8 May 2015

Paris in 'Abandoned Coral'?

Hi everyone and welcome. Thank you for the amazingly positive reaction to my first attempt at journalling HERE. Spurred on by the lovely comments and bitten by the bug I've been getting stuck in again, though sometimes it's a bit trial and error. Here's another spread - not quite Paris in Springtime (but then my DH and I visited this amazing city in the Summertime anyway, a good 20+ years ago!!!) It was a wonderful trip and I'm crossing fingers we can repeat the experience some time soon. In the meantime...


I was inspired by several things including: a photo of the place we stayed; the fact that the colour of the awning in the photo looks just like Abandoned Coral (so I made this a primary project colour); the need to get some ink onto one of the new Tim Holtz Cityscapes stamps; and one of Brenda Brown's journal pages HERE. There is also a new challenge theme over at Stamps and Stencils where they are looking for 'Three of a Kind'.




This took quite some time to complete (in fact I completely scrapped two earlier versions) as it just kept going wrong once the paper had been added and initial inking applied. What went wrong? Muddled ink splattering in the main really, which lead to a confused and over-complicated background - moral of the story is "keep it simple"! There were some techniques I wanted to 'log' for future use, like the mixing of embossing powders and ink for those rusted metallic parts, and paint blistering on the letters. And the Cityscapes stamps are brilliant for creating a border or horizon line, ideal if you are a scrapper or journaller. In amongst a busy composition I kept some 'visual triangles' going, including the repetition of the Eiffel Tower - so you should spot three of them - and the words picked out in Cracked Pistachio.




Well that's a second spread in the bag (and there's another to share soon) and I have to say I am enjoying the freedom this form of crafting gives you. This one will be entered into the following challenges;
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Don't abandon the Coral
Stamps and Stencils Challenge - Three of a Kind
Country View Challenges - Simply Scenic

Time to disappear again to get ready for an exciting day of demonstrating for IndigoBlu at Domino Crafts in Wolverhampton tomorrow. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone there! If you can't make it don't forget, there are a number of IndigoBlu shows currently being broadcast over at British Craft Network online tv (so you only need an internet connection to see them).
Whatever you're up to this coming weekend have a great one and take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx

40 comments:

  1. This is an awesome journal spread, Jenny!

    I love seeing your very unique style transferred to art journal format! Beautiful layering as always and the colours are a perfect match!

    Absolutely fab!

    Claudia xxx

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  2. Absolutely love this Jenny - you've certainly nailed the arty journalling style. Great choice of Abandoned Coral to match the awning and great pops of green too. Elaine x

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  3. Wow Jenny, I could stare at this for hours and still find new things to ooh and aah at!! I love the Abandoned Coral rays and awning, and the Cracked Pistachio is such a lovely splash of colour!! Beautiful page! hugs :)

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  4. Lovely pages Jenny, love the composition and layered design . Gorgeous . Have a lovely weekend. Tracy x

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  5. You already are an accomplished journaller Jenny! This is beautifully vintage and all your elements are so lovely to study. Hope you do return to Paris v soon. Hope I do too! Nicola x

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  6. absolutely stunning! Jenny I could admire your pages for hours n still find something new to see . So much attention to detail n love how theres a real story behind its creation . hugs x

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  7. So many layers of gorgeousness!

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  8. So full of mystery and wonder, this page is one I could just stare at for hours and see something new! You need to keep doing this... Hugs, Georgie xx

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  9. Just wonderful Jenny! You are a natural at this. Love the balance and transition between the pages. Nice work. Look forward to more.

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  10. Well apparently you should take up art journaling full time because the last two have been amazing. Love the layers and the splattered paint...right down to the tiny tea cup. xx

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  11. Fabulous pages Jenny! Love the depth you've created with the three Eiffel Towers and thanks for joining us to Stamps and Stencils. Sue C x

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  12. Wonderful journal pages showing the magic of Paris. I hope you get to go back soon

    Love Chrissie xx

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  13. Fabulous journaling Jenny. Beautifully vintage and inkalicious. I love Paris so anything Paris related gets big thumbs up from me! Lol :) xxx

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  14. Fantastique ! An amazing journal spread, and I love the way you explain your process. Thanks!

