Hello friends! I feel like the time keeps moving whether or not I do! At the last minute before getting something done, I finally started this page! Once I got going, it was fun to just play around to see what happens!
It’s time for the monthly Art Journal Page collaboration with my crafty friend, Carol (from Crafty-Stamper)! We get creative trying to use up our never-ending stash piles along with a prompt for each month. I know she will have some wonderful inspiration to share, so please check out her blog too! Here’s my AJ page with the “SMASH OUR STASH” May prompt of “FLOWERS”.
I noticed looking back on my AJ pages that I rarely use flowers on them unless it’s already apart of some papers that I’m using. So this was a good challenge for me and it was fun to pull out these Tim Holtz “Flower Garden” stamps and dies from my collection to use for this one.
For the background: I started with my 9″x6″ pre-punched holes of Canson 140# cold press watercolor and used a brick stencil and model paste. I covered the entire page with some linen and umber paints mixed together. I dabbed a bit of orange and spritzed it with water for a rust look. I then went over that with a dry brush effect with some light ivory paint to bring out the texture of the brick pattern.
The flowers and stems were stamped over a watercolor Bristol that I previously made and splattered with chocolate paint. I also covered the die cut flowers with shimmer spray. (Not sure if you can catch that in the photo.) All of the stems were glued, and the flowers were glued with some being popped with foam tape. I covered the bottom area over the stems with grit paste and then went over it with brown paint to give the appearance of dirt.
I took a Dylusions stamp and white heat embossed it over chocolate cardstock for the sentiment, hand cut it and popped up with foam tape at the top of the page. I added a butterfly from a Tim Holtz ephemera pack.
Hope you’ve enjoyed my AJ page today! Thanks for dropping in and checking it out!
- Art Journal Journey – Flowers
- Creative Artiste – Anything Goes Mixed Media
- Simon Says Stamp Monday – Watercolor (I watercolored the flowers/stems)
- Arty Divas – Anything Goes