Sunday 19 February 2017

First Junk Journal Page

I have had this notebook on my shelf for over five years and have never done anything with it.  I decided to use it as a junk journal as it has very thin pages and I wasn't sure whether it would take too much in the way of wet media.  I have recently been introduced to the Facebook group Junk Journal Junkies who host a weekly themed challenge.  This was just what I needed to take the plunge.  This week's theme was teal, brown, gold and circles.
As the pages are so thin, I didn't want to use any paint on them, so started by blending Decadent Teal Colour Cloud all over the double page using a Smoothie blending sponge by Creative Expressions.  Once the colour was all over background, I then used the bottom of the smoothie to add a Bokeh effect in the same colour by dabbing first, second and third generation 'circles' randomly over the whole double page.
The next step was to use Chocolate Bronze Metallic Gilding Polish by Cosmic Shimmer through a stencil.  I chose the Jo's Bubbles Stencil by Claritystamp.  Once I'd gone over the entire stencil once, I added sections of gilding polish through sections of the same stencil along the bottom and in the top right hand corner, ensuring that the circles continued off the page.
The next step was to add some gold in the form of heat embossed, stamped images.  For this step I chose a selection of stamps from the Limor Circles set by IndigoBlu; stamped them one at a time using Versamark ink and heat embossed them using Cosmic Shimmer detail embossing powder in Bright Gold.  I wasn't sure how well stamping and heat embossing over the gilding polish would work, but as you can see the effect is brilliant.
The final step was to add the word 'circles' using my trusty Word Chain Alphabet stamp set by Claritystamp in Coffee Archival ink.  I am so happy with my first double page spread in this journal and will definitely be adding to it; although I will be leaving empty pages between art journaling pages and sticking them together so that they are a little more robust!

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