Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Life is a palette of colours, which one are you wearing today?

Hi everyone

Here is the journal page step by step I promised. Once again I tried to used recycled things to stamp with a couple of new things. Hope you enjoy it

Step 1 - I had some left over paint from a previous page and also some paint left on a stencil I used on a previous page so this is where the leftovers ended up. From memory I think the colours are Jo Sonja Prussian Blue Hue (watery) and the butterfly is Brilliant Magenta. I have also sprayed the background with water, let it sit for 30 seconds and then blotted off with a paper towel.
Step 2 - I had a container from a little tea light candle after it had finished burning so I dabbed this in Prussian Blue Hue and stamped all over the pages
Step 3 - I can't remember what this plastic circle is from. I think it was packing under something but I thought it looked like a good stamp pattern so I mixed Titanium White with Prussian Blue hue, sponged it on and stamped away
Step 4 I also used the same colours and a stencil to add some flowers
Step 5 - I also stamped some flowers in watery Prussian Blue Hue so they would stand out on the lighter page. Next I stuck down some pieces of a patterned serviette for a bit of texture. In a previous post I used a little dot thing to stamp and I did the same here with straight Prussian Blue Hue inside each of the larger circle stamps
step 6 - I started punching out little swirls from a piece of wrapping paper I picked up in the $2 shop. As I was punching I was thinking the leftover paper makes a great stencil to use later on.
step 7 - I was going to put this swirls around the pages as a border but I saw a flower and antennas for the butterfly, so that is what I made. I outlined the butterfly with a waterproof black pen as well as did some freestyle outlining around the flower stencils, little tendrils and swirls.

step 8 - Up until this stage i didn't have a title or idea of what I was going to write on this page. I looked through a magazine and found some words that just leapt out at me so I cut them out and stuck them on with Atelier Impasto Gel. I journaled with a white gel pen and used some Titanium White with the edge of an old itunes card to 'frame' the words.
step 9 - I got out my crayons and coloured over the circular stamping, scribbled over parts of the page and around the edges. I can't remember which colours I used but I used about 4 different colours.
So here is the page finished.It has turned out to be one of my favourites and I am really enjoying the freedom I feel when i just start painting with nothing particular in mind and the pages end up evolving on their own. I never could do something like this before because I thought I always had to have an idea planned before I put paint to paper or canvas - so stressful in the end.
 That's what I love about art journaling, you can sit and make art with no end in mind, even if only painting in small snippets of time, pages evolving on their own and expressing a true picture of what is in inside

Thanks for all your encouragement about my step by step instructions, I hope you have enjoyed this one. Here is my quote for today

“The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts.”
  Marcus Aurelius
Hope you are having a great week.



Janet said...

I love it when you show your step-by-step process. These pages turned out great. Isn't it amazing how many things we can find to use as a stamp?

Great colors, love the words, altogether it's beautiful. I, too, like to create this way with no plan in mind.

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

Another great step-by-step Lee.
Hugs ~ Kerryanne

Rebecca Anthony said...

Hi Lee,

I really enjoyed your steps here, these pages are incredible! I love all your different ideas of things to use to stamp, you are so creative and the outcome...............beautiful!

Martha Lever said...

Beautiful journal pages, Lee! I loved seeing the progress of the page. Thanks!

Wini said...

Interesting techniques and a beautiful result!! I also like to paint without planning the outcome. Love your words and the quote by Marcus Aurelius!

An'Angelia Thompson said...

Hi, Lee! Thanks for stopping by my blog and for your kind comments on my post! I can see that we share a love of using "found" materials as stamps! Love your soft, layered images. Don't be a stranger! :o)

Lynn said...

Hi Lee, I heard about your wonderful creative talents through a mutual aquaintance from Scrapper's Warehouse and thought I would pop in and say hello. Your work is just beautiful and I love your use of Jo Sonja paints, every piece is such a delight and full awe inspiring colour :)
I really enjoyed my visit and I hope can drop by my blog sometime:)
Lynn x

iHanna said...

Love the packing-thing stamp and your yummy swirly pages. They are so rich and inspiring. Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

fly and be free! right!

art with no pretence, with no end in mind...well,
isn't it the best kind there is? ! I think so!

your layers are always so delicious to behold..and the process must be so soothing for you to get into!

i love your pages! all of them...

oh, I'm wearing purple today!

ciao bella

Creative Carmelina

Serena Lewis said...

A lovely finish to your pages, Lee!

I may be wrong but I think I know what that circle thingy is because I used one ages ago from scraps around the house. I cut it from one of the sides of those plastic peg baskets you put together yourself and hang on the clothesline. The peg basket had deteriorated from the sunlight so I cut away the circular side piece which looks a lot like the one in your pic. I used mine like a stencil though, not a stamp. :)

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