Saturday, 11 January 2014

And the Journey Continues....

The Journal journey that is.... but before I carry on, a warm welcome and thank you for dropping by. I am sharing the next double page in my positivity journal and am hoping I don't bore you too much with it.
This one is rather different and much more masculine, but I guess that was the sort of mood I was in. I also felt like playing with monochrome colours.

First I covered the pages with Gesso, then I added texture with Grunge paste through some of Tim's stencils (have you seen the new ones being released at CHA? Wow!) Anyway, after that I added colour with the help of Pumice Stone and Walnut Stain Distress paints and a black Gelato.. Background stamping and remnant rubs plus some tissue tape finished it all up.
Here is a closer look at some of the textures:

As you can see, it looks as if there are no pockets this time.... ah well, there actually are, because I adhered two pages together on either side with tissue tape and so created quite large pockets to have space for much larger journaling spots. Here you can hopefully see how:

These tags were created with the help of some Prima journaling cards that I have had in my stash like forever. All I did was adhere them to some Kraftcard and then added a bit of inking around the edges.

Here you can see all 5 of them, so space for many days of journaling.
Well, that's it for today. I will add this to the Countryview Crafts Challenge blog where the theme is Monochromatic.

Thank you so much for visiting today and I really, really appreciate the time you take to leave your lovely comments. They make my day!

43 comments:

maria's knutselplezier said...

What an amazing page dear Astrid, this time I will fly with you and will make my next page in my journal with your quote if you don't mind, your page is so beautiful that you have inspired me!!!

Greetings
Maria

Claire said...

Wow you've created so much interest with your monochrome pages Astrid, it looks fabulous!
Claire xx

Brenda Brown said...

Love the monochromatic theme and the more subtle tones. Clever pockets in which to hide your positive words. Sorry I haven't got round to joining you, hopefully this week.
hugs {brenda} x0x

brenda said...

What a fab array of journal pages Astrid and all in such lovely soft muted tones.

Sorry no show all week, we lost phones and internet from lunchtime Monday until late yesterday, nightmare !

Have a good weekend.

B x

Niky Sayers said...

Oh wow your pages are amazing, beautifully designed and great texture!

Von said...

So different in just the black and white :)
Have a good weekend
Von ♥

Suzi B said...

Love the monochrome look, fabulous pocket idea!... I will probably borrow this idea when I eventually get round to it!
Suzi b xx

chrissies said...

Dramatic effect with the black and white and the wonderful textures and images.

Love Chrissie x

artwolf2009 said...

what a great page, love it, the structur, your use of stamps, just everything

Claire said...

Stunning pages Astrid! Love all that texture and the monochromatic look is fab! Please keep sharing! Claire x

Maryann Laursen said...

Astrid this is soooooo gorgeous, and don´t worry your work will never get boring, it´s always a pleasure to watch all the beautiful creations you always makes, and this one is outstanding hun.
Have a wonderful week-end.

rachel said...

stunning pages Astrid - super texture - fabulous xx

Jennie Atkinson said...

Wonderful journal pages Astrid - the colours and textures are so calming. I can never get bored looking at your work!!! I love the idea of the pockets as well - again so much inspiration. Have a lovely weekend x

Caroline said...

Astrid, you are one of my top 3 inspirational creators, truly, wish I could do what you do!!
Well, these pgs give me a little hope - I think I could do something along these lines. Huge fan of monochrome & masculine & TH so.....
Now all I need to do is take my rub ons out of packet & us them. Oh gosh, actually using my tiny stash of TH products? Scared!!
Absolutely amazing texture from stencils & great idea with pockets. Going straight to my saved 'Astrid' images!! TFs :))

Ellie Knol said...

Your ART is never boring!

Marianne said...

I never get bored with your beautiful creations. A true piece of art is this art journal of yours!!
xxx Marianne

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Hello Astrid, your beautiful artwork will never be boring. I love your journal pages and the secret pockets. The texture & masculine feel is wonderful. I don't have any of Tim's stencils, but will have to change that! Have a wonderful weekend, Shirleyx

Sandy said...

I love your style in your journal pages - beautiful!
Sandy

Maryanne said...

