Monday 21 January 2019

Heat Embossing and Collage over Paper Towel Background

After the success of my last quick art journal page, I decided to have another play with my scraps and create another double page spread in my Moleskine journal.  It is the first journal that I bought and the last one that I actually started using, due to my nervousness and the fact it was expensive in comparison to all the rest.  These days I don't think about that, I just grab the nearest suitable journal and use it.  All stamps and stencils used are from Claritystamp.
I started by finding a couple of paper towel mop up sheets from my stash.  One had been used to clean up some stencils including #41 from the Clarity stencil club, the other had also been used to stamp the ink off the journaling stamps when changing ink colour.  I ran my water brush round the areas that I wished to use and tore off the excess.
I used Distress Collage medium to glue them down and seal them.
Next I found a stencil to create the focal point. I masked off the areas of the Swing Reverse stencil that I didn't need and blended Acorn Archival ink through the branch.
To add the foliage, I drew round the stencil on the back of a piece of left over copy paper  (Sprig stamp from the Gone Fishing set on a green painted background), then cut it out and added it to the top corner.
Next I replaced the stencil and used an embossing pen and copper detail embossing powder to add the little girl on the swing using heat embossing.  I had to go over a couple of areas more than once due to the texture of the paper towel beneath.  i also extended the ropes round the branch.
I went round the embossing with an Amsterdam white acrylic paint pen to emphasize the figure.
To provide some balance, I cut some grass from the same piece of copy paper as for the foliage and added it along the bottom.
The Follow Your Dreams stamp (New Design Club #106) was added using Acorn Archival ink and my Tim Holtz stamp platform as I was stamping over an uneven surface.
To finish, a phrase from the Small Talk sticker book (Tim Holtz idea-ology) was added.  I went round the edge with a dark brown fine liner.

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