In The Forest A Journal Page by Lynne Moncrieff



Maybe it is no surprise that my eye was drawn towards this tree which features on a Stamperia Rice Paper Sheet, Cosmos Cards. If you own this Rice Paper sheet, it is from the image with the stag, the tree featuring in the background of the collaged image. 

There is a strong Autumnal feel to this journal page with me once again reaching for such favourites as Walnut Ink, Pearl Inks and Interference Gold Paint, to bring a naturalistic, organic feel to the background.



As you come to expect with That's Crafty! Surfaces, they will accept all manner of media but sometimes, I like to prepare sheets of A4 cardstock with walnut ink and Pearl Inks.  This was the start of this journal page, where Walnut Ink Crystals were dissolved and decanted into spray bottle, misting the paper with this and allowing to settle for a moment before applying Pearl Inks, in very small amounts before misting with water.  If the paper becomes too saturated with water, simply soak up excess with teabag paper or suchlike and continue to build layers. 

I selected an area from one of the Stamperia Rice Paper Cosmos Cards, featuring a tree.  

This would be the focal for this particular journal page, layering it to a piece of re-cycled packing paper lightly stained with Walnut Ink and allowing to dry before stamping one of the Lynne's Scribbled Words stamps with Jet Black ink. The two pieces were then layered to a piece of scrap cardstock, abrading the edges and creating marks around the edges and loose style journaling with water soluble pencil.

This little gathering of papers would be subsequently layered to a piece of teabag paper, again stained with Walnut Ink, giving it a good scrunch when wet. Once dry, this piece was dry brushed with Pearl Inks in Bronze and Antique Gold.  

The smallest circle from Nature's Gatherings stamp set, stamped onto scrap of walnut ink stained cardstock and cut out.

To the upper corner, with White Gesso, partially stencilling the Brick Circle Dinky Stencil 

before bringing another layer of texture with a scrap of handmade paper, adding a stitch for interest.

Alongside the stamped Scribbled Words, also some scribbled writing with dip pen and Pearl Ink (slightly diluted with water). 

Some depth added with black watersoluble pencil with white Gesso, applied with palette knife bringing textural interest.  I wanted the juxtaposition of the black watersoluble pencil areas in contrast to the white Gesso and also the light bouncing off the Interference Gold Paint and Pearl Inks, aiming to capture the sense of walking through the woods where there are intensely dark areas as though light has never managed to filter through yet looking upwards and seeing the glint of sunlight through the branches of the trees and the way the light heightens the Autumnal colours of the turning leaves. 

Thank you for your visit today.



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