I’ve been a little obsessed with tags lately as you know. And I’m not afraid to throw stuff in the bin. Which often means my 50 page journals turn into 10 pages. Hmmmm.
I’ve been playing in my practice journal a lot and it is kind of turning into my proper journal. I’m loving some of the pages I’m making in it. It’s a teeny weeny A6 size. And it’s such a good size – it’s not hard to fill a page which is something I really struggle with in my A4 journal.
I’m really loving The Crafters Workshop stencils. I just got 6 new ones from Christy Tomlinson’s online store. Some of them work great with the spray inks, others seem to let too much ink in and it smears. I’m thinking of doing a video on how I am working around that. I have the same issue with paint. If you are too enthusiastic with the paint, it leaks in under the stencil. And you know me, I’m over enthusiastic with my paints and sprays on a grand scale. You gotta go lightly and dab the paint on. Some work great with a palette knife. It really seems to depend on the design.
I used the circle stamps from one of my wallpaper plates and a journal frame from the small frames plate of my Finding Firelight stamps. I wanted to use them more – I’ve kind of tucked them to the side a little because of my obsession with the stencils. This was a nice way to bring them into the pages. I think they work really well together.
This started as just a play page. I laid down some gesso and then sprayed inks on to see what the resist would look like. I used gel medium over some scrapbook paper to try to highlight parts of the text. I rubbed some watercolour crayon in between the chevron stencil to see how it would look. All just to see what happened. It was an experiment page which was very unlike me. I usually plan it out in my head a bit, deciding on elements and layers before I even start. And if I try stuff out, it’s usually on scrap bits of stuff so I don’t have to rip out the page when I don’t like it – I told you I’m a throw it out girl! This page was a ‘make it up as you go along’ page and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.