I have been saying for ages that I need to start journalling. I need to be broken in gently with the handwritten stuff so I decided to go with stamped letters on this my first page. The journal itself is a cheap A4 one bought from PaperChase and I have pre-coated the first half dozen pages with white gesso although the card itself is quite sturdy.
I recently bought a load of garden stamps in rubber from Lily at 'The Octopode Factory' and I have used stamped images of these as the main collaged images on the page.
Also must give thanks to Kate Crane whos' video has inspired me and helped me through some of the background techniques beautifully. I really did end up with paint everywhere but enjoyed every moment until I had to clean up !!
I used a variety of acrylic paints in pink, yellow, orange, blue, white & black to colour the background. I used an old credit card, my fingers and a brush to spatter to apply the paints. I used a Tim Holtz background stamp to apply textural elements in the acrylic and some container lids to produce the circles.
The Octopode flowers (love the eyes), stems, leaves, mushrooms and caterpillar were stamped on thin card in Archival black ink and coloured with Marvey alcohol brush markers. The elements were all then cut out and stuck in place with matt medium on the background. I then went back in and added oil pastels, some edging with charcoal more paint circles and some doodling until happy.
Finally the letters were stamped in Archival black ink and shadowed with some white Posca pen. Definately difficult to know when to stop though................ but stop I did !
That's it, my first page........... but certainly not my last.
Sid xx Pin It