Friday, 31 March 2017

2017 #5 Tea in the Garden {by Kate Yetter}

2017 Topic 5: Blue and Ochre

If you like journalling, in a kind of scrapbook-style, then this post is going to pique your interest. Kate's layers have a whiff of minimalism, yet there are all the mixed media elements of scraped paint and stamped or layered textures and colour. With this colour scheme, kraft card, or paper coloured to look like kraft card, is the perfect starting point... 

Hello PaperArtsy Blog followers, it’s Kate ( here, sharing with you a post featuring the colours blue and ochre. I love working with bright colours, especially blues so this theme was particularly appealing to me. At the moment, I am working on a Tea themed art journal so when I saw this stamp set I knew I had to use it to make a layout in my art journal.

I started out by slathering gesso on my page and building my layers from there. I chose these colours not only because they go with the theme but also because cooler tones are cheery and calming.

When creating a journal layout I make one of the pages an accent page, something that doesn’t distract from the focal image/page. I still want that page to be eye catching but not the main focus. On this page, I love how the colours draw the eye to the background texture and the sentiment.

Vintage Ink and the Dog (Plate 6)

One of my favourite steps in working with stamped images is putting colour to them and bringing them to life. I used to paint with watercolours, once upon a time, before children. Even though I do not have the time to create watercolour portraits these days, I find enjoyment in using those techniques throughout my art journals.

Recently I discovered I love adding doodles to my stamped images. In the past I have found that stamped images can be difficult to make out in pictures depending upon what ink is used. I think adding accent lines and doodles give it a personalized touch as well as enhancing the shadows, making it easier for the eye to pick up.

Around the page edges I added Distress Stains. I really like how the tea stained look adds an aged appearance to the layout.

I hope this journal layout encourages you to try your hand at doodling or painting your stamped images.  Adding personal touches to your images takes a little bit of confidence and practice. The first several times I tried it my images ended up in the trash. I have found that straight lines do not look natural and that a loose hand and having fun makes all the difference. Thank you for letting me share.

I love your layers of kraft-looking card, scraped paint, and splashes of colour Kate! We often forget about the Vintage Ink and the Dog stamp collection, and the size of this house in the A5 stamp set is perfect for journalling layout like this! Great choice! ~ Leandra

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Helen said...

A gorgeous page Kate. I love doodling too. Your layers are fantastic.

Miriam said...

Totally gorgeous Kate.... love this!

Chris said...

Beautiful spread Kate, I love all the texture and how you incorporated the colours in such a natural way. :-) x

Etsuko said...

Fantastic pages Kate, I love the gorgeous layers and Vintage ink and the Dog's image is fabulous. xx

Kirsten said...

A gorgeous page. I love the layers of images & the added doodling was a great idea.

geezercrafter said...

Fab layout, love the colouring on the stamped images and all of the layers.

Jackie PN said...

Kate, Your journal spread is brilliant!! I do love your stamping design and everything about this! Well done!

butterfly said...

Lovely layers, Kate - there's such a warm, gentle atmosphere to this beautiful spread. Great to see you back here.
Alison x

Mac Mable said...

Great layout and loving the doodling and painting x

Craftyfield said...

Perfectly grunged up! Loving this page.

Lauren Hatwell said...

This is so thoughtfully and stylishly put together Kate. I love it!

Ruth said...

Fabulous layout, great texture and striking use of images! xx

Art By Wanda said...

Wonderful spread, Kate!!!

Lucy Edmondson said...

What a gorgeous eveocative project!

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