10 June 2015

Monochromatic at Frilly and Funkie

Hello and welcome! Today it's the turn of the Funkie side of the DT at Frilly and Funkie to present their projects for the latest challenge 'Monochromatic'. Here's what our host Cec has to say; "This one is called Monochromatic and I want to see a shabby chic and vintage project that uses basically one colour and its various hues and tones - a little white or cream can be added but unless that is the main colour, it needs to be just an accent. The winner will earn the chance of a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

So, there were a number of fabulous projects from the Frilly side of the team featuring shades of blue and, despite the urge to use some of the fabulous teal hues I love to reach for, this time it's shades of brown taking the spotlight (and yes, I've been journalling, again!)...

(click on the image for a closer look)

This two-page spread is basically an exercise in layering. It started with white gesso and some Tissue Wrap to cover the diary pages underneath. Next came offcut strips from die cut Vintage Lace (you know, the bits that are left over when you've popped out the actual designs), some Tissue Tape and Artful Arrows die cuts. Much of this got covered up but if it wasn't there you'd notice the lack of depth and dimension in the end results.



Next it was time to start adding those brown shades. A base layer of Cafe Au Lait Flat Fabio warmed everything up. Then came stencilling - I added Antiqued Bronze Distress Paint and Perfect Bronze Pigment Powder to Translucent Paste to create a rich, glossy medium to spread through the Layering Stencil. With all these grooves and bumps in place I dripped various mists and stains from each edge in turn, drying one before moving on to the next so the colours remained pronounced. I love that from head on the page looks brown/bronze, but when tilted to an angle you get to see other colours and tones coming through (mainly from the Lindy's products).



At this point it still felt too flat but one thing I learned from Marjie Kemper's online class was to keep layering with more detail/media for a more interesting look. Time to get bold - I stamped the World map from Tim's 'Documented' set in Snow Cap pigment ink over both sides - hey presto, detail and contrast! The arrows needed a boost, hence the Remnant Rubs, Small Talk words (edged with a Frayed Burlap Distress Marker) and dots of Rose Gold Liquid Pearls. To finish I had fun with the Vintage Globe die cut; Byzantine Bronze and Cafe Au Lait Embossing Powders on the frame, Chateau Rose Embossing Powder on the land masses and Golden Doubloons Mist on the oceans. To pull all of that together and retain the brown theme I blended Sepia Archival Ink over each part before reassembling it. And don't you just love the little bronze bird charm? It was easy to snip off the loop at the top so she could fly free across the World on her own adventure.



Sticking to one colour family seemed like a challenge initially but actually it provided the opportunity to focus on the texture, design and dimension. See how my Funkie team mates handled the challenge by heading over to the Frilly and Funkie challenge blog - I know I say it a lot but you REALLY are in for a treat! And of course we'd love to see your Monochromatic vintage or shabby chic creations.

Whatever you're up to for the rest of the week, take care of yourselves. Jenny xxx


33 comments:

  1. Your best journal page to date, fab textures, colours and composition. Love it.

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  2. Good morning Jenny, another of your fantastic makes.
    Love the colours and wonderful textures you have created.
    Sorry I have been missing ... holidays and loss of Crafty Interest.
    Have a great day
    Patricia xxx

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  3. Wow you have blown me away with this page absolutely brilliant! Love the colours textures and layers what a fabulous make. Dee x

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  4. I am a huge fan of monochromatic and texture and these pages have it in abundance. Love it. I know this page will be so tactile. Love the die cut globe too. Wonderful. Tracy x

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  5. Wow! This is fantastic xx Zoe xx

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  6. A journal entry full of gorgeous layering n texture created superbly (as always) Jenny. N the magnificent globe!! Well thats just the perfect finishing touch, ( love the way you have distinguished land mass from Ocean) highlighted even more by the bronze bird of freedom ! xx

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  7. Gorgeous page Jenny! I agree with Marjie, all the amazing layering has really created an amazing texture!! Love the neutrals, a glorious piece! hugs :)

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  8. This is gorgeous, Jenny! Love the rusty look and the texture is amazing! Love it all! Hugs, Sandra

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  9. this is stunning! I just adore all those layers , the gorgeous textures and all that yummy brown ...a wonderful piece x hugs x

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  10. Truly a piece of art Jenny. So gorgeous and awesom. I love this colour.
    Hugs Veerle x

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  11. Fantastic layers and super design, love it.
    Julie x

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  12. A fabulous page Jenny, love all the layers creating wonderful textures and colour.
    Avril xx

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  13. Absolutely fantastic, Jenny!

    I adore all the fab texture and layers you have created! Definitely worth pinning and re-visiting more often! Wow!

    HUgs,
    Claudia xx

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  14. Wow Jenny, I am at a loss for words, this is utterly fabulous, the monochromatic works so well for a journal page and I just love all the fantastic texture you have created. A real stunner my lovely friend! Anne xxx

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  15. How fabulously tactile this must be Jenny! It looks quite mesmerizing - stunning work! Nicola x

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  16. Wow, this looks amazing, such layering, structure and texture. =)
    Great colors too and the charm is perfect for the globe. =)
    Hugs, Elenor

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  17. this is awesome Jenny - such great texture and the monochrome look works really well. Big hugs Rachel xx

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  18. AMAZING!!! That globe rocks! PINNED!

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  19. This is really amazing, Jenny. I'm in awe of the layers and depth. The colors are fabulous - monochromatic but still full of diversity and interest. Love the subtle sheen with the metallics and the Lindy's. Ive been thinking I need to grab that globe die before it's retired and now I'm sold on it! SUPER monochromatic piece!

    Hugs,
    Linda

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  20. Brilliant layering and texture, Jenny. A stunning page!

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  21. Drool.... drooolllll, some more drooollllllll :) Just love this style of art journaling, it's honestly my fave!! This is so amazing! Seriously... so drool worthy xx

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  22. P.S. sorry to have drooled all over you blog hehe :) xxx

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  23. Fabulous pages Jenny ! Loving the layers, could stare at it for ages ! Sue C x

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  24. Oh, My I'm getting a little wet from Georgie's drool, but that's ok, because I just need to tell you what great pages you have made, Jenny! You never disappoint! Love all the texture and the tones of browns and rusts, especially the Liquid Pearl dots that must certainly be on real rust! amazing! And your globe is out of this world! Ha! Pun was NOT intended! Bravo, Jenny!

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  25. Amazing monochromatic journal page Jenny! You have achieved such depth of colour and interest with all your fabulous layers and sprays, a feast for the eyes. Thanks so much for sharing your techniques, truly a work of art.

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  26. Oh Jenny! You are just so good!! I love these pages and their monochromatic majesty!! Oh, and those textures--scrumptious!! A wonderful inspiration piece for Frilly & Funkie!! XOXO-Shari

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  27. The texture you created with all the layers and bits and pieces is beyond fabulous. I love the globe and that little bird flying around the world is simply fun.
    Hugs!
    Cec

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  28. I am a little late to the party s always. But thank the good Lord I am still welcome! Jenny this is awesome - I love the look and feel of these pages. Outstanding kid!
    Sandy xx

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  29. Wow, wow and WOW! Sublime! All that fantastic texture, layer upon layer of yummy creativeness. LOVE this! Ruth xx

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  30. Glorious textures and drippage - and the neutral shades have got my heart singing... Fabulous pages, Jenny.
    Alison xx

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  31. What the heck??? This is captivating. You mastered monochromatic!!!

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  32. Omg Jenny, your work just gets more spectacular every day. LOVE LOVE LOVE this. xxx

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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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