Monday, 19 December 2011


Yesterday I sat down with some photo's I wanted to scrap and a good sketch but found myself lacking in inspiration to choose papers. The problem was I had these great christmas pictures of my 3 eldest before the little man was born but my daughter is wearing a BRIGHT pink dress and so none of the christmas papers suited the photo's and anything that did match the dress was too girly for the boys!
I decided to leave it and play with my Art Journal. I used Gesso to prime the page and then with a sequin mask to create some texture and then coloured with Raspberry, Butterscotch and Copper mixative alcohol inks. I loved the idea of using some bright not really matching colours and was pleasantly surprised with how well the alcohol inks worked on a journal page;

I used some bubble wrap to stamp on the page with Wild Honey, Worn Lipstick and Black Soot distress inks and then coloured some paper with picket fence distress stain and used the same inks to stamp some images. Once the stamped images were stuck onto the page I wrote my journalling which you cannot see in the photo but shows up fine irl and reads;

Inspiration - today I got stuck with my scrapping so I turned to my journal. The great thing about this is there are no rules it is all "play". Someone may not like what I have done but they cannot say I did it wrong. Clashing colours, disjointed theme it doesn't matter.


  1. That's interesting, I didn't know you could use alcohol inks on gesso. I don't tend to use mine that much, because of the need for a glossy surface. I'll have to give this a try. Great page by the way:)
    Fi xx

  2. I didn't either but thought I would give it a try I could always gesso and paint over it if it didn't work :)