Seeing your art is never boring, Astrid! I love seeing what you are doing and your journal beautiful. I love monochromatic colors. This is a great page spread and I especially like the pockets you created along with the journaling cards.

bello amanecer said...

I can not believe I found your page !!! Your blog is gorgeous !! OMG how much i can learn from you!! Thank you for sharing !! Greetings from Costa Rica

butterfly said...

Fabulous grungy look to this... I love the stencilled texture (yes, new stencils, and the new papers, and the new dies... ouch!) and the rub-ons look great. Clever stuff with the pockets, and I love the rosy vintage journalling tags erupting from the b&w pages.
Alison xx

Rita said...

What amazing pages Astrid. I treated myself to a Finnabair journal, but so far not done a thing with it. Hugs Rita xxxxx

May said...

Love the effect of the black & white... the texture is amazing...Bore me are you kidding...I love your work....Hugs May x x x

Ros Crawford said...

Wow!! I love this double spread ... Such fabulous details!! Have a wonderful weekend!

Dorthe said...

Dear Astrid, you never bore me with any of your creations !!
The new pages are stunning ...wow, the paste you used, stand so wonderful with the grey tones against the white, and your black stampes and word tags are gorgeous. The idea with two pages together, to make big pockets is great, and the big tags romantic beautiful.
Hope your saturday evening is cozy,-here it rains and rains !!
Hugs from me.
Dorthe

Redanne said...

Really beautiful monochrome pages Astrid, Love the stenciling and the way you have done the pocket this time, lots of room in there and the tags are beautiful too. Hugs, Anne x

lynnesbowsandbelles said...

You could never ever bore, it isn't possible.
I associate you with particular colour palettes but Astrid those pages are amazing, yes possibly more masculine than we are used to but amazing nevertheless and I love the way you created the pocket.
Wishes
Lynne

Meggymay said...

Awesome monochrome pages. Great idea to store tags between the pages.
Yvonne

massofhair said...

N E V E R Boring Astrid more inspirational, clever design. Always a pleasure to visit your Blog, never know what's coming next, i like that!

Journal pages are beautiful in mono, fab idea to contain the colourful pages, like a magic trick when you pull them out:-) x

Margaret Mifsud said...

Fabulous pages Astrid ... I love the monochromatic theme, and your idea of the pockets is awesome, will have to do that as well. Again, you have given me some wonderful ideas to try. I have actually started my Journal too and have finally posted the cover with pages to come in the future. I really, really love this project!! ox

Sue C said...

Fantastic pages Astrid! Love the grunge paste through Tim's stencil and the tissue tape pockets are fabulous! Your journal will be a true treasure. Sue C x

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Two wonderful pages, great texture. Love the monochrome look.

craftytrog said...

Wonderful texture on these beautiful monochrome pages Astrid! xxx

Martina2801 said...

What an amazing piece of journal art, so beautiful, perfect! I love this, Astrid.......!!!!!!!!

Fandhmum said...

Hi Astrid, forgive my if you get this comment twice, I am having a spot of bother with Blogger today.
I love your pages and the beautiful colour scheme you have chosen
Rosie x

Terry said...

I love the monochromatic pages and great texture! Creating the larger pocket for the pretty journal tags is so clever! As always beautiful art! Happy Sunday!

Ana K. said...

You don’t bore us at all Astrid....jour journal book is fantastic and please share every page with us! I love your monochrome take...great texture and stamping! I also like pockets with additional cards!
Hugs from Slovenia

Paper Profusion said...

Beautiful Astrid with a fantastic sense of life / movement that surely is even trickier to achieve with those muted shades. The varying hiding places make it even more interesting. Nicola x

Jools Robertson said...

Beautiful! Such a contrast to the other pages, I love greys so atmospheric as always so much lovely detail and textures x

froebelsternchen Susi said...

so so so so AMAZINGLY beautiful Astrid!

Buttons said...

Love the monochromatic look to this spread Astrid. A sharp contrast to the other pages and so full of interest. Jenny x

Inkypinkycraft said...

astrid you know that I love this but back to say ... thanks for joining us at countryviewcrafts this month Trace x

Brenda Brown said...

Just checking back Astrid to say thanks for sharing this at Country View Crafts Monochromatic Challenge xx

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