Saturday 12 August 2017

Mission Inspiration June 2017

I am way, way behind with the Mission Inspiration prompts, although I have kept up to date with the mini missions.  I decided it was time I caught up a little, so here is the page created with the prompts for June 2017.
As usual, the format for 2017 is 3 colours, 5 prompt words and a series of 8 steps.  I decided not to use any of the prompt words, but followed the steps and kept to the suggested colours.
Step 1
Step 1: Glue down paper/fabric fragments for texture.  I decided to go with some Dry Wall tape which I bought for this exact purpose and used some pieces of the Magic Mesh by Dottie Ann.  I deliberately stuck to a neutral coloured mesh as I was going to be covering it with paint later on in the process anyway.
Step 2
Step 2:  Add texture paste (stencil optional).  For this step I used Pebeo Modelling Paste through the Tim Holtz large Flourish layering stencil (THS032).  I added paste in three areas and then cleaned my palette knife off in the centre of the page.

Step 3
Step 3:  Cover with a thin layer of paint/gesso.  I chose two of the suggested colours (green and yellow, the third being blue) and added them with a small brush.  First I added Lemon Zest Dylusions paint, then Dirty Martini, dry brushing over areas which had already been painted yellow. 

Step 4
Step 4: Add a focal image or images.  I had been saving this picture of a peacock from the front cover of the magazine Country Life which celebrated 120 years of the magazine.  The colours were perfect for this page, so it had always been my intention to use it here.  It is a glossy photo, so I used Cosmic Shimmer acrylic glue on the back as I didn't want it to wrinkle.
Step 5
Step 5: Stamp script or add hand journaling.  For this step I used one of the Ledger Script stamps designed by Tim Holtz for Stamper's Anonymous in Fern Green Archival ink.  I stamped in three places only, across the centre of the left hand side of the focal image, in the top right hand corner of the page and below the photo.  It is a lot clearer in real life than in the photograph, although still subtle as I wanted to create texture rather than the stamping dominate.

Step 6
Step 6: Add washi tape or paper strips.  For this step I used three strips of dictionary tissue tape from the Symphony set by Tim Holtz idea-ology.  They are translucent and therefore allow the colour of the paint to be seen through them.  They seem more prominent than they actually are in the photograph of step 6.

Step 7
Step 7: Make marks or splatters.  I can't resist adding spatters and decided to bring in some additional blue at this point by using Azure Shimmer Paint by Cosmic Shimmer.  I protected the focal image by covering it with a piece of paper and watered down the paint before using a fan brush to add spatters of blue all round the image.  Because the paint shimmers, it adds bling to the page.

Step 8
Step 8:  Finish with a border/frame of your choice.  For this final step, I added a scribbled frame using a Sakura Stardust pen in dark blue, going round the page three or four times to build up the border.
Finally I printed a quote using my Dymo Letratag and added it to the page.

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