Thursday 19 August 2021

2021 Topic 10: My Favourite Colour with Minis {by Jennie Atkinson}

  2021 Topic 10: My Favourite Colour

There are always some classic colour combinations, and a soft blue and sepia are one of those combinations. Jennie uses colour with such a delicate touch, and you can see from this post how she manages a deft touch and uses white space cleverly too, with the steps explained in detail here today.
~ Leandra

Hi everyone, it's Jennie (Live The Dreamwith you today sharing my favourite colour ..... well actually two favourite colours! 

It will probably come as no great surprise that my favourite colour is tea dye. No matter whether I am creating something vintage or more modern, there will always be some tea dyed paper, lace or flowers somewhere in the mix. It is always a great base for any PaperArtsy stamps but also goes well with other colours too. And so I have added in another favourite - turquoise. My little pot of A Little Bit Jaded Infusions has been my go to so many times. 

I recently used some rather thick watercolour paper and decided to cut some up to make a journal. This is my first double page spread and I have used PaperArtsy Minis as background stamps, as individual layers and the main focus.

This detail shows a little more clearly how the text stamps have been used both in the background and for the layers.

And I have followed through with the same stamps on the opposite page but with less layering.

And the colour all came from this little pot of Infusions:

There is a bit of a French theme going on here! These are some of my most used Minis and all work so well as either background and focus stamps:

MN 45                                        MN79                                        MN23

MN74                                    MN72

MN85                                MN75

They are a good size for using up scraps of tea dyed copy paper - sometimes straight edged, sometimes torn.

And I use a selection of dies to cut different styles and tags. 

It also makes it easier to isolate individual words or parts of the stamp.

And so to the journal pages. I started with some old French text paper and Sara Nauman's stencil.

This gave me a good base for then adding the Infusions. I do use a lot of water which is why this really heavy watercolour paper is so suitable. I just keep spritzing and mopping up until I have the colour I want. I also like to move the Infusions around so it settles into the areas of the stencilled texture paste.

A Bit Jaded (no longer available)

So many of the Minis make superb background stamps - I find it easiest to ink the area of the stamp I want and then use my fingers to press the image onto the page.

It is easy to isolate small parts of the stamp - the postage frank on the larger stamp and the small flourish on the text stamp as this detail shows.

Once dry I was able to layer my pieces, adding in some additional embellishments to compliment the colours.

As I had used dies to cut my focus pieces I was able to also cut some light card so they were a bit more robust for layering.

The first two pages complete for my new watercolour journal. I may concentrate further on the French theme and include memories of a trip to Paris and our cycling holidays in France. These stamps are just a super size for this small page (approximately A5) and useful for both general journalling but also scrapbooking memories. 

So do check out the Ink and the Dog Minis ! There is an amazing range of text, sentiments, flowers, feathers, background and travel themed stamps to name but a few. 

Jennie x

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A Pink said...

Absolutely gorgeous journo pages, Jennie . I always admire your delicate touch with colour and use of neutrals that runs through your creativity.

Beautiful photos and a wonderful read . Inspiring ideas
Thanks for sharing x

craftytrog said...

Beautiful spread Jennie!

Words and Pictures said...

So lovely, Jennie - your collaging and composition is always perfect.
Alison x

PaperArtsy said...

Gorgeous combination as always Jennie. Your subtle touch is so beautiful!

James D (Stampers Grove) said...

Love these journal pages. Thank you for sharing.

Jennifer Couper said...

Love this journal page and the colours ! Great use of the minus for collage !!

Jennifer Couper said...

Love this page ! These minis are great for collage work and you have done a lovely job of it including the vintage look

Miriam said...

Oh jennie. This is beautiful. Totally your signature style