It’s time to post the final ‘retrospective’ journal page, completed sometime in February I think. My [previous] bad habit of forgetting to date my journal pages caught up with me and I now own, and use, an actual date stamp! Hola!!
This is the page where I learned about using car polish over gel medium to stop pages sticking together. [Thanks to Claudia Rossi – again!] The added benefit, as you will see, is that the sheen adds to the wet look I was trying to achieve.
The first thing I did was cover the pages with various shades of paint in blues and watered down reds and drag the colours downwards with a variety of makeshift instruments as I was trying to achieve the impression of falling rain. It actually looked really effective until I started applying the mod-podge when, of course, the water reactive thing occurred and I lost my lovely down-pour! Never mind – live and learn is the motto of the hit or miss crafter!
The house shapes were cut from old encyclopaedia paper – I like my art work to look learn-ed!
I used stains and paints to colour the houses and hit them with a ‘crackle’ stamp to add texture.
I die-cut the clouds from more book paper, stamped the winged flock and made the text using my trusty ‘Dymo‘ label maker.
This side retains some of the downpour texture I was trying for:
I was feeling pretty contented at this point – and then decided to try the mod-podge and car polish effect. As soon as I hit the page with the medium the colours started moving and blurring – I worked as quickly and lightly as possible to try and minimise it, but as I said before, I lost my downpour effect. When the medium was dry I raided the car cleaning kit and applied a liberal coat of car polish, buffing vigorously. I really like this – the finished page shines with a wet look sheen that is really effective for the theme and the pages don’t stick together – an added bonus!!
See, I even put a date stamp on it…….. and that’s the end of the ‘house’ themed journal pages – for now any way.
It’s time to hit the play room and create something new.
If you stuck with it – thanks for dropping by and have a most enjoyable day!