Thursday, 8 March 2012

Art Journaling: 'Family of 2' plus Heat-Embossing rehab Pt2


I'm back today with a second journal page  to accompany my latest Art Journey tutorial over on the UK Scrappers forum. Again, like the last page, it's began life by taking a number as a starting point ... and here it is:
The double page spread has two focal points - the first being the collaged elements:
  • The illustration of both the bird and the man - chosen for their matching colour schemes -were cut from old children's encyclopedias [see my Plundered Pages vintage paper packs for similar items.];
  • Then I gave the man a pair of Art Chix wings ...
  • And found some appropriate wording, cut from the same encyclopedia page where I found my bird:
The rest is a mix of scrapbooking borders; stickers; a ticket and ephemera cut from clothing catalogues:
  • The inky background began life as a 'mop up' page;
  • Previously I'd pressed stencils and masks down, sandwiching them between two pages, to absorb excess ink from earlier pages in the journal;
  • The colours are a a mix of Shimmerz and Crafty Notions sprays and some yellow Brusho sprinkled on andthen  spritzed with water.
The second focal point is the number which started the entire page. The number 2:
If you missed my attempt [in yesterday's post] to woo you on behalf of much-overlooked embossing powders of the world then you might want to hop back there at some point.

In that post I listed more examples of the types of art mediums you can use with embossing powders but, for today's page, I used a large number stencil [part of a set I found in The Range] and a gel medium from the Claudine Hellmuth range:
Then I simply shook away the excess and heated it to melt the powder as normal .

[If you're trying this yourself - at the point where you start melting the powder with the heat gun - be careful ... becasue it is possible to get carried away watching it bubble up and blister ... so please don't leave it so long that you end up setting fire to your journal!]

You can see from these close-ups how much texture is created by leaving the gel medium quite lumpy and uneven before pouring the powder on top:
Finally I doodled around the edge a few times to settle the number down on to the page, so it wasn't just floating out there, unanchored.

And here's the final result again:
So, what do you think? Does it sound like something you can see yourself messing about with [and mess-ing is a rather appropriate word for it!].

There are even more ways of making embossing powders work in your messy inky crafting ... but I'll save those for another day!

Thanks for dropping by today.

Julie :-)


Whether you've purchased a pack of Plundered Pages [try saying that fast 3 times!!] from my Etsy shop  or whether you have an existing collection of old books and ephemera - click the image above for more inspiration and examples of how to introduce them into your regular papercrafting.


  1. This is such a beautiful layout! I've just recently acquired quite the set of embossing powders and a heat gun, so I really appreciate the inspiration!

    (Also, I love the phrase you used and the story you told with it. Such a work of art!)

  2. Now there's a sunshine-y page! I really must keep up with your lovely work over at UKS. I haven't embossed for ages, but I am getting the Brusho out tomorrow. :) Thank-you for such a lovely detailed post.

  3. Thanks for the extra pages I am going to hide away in my craftroom today and dig out my much neglected embossing powders. I did use them last week for the first time in years but really looking forward to doing something different than the 'norm' with them today.
    Thanks for sharing all your great ideas.
    Love your pages. Ü

  4. hiya julie,
    if you want yellow you should take a look at Caleen Beatty on Pinterest =a baorad of sunshine!!


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