Monday, 24 February 2014

Positivity journal the next page

Hello everyone, thank you so much for taking the time to drop in here. It's been ages and ages since I last showed a page in my positivity journal, but that does not mean that I have given up. I still write one positive thing every day, but because there is so much space on the tags, I only create a new double page about once every two weeks or so. Anyway, here is the latest:
I have been enjoying my little altered cards shown here in the last few days so much that I used many of the same techniques here for this journal spread, even the little heart crept into the page as you can see.
As I work on very thin paper, I first of all covered it with torn strips of old book and music paper, then I spread on some texture paste, stamped into it with a wetted script stamp and when it had dried, added a layer of  Gesso, using a pallet knife. Colour was added next with the help some Pumice Stone distress ink and a few drops of Adirondack Cranberry re-inker that I have had in my stash like forever. This was spritzed with water and then wiped back a bit with a baby wipe.
Background stamping was next, followed by some scrapings of Black Soot Distress paint put on with the side of an old credit card. I also added some Tim Holtz rub ons and the word Live, it had been flying around on my desk and it wanted to be used here I could tell.

Here is the other side, following all the same techniques. The shading round the heart was done by rubbing Glue and Seal over and around it and then when dry adding the shading with a Pumice Stone and Black Soot Distress Marker and rubbed in with my fingers.

A close up of the heart, as you can see I added some stamping and the eye rub-on. It had a little accident, but I actually quite like the effect...
Here you can see the effect of the stamping into the texture paste. As you can see I also added quite a bit of tissue tape, around the edges as I glued two pages together again to create a pocket to hold the journaling tags.
Well, there you have it, the next spread...

If you are new to all of this, more information about the positivity journal project can be found HERE

I know several of you are doing your own positivity journal and I have hugely enjoyed seeing your pages when I have come upon them.

I am going to add this to the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge, where the theme this week is "paste"

Whatever you do, I hope you make some creative time for yourself and
thank you so much for visiting today!

50 comments:

Karen Garrard said...

A very stunning piece Astrid. Love the eye and heart together. Karen.x

Shilpa Nagaonkar said...

I am amazed to see, how beautifully you've used color - black on this page, Astrid.Layers of colors and stamping is awesome!

maria's knutselplezier said...

Wow , wow, wow, this is an amazing piece of art, gorgious colour use , especially how the red is flowing all over your pag like a mist ,perfect background ,great structure, every detail is so perfect!!, I love this a lot!!! Great ART!!

Greetings
Maria

Brenda Brown said...

Ooooh I do love this style Astrid, we must do some in April. There is great depth to your pages with fabulous colouring and shading, I really love these. Xx

Inkypinkycraft said...

this is a gorgeous page, love the pop of red! hugs trace x

Valerie-Jael said...

Very beautiful, love the colour combo, too. Thanks for your kind comments on my blog, too. Seey you again when I get back from the hospital! Valerie

Klaudia/Kszp said...

WOW!!! That's beautiful! Amazing colors

Rita said...

Fabulous pages Astrid. There are always such interesting techniques used in everything you do. A real inspiration to many of us still learning. Have a Good Day and Thanks for sharing too. Hugs Rita xxx

Maryann Laursen said...

Oh my goodness Astrid, these pages are amazing and soooooooo beautiful. You have just absolutely hit the nail once again here and made yet another stunner. I really really LOVE, how this turned out Astrid, it´s sooo beautiful. Wonderful work done and result overwhelming. I LOVE it.

Paula Whittaker said...

such wonderful pages and so much technique in each one.

brenda said...

Fabulous artwork as always Astrid and such very striking colours as well.

Hope you have a good week.

B x

rachel said...

this looks wonderful Astrid - so much texture - and the colours look brilliant - the wire/honeycomb stamp looks fabulous - love it xx

Lottie me said...

Brilliant - just brilliant!

chrissies said...

Wonderful pages and another positive message on them

Chrissie x

olenka said...

This is stunning!

Redanne said...

Oh Astrid, your pages just ooze positivity, your use of the paste and colour are wonderful. These are my favourites now, I just love them! Stunning work. You should enter this into Simon Says Monday Challenge.... Hugs, Anne x

Suzi B said...

Gorgeous!!
Suzi B xx

scrappyToo ~Veerle said...

Love the colours and the fact that there is so much to discover. Loooooove the heart!

froebelsternchen Susi said...

what a dramatical and beautiful design.. the colors and textures are fantastic and the composition is perfect...

masterly Astrid!

