Sunday 26 January 2020

2020 #2: A Hint of Spring: Gentle Journalling with ETS {by Nikki Acton}

2020 Topic 2: Hint of Spring

The effect that Nikki has created here generates a soft, almost blurry feel with texture of the gesso undercoat and the swipes of fresco colours melting beautifully into each other.  I really love how this journal page worked outand the way she has applied the quotes allows them to pop so perfectly!~ Leandra

Hi everyone, Nikki here today from Addicted to Art, sharing a journal page for our current theme A Hint of Spring.

At the beginning of every year I resolve to do more in my journal, so this seemed the ideal opportunity to play with some of the lovely new paint colours along with new stamps and stencils from Tracy Scott.

I used soft green and mauve hues with a touch of blue. The new colours below are Khaki, Globe Thistle, Blue Moon and Mauve - I added a little Guacamole and Periwinkle to the mix too.

My journal is an old book - so I started with a layer of gesso to cover the text and images - you can probably see brush strokes of the gesso underneath the colours. I built layers of my selected colours in patches - until my page was filled. This starts a little randomly but near the end and once it is covered I step back to assess the balance of colour and make changes (add more!) where needed.

I worked with Tracy Scott's new stencil PS169 to add extra paint - stencilling like this over the multicoloured surface helps to bring it all together a little more.

I added some of the wonderful images from Tracy's new stamp set - ETS37 and added colour to some of the elements. 

Finally some quotes from one of Alison Bomber's first stamp release - and still one of my favourites! EAB01.

In the introduction to this theme Leandra and Keren provided some fabulous colour combinations using subtle colours - what better way to try these out than in your journal! The new Fresco colours are gorgeous and Tracy's stamps provide both background interest and focal points to build your composition.

Thanks for joining me today, I hope you have a creative week.

Nikki x

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Helen said...

what a gorgeous spread, Nikki!

Lucy Edmondson said...

A very pretty spring make, Nikki! X

Miriam said...

Gorgeous journal page Nikki

Words and Pictures said...

Oh my, those colours are so pretty... more for the wishlist! I love the textural brush strokes creating that criss-cross movement and energy, and the white quotes pop beautifully against the mauve/thistle.
Alison x

Lauren Hatwell said...

So pretty! Gorgeous colour combo too?

Lauren Hatwell said...

So pretty! Gorgeous colour combo.

A Pink said...

A fabulous journo spread , Nikki. The new colours are gorgeous and you have shown how good they look when used together. A wonderful way to show of Tracy's ad Alison's stamps .

PaperArtsy said...

I really love those textures in the BG and the colour selection! I think those stamps of Tracy's are going to be very handy for some time in my collection!!