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Saturday, November 2, 2013

A Time and a Purpose for Everything.

Hello all, it's Toni here back with a two page journal spread. Ever since I 'christened' my Dylusions Journal a few weeks ago, I've been itching to get started on another page. I'm not very good at letting go and writing into my journals, partly because I'm not sure what I want to write about and also the act of actually writing and the fear of 'spoiling' the page. So to ease myself into this, I decided to write out the lyrics to one of my (many) favourite songs. I've chosen the song Turn! Turn! Turn! to Everything There is a Season, written by Pete Seeger and recorded by The Byrds. I've always thought the lyrics were timeless and a quick bit of internet research tells me that they 'are taken almost verbatim from the Book of Ecclesiastes'. So indeed they are timeless and very pertinent to the world today. Enough of this! How did I construct the pages....Step1, Splat the page with Distress Stain ooooooh what fun !
 Next ...stamp over the surface with  Versa Mark Ink,  using the wonderful  Holyhock stamp by Dionna Downey for Unity Stamps, then heat emboss with  Clear Embossing Powder.
Then...More splodging with Picket Fence Distress Stain. This helps to cover the coloured splodges that are not embossed. Once dry, I coloured over the entire surface with Stormy Sky Distress Stain. I let this dry, then covered the surface with paper, I used a piece of printer paper, and ironed the surface with a hot iron. This removes the embossing powder and reveals the colours beneath. if you try this, remove the paper whilst it's hot or it will stick to the surface, if this happens just iron again to re-melt the embossing powder and release the paper This technique is often called 'faux batik'
I then used a black Faber Castell fine tipped Pitt Pen to doodle around the flowers,
Nearly there! i could very easily have stopped at this point as I really love the way the flowers were looking, but I was determined to get writing ! So I penciled in some wavy guidelines, I used a plastic 'ruler' from a set of Tonic cutting strips, and used a Uniball White Pen to write the lyrics out, I was only going to copy a few lines but once I got started I just couldn't stop !
I've really enjoyed the two 'halves' of this project, the freedom of the splodging and painting with Distress Stains and the more controlled stage of outlining the flowers and writing with the pens. So I shall try not to shy away from writing in my journals in the future. I've been missing out ! x
Pretty much all of the supplies I've used for this project can be found in Kim's wonderful eclectic Paperie Shop. Click on any of the links below to be whisked straight there. I've included Dyan Reavley's Journal Block as this is the perfect size to create the wavy lines in the Dylusions Journal.


Kim said...

This is so fantastic! I love using pages for really journaling, like a diary, and I haven't been that successful with my own journals but this gives me lots of inspiration!

Jenny Marples said...

I am always completely blown away by what you do Toni and this is no exception. Beyond wonderful. More please. Jenny x

JulesinParadise said...

Love the color upon color and the flowers are so lovely.

Sandy said...

I love it!!!!

butterfly said...

What terrific journalling, Toni - gorgeous colours!
Alison x

Tracy said...

Woohoohooo Toni this is superb, I a sitting here in AWE of what you have created..truly stunning work !!!!

Sue Lelli said...

Toni, LOVE your faux batik technique ~ how COOL! and your doodling added so much. I probably would have stopped there myself but your journaling was just the icing on the cake! LOVE how these pages turned out!

Unknown said...

Seriously!! This is amazing!! I LOVE the white pen on top of that amazing background!!

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Micki said...

I soooo love this and want to try doing some journaling like this. Love the dark with the colors and then the journaling. It is absolutely wonderful.