Thursday 5 November 2020

2020 Topic #19 Dream No Small Dream with VI&D (by Jennie Atkinson)

   2020 Topic 19: Words Of Wisdom

It's great to see bloggers using pieces of 'technical kit' that are inexpensive (read on to find out what it is!) and Jennie is treating us to a project that has royal hues and plenty of sage advice on it. Love the idea of the folded tag-booklet and another glimpse into someone's artistic process
~ Keren.

Hi everyone, it's Jennie (Live The Dream) with you today sharing a small booklet but one which is large on words.

I am a huge fan of Alison Bomber's wonderful quotes and love to get as many as possible in a project, but some of them are quite large. I was recently tidying up... (well moving things around!)...when I found some large tags which when folded make a lovely booklet and which are also large enough to take some of the wider and more expansive quotes in the Dreaming and Doing Set which I love. 

I have combined the quotes with a favourite Vintage Ink and the Dog set and a few bright Fresco's which combined well with tea stained paper and the more vintage sepia look inside.

I started by scoring my tag so I knew which areas I was working with; the tag measures 10½" x 5" so easy to cut if you don't have one in your stash. It is not easy to splosh around a lot of paint and not get the inside covered, so I did use plenty of scrap paper to try and protect it.  

I have used two Fresco's Byzantium and Sugar Plum which I have added to the tag with a really technical piece of kit...scrunched up kitchen towel!

I treated myself to a fresh piece of kitchen towel for each application and just kept splodging and smoothing it around until I got the colour I wanted.

It did dry a lot lighter and I loved how I achieved such a mottled look from just two colours. I have used some of the stamps from VID02 to initially stamp a little background interest.

I have used the same stamps on the tea dyed paper using different brown inks, sometimes stamping twice to get a lighter effect. At this stage I normally have no idea what I am going to use, but it is always good to have spares for the scrap box.

So now to the inside and adding the quotes.

I liked the lighter look inside and started with some background stamping and stencilling using Distress Oxide Vintage Photo, but stamping off to get a lighter hue. There are a number of little stamps in this set and they look fabulous as background layers. 

I thought the black ink might be a bit stark but I think it works well against the brown ink. 

I felt the back of the tag was a bit lacklustre, so managed to recreate the Fresco paint effect for a strip to hold another tag. 

You can see how well the little stamps from VID02 layer over each other for a great background behind the quote.

The front was decorated with bits of the tea stained stamping which I collaged into a little stack and glued to the front. I wanted a small quote for the front cover but decided to isolate a sentence from a stamp.

It is possible to do this by using masking tape once the stamp has been inked. 

Using the giant tag was a great way of making a reasonably small project but using some of the larger quotes. It would make a nice birthday card for a special birthday but also is just nice to have on the desk as a spark of colour with some uplifting quotes on these grey days of winter.

As always thank you for joining me.

Jennie x


A Pink said...

A terrific project, Jennie packed full of loveliness and 'words of wisdom'. Tfs x

Miriam said...

This is beautiful Jennie

Words and Pictures said...

Simply wonderful, Jennie - I love that you found so many ways to include the longer quotes. They work as fragments, of course, but they're so powerful when you get the wisdom in full. I really like the vertical one - and the folded tag makes for a lovely structure. Beautiful colours too!
Alison x

Jenny Marples said...

Gosh Jennie that pop of purple is such an unexpected and wonderful contrast against your trademark gentle neutral palette, and the use of words is so imaginative x

PaperArtsy said...

Wow Jennie I love your contrasting colours! And those layers are scrummy!!!