Monday, October 31, 2011

Plant a Seed

I have been saying for ages that I need to start journalling.  I need to be broken in gently with the handwritten stuff so I decided to go with stamped letters on this my first page.  The journal itself is a cheap A4 one bought from PaperChase and I have pre-coated the first half dozen pages with white gesso although the card itself is quite sturdy.

I recently bought a load of garden stamps in rubber from Lily at 'The Octopode Factory' and I have used stamped images of these as the main collaged images on the page.

Also must give thanks to Kate Crane whos' video has inspired me and helped me through some of the background techniques beautifully.  I really did end up with paint everywhere but enjoyed every moment until I had to clean up !!

I used a variety of acrylic paints in pink, yellow, orange, blue, white & black to colour the background.  I used an old credit card, my fingers and a brush to spatter to apply the paints.  I used a Tim Holtz background stamp to apply textural elements in the acrylic and some container lids to produce the circles.

The  Octopode flowers (love the eyes), stems, leaves, mushrooms and caterpillar were stamped on thin card in Archival black ink and coloured with Marvey alcohol brush markers.  The elements were all then cut out and stuck in place with matt medium on the background.  I then went back in and added oil pastels, some edging with charcoal more paint circles and some doodling until happy.

Finally the letters were stamped in Archival black ink and shadowed with some white Posca pen. Definately difficult to know when to stop though................ but stop I did !

That's it, my first page........... but certainly not my last.

Sid xx

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  1. wow Sid, i love this page. fantastic work!

  2. That is fab Sid, would not know it was a first page at all.
    Hugs, Neet x

  3. Fab work Sid I have this digi and I Love it !

  4. Hi Sid .Glad I came here for first page which is totally awesome .Sure am looking for to see the next

  5. Can't believe this is a first page! It's just wonderful :)

    Marie x


  6. I've got those eyes Sid- they're brill aren't they? love what you've done with them.

  7. This is fabulous Sid, this page is so bright and vibrant, love those eyes!!!

  8. Thanks for all your comments and support on the Artistic Stamper. Like your creations. I will become a follower!

  9. This is very very great Sid. What a beautiful page. I hope there will follow more of these. Love it.
    Lovely greet Marja

  10. this shouldnt be in a journal it should be on your wall framed..love it and its so unusual..thanks very much for all your lovely comments on my latest watercolour phase

  11. Absolutely gorgeous, love the flowers

  12. Sid, it was about time you joined the art journalling experiments. What a fabulous first page. I think with the handwriting thing that you just have to let go and love your handwriting.

  13. I love this page and the eye-flowers especially. I have just learned of Kate Crane and really appreciate the link.

  14. Great background, nice colours, and I love these flowers!
    Greetings, Yvon

  15. Hi Sid, I saw this somewhere else ... Facebook I think, and I'm so impressed with your first journal page. You journal like a pro LOL! Wonderful art. And thanks for the shout, glad you liked the DVD x


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