Sunday 9 April 2017

JJJ and Mindful Art Challenge 11: Red, Orange, Brown and Strength.

I was really proud to chosen as the winner of challenge 10 on Junk Journal Junkies and Mindful Art.  What I hadn't realised, is that I would be responsible for choosing the next set of prompts.  I am delighted with all the fabulous art that has been created this week with my three minute panic thoughts and this is my contribution.  It is a fantastic group; the members are all really supportive and membership numbers have been exploding over the last couple of weeks.  Thanks to Louise Withers for starting the group and Jane Telford for adding me as a member.

The inspiration for the background came from a request to share backgrounds made using gelli plates.  It seemed a good idea to get out my gel press petite sets and see how they worked with the new Distress Oxide inks.  I started with the rectangle petite, inked it up with Spiced Marmalade distress oxide and pressed it onto the page.  After the first couple of impressions, I used my Speedball brayer to smooth out the ink before 'stamping' with the gel plate.  I overlapped images and used both first and second generation printing.
Next, I switched to the round petite and Fired Brick distress oxide.  This time I also used the Rings petite stencil by Claritystamp (which comes in a set with the Brick Wall petite stencil).  I stamped onto the page through the stencil, then removed the stencil and stamped a second generation print, repeating with some overlapping of images until I was happy with the layout. Finally, I stamped the word 'Strength' using my ever favourite Claritystamp Word Chain Alphabet set, using Vintage Photo distress oxide ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  The distress oxide inks give a really clear image and take heat embossing beautifully.  The Burnt Sienna ProMarker was the nearest colour match and I used it to add the rest of the journaling.  I'm getting less and less nervous about hand written journaling; taking it slowly to be as neat as possible.  I have horrible handwriting as any of my pupils would confirm!

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