Thursday, 17 November 2011

I love the rich colours of Autumn and after using my leafy stamps for the LIM challenge, I just wanted to do more. So a couple of days ago I started this before going to work, adding a bit to it the morning after. I need to use it now for an assignment, so I thought I’d take a photo before I start journalling – lines pencilled in because it’s official, lol – it needs to be neat-ish and plain writing!

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I’ll rub the pencilling out when I’ve finished.

I began by scraping lots of Gesso on the pages first, because I wanted some texture, so I stamped into it and used various sizes of bottle/jar tops to create some circles. I then used a variety of inks and stamps for leaves and colour, finishing off with an Ochre Acrylic glaze (Golden) to pull it all together, then highlighting the texture with gold and copper Brilliance inks to add a bit of richness and depth. I toned some of it down with a bit of Versamagic wheat reinker, so that’s why there’s a bit of a ‘bloom’. 

Here’s a close up of the texture effect, although it’s taken in sunshine (YES, we have sunshine today!!!) so it looks a lot lighter and the background colour seems to have disappeared.

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Off to prepare a presentation on the Evolution of the English Language, but I’m going to try to start some quick and easy C card stamping later on – I have a ten minute challenge to do and some ATCs!

I’m entering this for the Happy Daze Design Team challenge, which is ‘Explosion of Colour’. We once did a swap on KCUK with a similar title, but I called it ‘Riot of Colour’ – Explosion sounds so much nicer, lol. Distress inks, Brilliance Dewdrops and Gesso can all be bought at Happy Daze.

19 very much appreciated comments:

flutterbycrafter said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous pages, love all the colours and the texture you've manage to achieve. xx

Ann B said...

What can I say Cath - your page is fantastic. Wonderful how you have achieved so much depth and interest on what was a flat piece of paper. Are you a magician in your spare time (what spare time?)?

Von said...

Wow Cath such a sumptuous page :)
Von xxx

Artyjen said...

Gorgeous detail :) Fabby colours too Cath! BTW glad you enjoyed garden watch ;)
xoxo Sioux

Jack said...

Gorgeous, what a lovely journal to do your assignment in. xx

Paul Browning said...

This is superb. I love your journal pages. So rich in colour and textures. It's just too beautiful to write over. Pxx

Janine said...

BEAUTIFUL!!! I;m so impressed, beautifullll

hazel said...

Fabulous pages Cath, the colours are beautiful.
xxx Hazel.

Ellie said...

It looks gorgeous, everything is just marvellous!

herminesplace said...

Absolutely gorgeous spread!

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Fantastic pages, love the colors and all the layers.

Sandra Hall said...

Cath your pages are absolutely gorgeous! Love the colour tones and the texture. Also the harlequin background looks great too :)

sam21ski said...

WOW - absolutely gorgeous xxxx

Don't work too hard xxx

Anjas-Artefaktotum said...

Gorgeous pages, love texture and coloring, really inspiring.

Sally H said...

wow! Love the colours and the fab texture. Fabulous!

JoZart said...

You could sell that to Basic Grey to reproduce! It's exquisite!
Lv Jo x

Marjie Kemper said...

Wow, this is just spectacular! I absolutely LOVE your textures and the colors... gorgeous pages!

Ginger said...

What a fantastic page and great colours, thank you for entering it into the Happy Daze challenge. Ginger x

Gez said...

WOW! Cath I've had a marvelous time catching up with your blog and awesome creations. I especially love your journal pages, boy do they feel autumnal. Just fantastic.

Best wishes for the weekend, Gez.