Tuesday 23 June 2020

2020 #11 Let Your Life Lightly Dance with FP and EAB {by Alison Bomber}

2020 Topic 11: Calming Colours

Gently moving us into the calming colours topic, Alison has created a thoroughly tranquil double-paged spread. It's a masterclass in its own right for how to achieve a soft multi layered look with lots of clever details ~ Keren

Hello all, it's Alison here with you today from Words and Pictures, and I'd like to share some art journalling with you.  If ever there was a time when we needed some calming colours, it is now (bravo, Leandra, on the timing!).  For me that means soft blues and purples and, of course, the greens of nature.  

I had a vision for these pages in advance (unusual for me) and it has ended up pretty close to where I saw it going (even more unusual for me!).

I knew I would be using two stamp sets by the fabulous France Papillon, and from the outset I envisaged the leafy stems of FP008 silhouetted against the scribbly "moons" of FP 006. 

Cut to the end and that's what I've got... three times over, because three is a harmonious number, calming like the colours.

I had a whole array of Fresco Chalky Finish Paints lined up on the craft table.  Not quite all of them ended up in action, but the majority of them did!

Since I was working with France Papillon stamps, it seemed right to play in the altered book I created on a workshop with her back in November 2014.  I started by gluing the pages to the ones behind for extra sturdiness and then giving the whole spread a coat of gesso.  Yup, I ended up with bumpy bits from hasty gluing, but it all adds to the fun!

Next some watery brayering - six colours to form an ombre of sky-type colours going down the page.  The first trio, from the top, are Lavender, Wisteria and Blue Bayou...

The next three are Glacier Ice, Seaglass and Waterfall (added to the craft mat below the Blue Bayou to pick up a touch of overlap).

And here's the brayered page after I'd splattered some of the leftover paint and used a credit card to scrape some more it right in towards the spine of the book where the brayer couldn't reach.

I used the stamps themselves to decide on approximate positioning...

... and then used a circle stencil to sponge on Snowflake paint for my three "moons".

Not particularly 'moony' yet, so I added some shading; finger-painting around the edges of the stencil with the same paints plus some added green.  Circles are another calming element, their shape is calming to the eye.

I used tissue tape to give each moon some wispy clouds around them.  Subtle in the final pages, but worth it, I think.

Time to stamp the wordy outlines.  They're stamped in Watering Can Archival.  I was eye-balling it... didn't get the large one quite on point, but it's close enough to me, and these are heading into the background soon anyway.

Pretty pleased with the result on the other two though!

Each of the two stamp sets has a cool splatter/rings stamp to add texture to a project with, so they've also been in action in the background, stamped in Snowflake alongside lots of scribbled white pen words.

The scribbling is more visible when the light catches them. I'm not telling you what the words say, but I meant them!

I daubed a wash of Snowflake over the scribbly moons to send them a bit further into the background before stamping the leafy stems in Olive Archival and clear-embossing them.

I then used mainly Spring and Beanstalk to fill in the leaves.

Then I spritzed what was left on the craft mat with water and used that to add a watery wash underneath the stems to ground them.  It needed a little touch of the darker Winter Green to extend out the base of the stem for a firmer hold.

And finally - apart from the statutory white spatter - I added some words from one of my latest sets, EAB19 Life & Living, released just last week.

It's a quote by Rabindranath Tagore, a Bengali poet, writer, composer and painter.

I felt I should tell you, since I've chopped his name off the end of the quote this time.

I think it's a beautiful thought; and I hope I've served it well with Olive Archival (nature's green) and some clear-embossing, to catch the light and lightness he mentions.

This was definitely a calming page spread to create, and at the start of June, that was really important.  And it makes me pretty calm to look at it now too - I hope it does the same for you.

When we are creating we sometimes get caught up in judging ourselves or trying to compete or compare, but we should really let all that go.  Creativity, at its best, should be a calming process of being in the moment and following the flow.  You can help that along by choosing colours which make you happy and calm, and shapes which curve and swoop.  I find working with wateriness is another way to soften and soothe - it gives everything flow... quite literally!  I hope you'll enjoy finding ways to create with calm colours, or at least in a way which brings you calmness.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  It's always a delight to read your comments and feedback, and I'm looking forward to lots more calming colours for all of us to enjoy this fortnight.

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Helen said...

This is such a beautiful spread, Alison! It certainly exudes calm!

Amanda said...

Great pages
Amanda x

Miriam said...

This is beautiful

Christine Alexander said...

So pretty Alison, those moons look amazing :)

Helen said...

Beautiful colours and quote.

Cocofolies said...

This is a fabulous page, Alison. So calming, so perfectly done and thought, as well as the quote... Just marvellous!!! xxx

Hazel Agnew said...

Loving the techniques with the moons Alison. Another one to add to my book. The brayered skies give such an ethereal quality and the touches of tape are just perfect.
I am sure that France will adore your ingenious uses for her stamps. I have this set of your quotes and look forward to thinking up my own interpretations! Xx

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Hi Alison, I am so in love with the brayer technique which leaves that lovely textural finish and might have to include it in my tiny Art journal which as yet as you know, only contains background techniques and I'm hoping to include a different one on each page section. Love how you've used the stamps too and of course your quotes are the perfect finishing touch. Big hugs, Angela xXx

Mac Mable said...

A calm and beautiful project with tons of inspiration. The moons look fabulous and as always I love your attention to detail. Great colours, quotes, splats and stamps x. Thank you x.

Mrs.B said...

A beautiful spread Alison, a calming combination of words and colours.
Avril xx

Craftyfield said...

Gorgeous pages Alison! These are my kind of colours and the moons... oh the moons!

Redanne said...

You have definitely created a calming effect with the gorgeous brayered background and the three moons. The foliage stamps work perfectly. Love this! Anne x

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is absolutely beautiful, Alison!

Lucy x

Lagene said...

Fantastic pages, I also have glued pages together to create stiffer pages to create on.

Lagene said...

Awesome pages!