Friday, January 23, 2015

Cityscape Fun!

I had been thinking about doing a "cityscape" out my gelli prints as a journal spread and came up with this one when I was at Universal Studios recently.  Inspired by Diagon Alley, and Hogsmeade, but in much brighter colors.
I actually used dark blue tissue paper for the sky, and assorted gelli prints for the houses and roofs. I layered them for a bit more depth, and I'm pretty happy with the result.

Friday, January 2, 2015

It's Okay Journal Page

This is the page I finished last night.  I love to use gelli prints in my journals and altered books.  Here, again, I used a wash of acrylic paint in burnt sienna and quinacridone nickel azo gold mixed together.   Then added circles and a star in gesso, and colored them with gel sticks.  I used an alphabet stencil over that with turquoise acrylic, and some rubber stamping all over the spread.  Stars in different sizes were cut from gelli prints and glued on, then I added some small stars and hearts stamped with gesso.  I painted over some of the small stars with red enamel, and used dylusions ink on some of the little hearts.

My stars aren't perfect, and I like them like that.

It All Hinges

For this altered book page, I started with a wash of acrylic paint in burnt sienna and quinacridone nickel azo gold mixed together.  I stenciled over that with pink acrylic paint using one of Julie Fei Fan Balzer's stencils, then added some circles with gesso.  I have a lot of fun strips of watercolor paper which I had dredged through some distress stains to color them, so used them on top of the circles.  Paper doilies make a great addition, so I cut one into 2 pieces and used each piece on the spread.  I also have accumulated a lot of cotton doilies and like to use parts of them as an additional layer.  I added the buttons and hinge on top of the pieces of cotton doilies, and then added a little journaling finish it off.  I hope you like it:-)

"Discover" Journal Page

This page was created by mixing some red acrylic paint with gesso and spreading it on the page with a brush.  Then I took vintage photo distress stain and applied it around the edges.  Thin strips of  scrapbooking cardstock were applied over the painted pages, after which I formed a heart out of floral wire and attached it to the right hand page.  I sewed a folded piece of pink polka dotted fabric and added that next to the strips of paper, then glued a doily (sprayed with dylusions inks) and added a leather disc on the left side.  Journaling was added last.