Sunday, 6 March 2016

Wanderlust Book Prompt 4

It has taken me forever to think of something to interpret for the fourth Wanderlust book prompt for the Everything Art course.. "the bravest moment in my life"  - it totally stumped me.

In the end, I just started making a background in my Wanderlust journal; with heavy gesso and Infusions, those gorgeous new Paperartsy dye powders infused with colour and walnut crystals.
 I put some heavy gesso on the page scooping it out of the tub with an old credit card,and spreading it with a brayer.  I added some sprinkles of Infusions (you don't need a lot!)
and spritzed some water.

let it drip and run then spread with the brayer again - totally just playing  got some great marks in the gesso.
 I dried the Infusions quickly then so the colours remained and not too much of the walnut came through  I sealed the main areas of colour with a matte varnish, so they wouldn't re-activate with another wet layer of whatever would come next!

Left this overnight, hoping the next stage would come to me...

found some lace in my collection which is a kind of sage-green colour (one of the Infusions I used was the sage one) and cut some lengths for the side of the pages,
 added some torn book page painted with the White Fire Fresco (love love love this one)
and some fibre paste (mine's by Golden)  with a palette knife, randomly on the background..

Still not sure what I could interpret that I had ever done that was brave in any way...  but as you can see I have written something so...
Today is my bravest day!!

The white fire paint was looking a little bright, so I added a small amount of white gesso over the top, wiping it back with some paper towel to remove most of it... it tones in a little better now.

the next prompt is up now -   oh my it is another toughie!!  it may be a while before that one gets done too!


craftimamma said...

Well done you, that would have stumped me too....mind you it doesn't take much, lol!

I love your page with the natural tones that I adore, plus lace, texture, White Fire (top of my wish list to go with my favourite TG) and gorgeous crystals!

Lesley Xx

Deborah Wainwright said...

I love this Helen ALOT, what a scrummy page. I haven't looked at any new prompts yet, I think! Lol. Well done you for keeping up. Hugs Debs xx

brenda said...

A great way to interpret the theme Helen.

Hope you have a good Sunday and dare we hope for three more in the bag I wonder .

B x

Hazel Agnew said...

Well done Helen, great idea...I haven't seen the infusions yet! X

pearshapedcrafting said...

Wow! I think you are brave to tackle a prompt like that! This does look fabulous though and you got to play with some new goodies!! Hugs Chrisx

Caz said...

I love the Sage infusion....lots of lovely little dots of different colours came up in my sample of it.
Haven't tried mine with gesso yet, mixed it with grunge paste and I've tried with metallic glaze which will be on WOYWW this week.
A very brave page!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

That prompt sounds a bit like some I encountered when I was playing in Journal 52. I applaud you and hope you are learning a lot of new techniques in addition to prompts.

I've never heard of the Infusions before. The dye powders remind me of Brushos, which I still haven't seen in the US. You get some of the most incredible products in the UK. The texture you got from that page was wonderful, and, aided by the lace, it was a stunning entry.

butterfly said...

Love the marks and textures in the gesso - with the lace edging it looks like vintage fabric - beautiful effect. And it takes all kinds of bravery to make it through life - I'm on hold with WL at the moment, obviously, but I'd also find it hard to pin this one down.
Alison x

Virginia said...

Beautiful page, love the journalling!

craftytrog said...

Love the background Helen, and the brave writing!

Marit said...

Oooh, I love all the layers and gesso and ink and paint and pieces of bookpaper... it's my favorite way of creating too: just add things and the 'final theme' or text will come to you. I love the statement you wrote on the page! Thanks for your visit to my blog last week... it's already a new week and I'm laaate with my visits... enjoy your week and see you next Wednesday! Love from the Netherlands, Marit #57