Friday 24 March 2017

Junk Journal Junkies and Mindful Art Challenge 9

The prompts for this challenge were Nature, Tan, Olive Green and Burnt Orange.  I decided to try a new way of creating a background that I had seen recently online, although in that demonstration PaperArtsy Infusions were used.  Apologies, but I can't remember who shared the technique.  Thank you anyway, it worked brilliantly.

I started by sprinkling Olive Green Brusho powder and Burnt Orange Pixie Powder over the two pages.  I then brushed over everything with Distress Collage Medium and a large flat brush.  This 'woke' the powders and created a fantastic streaky effect background, while sealing the pages.

Next, I stamped the Funky Tree stamp by Leonie Pujol onto the left hand page using Tree Branch Archival ink.  It didn't come out very well, so I decided to re-stamp the image using Versamark ink and heat emboss with a very old jar of gold embossing powder.  It is so old, that it creates a dull brown finish, which is exactly the effect that I wanted.


I coloured the trunk of the tree with a Tan ProMarker and the bubble leaves in Permanent Green Olive and Chrome Oxide Green Big Brush Markers.  I then used the Skeleton Leaf stencil by Inkylicious to add leaves in Leaf Green and Orange Blossom Archival ink. 
It was only when I went to stamp over the stencilled shapes with the matching stamps, that I realised that I had made an OOPS!  I had used the wrong side of the stencil, so the stamps were a mirror image of the silhouettes.  I decided to persevere anyway, but deliberately offset the stamping (Versamark and old gold embossing powder).  I quite like the effect that this created, although I have now written on the stencil to remind me in the future.  It only remained for me to stamp and heat emboss the Charles Dickens quote about nature next to the tree.

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