Friday 29 June 2018

A Retiform Journal Page: The Seven Ages of Man

This page was made for one of the June prompts over on Nina Ribena's Art Journal Prompts and More: Repeat After Me / Retiform.  I had only come across this technique once before on Shaz Silverwolf's blog but had never tried it for myself.  As I needed to divide the page up into sections and wanted to turn it into an art journal page,  I went with the theme of the seven ages of man speech from the Shakespeare play As You Like It; I studied it at A Level and it has stuck with me.
Working on a piece of mixed media card (18.5cm x 19.5cm), I masked off areas of the page and used Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide along one edge of each area to create a break.
I then went over the whole page with Squeezed Lemonade Distress Oxide and a little Fossilized Amber to complete the background.
Next it was time to mask off each area again and stamp suitable images into each triangle using Monarch Orange Archival ink.  For the 'infant mewling and pewking in its mother's arms' I used a vintage baby stamp by Joanna Sheen and some stamps from the Sugar and Spice set by Serendipity stamps.  The schoolboy 'dragging himself unwillingly to school' is represented by one of the Wee Folk stamps from Claritystamp, a shirt and tie from Dimension Fourth (no longer available) and the noughts and crosses from a small Royal & Langnickel stamp set that I got at my local discount store.
The lover 'making love to his mistress' eyebrow' is represented by the wedding rings and couple (Wee Folk / Claritystamp) as well as various stamps from the Royal & Langnickel Love stamps set.  The soldier was a little more challenging.  I ended up using the boot prints from the Walking Boots stamp set (Woodware).
I had to be creative for the remaining sections too.  The judge is represented by chains from the IndigoBlu Large Industrial Lamps set and a figure from the Top Hats stamp set (Creative Expressions).  Various free stamps from Craft Stamper magazine provided the watch, moustache and glasses which represent the sixth age.  Finally, to represent second childhood 'sans teeth, sans eyes, sans everything', I used a row of medicine bottles from a set by Paper Artsy and the tempus fugit from a Craft Stamper freebie.
By the time that I had finished the stamping, I wasn't sure how well the different sections stood out, so went back over some of the edges with Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide.  Unfortunately I went a little overboard along the top, which rather obscured the baby section.
I used the Word Chain Alphabet from Claritystamp to add the title 'The Seven Ages of Man'.  The letters were stamped individually in Versamark ink and  heat embossed in extra detail copper EP from Stampendous.
To make the lettering stand out, I added a shadow using a fine black Posca pen.

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