This took me several days to complete as after the first stage I was not sure whether to continue, then having gone back to it a day later and added the main 3 flowers I was convinced it should go in the bin! Then I read Deborah Wainwright's blog on her interpretation of the same journaling page and I thought ok I shall look again tomorrow with fresh eyes and a clear mind and hey -- this is how it turned out. Although I really would like to start a journal I haven't got round to it as yet so I have made this into a birthday card.
PaperArtsy Fresco Chalk paints in Guacamole, Nougat, Snowflake, Blush, Mermaid and Spanish Mulberry.
Archival ink in Jet Black
Imagination Crafts Stencil Bay Leaf
PaperArtsy stamp sets; Bloom, Tops and Tails 6 and Jofy 12
Permanent ink pens in black, blue and white.
Light grey water based felt tip pen.
Happy Birthday peel-of.
DI ink in Bundled sage, Victorian Velvet and peeled paint
To begin with I sponged the paint onto the white card, details can be seen on PaperArtsy's Blog.
I didn't take any photos of the various stages as I felt all the way along that it would end up in the recycling bag.
Next I drew around the stencil for the 3 delphinium type flowers and coloured in the stripes for the stems. Wasn't sure about the colour of the middle flower so I added a little victorian velvet DI through the stencil to tone it down slightly. I then cut out various pieces of an old book page for the larger flower, stuck them on and added some shading with the grey pen.
Next I added a little snowflake paint with my finger to the area where I wanted to add the sign, I then stamped the bird and sign ( this is so cute) in black archival ink , added some shading and coloured in the beak with a pencil. The bottom border of grasses and flowers was then stamped in the black.
The daisy type flowers were then randomly stamped without putting the stamp on a block. These were then painted with watered down snowflake paint.
Next the leaves were added by sponging the 2 green DIs through a home made stencil. Once dry the white edges were drawn on with the white pen.
Still not quite convinced about the project I added some paper petals to the daisy flowers, started to add some dots and circles with a black pen--- hmm I'm beginning to think this is ok.
Added the blue dashes to the edges--- but now wished the pen had been a little thicker and a tad darker but hey ho.
Lastly I stamped don't eat the daisies and I was then feeling reasonably happy with the end result.
I really think the added dots etc are what made the biggest difference.
I love this little character.
I would like to enter this piece for PaperArtsy's Weekly Challenge.
Thank you for reading this page and if there is one thing we should all do sometimes is take a step back and start afresh another day. Have a good Bank Holiday Weekend if you are lucky enough to not be working, take care and hopefully see you soon for another crafty session Jane x
PS thank you all for your lovely comments on my last entry, they were all much appreciated X.