Monday 1 June 2015

2015 #10 Blossoming Bottles {by Pavla Hozíková}

Topic 10: Bottles

Hello, my name is Pavla and I come from the Czech Republic. I’ve recently discovered the joys of art journaling. I don’t label myself as an “art journaler”. A journal is a tool for me, rather than a goal. I don’t do the art journaling for the sake of journaling but I just create my art IN art journals - I simply consider my journals as a collection of individual pieces of art bound together. I was really thrilled when Darcy asked me to do a guest blog post for you tonight with a project based on the topic of Bottles. 

I’m working in a journal I specifically dedicated to this year’s PaperArtsy challenges. I like to work in square sized journals, so I make my own. This one has canvas paper – it can be a pain sometimes because it curls when it’s wet, but I love the texture. First, I gelli printed the background using Smurf and South Pacific Fresco paints with a little bit of glazing medium. I’ll be using just these two colours because I’m going for a bit of a tone-in-tone look. 

I’ve always loved texture and my favourite supplies to work with are stencils (I usually cut my own designs) and texture pastes. For this project, I had a wonderful image in my mind – of stencilled bottles, layered one over another, different texture pastes… I even cut a set of bottle stencils. But you know, when I tested this idea in theory, Plan A was abandoned very quickly – and nobody needs to know, right? 

So I cut the bottles from a piece of cardstock instead. I covered the shapes with crumpled deli paper (similar to Waxed Tissue). I lightly sponged the Smurf paint over the shapes, just a bit, only to get a bluish tint. Then I used the South Pacific paint around the edges on one side to create a shade on the side of the bottle. 

Then I stamped some flowers from the EDY09 set.

I decided to fussy cut them rather than stamp them directly on the layout. It was an afternoon well spent… I coloured the flowers with orange and red markers. Because the layout is a bit monochromatic, the flowers will stand out. Notice that each flower stem is bended slightly differently – I took advantage of the stamp’s flexibility. {Well, I don’t have such a long stamping block, so I had to bend it anyway. LOL}

Now it’s time to assemble the page. First, I glued down the bottles. Notice that I went around the edge of them on the background with gesso to make them pop up a bit. Then, I added the flowers.

Finally, I glued down a quote. I cut the focal word on my Silhouette machine. I also added a bit of shading around the bottles. 

I really enjoyed making this layout even though it wasn’t in my usual bold and bright colours.

I hope you got inspired. See you some other time!


Twitter: @pavlah

Instagram: pavla_art

Wow Pavla, not your usual bold colours true! But we can't call these dull colours either! The orange really pops against the blue, and the bottles stand out beautifully with their gorgeous texture and shading! Love how this makes a wonderful page in your PaperArtsy Challenge journal! Thanks for sharing with us! ~Leandra

We would love you to join in with challenge #10: Bottles If you are inspired by any of our guests who blog with us over the fortnight, then please join in and link up your creativity HERE

All links go in the draw to win a voucher to spend on products of your choice from the PaperArtsy online store. The Bottles link will close 17:00 (London Time) Sunday, June 7th, winner will be announced 2 hours later at 19:00.


Helen said...

oh, WOW Pavla! the bottles are just gorgeous, and I am incredibly impressed with your extremely fussy cutting - that would drive me to distraction. The overall page looks absolutely fabulous.

Kirsten said...

Stunning page Pavla! I love how the texture of the canvas shows through, the bottles are gorgeous & well done on doing all that fussy cutting, it was definitely worth it.

Craftyfield said...

Yep gorgeous blossoms but I could not do so much fussy cutting! Love the clean look of the canvas and the shading on these bottles is really effective.

Ruth said...

Beautiful bottles! Great post, love the shading on the textured effect. Ruth x

Julie Lee said...

Fabulous effect on those bottles, Pavla! What a gorgeous page! I love it! xxx

Sarah B said...

A really gorgeous page . Looks like the flowers are blowing in a breeze - wonderful cutting 😊

Unknown said...

I love to fussy cut but dear me.... you really really did a magnificent job on these flowers wow. And your bottles are just incredible - love that texture. This project really was sheer eye candy to me in every way... love the orange!! j.

Unknown said...

What a fabulous page Pavla! Love the texture from the paint on the canvas paper andnyour bottles look amazing. I love to fussy cut but this would be beyond me, lol! I have the patience but not a steady enough hand or sharp enough eyes!

Lesley Xx

Cocofolies said...

This is simply a wonderful page... I LOVE it!!! Hugs, Coco xx

Lauren Hatwell said...

Pavla this is wonderful! It really has inspired me. I love your idea to have a journal for all the PA challenges. Lx

ionabunny said...

This is very pretty. I feel inspired to make my own bottles. Hugz

Anneke said...

Love the texture of the bottles. A fabulous project!

rachel said...

absolutely beautiful - I love the idea of the paper on the bottles - its looks amazing! Brilliant xx

craftytrog said...

Fantastic page! Love the textured bottles Pavla! x

Etsuko said...

Wonderful canvas. Beautiful bottles image and great fussy cut.

Becky said...

This. Is. Awesome. My hands hurt from all your marvelous fussy cutting! The bottles are stunning. We won't tell anyone about Plan A. Plans rarely survive the first engagement with the enemy anyway. (and aren't there just days when all things crafty are the enemy!?!?) As far as anyone else knows, this WAS your Plan A! :) heh.

Sylvie Collet said...

Wow! just perfect!!!!!