Saturday, January 24, 2015

Paper faces on parade

It's a masquerade!

This month's color challenge over at Lindy's Stamp Gang was another beautiful palette of color.  Purples are hard for me, mainly because I don't really have any.  But that's what I love about Lindy's, I was able to blend colors to make something work perfectly.

I had an old mask that I wanted to re-do since day one and for some reason this color palette sparked an idea that just fell into place.  

After peeling off all the old hot glue and fabric from the original mask I did a base layer of torn book pages and gel medium, this helped cover all the hot glue residue I couldn't get off.  Over that I used a Crafter's Workshop harlequin stencil and light modeling paste.  While the paste was still wet I added Lindy's embossing powder in Midnight Ruby.  I let the paste dry overnight then heat embossed the powder.

 At this stage I wasn't really a fan of where this was going, the mask didn't go on as well as I had imagined, but I kept going.  I gave the entire mask a light coat of Golden Sleigh Bells and a few spots of A Bit o'Bubbly.  Over all that I sprayed, the sadly discontinued, Cranberry Mist Burgundy.

I used the same colors on some prima leaves then inked the edges with an eggplant chalk ink.  I just used the Cranberry mist on a feather spray that I salvaged from the original mask.  The gems were also salvaged from the original mask.  The flower is a Maya Road that matched perfectly.  

This time I am much happier with how my mask turned out and have no intentions of another re-do!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

As Sure as Sun Turns to Moon

I've mentioned before how much inspiration I draw from music.  I have a whole stack of lyrics that I want to use at some point in time, and I finally used one of my favorites.

I love broadway and musicals, they just make me happy and want to sing out loud.  So when I see a new Broadway soundtrack I don't have, and when that soundtrack is on sale for $2 I just have to snatch them up.  Several years ago my darling hubby found me Tarzan the Broadway soundtrack on sale.  It had just come out on stage-and it was a flop.  But I loved the Disney movie and thought I'd give the music a try.  The music made up for the shoddy costumes and scenery I'd heard so much about.

One song in particular really jumped out "As Sure as Sun Turns to Moon", it is such a sweet song.

I had so much fun creating these pages.  I knew I wanted to use lyrics from the song, and I had just spent a day organizing all my colors. I was intrigued by the idea of mixing various brands of mists and inks to see how well they would play together so I pulled out a variety of blues and golds in mists and paints from Lindy's Stamp Gang, Shimmerz, Tattered Angels, October Afternoon, Heidi Swapp and Tim Holtz and started spraying.

The sun was created using paints from Shimmerz and Twinkling H2Os to build up the color.

I loved how the October Afternoon spray left the small white 'stars' as I was spraying.  I'm not sure if it was a reaction to some tattered angels I had used, or if it had something to do with the gesso'd surface of my journal-either way I loved it.  The moon was a combination of Heidi Swapp and tattered angels spritzed with water for a mottled look and the clouds were created with white faber castell gelatos with dry burshed gesso on top

Overall I love how this turned out and the only thing I would add is maybe a black boarder of gelato to frame it in.  Next time...something to help me warm up in this frigid weather!