Monday 8 October 2018

2018 #17 Colour - A Box of Eggs: Happy to be Me {by Anneke de Clerck}

 2018 Topic 17: A Box of Eggs (Colour Topic)

Seeing the new paints lined up above, you get a real sense of how beautifully they will all work together. Anneke uses the dark shades as a foundation, and then, as you can do so easily with our chalk opaque paints, she works the page to get lighter and lighter. Many great tips follow in this post!! ~ Leandra

Hi everyone, it's Anneke with you today. I'd like to share with you an art journal spread I made.
I'm very fond of art journaling. I'm using my art journals to experiment, try out new techniques, new color combinations....During the years I collected and filled all kinds of journals: small ones and big ones, purchased journals and homemade journals... I like journaling in vintage books as well.

For the 'A Box of Eggs' colour topic I worked in one of my homemade journals and I used the 6 beautiful Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics you can see in the picture above.
I love building up layers to create an interesting background. Let me walk you through the steps.

Eggs -especially bird eggs- come in a wide range of beautiful pastels. I've chosen to work with 5 of the new Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics designed by Courtney Franich together with my all times favorite: Fresco Finish Snowflake

I started by stamping on both pages with various stamps from the ESA09 set using Archival Ink Jet Black. To soften the stamped images I added a wash of Fresco Finish Snowflake using a flat brush. I created green flowers by sponging through the PS088 stencil using Fresco Finish Pine Grove.

On top of those foundation layers I applied a layer of Fresco Finish Blah Mange. As you can see the foundation layers still peek through.

Next I repeated stamping with various stamps from the ESA09 set using Fresco Finish Seaglass, Eggshell and Koala.

I again used the PS088 stencil and Fresco Finish Snowflake to sponge white flowers randomly. I drew a bunch of organic shapes, cut out and painted those simple flowers with 2 coats of Fresco Finish Seaglass. The stems were painted with Fresco Finish Pine Grove. I arranged the flowers on the spread as shown. 

I added details with a white pen and adhered strips of Dina Wakley tape randomly. Here you can see how all the different layers come together in the end.

To finish the spread off I made some splatters using a white Sharpie.

To create this journal I alternated regular pages with small pages. For this inclusion I used a large tag. Both sides of the tag were decorated as well.

For the quote I used a stamp from the JOFY 45 set.

Fresco Finish Blah Mange is a beautiful shade of pink, I will definitely use this color more often in the future. And I'm very fond of the Fresco Finish Seaglass as well. Those 2 colours make a great colour combination don't you think? 
I'm usually adding much more black to my art journal pages but here I wanted the soft colours do the job. 

I love how the abstract flowers turned out. I first stamped on the flower shapes with white paint but that didn't work out well on the busy background. I returned to the plain mint versions. I do prefer clean and simple :)

I hope I could inspire you to grab a few egg shell colours yourself and create something. Don't forget to link your project to the challenge page. I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Thanks for stopping by!
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The current topic link Topic 17: A Box of Eggs (colour topic) will close 17:00 (London Time) Sunday, October 14th 2018, and the winner will be announced 2 hours later at 19:00.

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Miriam said...

oh wow, this is gorgeous Anneke.

Lauren Hatwell said...

Wowser! Absolutely amazing! Lx

Althea Joseph said...

That looks so good!

Helen said...

Gorgeous project.

Words and Pictures said...

Gorgeous layering of the paints, Anneke - and I love that extra interactive tag page - a lovely touch.
Alison x

Etsuko said...

Absolutely beautiful pages Anneke, so gorgeous how you have used stamps and stencils. I really also love working with Fresco Paints. xx

Jennie Atkinson said...

Such fabulous pages Anneke - gorgeous blending of the colours and then the stamps and stencils. Fabulous!

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is absolutely beautiful, Anneke, your colour sense is always wonderful and I would never have thought of putting Blah-mange over Pine Grove the way that you have, which is so effective,

Lucy x said...

This is delicious!

Mac Mable said...

Wonderful colour combination and the layering looks fabulous. Wonderful and beautiful layout pages and thank you for the stunning inspiration x.

Enny said...

Wow, what a beautiful spread, lovely stamps and stencil, so many gorgeous details and beautiful pastel colours ! Enny

Seth said...

Beautiful layers and such stunning colors. A great combination.