Monday, April 22, 2019

Simon Says - Going Around In Circles

Hi Everyone...welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog...thank you for joining us for last week's challenge...we hope you can join us this week too because...

and the theme for this week is...
I created an Art Journal Page in my Dina Wakley Media Journal with the theme "The Circle Of Life". My idea was that it was going to have lots of white space...well that didn't go too well, as you can see. You could say this was one of those "going around in circles/embacing my inner pink demons" kind of a project.

I applied a coat of White Gesso to the pages and added circles die-cut from an old dictionary, fixed in place with Distress Collage Medium Matte.
I added Ranger Transparent Matte Texture Paste through the Splotches Mini Layering Stencil from Set 9. It looks milky at the moment but will dry clear and act as a resist.
I spritzed Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide Spray and this was the point when I kissed goodbye to the lots of white space idea and uttered "OH HELP" or words to that effect
But once I dried the pages, spritzed with water and blotted lightly with kitchen roll, it had faded back to a colour I was happier with. 
I used a damp paintbrush and kitchen roll to remove the Distress Oxide Spray from the Texture Paste areas and practiced my doodling skills by drawing round the circles with a Sakura Micron Black Pen. I applied Hickory Smoke Distress Paint through the Dot Gradient Layering Stencil. 
I inked the background from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Entomology with Picked Raspberry Distress Archival and stamped randomly on the pages 
I repeated with Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Halftone & Rings inked with Black Soot Distress Archival. 
I fixed Idea-ology Found Relatives in place with Distress Collage Medium Matte and added shading around the edges using a Black Soot Distress Crayon and Distress Detailer Brush to soften the edges.
I applied Ranger Texture Paste Opague Matte through the Bubble Mini Layering Stencil from Set 5 randomly over the pages.
At this point, it just wasn't floating my boat so I decided to turn to one of my favourite Thinlits from the Chapter 1 release, Wildflower Stems 1 to add some feminine accents. I die-cut the flowers from Distress Watercolor card and coloured the centres with Picked Raspberry Distress Archival using a Distress Blending Brush.

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I look forward to seeing what you create this week...
Have Fun and Happy Crafting
Hugs Kath xxx


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  1. Gorgeous Kath. Loving all the layers and textures xxx

  2. Absolutely GORGEOUS art journalling Kath! I love the background, even though pink isn't my fave colour, I love this, and the vintage family are fabulous, so beautifully done :-)

    Hope you have a great week and hope you're feeling better XXX
    Lols XXX

  3. This is fabulous Kath, I love the gorgeous layers and textures. I hope you have had a lovely Easter.
    Linda xxx

  4. Really pretty layout! I love the addition of the Wildflower stems to soften the circles...just perfect!

  5. Fantastic art journal page and the photos match perfectly the sentiment!!! What a fantastic take on this week's challenge!

  6. A beautiful page Kath, you toned down the pink well with the darker tones and stencilling and your trioof photos is such a lovely addition! Hugs, Anne xx

  7. It's rather funny, for people who love to create and use shapes like circles, that we can be thrown into a tizzy on this, Kath. I always struggle with the white space, so I hear you there sister. Love your pages and the sentiment, pretty in pink! hugs, Maura

  8. This is so pretty and how fun to see it in PINK! You can make any color palette shine and this is no exception.

  9. Wow, what beautiful pages! I loved seeing how you created them and the circle background looks amazing ๐Ÿ˜. Happy weekend! J ๐Ÿ˜Š x

  10. I do like the fresh and light look of your pages, Kath. Lovely work

  11. What a beautiful girly pages. Great background with the book pages circles and the various shades of fresh pink are fabulous and very sweet.

  12. Love your beautiful journal pages, Kath. The pink color scheme and the texture you created on the background are so fabulous. :)

  13. With these pages you managed to make me love pink! really fabulous as always! Barbara