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  15. In my eyes Jenny, you take journalling to a whole new level, a wonderfully inspiring level at that! Your page is glorious and conjures up the most wonderful memories of Paris - you have captured the 'feel' of the place perfectly. This is one of my favourites - ever- of your wonderful creations! Anne xx

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  16. This is wonderful Jenny, I love the rusting and the layering, and the whole way it's put together. Just beautiful! xx

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  17. Fabulous journal spread Jenny! Love the Parisienne theme and wonderful layering. Thank you for joining us over at Stamps and Stencils Toni x

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  18. this is amazing Jenny - the layout is fabulous - and I love all the detailing - right down to the ink splatters - beautiful - big hugs Rachel x

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  19. Wow Jenny, what an amazing journal page! The repetition of the Eiffel tower really ties it together and your sentiment just pops with the Cracked Pistachio! Keep it up, you are a journaling natural!

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  20. Love how you used the city stamp. A beautiful page.

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  21. Your Parisian page is incredible, Jenny! I can see how it took you some time - the placement and layering of each element is a work of art. And I love how you used the cityscape stamp.

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  22. Absolutely stunning pages, brilliant memories. We need to see more.
    Have a great weekend
    Patricia xxx

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  23. Gorgeous, great theme and beautiful effects!!

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  24. C'est Magnifique, Jenny!! These art journal pages are GORGEOUS! I love the layers that you've built and the interest you've created with not only your wonderful photo, but with the stamped and stenciled elements, too! Love those abandoned coral sunrays :)
    Love the crackly Eiffel Tower and fleur de lis :) C'est Bon!! XOXO-Shari

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  25. Ohh wow, Jenny! This is amazing! Love this spread! So much goodies to look at! Love the layering of them! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra

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  26. Great pages - love your use of the color! You are encouraging me to use my journal more.

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  27. Welcome to art journaling, it's another skill to add under your belt as they say. Thanks for coming to sunny Wolverhampton on 9th May, had great day watching you demo the new stamps. Sue

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  28. Gorgeous journal spread you created, looks wonderful! =)
    Hugs, Elenor

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  29. Such a delight! You've created a piece with layer upon layer of luscious detail. And they all work beautifully together. A wonderful piece of art, Jenny. Wonderful! Thank you for sharing your work with us this week for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

    ~Michelle



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  30. I now know why the word "Ohh La La" was invented. Jenny, your pages are stunning and I just love the Paris theme and all those glorious layers! Hugs!

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  31. This is what i call a perfection! fantastic! xx

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  32. OMG!! This is stunning Jenney! You have created interesting scene here!

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  33. Two gorgeous pages Jenny! Wonderful collage of images, die cuts, ephemera - you are journaling like a pro!! I need a lot of practice with journaling - as in, I have to sit down and try to do it!!! but I do agree - trying to keep it simple is better (at least for me too!) Julia xx

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  34. So cool seeing how you transfer your style into the pages of journalling. The composition and layering is outstanding - I particularly love how you've embedded your own image so seamlessly into the collaging - and the colours are fabulous. Love the rusted accent pieces too.
    Alison xx

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  35. Such a lovely collage! The pinks and all the scrumptious layers, delicious!

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  36. Gorgeous pages and thank you for joining us at Stamps and Stencils, your interpretation of the challenge is just what I'd hoped to see...Fabulous Jenny, so much to see. Ruth x

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  37. Beautiful journal spread Jenny! I love how you can make so many layers just sing from the page. Can't get my head around journalling - yet! You've certainly hit the nail on the head for our latest challenge at Stamps & Stencils! Lovely to have you join in. Juliaxx

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Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your comments - they are really appreciated. Jenny xxx

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