Happy weekend! Where in the world did July go?! I can’t believe we are at the end of the month already. It’s really been a busy Summer this year and I know that Autumn is a favorite season of mine which will be busy as well, but that’s all a good thing.
It’s now that time for a monthly Art Journal page and collaboration with my crafty friend, Carol (from Crafty-Stamper), so please check out her blog for more inspiration too! We’re trying to get creative by using up our never-ending stash piles! So here’s my Art Journal inspiration with the “SMASH OUR STASH” July prompt of: “decorative papers/collections/kits, etc” :
OK, I don’t really know how much of a “challenge” it is to use decorative papers on anything…but I have such a HUGE stash of papers and I’m always trying to find different ways of using it up instead of always hoarding it! The papers I’ve used on this page are exactly that…I hoarded it! It’s just too awesome NOT to use! I purchased this pack of Stamperia Sir Vagabond 8×8 papers when they came out and haven’t even touched it! Now is the time!
I used my traditional 6×9 size with the holes pre-punched at the top to fit with the book I’m making. I ran out of my usual 140# watercolor paper, so I’ve switched to another pad from my stash which is Strathmore Acrylic paper…very thick and made to use with paints. (I like the canvas texture it has.)
For the background: I started with some old paint from my stash and brush blended the different colors. I didn’t want them to be too bright which I thought would take away from the paper images. After it dried, I covered the entire page with some Tim Holtz Postage Tissue Wrap. I thought it ‘stood out’ too much, so I painted over it again using the same paint colors.
For the Journal Prompt with the papers: I cut out pieces with scissors that had interesting images I wanted to use like the circle map, the “Vintage Travel” strip, the hot air balloon with train, the “mountains” at the bottom, the circled compass, the sentiment and then I ‘ripped; a piece for the top of the page and then re-punched the holes. The compass circle, hot air balloon/train and ripped newspaper edge was sponged around the edges with Toffee ink.
Before placing the cut paper images, I decided to add a fun textural window image. I stamped the window with chocolate colored pigment ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.
Collage Medium was used to attach all of the different paper images except the balloon/train, compass and sentiment. I used Pitt Big Brush Markers to go around these collaged images for some shadowing. I then used some white and chocolate paints to create splatters over the page being careful to cover up the window area.
Before attaching the sentiment strip and the compass, I used some Aged Brass Metallic Wax to go around the edges. I also used this around my entire page and over the shutters on the window. I attached the sentiment strip and the metal cogs with 3D Matte Gel and then used foam squares to pop up the compass and balloon/train.
– Really fun AJ page to create and I hope that you’ve enjoyed it too! Thanks so much for stopping in today!