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Saturday, 10 September 2011

Art Journaling Page Debutante!!!

So, she said she wasn't going to do this, didn't she???
But she has gone and started a journal!!!

I know I have been saying I would not start an art journal, but the temptation to play got the better of me, folks!!. This is NOT the first page to be started, it is the second in the book - which I made myself, incidentally, from cut down A3 watercolour paper, and bound using my Bind it All FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME!! Yey!!! Cynthia (aka Rainbow Lady) will tell you I have had that beastie almost as long as I have know her, and NEVER had the gumption, nouse or wit to use it before!!!

 Well this was the page at an intermediate stage - thought I had taken a piccie before this one, but no!! I began by drizzling pink and orange acrylic paint randomly on the page, and smoochy-spreading with an old RAC card!! I then dried it and dribbled a bit more - the paint, not me, you understand!!! The odd red dots you can spy are my fired brick distress stain, which dried with a shine on the acrylic base... very interesting... I also did a little direct to paper with a multicoloured, shiny ink pad...

This shot looks different colours, but it's just the lighting, when the sun's not in my craftly'oom... the difference really is down the centre, where I hated the white join, so I took my inktense pencils and scribbled and washed with a water brush... Then the tearing began. I recently could not resist some oriental papers Dawn was showing - might have been last at QVC - well they are beautiful, but just had to be used - it's ok, she has two other sheets in the pack!!  One is patterned and the other has faint oriental script on it. The stamped script is a true old favourite called plum blossom from Stamp Addicts.

 Next it was even MORE of a wrench to cut into a sheet or two of my Kodomo, 12"x12" papers, bought for me moons ago by my lovely daughter, Miranda... The lady was the main image to use, but I cut up the patterns round her for a "Teecha Moore" border. I also dotted some of the flowers around...

 This is my mantra - "Keep Your Balance" but I am finding it very hard with all that is going on with my mum... so I thought I should remind myself, on my debutante page... oriental is all about balance, so it seemed fitting... I don't yet have any large alpha sets of stamps, so I used my TH die, cut out of black card... I think it works...

 So, here is one of those blousey butterflies, up close and personal... I saw Hels use it a long time ago and HAD to have it - great saleswomanship there, darlin!! - I think it is by Jo Capper Sandon for Stampotique - oh my, there are SOOO many of her stamps I MUST have... I stamped and embossed with black archival and clear ep - well it would be rude not to now, cos she always does folks!!! - then scribbled inside the images with my inktense pencils and Lyra crayons, wonderful for this kind of work... my waterbrush smooched the colour around, making the images pop, but stay strangely semi-transluscent... How could I have refrained from playing like this for so long, silly ole me!!!!!!!

 There are other ickle flutterbies knocking around, and the JCS one here is stamped separately and cut out.
To follow, are some more detail shots showing the collage and stamping, and the JCS butterflies up close again, just cuz!!!





So there you have it - my first ever finished page. I am lovin it actually - and she's not at ALL big-headed folks!! - it's a long time since I did something so purely and blatently oriental, but it is STILL a great GREAT favourite of mine, and what I was originally known for - hence the name and the blog design and music ... which seems to soothe and please a great many people, I am told!!

Well, that was a marathon, but I hope you enjoyed my journey, and will pass a comment, as usual, cos that's what it is all about - sharing and caring... Thanks for looking. I am for my bed now, perchance to sleep, let alone dream!!!
Love and Light
Frankie
xx

I would like to share this at
Stamp Something - anything goes, cos they are closing... :(

15 comments:

Julie said...

WOW! Absolutely delicious!

Aj* said...

Its beautiful !


Aj.

JoZart said...

Well, yes! I really did enjoy the journey through your rite of passage into journalling. Aren't you so glad you did it? It really is wonderful but I must say that those pages deserve not to be in a closed book! They are exceptionally lovely.
Love Jo x

Helen said...

Whoop whoop! Love these pages, no-one would think it's your first time!!

Netty said...

woo hoo, brilliant pages Frankie, welcome to art journal addiction. Enjoy the weekend, Annette x

storybeader said...

they turned out great. Love Japanese pattern and washi paper! {:-Deb

Janet said...

Fab pages! You are like me with the Bind It All, never use it! Isn't it great just to create!

Janet xx

Karenliz said...

WOW Amazing page!

PsyPenguin said...

Wow! the pages are are stunning and wonderfully colourful. xx

craftattack said...

Beautiful pages Frankie, I am eagerly looking forward to seeing the next ones! Valerie

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Wow, two wonderful pages, love all the details.

Mrs A. said...

I absolutely adore what you have created here. The colours are fab and the music goes with it so well. Think I will leave your page open for a bit and soak up the atmosphere. Hugs Mrs A.

Alison Horne said...

Beautiful, feels like you could walk through the layers like pink hanging gardens.x

Shoshi said...

Stunning! Gorgeous colours, and I love the Oriental theme.

Haseeb said...

fantastic design and coloring i like the mixture of coloring .

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