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Friday, July 26, 2013

Birds of a Feather...


My project today features something I haven't done before - art journaling.  There are so many wonderful paint/media techniques out there, and I want to try them all, so art journaling is the way to go.  I can try out new techniques and then use them on other future projects, be they canvases, wood panels, etc.

This will fit the current challenge going on over at Frosted Designs well as their theme this time is "The Great Outdoors."

The background is various colors of Dylusions Spray Inks sprayed on a gesso base.  Note to self: do not gesso the base first if I want vivid colors.  It tones them down considerably, thus requiring more spray.  I was wearing all colors by the time I finished.

I used a stencil to remove some of the color, then I stamped the hexagons in blue Archival Ink using Inspired By Stamping's "Hexagons" stamp set.

The sentiment speaks for itself.

The little birdie is from the Tim Holtz die, Birds, and I decided he should wear a party hat.  He is perched on a branch and looking towards the tree, the branches of which have been stamped using the Inspired By Stamping set "Sweet Aviary."  The bird's own branch is from this same stamp set, and both the tree and the branch have been stamped several times to get the proper effect.

The leaves are sticky back canvas painted with several colors of Gelatos, and the pink flowers are actually bits of white tissue paper with gold metallic spots which I sprayed with a homemade pink shimmer spray before tearing up into little pieces.

I drew the tree trunk freehand then applied gold and rust metallic pastes to both the trunk and the branches for texture.

This is an interesting stamp from the Urban Chic set from Stamper's Anonymous on which I applied metallic gel pens and then the date.

And that, lovely readers, is my very first ever art journal spread.  Looking back, it's pretty simple without a lot of background texture, but that will change as I learn this craft.  Baby steps.

Thank you so much for joining me today and I wish you a lovely weekend full of fun and crafting happiness!

Happy crafting!!

Challenges entered:

Frosted Designs - The Great Outdoors
Oozak #18 - Anything Goes w/Texture
Altered Eclectics - Anything Goes
Divas By Design - Anything Goes
Crafts and Me #139 - Anything Goes
613 Ave. Create #29 - Anything Goes


Donna Ellis said...

Wowser, Shea! A FABULOUS creation with the most beautifully vibrant colors. Love everything about your pages, but my favorite "little" component is the folded, textured blossoms on the tree limbs, especially the way the petals gently fall. The sentiment is perfect under the bird! hugs, de

Debbie said...

Beautiful journal pages Shea. Love the colours. You've inspired me to pick up my 365 Journal again as I'm ashamed to say I was doing well up until June and I haven't looked at it since. xx

NanaConnie said...

What an incredible job you've done on that background, Shea! Wonderful journal pages. I'm simply delighted that you joined our challenge at 613 Avenue Create this week. Good luck.
NanaConnie DT

Kristi Schurr said...

Heavens, Shea! I am swooning over your art journal! Very beautiful and I really can't believe it's you first! You are very talented!

Patricia said...

I, too am interested in doing an art journal but have not taken the plunge. You've done a great job! Thanks for joining in at Altered Eclectics!

Traci Penrod said...

Beautiful!! Love the colors and the textures -- just gorgeous :) Thanks for joining us over at Frosted Designs!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful make.

Thanks for joining us at Altered Eclectics.

Moira DT

Ann said...

Wonderful job with your mixed media; the colors are lovely and vibrant. Thanks so much for joining us for the Oozak Challenge. :0)

Catherine Pooler said...

Oh, SHEA! Be still my heart! This is absolutely stunning! I love the bird and I love the tree...amazing job!

Samantha Casey said...

I absolutely love the colors! Amazing job! Thank you for joining us for the Oozak Challenge!