Yesterday I christened my new Dyan Reaveley art journal and today I'm joining her Facebook challenge as well as Ronda Palazzari's One Little Word challenge and the second challenge over at Fall Fearless and Fly.
I'm a bit bursting at the seams with ideas at the moment and it's exciting and daunting at the same time. As I'm working to open my Etsy shop very soon, the FF&F question (when did you take a chance, or make a leap of faith?) is timely. I'm on such a major learning curve right now with all the behind-the-scenes technical stuff, that it was a pleasure to put all that aside for a few hours and get inky with this page. As Ronda brings the word 'Celebrate' to the table, I cross my fingers and smile, trying to take time to enjoy this busy time and not rush through it.
I started with Dyan's Ink Sprays (orange, red and brown) and a piece of detailed K&Co scrapbook paper. I used it as a base stencil to start building up the page. Don't worry if your blended inks don't look fantastic at first... you can do a lot with layers to make them shine.
Using a trick from Dyan, I added some stamping but only made partial imprints by curving the cling-mount stamp and rolling it onto the page:
Next I brought out some favorite stencils: Dyan's border (shown below), the circles/ bursts by Stencil Girl Products, and the rays from The Crafter's Workshop:
I colored my lady with Ranger's Distress Markers and did her wings with Dylusions Ink Sprays in a water brush. I was thinking about where to go next and had to smile when I realized there were just enough spaces between the rays to fit 'celebrate.'
Dyan's challenge was to include orange, the words 'new beginnings' and a spider. (She'd be the first to tell you she's a bit out there!) I couldn't imagine where I was going to put a spider but once I wrote the words it seemed he was destined to hang from the word 'new.'
The stenciling I'd initially done didn't appear bold enough so I repositioned the stencils and added some jet black archival ink on top of the earlier brown. I also wanted to bring out that yellow from her wings so I added yellow dots with a Posca paint pen. Last but not least I gave my Flyer a perch to ground her (for now).
That's it for me. Thank you so much for the visit, and I wish you a wonderful day!
ps - if you're on Facebook, I'd love it if you'd go over and 'like' my new business page... thanks!!