Friday, 8 August 2014

Blooming Book {with Eclectica³ Darcy Stamps by Alison Bomber}

Hello all, Alison here from Words and Pictures, and delighted to be with you again here at PaperArtsy, just to share a quick bit of playtime with you.  As some of you may know, things are pretty full-on at the moment round my way, so I fancied a bit of gentle whimsy to lower my heart rate!

I used an old book (scene of another bit of PaperArtsy journalling last year) to do a bit of fairytale scene setting.  I played with some of Darcy's stamps released earlier this year - and I'm still on the blues and greens for extra serenity.  So, here's my whimsical orchard, with my little house tucked away in the peace and quiet.

I played with stamps from EDY05, EDY06, EDY07 and EDY08.

I started with a couple of washes of Fresco Acrylic Paints over the book pages - Stone and Snowflake - and then stamped the house in Potting Soil Archival, clear embossed it, and used a water brush with my paints to colour it in - Beach Hut and Limelight, in case you're interested.  I did a bit of white pen work to add highlights.

I used Distress Ink to stamp the grasses (Mowed Lawn and Peeled Paint), but the flower heads are coloured in with the paints, and with a little white doodling added using the Sharpie Paint Pen again.

I used the white pen to add a bit of extra fruit to my trees - they really are flourishing!  The trunks are watercoloured with Vintage Photo DI, and the "apples" are pure Limelight.  The sky behind is just a wash of Broken China Distress Stain.

The words are clear-embossed over Potting Soil again, stamped on some mop-up watercolour paper, and I used my Broken China Distress Marker and the water brush to create the shading around them.  And around the edges of the pages, I stamped the fabulous swirly doodly border from EDY05 in Mowed Lawn and Peacock Feathers and clear embossed it for some added shine before adding a touch more doodling.


So that's me for today.  Hope you've enjoyed the trip into my whimsical orchard.  I certainly ended my playtime feeling a lot calmer than when I started so I'm grateful for that.  Thanks so much for stopping by - it's always great to hear what you think - and I'll see you around!

A huge thanks to Alison from all at PaperArtsy HQ, what a fabulous page. i would love to live there, hidden away in that fairytale orchard. I think sometimes we get so caught up in making complicated projects that we forget how satisfying it can be to just do some colouring in. 

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massofhair said...

Stunning pages, love how you have used Darcy's stamps, the orchard is a wonderful idea :-) x

Helen said...

Can inky see it in my phone but it looks fab!

Anonymous said...

That is gorgeous!

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Looks lovely Alison , loving the calming colour palette and I love how!you have used the images too Alison . Lovely. Have a great weekend. Tracy x

Lucy Edmondson said...

Lovely project Alison; that treehouse looks a fun place to live!

Lucy x

Silvia(Barnie) said...

That's a wonderful spread.

Fliss said...

This is absolutely stunning Alison and such creative use of Darcy's lovely stamps too.
Fliss xx

craftytrog said...

What a lovely peaceful scene...looks very Snow White to me! I can just imagine the Dwarves living there!
I love the white pen doodles in the background Alison.
Alison xxx

Astrid Maclean said...

What a fun piece, love the look of the house!

Anonymous said...

Lovely and delicate and I like your use of the white pen.

Redanne said...

Absolutely wonderful Alison, whimsical and fun - I love how the background words just peek through. Anne xx

Unknown said...

So soothing and calming, Alison--The soft colors and fabulous images--Just Dreamy!! Love your use of the white paint pen--I've got to get one of those for my inventory! Wonderful art journal pages!! XOXO-Shari

Marci said...

Whimsical and magical, soft and pretty.

Jeanne Kelly said...

I love these happy, happy pages!!

Yvonne Garner said...

Whimsical, dreamlike, loveliness!

Etsuko said...

Stunning pages Alison! It's a beautiful watercolor painting, delicate and soft. I love the Distress Marker and Distress Ink are allowed to equalize to the soft background. xx

Unknown said...

Beautiful x

Deborah Wainwright said...

Fabulous pages great colour scheme and love the clear embossing x

craftimamma said...

Gorgeous pages from Alison. Beautiful dreamy colours and fabulous colouring in of the images. Wonderful!

Lesley Xx

Nicole Maki said...

Love what you did. Darcy's stamps are the coolest and you showcased them in a very pretty way.

Great job!

Cocofolies said...

A wonderful orchard, exactly like the one I would love to find in my dreams... Fantastic pages with Darcy's stamps Alison!! Hugs, Coco xx

Candy C said...

Alison...your art journal pages are awesome. You've really taken those stamps and made them your own with this piece! Love the colors and your design. <3 Candy

Marjie Kemper said...

Fabulous!!! So many great points in this spread... lovely!

Sandy said...

I love your creation! Pure fantasy!
Sandy xx

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