Thursday 27 June 2024

With 3 Things: Journal Spread {by Liesbeth Fidder - de Vos}

Hello everyone it's Liesbeth here with you for another With 3 Things post. So much fun!

This feature on the PaperArtsy Blog is where 3 bloggers are sent 3 items in the post. We have no clue what PaperArtsy HQ is going to send us, there might be a slight variation (for example on this round we each were sent different stamps sets from the same release) but generally 2 of the 3 things will be identical.

This are the 3 things: the lovely cutting die Small Songbird, Alison Bomber's Printed tissue PT08 and a zen stamp set PaperArtsy FP021!

It was so exiting and fun to unpack the three things! And I am so curious about what the other two bloggers come up with!

The current blog topic has just been Books & Journals, so I was thinking about an art journal spread, and of course I want to include our quarter theme, hidden'. As always, I just start, have fun and see what will happen!

And this was the result, a journal spread with a hidden text ...... let's take a closer look.

First I covered the entire spread of my A5 journal with a piece of the printed tissue paper using gel medium. After drying I painted a diagonal stripe across the spread with PaperArtsy Fresco paint Snowflake to cover the images a bit. Using Distress inks and blending tools, I sponged overlapping areas with lots of colour.

Here I bleached (with pure bleach and a synthetic brush) the branches, flowers and berries of the tissue paper. With black waterproof ink I stamped the flowers, berries and texts from the  PaperArtsy FP021 stamp set, And also some of the other stamps with the Distress inks I used before. I used every stamp of the set!

I coloured the berries with different gel pens and the big flowers with Distress inks and water and I cut  the bird 3 times out of an old book page, sponged the edges with black ink and glued the birds on the spread... you can see here.

Let's hide something! From another sheet of the Printed Tissue I cut out the same leaves as I used in the first layer, glued it on a piece of white cardstock, cut out and coloured it. I added a tiny hinge and covered the leaves and text with it by gluing the other side of the hinge in the spread. I finished the spread with black edges and white gel pen.

The hidden text! :-)

This was so much fun to do! I love the challenge to play with three things! And now I really can't wait to see what the other girls make! I hope we inspire you, have fun!

Have a nice day, 

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kokoemo27 said...

This is a fun, colorful project that I can see myself accomplishing with some clever techniques! Really enjoyed this - thank you.

Words and Pictures said...

Ooh, those lovely botanical layers... I love the berries hiding under the leaves - such a clever touch, and your little texty bird. Delightful!
Alison x