Friday 23 February 2018

2018 #3 Watercolours: Journal with ELB {by Autumn Clark}

2018 Topic 3: Watercolour

I do love it when one of our bloggers shows another side to their creativity, and today, Autumn, who I generally associate with Vintage colours, has brightened things up with a vibrant journal made with Lin's stamps. I can also see my new favourite Seth Apter stamp has snuck its way into the mix too!! Fabulous! ~ Leandra

Hi everyone!  Autumn Clark with you today to share a bright and happy little journal made with the lovely images from PaperArtsy Eclectica³ {Lin Brown} Collection (ELB33).

These dreary winter days find me held up in the craft room.  Creating this cheery project seemed to put some spring in my step.  I hope you'll test out these easy to replicate ideas for a journal of your own.

I was curious to try the mesh/sponge stamp as a repeating pattern and inked it up in a striped fashion, adding three colors of ink per stamping.  I worked  the colors in a rainbow around my journal boards.  To achieve the watercolor effect, I spritzed the inked stamp a few times and let the colors bleed into the board as I stamped.

The fun part was layering other stamps and embossing over this base.  I used the gorgeous geometric design from the new PaperArtsy Eclectica³ {Seth Apter} Collection (ESA08) embossed in white.

I embossed the dots from Lin's plate in blue, but it stuck to my wet base.  I used this opportunity to brush off the unwanted powder and make a nice block of color, which I grounded by splashing watered down Fresco Chalk Acrylic Paint (Snowflake), (Jade) and (Glass Blue).

For my focal point, I made some watercolor backgrounds and stamped my sentiment and beautiful wheat, which I fussy cut.  I embossed a butterfly from PaperArtsy Hot Pick set 1506 (HP1506) and layered him over a bundle of string.

I made a couple of inserts for my journal with watercolor paper covers and plain pages inside.  I did a random watercolor on each page, then stamped images in coordinating colors over the blocks of color.  I added a bit more white embossing and script from PaperArtsy {Ink & The Dog} Mini Stamps (62) in black for a final bit of contrast.  These will be the bases for journaling and/stamping later, hence the simplicity.

Perhaps one of the most underrated stamping technique is variegated inking?  I hope you've been inspired to mix up some colors on your rubber stamps today.  I'm sure you will find making your own repetitive patterns quite stress-relieving and meditative.  Why not make some spring in your crafty space?  Happy stamping!

Cheers, Autumn

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Helen said...

That's gorgeous Autumn

Kirsten said...

Gorgeous water colour effect and the layers of stamping and splatters look great.

Miriam said...

Totally stunning Autumn. I love it!!

rachel said...

wow Autumn - this is amazing - absolutely beautiful! Hugs rachel x

Nikki Acton said...

Great use of colour Autumn - and wonderful design (as always !!!) Nikki xx

pearshapedcrafting said...

This is beautiful Autumn! Gorgeous colours! Chrisx

froebelsternchen said...

Wow that's a terrific project! Totally stunning Autumn. I love it!!

Jackie PN said...

Makes me think of summer!
Jackie xx

Redanne said...

You really did achieve a beautiful water colour effect Autumn!

geezercrafter said...

Love the effect of the ink stamped background. A nice cheery creation!!

Chris said...

Fabulous project Autummn and I love that repeating pattern and gkrgeous spring colours! 😊

Mimi said...

Love it! PA is lucky to have Autumn showing her stuff with your products-- she always inspires!

Lynne Moncrieff said...

Autumn, this is beautiful!

Craftyfield said...

Great idea to use the mesh stamp in that way, I must remember this!

Hazel Agnew said...

So fresh Autumn. Lifted my spirits. Love it! Xx

Marty F said...

So beautiful, Autumn! I love your colors and layers and textures. You always do an amazing job and I need to re-read this so I don't miss a detail. Hugs!!

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is stunning, Autumn, those sunny colours are lovely,

Lucy x

sarascloset said...

Just gorgeous, Autumn! I love the bright spring colors and your artsty background for my favorite butterfly! The inserts are so beautiful, too, and inviting for some journaling! Wonderful tutorial on how to get that lovely watercolor effect! Hugs!

Lemon Creation said...

Absolutly love it Autumn! xo, Asia