Saturday, 11 March 2017

Where to go next?

I have been working on a catch up page in my 8" x 8" kraft card scrapbook for the Facebook group 'art journal prompts'.  The week 2 prompt was music and I found a fabulous quote as I am both a language teacher and a musician. 'Music is the universal language of mankind' by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.  


Everything started so well; I gessoed the page then added a piece of the discontinued Symphony Tissue wrap by Tim Holtz using Distress Collage Medium.  Once dry, I trimmed the edges.
I wanted to bring in the element of 'language' by creating flags of different countries all over the page.  The Union Jack two part flag from Claritystamp was the ideal place to start (Vermillion and Cobalt Blue Archival ink), but I was unsure how to add further flags without drawing them.  Looking through my stamp folder I found a rectangular solid stamp from Sam's Shapes 1 (also by Claritystamp), which was the perfect shape and size to create the vertical stripes on flags and used it to add French and Italian flags (additionally using Emerald Green archival ink and Picket Fence Distress ink/paint).  To create the flags with horizontal stripes (German and Hungarian), I used the small solid rectangle from the Wordpress Letters set (Claritystamp again), and stamped it several times going across the page to form each stripe (Saffron and Jet Black archival inks were added at this stage). 
This was where I became unsure about how to add the quote.  I die cut the middle sized speech bubble from the square set by Spellbinders out of Sheena's stamping card; stamped the letters to make the word 'Music' using five of the colours from the flags and the Word Chain Alphabet by Claritystamp along the top.  I then used my Dymo Letratag to print the rest of the quote and then added a strip of Symphony tissue tape along the bottom.  The mistake I made, was to use a ProMarker to add a black border all round it to help make it stand out from the background.  The marker bled a little where it came into contact with the Letratag stickers.  I have tried it against the background, but I'm not sure if I really like it or not; so watch this space to see where I go with the page...
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