Margaret Mifsud said...

Love, love, love your art Astrid!!! The colours, the techniques are just amazing. When first seen, these little pages look fantastic, but when you look a little closer there is so much detail happening it is simply mind boggling!!! Love it!!! ox

Maryanne said...

I love your new pages, Astrid! The colors are great and I love the heart and the shading around it.

Margik said...

Fabulous pages. Love this style.

roc said...

lovely astrid! hope you are doing well! i miss you!

artwolf2009 said...

Looks so dramatic your page. Love, love, love it.
I´m a Little bit behind with my positive aspects due too much sneezing (which does not make me happe) -LOL

Netty said...

Beautifully designed Astrid and love the colourings. Annette x

http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

Terry said...

Takes my breath away, Astrid! The colors and textures are spectacular and I love that eye on the heart! Beautiful journal pages! Hugs!

bockel24 said...

Wow, I love how the pink makes the red really POP here!!

Ros Crawford said...

I love peeking into your journal ... these are so beautifully detailed pages ... wonderful work!

Caroline said...

Great use of black (not easy, for me anyway), sharing gives feeling of foggy atmosphere. The eye looks fabulous & can't see any accidents? The script wet stamping - another brilliant technique (this scares me as I think I will ruin the stamp). You are a master of techniques Astrid! Tfs :))

Paper Profusion said...

Simply superb! You are very disciplined to continue every day - well done. Nicola x

massofhair said...

WOW wow wow, love your positivity pages Astrid! Your style is exquisite and unique which is why i love it.

Thank you as always for the inspiration :-) xxx

Zuzu's Blog said...

this is simply gorgeous. very much to my taste....

May said...

Stunning pages Astrid...the colours are fabulous... Love the heart Brilliant work as always... Hugs May x x x

Annie said...

Stunning journal pages Astrid. Love the colours, design and layout.

TFS
Annie x

Anonymous said...

A really beautiful page, the texture looks great.

toni said...

Hi Astrid, just catching up with some of your wonderful posts. I love your positivity journal pages, this post lead me onto your 52 card project and how gorgeous are these! I recently altered a few cards and really loved it so I may try and get doing some more. Your altered journal is another little gem love the faux leather treatment and the way you have embellished the cover. I have really enjoyed my little visit today ! Xx

Meggymay said...

Fabulous pages, love the textures and the way the eye looks from the heart.
Yvonne

Studio Susanne said...

Your pages are absolutely gorgeous Astrid, I love all the textures and colour blends that you have achieved - you must be delighted with your results. THANK YOU sooooo much for sharing these pages.

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Two wonderful pages with great texture. Love the combination of the heart and the face.

butterfly said...

Gorgeous textured pages, and yes, I can see the card techniques making their way into your repertoire. Beautiful atmospheric shading around the heart and in the grungy detailing, and the pink look suits you!
Alison xx

Paula Jane Atkinson said...

Really love the colours on this spread they work perfectly with the imagery.
I especially love the dark edging to the piece, it draws the eyes in.

I have just completed my third page. Mine are only single as opposed to double spreads because I started off in a spiral bound book.
Still as a bonus I can work on my pages then add to the book.

Dianne said...

Hello Miss Astrid, I thought I was seeing double, it AMAZING how they do match your card art perfecting, it look fabulous larger your journal page is FANTASTIC. Thanks for sharing and hope you have a wonderful week..

Jools Robertson said...

Stunning, love the exquiste colours so atmospheric
Gorgeous pattern detail, your.pages are always so well executed and finished

Jools x

Fandhmum said...

Gorgeous, so much lovely detail.
Rosie x

MichelleZ said...

A truly beautiful and inspiring journal entry. Thank you for sharing it with us at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. I always enjoy seeing your work. ~Michelle

Meihsia Liu said...

Oh, Astrid, your pages are totally gorgeous. I love the beautiful patterns and textures you created. The color scheme is so pretty. Thank you for sharing :)

barbarayaya62 said...

Astrid your pages have impressed me very much! Adore the heart and the texture that you used, great piece!The red heart stands out, seem to come out from the pages! Thanks for joinin us on Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! BArbarayaya

Mona Pendleton said...

Gorgeous Astrid! Love the blend of colors and all the texture! Thanks for joining along with the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

soapHOUSEmama said...

this is lovely! gorgeous contrast. Thanks so much for joining us at the Simon says stamp Monday challenge!!! - Ashli :)

Matilde said...

What a wonderful page! I love all the details :)

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