PaperArtsy Challenge Inspired by Alison Bomber

Published October 11, 2013 by isisimaginings

A good Friday evening to one & all, I hope no one got too wet in the torrential rain we’ve had today.

On the PaperArtsy blog this week the amazing Alison Bomber wowed us all with her stunning projects & I chose to do a journal page inspired by a few of the techniques she used. You can see Alison’s projects by clicking on the links:

My journal page looked like this initially. I had a lot bleed through from the Dylusions inks on the previous page, despite using gesso. So I covered the page with white gesso & a few coats of Stone fresco paint.


I wanted buttons a la Alison, but because they would be in my journal they had to be quite flat, so I die cut circles from a scrap of grunge paper & covered them with the stamped tissue paper.


Lots of book text, grunge paste & mesh that I found in my ribbon box, I’ve no idea where it’s from.


Time to start throwing paint around. I wanted a neutral background, so I used only Nougat & Toffee frescos. I sanded over some of the grunge paste & then pulled & broke some of the threads of the mesh – I couldn’t remove any of it as I’d sealed it down too well – before adding White Fire treasure gold at the very end.


Then I added an assortment of stamped tags (stamps used: PaperArtsy, Tim Holtz & Chocolate Baroque) & the buttons. The buttons were a bit of a disaster. I’d stamped the images with archival inks, but the circles looked too white when I glued on the tissue so I painted over them & lost the definition of the images. I suppose they look grungy & distressed, which works with the page.

PA Challenge Oct 11 13

That’s all for now, thanks to Alison for the inspiration. See you all next time.

12 comments on “PaperArtsy Challenge Inspired by Alison Bomber

  • I agree with Helen having just had a good look at the enlarged version. I don’t think the ‘buttons’ are a disaster at all and they work brilliantly with the colours on you pages …… colours which I absolutely love, btw! That gorgeous Toffee is on my wish list for Donny in a week’s time ;-). The layered tags look fab too!

    Lesley Xx

  • Really gorgeous… absolutely love the colour palette – you’ve inspired me to go back and play again with the same ideas but in my favourite neutrals!! The composition is great, and I just love the butterfly tags – and I think the buttons work a treat. Thanks so much for joining in the fun this week!
    Alison xx

  • The background is a great success, lovely textures (the mesh is gorgeous) and I love the many layers which give so much interest to the page.

  • I’m so glad i clicked on the image, Kirsten! It is indeed stunning when you can really see it! I like the buttons. They do look nice and distressed and go brilliantly with all the other bits and bobs – beautiful, beautiful pages! I have looked for a long time at them and love every detail! Julie Ann xx

  • Wow wow wow absolutely gorgeous, I love the natural colours and even though you say they were a disaster I think the buttons are great and a fantastic idea of keeping them flat brilliant. Kezzy 🙂 xxx

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