Its 'Birds' this month over on Journal Journeys this month so here's my offering.
I started by scribbling Derwent ArtBars (in Spearmint, Honeycomb, Pacific Blue and Allzarin) in blocks all over the page. I used a paintbrush with water to blend them together. This is the first time I've used the ArtBars and I *love* them. They're like water soluble wax crayons (and we all know how much we love wax crayons!!).
Next I tore some pages from a bird book and stuck them on with gel medium. Then I put some Claudine Hellmuth Blank Canvas paint on top of them with my finger and scrubbed it off with kitchen towel to blend them in with the page.
I used a Stewart Gill stencil of a Peacock Feather and sponged Landscape Green and Yellow Pastel through it. After that I really looked at the background and realised that there was pink and blue in there so I sponged Painterly Pink and Sky Blue through small sequin waste and scrubbed some into the background with my finger.
Ages ago Jo and I were in The Works at the Metro Centre and we came across a book in the sale called Fotolog. Its a book jam packed full of all kinds of photos on everything imaginable. Well at a fiver who could resist.... I used 4 unusual photos of birds on the page and scratched into them using Stampbord tools. I used the same colours of ArtBars to scribble round the edge of each photo and then outlined them with black pen.
I googled bird quotes and found the 2 I've used. I thought because my photos are a bit dark, the quotes needed to be deep.
I hand wrote them using a black pen, first going over it in black then in pink to accentuate it. I don't hand write in my finished pages very often but I think this page benefits from it.
I used a Tim Holtz clear flock of birds stamp with Sweet Plum Memento ink randomly on the page. Memento doesn't dry too well over acrylic paint and gel medium so I used a heat gun to dry it and scrubbed any damp ink into the page with a kitchen towel.
So here is my finished page.
Its something completely different for me but I'm really please with it!
Thanks for organising this Dawn :-)