined the stars in white.
The quote is from Shakespeare.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The Secret Garden - Journal Page

This is my latest journal page. I started with the idea of trying an image transfer. The base page and border were already done when I did a previous page opposite. If you want to check the post out it's here. Well the image transfer went totally wrong, so I ended up printing the image again and colour tinting it with Distress inks. The roses were cut from some old wrapping paper. The leaves were drawn on and coloured with Derwent Inktense blocks. The quotes were taken from the book "The Secret Garden" by Frances Hodgson Burnett. This has to be one of my all time favourite

This is a close-up of the image and text. I have to apologise about the bounce back from the flash. The days are so dull here at the moment there is no decent light to take photos!

Friday, February 8, 2013

The Journal Journey continues......

Not Quite Alice
My latest page is extremely messy! Those of you who know me will say that it is a very me page. I started out by painting the background using Citrus Paint Dabber by Ranger. Then I got busy with stencils and texture paste. The stencils are from Dylusions and I got them from the lovely Kate at Create with Kate. I added washi tape and some splodges of distress stain. I also swiped the stains over the textured areas.

(sorry about the shine on the bottom of the page- the washi tape was bouncing the light everywhere)

Curious Corrin was coloured using Tim Holtz Distress inks, as was the white rabbit. I drew the daisy and painted it with a mixture of white paint and yellow distress ink. A little bit of text and I was done. I learned a lot from this page. Some washi tape is very shiny and doesn't like having anything added to it!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Latest Journal page

The idea for this page came from a quote that my cousin posted on her Facebook page. I agreed so readily with it that I had to make a page to showcase it. The page border is just magazine off-cuts. The house and hills were drawn on a background sheet which I made out of torn book pages. I used Derwent Inktense Blocks and pencils to colour the images. I just love these!

I think I need to fill in the blank bits still. I am not sure with what yet.

A close-up of the text.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Cover of Journal

Journal Progress

I couldn't think how to decorate the front cover of my journal, so I decided to use some of my favourite quotes. I like the result that I got. I feel that I have got past the whole mental block that I think we are presented with when creating the cover for any album or journal. I always make a mistake and hate the result and don't want to use the album then!

This is the overall cover. I was going to paint out the manila colour, but decided to leave it in the end.

A close-up of the lettering. I hi-lighted the lettering with a signo white pen.