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.
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.