When I began working on this page, I didn’t even know which photo I’d print and use. I figured it would be one that represents autumn, with plenty of red, gold, and orange leaves. I was wrong. That doesn’t mean, though, that I created a page I didn’t like. On the contrary, I’m quite taken with this one.
Since diving into art journaling, I’ve found a great deal of freedom in scrapbooking (being able to print up and reproduce images at will helps in this department, too).
I started the process with black cardstock from Bazzill Basics and the cut-out parts of some old Martha Stewart stencils (I think I received them free with a magazine subscription offer). I temporarily adhered the plastic leaves to the paper with Liquitex Fluid Matte Medium, and I’m glad I did, since it left behind some nice texture.
Once the leaves were in place, I smeared on Liquitex Flexible Modeling Paste.
I then spritzed to my heart’s content with various homemade mixtures of inks and water.
Pulling up those plastic leaves was the next step.
At that point, I walked away, leaving the modeling paste to dry for hours. Not being one to pass up an opportunity to create, though, I didn’t wait until it was completely dry. I tried to hasten the process with a heat gun, but I didn’t even have the patience to stick with that for long. Instead, I pulled out a bottle of embossing ink, smeared it onto the modeling paste in one area, added embossing powder and fired up the heat gun again. By the time I was finished, all of the modeling paste was covered in different shades of embossing powder, and I was loving the results.
From there, I just needed to find and print a photo and layer on the tchotchkes. I surprised myself again by not choosing a stereotypical fall foliage shot. I chose a water one instead, and began thinking about how peaceful and relaxing my time at the lake had been. That called to mind a verse from one of my all-time favorite poems: “The Lake Isle of Innisfree” by William Butler Yeats. I printed up the verse, using the new Samantha font I recently purchased, started sticking everything down (scraps of paper, tree-shaped brads from eyelet outlet, ribbon) and added a bit of journaling.
They say that God is in the details. I don’t know about that, but I do know that those little, blue, glass drops by Robin’s Nest (added last, as an afterthought) are likely my favorite elements on the page.
Here’s one more look at the whole shebang.