Saturday 13 February 2016

2016 #3 Indian Adventures {by Alison Hall}

 2016 Topic 3: Wax
Hi everyone Alison (Craftytrog) here.
Tonight I'd like to share with you a post about using Portfolio Oil Pastels on a mixed media journal cover.
I've just been on a wonderful holiday to India, and I wanted to make an arty journal to take with me. I used a fabulous set of PaperArtsy Ink and The Dog stamps, Asian Plate 2, which have an Indian theme. There are some beautiful intense colours in the Portfolio Oil Pastel set, and I chose some hot colours to go with my theme.

Step One: I started with an A5 plain black year planner. Very boring, don't you think?!

Step Two: I covered the front and back with torn book pages, then added my new favourite collage material, teabag papers. Very apt for the Indian theme I thought! I adhered everything with Golden Regular Matte Gel Medium. Some of the bags still had a little tea in them, which adds to the texture!

Step Three: After painting the cover with Golden White Gesso, I stamped the flourish image from Asian Plate 2 around the edges with Jet Black Archival Ink. I did this on the back cover too. Then I stamped some more images from Asian Plate 2 onto White Smoothy Card, cut them out, and arranged them on my cover till I had a layout that worked. I took a quick photo with my phone that I could refer back to.

Asian Plate 2 

Step Four: Referring back to my layout photo, I used PaperArtsy Stencil 021 to add more texture with some Grunge Paste, then I stamped 'India' a few times too.

Step Five: Time to add some colour! I scribbled with orange, pink and red Portfolio crayons at the top of the cover, front and back, blended them water and a paintbrush, then spritzed with water. I held the journal up to allow the colour to drip down. Unusually for me, I left some white space! I did go back in with some more red on the top left though afterwards. 

Step Six: Next, I scribbled with the crayons on my craft mat, spritzed with water, then used a paintbrush to add watercolour to my images. I also added a little extra colour here and there, by using the crayons directly on the images and blending with a paintbrush and water. I accentuated the edges of the images by sponging them with some Black Archival Ink.

Step Seven: I used Glossy Accents to glue my images to the cover, then decided it needed some metallic texture. I mixed a little Golden Fluid Acrylic Iridescent Bronze (fine) into some Golden Glass Bead Gel, then used a palette knife to add it in the corners, on the edges, and to the 'flower' centre. Once this was thoroughly dry, I gave the whole journal cover a coat of Fresco Finish Matte Glaze to seal everything. I glued some of the pages in the planner together, then painted them with gesso, to give them a base for my holiday journalling.

I hope I have inspired you to give the Portfolio Oil Pastels a try. They blend so beautifully with water, and I love the waxy intense effect of them around the stencilled numbers at the top. They're great to take with you when you travel too, to add colour to your sketches. Don't forget to take a waterbrush!

Alison x

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Oh this is gorgeous Alison, I hope your holiday was magical and that your journal is now full of wonderful memories.These Asian images have totally transformed your cover. Thanks ~Darcy 

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Helen said...

Alison, this is gorgeous! the colours are very redolent of India and I love all the elements you've used. What a wonderful start to your journal to remember your fabulous holiday.

Unknown said...

Love this-I have that stamp and you have inspired me to use it!!

Craftyfield said...

Love the bright colours and yes I think I need some Portfolios... Very inspiring!

Lauren Hatwell said...

Fabulous! Gorgeous colours and I can definitely see the influence from your trip. Lx

Kirsten said...

This is gorgeous, Alison! I love the bright colours & the texture is fab.

craftimamma said...

Beautiful cover makeover Alison!

Lesley Xx

craftimamma said...

Beautiful cover makeover Alison!

Lesley Xx

Words and Pictures said...

Fabulous colours inspired by your holiday - a transformation indeed from that dull black cover - wonderful!
Alison x

Hazel Agnew said...

A fabulous cover Alison........great colour choices and stamps! What a difference from boring black! Xx

Artmadnana said...

I love how the colours really enhance the whole theme. It's really lovely.

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous and you perfectly captured the heat and colours of India.

Fliss said...

Beautiful alteration Alison, such inspired use of teabags and love the rich colours on the finished cover.
Fliss xx

Etsuko said...

Brilliant cover Alison. It is beautiful colours and your images. It evoke the atmosphere of your wonderful journey. xx

Ruth said...

Such beautiful colours, wonderful result! Ruth x

SCarol said...

Stunning, Alison! Love all the textures especially the tea bag papers which was genius! The colours and stamping are totally evocative of India. I hope you had a great time.

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is totally superb Alison, I love everything about it. I love that you have taken such a boring book originally and made it magical. The composition and the use of portfolios is brilliant. I love your use of the Paisley to make the flower to soften the rectangular edges. Brilliant work,

Lucy x

Miriam said...

lovely work Alison - I love the colours that you have chosen

Unknown said...

Wow India - how amazing Alison. Your project is absolutely WONDERFUL to see. I know little about India but I definitely see that your creations represents it well. Love everything about this lovely design. HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY. j.

Jennie Atkinson said...

Fabulous textures and colours Alison - a gorgeous project. Jennie x

Sarah B said...

A wonderful journal as a memory of your fantastic trip - love the bright intense colours of portfolios xx

Julie Lee said...

So sorry I'm late in commenting on this exquisite piece of work, Alison! I love all things Indian and you have truly captured the spirit of India with this project -the colours and images, the texture - everything blends perfectly to evoke the magic of India! xx

Catie Cuddles said...

This is brilliant Alison. Lovely project. C xxx

Michele said...

this is extraordinary! so beautiful! xo

~*~Patty S said...

Beautiful and rich and full of gorgeousness Alison!
What a wonderful time it must have been.