Wednesday, 10 April 2013

A pink journal page

Earlier today I showed a work in progress journal page in my WOYWW post... Since I arrived home I did some more work on it and here it is, finished!

I'll recap quickly... On Monday each week I watch a delightful video made by France who shares a journal page she makes for us to watch.  This week's page "spoke" to me... and this is my version.  It isn't particularly similar, but I took some of her ideas and my very different products... do watch the video (link above)

Tore out a couple of dictionary pages from an old dictionary (get away!!) This particular copy has very fine, flimsy paper, which rustles pleasingly when you turn the pages (I love books like that!)

However, it does wrinkle on gluing it to my journal page... I gesso'd over the top to blend the torn edge into the background, like France shows.
I don't have the Pebeo paint products that France used, so mixed up some Claret Fresco paint (Paperartsy) in a little spray bottle, with some water (2/3 water to paint) and sprayed it over the page.

Then I stencilled some Paperartsy Grunge Paste (I love this stuff!!) through a stencil (dotted flowers, from Dylusions)
And added distress ink through the stencil (after drying the paste) in picked raspberyy and chipped sapphire
 
For the stamping I turned to Jo Firth-Young's flowers for Paperartsy (are you sensing the theme here!)  We won't talk about the first "take time to smell the flowers" that was upside down... thank heavens for white Snowflake Fresco paint and going over it the right way up...

Painted the flowers with Beach Hut and Pea Coat for shading.

I added some more Snowflake Fresco to blend out some of the colour/stamping and edged the pages with black soot distress ink.

Finally added some of the single leaf in picked raspberry.

This is the first time I have ever attempted a version of France's Monday Journal pages, (though they are all lovely!) - it was fun!

18 comments:

Gabrielle said...

Helen, I LOVE this! Really fabulous! My new fave? Possibly!

france papillon said...

I. Love. It!
I love that you gave it your own twist, i love how it turned out, i love how you adapted your own stuff, i love that you loved the process.
But i also love the fact that you give my video making an extra dimension. Thank you for that!
Did i mention i love it? Lolll
Xx
France

Kim Dellow said...

Oo that is lovely! The effect is stunning. Kimx

inkypinkycraft said...

Helen this is great , lvethe colours you have chosen and the grunge paste makes fab texture..have some but not played yet ! Looks great trace x

CraftygasheadZo said...

I really love this. Such a great way to use pages and how fab does that paste and stencilling look. Love your Paperartsy stamping too! Great work lovely! Take care Zo xx

craftydebs said...

I'm loving this effect what talented people there are out there!! XX

Lin said...

Love this Helen....all of it!!can't wait to get my hands on some of that grunge paste!! I am loving France's videos too :)
See you Saturday..but I don't have a badge :(

sam21ski said...

This is gorgeous Helen, thanks for dedicating it to me, but I actually like it because it's more or a red than an actual pink and blended with the other colours, it looks wonderful.

Sam xxx

Anna Parry said...

That's gorgeous Helen. Just got some grunge paste yesterday, haven't had a chance to use it yet,hope I can create something as good.

Ali H said...

Great project ! Love the design & the colours too - must look for those Jo Frith stamps at Ally Pally on Saturday ! Thanks for showing us your busy desk & for stopping by earlier ! Ali #15

butterfly said...

This is so gorgeous, Helen - up there with my favourites of yours, for sure! Beautiful layered work in the background, love the stamping, and the colours too...

(Having commented to Sam only yesterday that I wasn't much for pink - not only do I love this, but I've just posted something with pink on too!!)
Alison xx

Sue said...

This is wonderful Helen, this grunge paste looks amazing and I love the idea of your rustly old pages. I must try diluting the Fresco paint - so many ideas here, love it! xx

Astrid Maclean said...

This is so beautiful and subtle love the lovely effects in the background and the beautiful stamping, a truly gorgeous spread!

scrappymo! said...

Ohhhhh I wish i lived near you...I have a 6 yr old grandaughter who is starting an art journal...I need ideas!!! Keep 'em comin!

I bookmark all these ideas and she has now almost finished her first page...

Yours looks great...I love the rasied dots and the splotchy look the spraying gives. Your paperartsy stamps are very pretty on this page.

Di said...

Wahoo Helen - this is so, so pretty. I adore it! Hugs, Di xx

Michelle Webb said...

Wow Helen this is gorgeous, I love your twist on it,it's amazing! Michelle x

Virginia said...

OH yay, I was hoping you would show the finished piece - utterly fantastic Helen!

Carmen said...

Oh I love those spots, the dimension and feeliness of it all.

Gorgeous :)