Saturday, 4 June 2016

Catching up with Wanderlust

I am on top of watching the weekly video lessons but not putting paint or ink to paper... I have two Wanderlust book prompts for you today, weeks 8 and 9 (I am not going to do them out of order..)

Week 8, the prompt was "my future"... I freely admit I am finding the "prompts" extremely vague and hard to find inspiration... however, this is my future.. "Anything is possible, right"
 I applied a layer of heavy white gesso on the journal page and spread loosely with a palette knife, then added Frescos China and Zucchini, spreading them with the knife too, to give an uneven coat of colour. I liked how the white shows through.
I dribbled some Infusions across the middle, spritzing with a very little water.  Added a line of fluffy blue/white fibres and some lace, fixing it with some soft paste. Smeared some coarse texture gel above and below, and let it all dry.
 Spread fibre paste through a brick stencil (Crafters Workshop) and mixed Mudsplat and Cinnamon Fresco and dry brushed the bricks.










added some more fibres at the top and a ribbon and more lace at the bottom, added some script stamping (Paperartsy Mini 61) in a toning blue and green, so that the script barely shows, stamping randomly without a block.

My focal point is the  black die cuts (Memory Box dies, I love both of these, the Prim Poppy and one I've had ages but never used before, Bella Bouquet.
 the title is another Paperartsy stamp, from a Sara Naumann set.  My Future - Anything is Possible, Right?  well, we'll see.

The inspiration for the mechanics of this come from Alison Bomber's beautiful project here







Prompt 9 was "What am I most grateful for"  another one that is meant to get us thinking but it's not the kind of introspection I do... so I just used some new stamps and some old scraps (got to get rid somehow...) and this is the result. "Peace"
I starting by tearing an old dictionary page into random pieces and also an old book page, glueing them to the background.  Had some watercolour paper I'd been playing with Infusions on, and a new Paperartsy stamp, added that too
 added some Zucchini Fresco, some infusions, spread them around a bit with the paintbrush and some added water,then added more paint, think I used Mushroom, Chalk, Limelight and Chartreuse  In between some of the paint I used a dry brush with gesso, I didn't want anything too bright.
when I'd been die cutting the flowers on the other page I had done some in book paper, these are very flimsy but I added them to the page too.

The title is from a Paperartsy set, stamped in black archival top and bottom corners

I also added the stamp from the watercolour paper in Leaf Green archival, at the bottom

only two more book prompts behind now... and a "few" lessons...


8 comments:

Miriam said...

These are beautiful Helen.... love those poppies dies too... off to look for them!

Miriam said...

These are beautiful Helen.... love those poppies dies too... off to look for them!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I think it would be hard to find inspiration in the prompts you are given, but you have certainly risen to the challenge. I love the ribbon and lace you used, and those dies seem to go so well together. Simply incredible use of them.

Introspection or not, peace in my lifetime is something I wish for, but doubt I'll ever see. Of course, I'd be grateful for it, too.

Nicely done, whether it fits with what others may have done or not!

brenda said...

What effective use of lace Helen and the blue and green combo really appeals.

Have a lovely Sunday.

B x

craftytrog said...

These are wonderful pages Helen! Great interpretations of the themes!

Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith said...

Two great pages Helen! I do agree with you that the prompts are too vague, and I sometimes feel a bit lost with the blank page staring at me. On the plus side though, they are open to your own interpretation and anything goes. For ages, I've been wanting to make jump cards to help with the blank page block (you know, little prompts like "use a background stamp" or "add a quote" or "use texture paste" or "use washi tape" etc. I haven't got around to it yet, but I think that would really help to get things going and creative juices flowing. Hope you're having a good weekend!

butterfly said...

I love your flower meadow - the bold black die-cuts give it such a cool look, and the background texture is fab. Glad to have had a nudge of inspiration in there, and I'd say your future's looking bright!

I've fallen behind on the Wanderlust trail entirely, but they're the sort of prompts I would probably enjoy if I had the time to let my mind go wandering, but I get that they're not to everyone's taste. I still think your peace page is lovely though - very gentle, if a little sombre - perhaps because peace seems a little fragile at the moment in the world?
Alison x

pearshapedcrafting said...

Love those pages and I would never have guessed you were having problems with the quotes! Chrisx