Saturday, January 2, 2016

Wanderlust Book - One Word - Creative

A few months ago I signed up for a wonderful year long on-line set of mixed media classes called Wanderlust (see link also on my sidebar).  I have been anxiously awaiting the first class.
And they just started on New Year's Day!   It is based in England, Kasia and Jamie are the fearless leaders.  There is a 1 hour class each Friday through December 9, 2016 and there are 26 different teachers.  They also run fun optional challenges besides the weekly classes - and one of them is to make a Wanderlust Journal over the next year-  every 1st and 3rd Saturday Kasia will post a word or a thought or perhaps colors etc - to inspire us to create that days Journal page.
The first Wanderlust Book challenge is to make a page based on one word that describes me today.
I chose the word CREATIVE.
 Close up of left page - I added die cut brushes from MFT (more details below), sponged around the negative of a Dina Wakley stencil (Mini Casey and Penelopy) and stenciled words from Dina Wakley Affirmations Stencil on the side.  The stamp in the bottom left corner says "It's good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end."
Close up of right page - there's my little word - Creative (a Chit Chat Sticker) - on the bristles of the brush!  The face is a Dina Wekley Stencil/Moon Faces and more words sponging over Affirmations Stencil.  I randomly stamped little portions of Tim Holtz Ledger Script on both pages in black ink. As a final step - I sponged randomly  with Ground Espresso Ink and splattered white acrylic paint over both pages
I have a few photos of my process.  First I squeezed 3 colors of Acrylic Paint onto the pages - I used Dina Wakley Tangerine, Yellow and Sky.  I used a paintbrush to spread the colors to cover most of the pages (I don't like to go right to the edge the way many people do on their journal pages).  Then I added a darker color,Umber, with my finger.
Kasia suggested adding some dimension with die cuts or some form of embellishment.  I die cut these MFT paintbrushes out of Grunge Paper.  I rubbed Wendy Vecchi Black Embossing Paste over the handles, WV Silver Embossing Paste over the metal part and painted the bristles the colors I used on my pages.
I adhered the brushes to my pages and then sprayed Dylusions White Linen Ink Spray in spots and let it drip down the page -  not real happy with how it dripped - so I sponged lightly over most of it later with Ground Espresso Distress ink.  I can see I need to practice my 'dripping' technique!
I have only ever made a few journal pages - so there is a big learning curve for me - which is one reason I signed up for these classes!   I'm pretty happy with how this came out today and look forward to the next 'page prompt' for our Wanderlust Book in two weeks!
Stamps:  Classics #16 and Ledger Script - Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous
Paper:  8"x8" Dylusions Journal/Ranger, Grunge Paper
Ink:  Archival Jet Black, Ranger Distress Ground Espresso
Accessories:  Dina Wakley Acrylic paints - Tangerine, Lemon, Sky, Umber; Paint Brush Dies - My Favorite Things (retired), Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste - Black and Silver; Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive, Dylusions White Linen Ink Spray, White Acrylic Paint, Ranger Splatter Brush, Stabilo Black Pencil, Idea-ology Chit Chat Stickers, Dina Wakley Stencils - Mini Casey and  Penelope, Affirmations and Moon Faces. 


Vicki Dutcher said...

Fun! I am looking forward to seeing you build your journal over the next year! Happy New Year!!

Kim Heggins said... there anything you can't do? Love your fabulous journal.

Redanne said...

Very impressive Julia, first for getting started so soon and secondly for doing such a brilliant page - I love your colour choices and the paint brushes look perfect. I am still working out what my word will be.... Hugs, Anne xx

Mona Pendleton said...

Fantastic pages Julia! So fun and creative! What a great way to kick off 2016!

Lee-Anne said...

Wow! You are off to a wonderful start, Julia! Beautiful pages!

Susan said...

Hey fellow wanderer! I really enjoyed your CREATIVE process and share many of your wanderings. It was nice to read as your pictures added to the journal. I'd say you are off to a good beginning, Julia. I hope a remember my blog, I am going to have to get it out of mothballs! Very happy we are sharing messy pages together this year.

Deborah Frings said...

I really enjoyed this post. Your spread is super and I do like the little die cut brushes. Looks like a really fun course. Off to have a look now xx

butterfly said...

I loved these pages over at Wanderlust, so it's great to see them in more detail. The silhouette of the woman is so gorgeous embedded in to the layered background, and I really love the crazy paving feel of your drippage - no idea how you managed that, but it's very cool! Great earthy colour tones too - a really fabulous page spread. I think this is the beginning of a fantastic journey... so looking forward to more.
Alison xx

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Wonderful journal pages Julia, love your drippy bits and colour palette, makes me long for spring! Looking forward to seeing what else you create as you travel on your creative journey, have fun! Deb xo