Saturday, 19 August 2017

Art Journal Prompts: Moroccan Inspired

This was my second attempt at Week 33: Moroccan Inspired over on Art Journal Prompts.  I had started a project using fine liner pens through various Tim Holtz layering stencils, but the colours smudged and I really didn't like the effect.  The page that I eventually came up with wasn't the one I had planned the second time either, but it just goes to show that working on a mop up page is always the best choice!
I decided to look through my Cricut cartridges and found a decidedly Moroccan looking pattern on Paper Lace.  I set my size to 195mm and cut the pattern from a piece of Sheena's stamping card.
The original idea that I had was to decorate each of the inserts in bright colours using Distress Oxides and a range of the mini layering stencils by Tim Holtz.  I used Oxides in Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean, Picked Raspberry, Cracked Pistacchio, Twisted Citron, Fossilized Amber and Abandoned Coral.  As you can see from the following pictures, I created three inserts in each pattern using different colour combinations.
I was then going to colour the outside of the lace using Cosmic Shimmer Metallic Gilding Polish and insert the tiles randomly.  However, once I saw the mop up sheet that I had created on copy paper while colouring the tiles, I changed my mind completely.
I decided to see what the lace pattern looked like over the mop up sheet and I liked what I saw.
I had cut two of the lace panels, so tried out different colours of Metallic Gilding Polish on the first one.
In the end I decided to use a combination of Gold Treasure (centre), Ocean Teal (bottom left) and Copper Shine (top left).
I trimmed down the mop up sheet to 19.5cm x 18.5cm and glued it into my 8" x 8" kraft journal, taking care not to get any of the gel medium onto the front of the sheet as I didn't want the colours to run.
Once completely dry, I trimmed a little off the left hand side of the lace overlay and used Cosmic Shimmer acrylic glue to cover the entire mop up sheet.
It only remained then to add a quote chip from the Tim Holtz idea-ology pack which seemed to fit the way that the page had evolved.
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