Saturday, February 2, 2013

Words Can't Express - a Journal page

Hello, everyone!  It's Broni here and I have a journal page to show you today.  I don't often do multi-media pieces; I'm more of a card maker.  But this past weekend I decided it was time!

I started out knowing which colors I was going to use: pinks, olive green and kraft, and that I wanted the page to have a Valentine/love theme.  And that's all I knew! So I decided the best way to start was to pull out my Distress ink pads and go to work on my craft sheet.

Let me show you the finished page, then I'll walk you through the creative process.

I smushed (yes, that's a creative word) my ink pads - Worn Lipstick, Spun Sugar, and Crushed Olive- onto my craft sheet.  I spritzed it several times with water using my Ranger mini-mister.  Then I turned my journal over and laid it down into the ink.  I pressed it down a little to let it soak the ink up.

I lifted it up, dried it with my heat tool and repeated the process until I had the ink coverage I wanted.

I took a background script stamp (not on a wood or acrylic block), inked it with some Frayed Burlap ink and randomly stamped it across the page.  I think it's easier to use a large stamp this way and I get more random impressions that way, which is just what I wanted.

Then I pulled out my new TCW Mini Mariposas 6x6 template and used it to sponge a couple of pretty butterflies onto the page with Worn Lipstick.

I sponged on some Crushed Olive ink through another TCW 6x6 template (that I LOVE) - Mini Funky Tags.  Those are the all of the olive images that you see.

Next, I did a little stamping: Keys in Frayed Burlap; hearts in Worn Lipstick; and the sentiment in Archival Coffee ink (because that's the one thing that I didn't want to lose it's distinctness if I decided to spritz on more water at any given point).  I drew a larger heart around my sentiment too.

I took a dark brown watercolor pencil and shaded around the hearts and butterflies and smudged the shading using a paper stump and some odorless mineral spirits.

I used a magenta pencil to color in around the edges of the heart I drew and smudged that as well.

Next I applied some Studio 490 Embossing Paste through the Mariposas template and allowed it to dry thoroughly.  When it was dry I very lightly sponged on some Worn Lipstick ink, then used my finger to dab on some Star Dust Stickles.  I also dab the Stickles in several other places too!

The last thing I added was some hearts that I'd cut using my Silhouette.  The border of hearts was cut using ivory cardstock.  I sponged some Frayed Burlap on them and now they look like they were made with kraft paper, don't they?  They're also popped up using some Scotch foam mounting tape.  I love how the open hearts die cut connects the drawn/stamped hearts!

And that's it!  This page took a little while to create, but I had so much fun doing it that the time just flew by!  I got a little impatient at times letting the ink dry, so I just pressed the book closed to let the opposite page absorb some of the wet ink.  And I tested out the Embossing Paste on that page as well. Now I have a new journal page already started!!

Here's the finished page again.

If you made it through this entire post I commend you, and thank you for your patience!!  I just didn't want to leave out any of the details.

I hope you've enjoyed reading about my process!  Thanks so much for stopping in today!



Diane said...

This beautiful..and love how you gave us all the details, now I want to make one!!

Alexandra said...

This is beautiful, I love the colour combo. I've never created a journal but this is gorgeous, makes me want to give it a go.

Redanne said...

This is beautiful, love the dreamy colours and enjoyed reading how you did it all!

Kathy/NorthCarolina said...

Yummy colors, Broni! I love all the textures and dimension you added. The butterfly is gorgeous. And, I love that you started a new page from the old one. Brilliant!

Kim said...

A seriously beautiful page, Broni! I adore the colors and all of the elements...Just lovely!

Rox said...

So many wonderful ideas, thank you for the step by step process. Beautiful page!

Colleen said...

Stayed with you the whole way through and even went back to look as you described your steps. I personally love when the DT team describes their creative process because that helps me picture how to learn new things. Your page is beautiful and I appreciate all the work you did to present your step by step process.

Erin Smetak said...

What a gorgeous page, Broni! Love the colors, love the butterflies, everything!

butterfly said...

Enchanting page, Broni - just beautiful in all those delicate details and gorgeous inkyness!
Alison x

Bonnie Irvine said...

Gorgeous! The layering on the background makes a stunning backdrop for the hearts and sentiment. The embossing paste adds lovely texture as does the heart border. This is not a colour palette that I would have thought it!

Sandy Ang said...

this looks so lovely !

Tracy said...

Beautiful page Broni the softness of it and enjoyed every detail of how to!!

Marjie Kemper said...

Oh, Broni.... what a gorgeous page! Love your background all the different types of hearts.

Nan G said...

Fabulous page! Thanks for sharing all of the steps.

Annette Green said...

Catching up on my blogs, and am so happy I saw your creation Broni! I absolutely love the soft beautiful color and the texture is perfect. Just makes me feel good inside looking at this. Well done!