Beauty of the Earth journal page

I have another double page spread in the 6″x 6″ journal today. Don’t tell the others but this one seems to be getting all the attention at present!

The pages in this journal are thick watercolour paper so I wanted to take advantage of that and use watercolour techniques. Most of the pages I have completed up until now have had a base layer of gesso or acrylic paint.

As you can see I taped the edges of the pages with tape before starting. I added some stamping in black here and there using a stamp from the Darkroom Door ‘number medley’ set. Next I used the DD ‘honeycomb’ stencil and modeling paste to add a texture strip from left to right down the centre of the spread. I added a small section bottom left also. Once the paste was dry I began painting colour around the honeycomb and across both pages. I spent a while doing this so as to see the blends and build up some depth of colour.

Other than some black stamping I used only three colours of distress ink, both spray stain and from the ink pads. I took care to keep some white space; sometimes I realise too late that I have colour all over the pages. I stamped some grasses in peeled paint archival ink so they would not dilute and broken china distress ink so they would dilute. I also stamped sections of the world map in rusty hinge. Although I loved the combo of peeled paint, rusty hinge and broken china I thought a bit of metallic shine would be nice so I added some wildflowers embossed in Brutus Monroe ‘penny’ powder.

With a copper coloured gel pen I wrote the first verse of ‘For the Beauty of the Earth’ in the lower right hand corner then added the embossed word ‘beautiful’. And of course there is some copper splatter to finish it off. This is a style and look I have been hoping to create so you’ll probably see a few more like this one.


5 Comments on “Beauty of the Earth journal page”

  1. patricia rowe says:

    Perfect title–Beauty of the English Journal..because this is beautiful. It is always fun to see what designs you come up with in the journals. Thank you for sharing.

  2. nancystiz says:

    What beautiful pages- So creative! Love your blend of colors as well as the fabulous design. Your penmanship is amazing. It looks like it was stamped- so perfectly done! I love seeing these pages and reading of the techniques you used. This is fabulous!

  3. Chrystal Lewis says:

    I like this journal page and can’t wait to be able to get back to the class at Crop a While.

    I was wondering if you still order the Nena white and cream paper? I am almost out but do not use it enough to Place a big order.
    I was wondering if you could just order one extra of each for me when you do another order. I can bring the money ahead of time if you wish.


  4. Bonnie says:

    A wonderful mix of techniques and watercoloring, Heather! What a great idea to write the words to this beautiful hymn! Your handwriting makes this extra special!

  5. Pat says:

    What a fabulous journal page Heather and such beautiful colours especially the copper embossed flowers and sentiment which really pop, and such an interesting mix of images in the background, and I love the texture paste through the honeycomb stencil and the way you have added depth to the colours. x

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