Monday, February 22, 2016

The Presence of Wonder

Today I'm sharing a journal page I created for a challenge at the Wanderlust year-long classes I've signed up for.  Along with having a new lesson each Friday by one of many featured artists,  once a month there is a challenge based on something we have learned and there is the opportunity to win some crafty supplies from a sponsoring company!
For this challenge Kasia asked us to look around our homes, at our clothing or on-line to find a pattern that inspired us -  we were not to copy the pattern exactly but be inspired by it.
I was inspired by this Suzani Textile pattern
 (Kasia introduced Suzani Textiles to us in her Lesson last week - and I'll be creating a canvas based on this same pattern as soon as I get a minute!!)
Here is the journal page I created for the February Challenge.  Part of Kasia's lesson was teaching us about different kinds of markers and pens and how they interact with various surfaces - so we also had to use some pens and markers on our design.
First I brushed Gesso over my page, then colored over it with blue and green Neocolor Wax Pastels (they look like crayons).  I then used a water pen to blend the pastels. 
I used white embossing paste with a concentric circle stencil for my 'flowers', coloring over the dry paste with Copics.  I used PTT Faber Castel black pens to draw the borders, stems and leaves and some x's on the dots.  I used a White Acrylic Paint marker on some of the dots as well.
I stamped a crackle background stamp from Impression Obsession randomly over the the page .
and a sentiment from Hand Written Thoughts from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous in the top right corner.
I love all of the new creative techniques I'm learning at the wonderful Wanderlust classes - I'm getting a little more comfortable journaling with each page I make -  you can still sign up (through July 2016) as all of the lessons are downloadable - so you won't miss any of them!


Mona Pendleton said...

Wonderful art journal page Julia!

Samra Leshinski said...

WOW!!! Amazing journal page Julia!

Pamellia Johnson said...

Beautiful Julia! Love the crackle background and your big doodle flowers! Fun! hugs :)

Redanne said...

Your page is beautiful Julia, I love the pattern you chose and the crackle in the background looks wonderful! Hugs, Anne xx

Anne Harada said...

Oh my goodness! So artistic and wonderful! I love your mixed media projects, always so inspiring! This journaling page is just fantastic, Julia! Keep on Wandering!! Hugs to you my friend!!

Lee-Anne said...

This is awesome, Julia! You captured the feel of the textile pattern perfectly with those gorgeous flowers!

Loll said...

LOVE this journal page Julia. Great interpretation of the textile design ... made the sweetest flowers! And I LOVE the crackle stamp over your washed background --- very cool! xx

Susan said...

Goodness, Julia! I am so inspired by your Suzani inspired journal page. love the spring colors.
I am still at the 'frozen' to get something on paper...send leaping thought my way, friend!

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Fabulous journal page Julia, I can definitely see the influence of that wonderful fabric in your design, love it! Deb xo