Sunday, 7 April 2013

Art Journaling At FSC

Hello folks, hope you're all having a lovely weekend so far. We actually have some sunshine for the second day in a row and it's not quite so chilly today. I'm hoping this keeps up as today is the last day before a short family break. We're all off to Bournemouth for a few days with the in laws so the next few days will be scheduled posts which I hope will pop up as planned.
Today sees the start of a new challenge over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges and it's been quite a challenge for me as Ellie picked something I've never done before, Art Journaling, and it took me a while to pluck up the courage to start something.
In the end, I decided to start a journal to show what inspires me as the ladies on my classes and my crafty friends often ask me where my inspiration comes from and it's very difficult to explain the way my brain works lol. My first page includes some of the elements that set my creative juices flowing and you'll have to let me know what you think.

I've created my page on an A4 sheet of watercolour paper because I couldn't find a journal with strong enough pages so will be binding my pages together when I have enough.
I made the background with Distress Stains - Crushed Olive, Shabby Shutters, Mustard Seed, Squeezed Lemonade, Tattered Rose and Victorian Velvet. I then stamped on the wild flowers (Artifacts by The Stamp Bug) with Crushed Olive, Peeled Paint and Wild Honey Distress inks.
I added a border round the edge with Vintage Photo (Andy Skinner Batik Garden). I then stamped the butterfly from the set with Archival Coffee ink together with some of the butterflies from the Crafty Individuals Elements set CI - 231. I coloured the large butterfly with Spiced Marmalade DI and then cut them all out.
I stamped the background stamp from the Batik set with Worn Lipstick and Vintage Photo DIs then coloured it with Victorian Velvet. I trimmed the image, distressed the edges and inked them with the Vintage Photo.
I stamped the text from the set with the coffee ink, tore this out and distressed the edges further. I die cut a doily (Papermania) from some Craftwork Cards kraft printed paper and assembled everything as you see, distressing the edges of the page.
As you can see, I couldn't resist some layering on the page, although it isn't heavy so should hopefully be Ok when I finally assemble the pages (when I've done them, that is!)

We have a fantastic guest designer with us for this challenge, the amazing Kate Crane, whose journaling I'm sure you're familiar with. The Fashionettes have also risen to the challenge with some gorgeous creations so do hop over for a look.
As always, our sponsor, the lovely Leo of Flonzcraft, is offering a fabulous $20 voucher to his online shop so do enter if you can.

A hello from me here to my lovely new followers and thanks for deciding to be here.
I'll be back next Saturday hopefully renewed from the break and I know I'll be raring to create again!

Before I go, I would like to say a huge thanks to the team at Stamping Sensations as I found out on Friday that I won the March challenge with a prize of rather a lot of fantastic Crafty Individuals stamps and did a happy dance when I saw this. Thanks ladies!
Fliss xx


Valerie-Jael said...

Pretty page Fliss! Hugs,Valerie

Terry said...

Fliss, I did not realize there were quite a few of us not familiar with art journals! This is gorgeous and such a breath of "spring" air! Love the soft colors! Enjoy the sunshine! Hugs!

Claire said...

Hi Fliss, beautiful page, you've created such depth with your stamping. Really lovely. Hope you're enjoying the weekend
Claire xx

Sally H said...

A fabulous page, Fliss! Well done on geting started and going for A4. I want to take the plunge and get into Art journalling, but I keep chickening out! I saw a lovely idea for using a photo album and just doing 6x4 pages to go in it.

Anonymous said...

I never would have known this was your first time at Art Journaling.
Gorgeous colours and what a brilliant idea for your journal.

Yvonne Garner said...

Hi Fliss! A beautiful start for your new journal! Isn't it cool how so many of us are giving this a go from the challenge?! Have a wonderful trip. Hugs, Yvonne

Asia King (aka Joanna K) said...

Fabulous page Fliss, great debut into the art journalling world! Love the inky background :) xxx

Meggymay said...

A beautiful page Fliss, loving the words.
Yvonne x

Brenda Brown said...

Beautiful colours and images Fliss. Country View Crafts have a butterfly challenge this month and this would fit perfectly.
hugs {brenda} xox

Deborah said...

Beautiful page, Fliss - immediately made me think of sun with the round doily and all that lovely yellow. Hope you have a fab time on your mini break.

Silvia(Barnie) said...

A fabulous piece in great colors.

Shirley Chillman said...

Way to go Fliss this is fabulous. First attempt or not this shows an outstanding piece of art which anyone who has been doing it for years would love to produce.

Hugs Shirley x x

Dots Dabbles said...

Hi Fliss...Oh I live this saying! It is difficult to explain to people our thought process when it is just about expressing your ideas and creativity. A wonderful journal page and I can't wait to see more...
Dot x

Ellie Knol said...

LOVE it!