Saturday, 9 September 2017

Art Journal: Nature

I had fun creating this page in response to the prompt for week 36 of Art Journal Prompts: Nature.  It is a variation on a theme, as I used the same colour palette as I did for a previous art journal page (see HERE / photo at end of post).  For once I found and added the quote after the rest of the page had been completed; normally, I find a quote that I like and create the page to fit.
I started with a piece of Sheena's stamping card cut to 18.5cm x 19.5cm.  Brushos in Olive Green and Light Brown as well as Pixie Powder in Burnt Orange were sprinkled over the page and blended out with a flat brush and Distress Collage Medium rather than water.  This creates a lovely, textured looking background; reminiscent of bark or a close up of a leaf.
For the next two steps, I used a coordinating stencil and stamp set by Inkylicious: Skeleton Leaves.  I learnt from using the set previously that it is worth checking that you are inking through the stencil from the correct side; otherwise the matching stamps will not fit over the stencilled background correctly.  My stencil is now marked 'This side' on the correct side!  I decided to only use one of the leaves and chose the Oak leaf.  Various colours (and combinations) of Archival inks were used all over the page; Sepia, Coffee, Potting Shed, Saffron, Fern Green, Monarch Orange and Vermillion.
Once all the stencilled leaves had been dried with a heat gun, the matching stamp was used over the top of every one.  Stamped in Versamark ink each time, three of the leaves were embossed using gold embossing powder and the rest in clear holographic powder.
It only remained to find (or print using my Dymo Letratag) all the words from the quote 'All the trees are losing their leaves, and not one of them is worried' by Donald Miller.  The majority of the words used came from the Chit Chat sticker book by Tim Holtz or the Seasonal Chit Chat sticker book.  I arranged the words to imitate the leaves falling from the trees.
My previous take on the theme Nature using a similar colour scheme and background.
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