Saturday, 17 May 2014

Month 4 - Darcy Journal class

I am really enjoying the monthly journal lessons/prompts from Darcy for Paperartsy (although you don't have to work in a journal for non-journallers, (Sam) ) and this month's was no exception.  Check the fabulous pages Darcy created here  - brilliant, isn't it?

Anyhow, I have been playing about with for ages, it's taken me forever to get it finished.. and I took a ton of photos along the way (don't worry, I won't put them all up!)

Following Darcy's ideas, I played with - using old painty scrap paper (had to make some first) ; grunge paste on fabric (kind of) ; mixing opaque paints; scribbling outlines, stencilling onto tissue paper (loved this best); creating runny paint for dripping (big fail!); crackle glaze (partial fail)
 I don't use scrap paper for my paintbrush wiping, I use a new journal page, so improvised here.
early stages...I do love this colour combination from the JoFY limited edition range
 LOVE the stencilled tissue flowers, will be doing these again!

preparing for the crackle layers..
and some not good drippage... too runny I think.
do like the scratchy circles stamped in Chalk though.

 I decided the stencilled tissue flowers were too nice to cover up, so I kept my "knocking back" largely off them.
 Rather than loose weave muslin (don't have any) I knew I had a pack of this knitted wire, from long long ago, that I got from Lin Brown at a show - perfect colour already, stencilled the grunge paste flowers on top - didn't need to stamp into them, as got some fab texture from the mesh underneath.
 painted the flowers.. was so impatient for the grunge paste to dry!!
 had a bit of trouble with the black doodling round the petals, GP still soft and thick for it to work very well.. love this effect though
 especially on this one (better in the flesh!)
 Did the black border while the GP was sort of drying... added it with a dry babywipe and knocked it back with a wet one...
stencilled in Teal. Got a bit confused with my left and right outlining on the letters...!!
Finished spread.  Hope you like it - if you do, the credit goes to Darcy.  Entering her journal challenge here


sam21ski said...

Oooh this came out well - love it xxx

sam21ski said...

Oooh this came out well - love it xxx

sam21ski said...

Oooh this came out well - love it xxx

Darcy UK said...

Looks fabulous! I really like your grunge paste over that mesh, what great texture! Your drips are just fine, they aren't meant to be prominent, just a layer in the background. Glad you like the tissue flowers. next time I am down South you need to bring along your journal for me to see.

jojo79 said...

Great Journal page Helen. A great take on Darcys one.

Quick question, do these journals lie flat?

Deborah Wainwright said...

Helen this is stunning. I love the colours you have used. That mesh looks amazing never seen it before. Xxx

massofhair said...

Stunning pages Helen, you have done a fantastic job! Gorgeous colours and textures, think this is one of my favourire spreads so far in 2014:-) xxx

Anonymous said...

That's a big 'wow' from me, it looks fantastic. You got so much fab texture on those pages, love it. I'm still stuck with mine..... :(

Virginia said...

Oh that's a fabulous set of pages, I love the colours and the textures hun!

butterfly said...

Really fabulous take on Darcy's inspiration.. I love the colours, and the texture from that wire mesh is so cool... it goes really well with the grungy look of the black shading - very cool pages altogether!
Alison xx

craftytrog said...

The colours are gorgeous Helen, great spread! xx

Jacqui Chimes said...

Absolutely gorgeous

Janet said...

lovely pages

craftimamma said...

Wow, amazing pages Helen! I love the colours and the stencilled flowers over the mesh look fantastic.

Lesley Xx

Jules Bettinson said...

Great pages! love the knitted wire under the grunge paste, its given great texture :)