If you have a garden…

The rest of the quote says, ‘… and a library you have everything you need.’ My art journal is pretty much all book or flower related pages; I guess there is room for a new inspiration. Currently with a garden that is looking promising and an online course newly launched you could say flowers are on my mind.

The background for this page was created months ago when I was making subtle backgrounds for a few cards. Instead of swiping a whole panel through waterbased inks I was inking a piece of acetate then spritzing it and swiping it on a stamped panel. I opened a spread in the art journal and swiped the acetate across the pages a few times to leave some ink there. I don’t remember the exact colours but the smooshed ink covered the lower half of the pages in blue, green, yellow and pale orange. Last week I pulled it out again and turned the page into a messy garden.

As I said the lower half of the pages is smooshed ink. The upper half is broken china distress inks applied with a blending brush. The flowers are a mix of silhouette stamps from Darkroom Door’s ‘you are everything’ and ‘wildflowers vol 2’ sets. I inked with papertrey ink cubes, spritzed the stamp and stamped on the pages. Sometimes I blended the stamped ink, other times not. To make the blue flowers stand out a bit more I painted blue gouache paint over the stamping. The gouache works well on the journal pages so you will probably see more.

Once all the flowers were added I stamped the DD ‘scratches’ background stamp in black on the lower section of the page and added black and white splatter all over. I added the quote with a black gel pen. If you are in my Floral Faves online class you might this was inspired by one of the projects in lesson 3.


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8 Comments on “If you have a garden…”

  1. Patricia Rowe says:

    What a beautiful garden. Can take your book and get lost in the beauty.
    Oh..love the dancing daisy..
    A few days ago.

  2. Loll says:

    AMAZING!! xx

  3. Bonnie says:

    Beautiful journal pages. Maybe journaling will be a future class? Hope to be able to share something with the class soon.

  4. Karen Jackson says:

    Lovely journal pages Heather. I would agree with the sentiment entirely.

  5. Mireya says:

    the color is amzing!

  6. Pat says:

    I think your garden must be beautiful if this journal page represents some of the plants you hae in it Heather. I love the riot of colourful flowers and pretty greenery against that wonderful blue toned sky. x

  7. Janet S. says:

    So pretty and the brilliant colors you layered! Love this, thanks.

  8. nancystiz says:

    What beautiful and cheerful pages! Love those summer colors, such happy ones. Your layered stamping looks fantastic.

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