I'm not entirely sure about the end result but, I have to say, I had huge fun layering them up to create the background textures in these pages. You'll find all the ingredients at the foot of the post. (Don't forget you can click the pictures for a larger view.)
There are some things I'm really pleased with about this, and some that I might do differently another time... I really like the texture on the main brother and sister image.
I mixed some drops of Chipped Sapphire and Salty Ocean re-inkers into texture paste on my craft mat, and then smeared it through Andy Skinner's brilliant Children mask. I'm also really pleased with the highlighting, done with white acrylic paint, and some pencilling. And I made sure to give them some solid "ground" to stand on.
I started out by gessoing some pages in my Concise Encyclopaedia (same book as my previous layout) and used Dylusions sprays to lay down the first layer of colour.
I started to layer in the texture stamps using Archival inks, Distress Inks, Distress Paints and Picket Fence Distress Stain.
It was at this point that I forgot to take any more process photos - sorry! - but I'm really pleased with the effects of layering the products.
You get some resist effects from the paints, so there are areas of translucence and great textures.
Obviously there's some inking for definition of the resist and shading at the edges of the pages, as well as to create the twilight path for the siblings. The quote is by Susan Scarf Merrell.
It's stamped onto watercolour paper and inked with Chipped Sapphire.
Certain words got a touch of Salty Ocean too to highlight them.
As with some of the background chevrons, I used a white pencil to add some texture and help embed the words into the page.
I'm also really happy with the twilit path leading to the smaller sibling pair, travelling off to who-knows-where...
... though I'm not sure I didn't go a layer too far with the pair themselves. I liked them better one step earlier - but I haven't got a photo of that, so you'll just never know!
So there you have it... To me it feels as though it has a different flavour from normal, but I don't know. Is it typically "butterfly" after all? I'm curious to know what you think!
Don't forget that the June challenge - Makes for Men - is up and running... why not come and play along? Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by, and I'll see you soon.
Artistic Stamper stamps:
Andy Skinner's Children mask set
Dylusions Sprays - Dirty Martini, Cut Grass, Fresh Lime, Pure Sunshine
Distress Inks - Chipped Sapphire, Broken China, Peeled Paint
Distress Re-inkers - Chipped Sapphire, Salty Ocean
Distress Paints - Picket Fence, Peeled Paint, Broken China
Distress Stains - Picket Fence
Archival Ink - Olive, Cobalt
White pencil and alphabet stamps from my stash