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Thursday, 1 March 2012

I'm Hopping mad ...for Spring :D

The lovely Dawn has re-started her Journal Journey's challenge today, and the opening prompt just had to be SPRING :D
Being a "Mad March Hare" myself, this is the image I always see at the start of spring....my spiral Hare totem :D
I've started putting the finished piece up first, so if you don't want to dredge through the layers with me that's cool!
Watched Tee Thompson of Green Isles Crafts make a book cover last night, and it inspired me to do the "many layers of paint" thing for my page :D

Layer #1 blob some paint on your page and smoosh! Let it dry(with hair-dryer if impatient)
Layer #2 Dabbed on another colour with natural sponge, not too much pressure or you just smoosh again. Let it dry.
Layer #3 take a pencil and write all over the page. Something inspirational is good, I went for the lyrics to "Oh what a beautiful morning..." think it's from Oklahoma the musical(I sing it to my garden)
Layer #4....in the time honoured tradition of mixed media...cover all that loveliness with white acrylic, and wipe off as much as you can !!! I used kitchen paper and cellophane to get texture as I lifted off the white :D
While that was drying, I decided I wanted to stencil my next layer. I have lots of stencils, but wanted a band of butterflies down my page, so I grabbed my peel off waste...
Layer #5 stick peel off waste to page and daub paint over it. The sponge sticks cost about £1 from the kiddie craft section.
peel off peel off and VOILĂ€ ! a butterfly border :D I deliberately put thicker paint at the bottom and faded up the page (honest :S)
I did the same on the opposite page, just using the waste from a flower selection instead of butterflies.
Now it was time to add my Hare. A quick sketch directly onto the page, drawn over with a green inktense pencil, and the spiral coloured with a white Stabillo All pencil.
I picked out a few words from the sub-text, "beautiful/golden/meadow/my" and finished with ANTICIPATION
Still looked a bit flat though....so Layer#6 added glitter to the Hare and the highlighted page elements, and stamped all over with teeny flowers and TH Distress ink "worn Lipstick"
Close-ups of stamping and glitter :D
And remember...it's SPRING!!! Your allowed to get down and dirty in the garden! Enjoy :D XXX
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15 comments:

  1. Wonderful! I love all the different layers...perhaps I should get messy with my paints too.
    Hugs xx

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  2. Oh lovely page sweetie, great layers - I love it!

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  3. Beautiful page!!! The background is fabulous!!

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    1. Thanks :D Am looking forward to joining in your 13 Goddesses challenge :D

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  4. Love these pages, the way the hare is staring into the distance makes me think of the coming year and all it holds. :-) xx

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    1. Cool! That's the effect I was hoping for :D

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  5. Love the butterfly stencil.
    Enjoy the end of the week.
    hugs {brenda xox

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  6. Beautiful work, I love your anticipation of the spring. Greetings.

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  7. i LOVE spring and this book is gonna ROCK!

    hugs :)

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  8. I loved looking at all the layers and how you created your spread. I love your bunny and this is a fabby spring page. Thanx for joining in with me. Love Dawn from Journal Journey's xx

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  9. Great stencil idea! The Whole spread looks very fun and springy!

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  10. I totally love the tiny flowers and the greeny-hope-hare with its glittery mane. He looks so powerful to me with its joyful anticipation... can´t wait for all the green leaves and blossoms to come out :-)))

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  11. So wonderful, I'm waiting for spring, too.

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  12. I *love* the hare!!! what a great idea to use the peel off sheet as a stencil. never crossed my mind DOH!!!

    Love

    Jill
    x

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  13. hee hee looks like you had a lovely time with your paints!!!! This is gorgeous my lovely and a brilliant idea to use peel off waste as a stencil! x

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