Wednesday 13 March 2013

Spring Garden Journal Page by Astrid

Hello everyone and welcome, it's great to see you here. Have you noticed the days are turning a little longer? Yep, here in the Northern Hemisphere, Spring will soon be here, - I for one can't wait.

Today I am sharing a journal page, created with thoughts of Spring in my mind.....
Have you seen the cool New Stamps that are now available? I used one of the new sets created by the well know Katie Fox from the Craft Stamper Magazine. She has created 5 new stamp sets, and for this project I used the Encyclopedia Botanica. I also used one of the cool Blue Print Stamps by Tim Holtz, the Classics No 1 In addition I used the following sets and other products for my page:
Journaling Words 2 & 3
Chicken Wire Background
Dylusions Ink Sprays in Lemon Zest, Squeezed Orange, Vibrant Turquoise and Melted Chocolate
Distress Inks in Peacock Feathers and Wild Honey, Pumic Stone, Aged Mahogany, Dusty Concord
Dylusions Stencils Dotted Flower and Diamond of a Border
Archival Ink Jet Black.
Mini Mister filled with water
Kitchen roll, Embossing Ink and white embossing powder from my stash
The page itself was  water colour paper

First I created the background with my choice of colours of Dylusion Sprays, Distress Inks and my two stencils. I played around with it until I was happy with the results

I used one of the stencils for the so called "ghosting technique": You spray water through your stencils, leave it in place for a few moments, then lift it and use kitchen roll the lift of excess moisture. As if by magic the base colour of ink appears through darker colours on the top.
When I was happy with my background I stamped the Chicken Wire background and Blue Print stamps in various places as shown.

The dragon fly from the blueprints was stamped again on smooth stamping paper as were  the butterflies from the Encyclopedia Botanica. They were then cut out, coloured with Distress Inks and adhered to the page. I filled some of the gaps with words from the Journaling Words 2 & 3 sets and the beetle from the Encyclopedia Botanica set. Finally I stamped the word Art Journal and the Garden sentiment on scraps of scrapbook paper, and glued them to the page. The last step was the white stamping (with white embossing powder) with one of the stamps from the Encyclopedia set again.
Here are a few more close ups:

Well, I hope you like my journal page. Thank you for visiting and I will see you again towards the end of the month.


Titbelsoeur, mixed-media addict said...

this is a wonderful AJ page ! I love it !

Unknown said...

Love the colors. It is a wonderful Art journal page.


Ros Crawford said...

Stunning work!

Jenny Marples said...

Amazing page Astrid. Love how you've created the blended background - it's the perfect backdrop for your choice of stamps. Hugs, Jenny x

Artyjen said...

Fabby page...all the details are great together.
xoxo Sioux

Redanne said...

A stunning page Astrid. Love how you created your base with those wonderful Dylusion sprays and the stamping on top is a real feast for the eyes, so much to look at and so beautiful.

Bärbel said...

Eine atemberaubend schöne Collage, in der jedes Detail stimmt!

WendyK said...

Fabulous page Astrid, love the colours and stamping

Salla said...

Beautiful page, I love the colours and the many layers!

Sue Horsley said...

I love this page... not least because I LOVE the pear stamp

Words and Pictures said...

So beautiful Astrid - love how you manage to make the Dylusions glowing and vibrant rather than strident! Glorious stamping - a really wonderful page.
Alison x

Susie Bentz: My Time to Play said...

So many details to enjoy in this little work of art! Love the ghosting technique.

craftytrog said...

Beautiful colours, & fab stamping Astrid!
Alison xxx