Journal Page Inspired by Pam Thorburn

Published March 29, 2014 by isisimaginings

Hello, I hope everyone’s had a great Saturday. It was a beautiful day here, quite warm compared to earlier in the week.

I’ve made a journal page for the PaperArtsy challenge this week. Pam Thorburn was back as the guest designer & she is a scrapbooker extraordinaire, her pages are simply stunning. Her first & second projects for PaperArtsy are HERE  & HERE. I had no clue what I wanted to do, but I really liked the background on her third project, so I used that as my starting point.

I used Grunge Paste through the TCW Texturized stencil first & when that was dry I painted a wash of Caramel Fresco over the page, spritzing it with more water & wiping the paint off the stencilled areas. When that was dry I added more GP, mixed with Tinned Peas & Hey Pesto Fresco paint through the TCW Mini Circles stencil. (Too much paint, don’t look too closely). I also used a baby wipe to add some Chutney Fresco paint here & there.


I  had a search through my postcards & found this one from the Bronze exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in London in 2012. It was an astonishing exhibition & the bronze heads from Ife, Nigeria, of which this was one, were one of the highlights for me. They’re from the 14th-early 15th century &  the artistry & beauty of them was awe-inspiring. You can learn more about the heads HERE.

As I looked at the postcard I realised the GP lines on my page mirrored the striations on the face. This would be my focal image.


This was a sheet of watercolour paper I’d already painted for something. I gave it a few thin coats of Irish Cream Fresco & cut it in half.


One half I stamped with Chocolate Pudding & Little Black Dress Frescos, the other half with Tikka & Chutney, using the set of Ellen Vargo EEV01 stamps that I won in last week’s PA challenge – yay!!


I painted another piece of watercolour paper with Tikka, stamped with French Roast & cut around the images. I also punched out holes, copying one of Pam’s ideas.


Then I put the page together, adding a piece of hessian & metal brads, some black doodling & white highlights. The quote just appeared in my brain as I was working, seems apt somehow. I folded a piece of leftover paper in half & die cut so that it opens like a book cover. On the inside is some information about the postcard & the date.

To finish I added some White Fire Treasure gold to the GP lines.


Thanks to Pam for the inspiration & to you for visiting.


24 comments on “Journal Page Inspired by Pam Thorburn

  • A stunning spread! I love this beautiful image: what an incredible piece of art. The Ellen stamps go so well with an African theme and I love the textures on this: it is absolutely lovely. I remember how much I enjoyed the opportunity to see your journal irl at Stevenage. Julie Ann xxx

  • I keep looking at this with the way you have used those stamps so effectively with the striking postcard. Those striations in the sculpture really are mirrored beautifully by the GP lines & I particularly like the way all your gold elements really enhance the whole. A quite delightful layout.
    Paula (PEP)

  • Oh Kirsten this page is so inspirational well done, loving all the texture and your focal point was such a good idea love it. I also love all Ellen Vargo’s stamping it all knots together so well xxx

  • This is absolutely fabulous Kirsten! Excellent idea to marry the stencil, head and Ellen Vargo stamps together, each a perfect compliment to the others. Stunning pages altogether and a brilliant take on Pam’s layouts.

    Lesley Xx

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