Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Life is always full of surprises...

Hello everyone and thanks for dropping in. Hope August is going well for you.
Life is always full of surprises and today I actually found the time to do some journaling in my big water colour journal.
The background to this page was created with the help of texture paste and stencils, Gesso and my newly received Bister (see previous post).
 Now before I go on, - so many of you asked what Bister is, so here is an explanation: It's  highly pigmented crystal powder available in different colours, you use a dry small paint brush and add a few crystals to your substrate and then spay with water, the colours disperse and give the most wonderful random splatter effects. Many of the Dutch crafters use it in combination with bleach to achieve wonderful results. (Not tried this myself yet). As far as I know there is something very similar on the market in the UK called Brusho. I have linked to a site where you can find out more.

Back to my journal page:

The central tag was cut from some Prima packaging with the Tim Holtz tag die.. I added some stamping with some little Prima stamps. The other elements were mostly cut from Kraft card and then treated with Gesso and more of the Bister.
The two tags on the side can slip in and out of the central tag and hide some secret journaling. Below are some further detailed pictures:

Dry brushed Gesso and some bits and pieces from my scrap box.

Heart from a Movers and Shapers die, Gesso and Bister (black) again and a couple of chit chat stickers.
Key on the central tag is a Heartfelt Creations stamp and die.

Well I hope you like my page, - after my previous long post I have tried to keep this one short and let the pictures do the talking.

Thank you so much for visiting today and all your comments are always much appreciated!!
Stay inky!!

52 comments:

Inkypinkycraft said...

A gorgeous page and love the look of the bistre, it creates a gorgeous effect x a beautiful page and nice to find time to create and play x :)

Nikki Acton said...

Astrid,you really are the texture queen. This is stunning. Nikki xx

chrissies said...

A stunning page with so much interest and texture.

Thank you for explaining about Bister

Love Chrissie x

Maryann Laursen said...

WAUW This page is beyond beautiful Astrid, it´s absolutely stunning, and thanks soo much for the explanation, as I´d also never heard of this before, but it looks fabulous. Your entire page here are sooo gorgeous and filled to the brim with exiting details and different textures and just sooooooo beautiful. I really love this one. You are such a clever bunny, wish I lived closeby, so I could come and get a class with you ha ha ha

Sue said...

Hello Astrid,
Such wonderful texture on this page and your elements all connect beautifully.
Smiles:)
Sue

Karen Garrard said...

Beautifully done Astrid! Another gorgeous journal page. I need to check out Bister too now. Sounds very interesting. Karen.x

Almo said...

Fantastic textures page Astrid, so nice to here you had time for yourself to craft, the sentiment is so lovely too. Bister/Brusho? never heard of either but need to take a closer look as the effects look good. Mo x

Sophie said...

Wow! Das ist wieder atemberaubend schön.
Mehr Vintage geht wirklich nicht :-)
Ein Traum, Astrid

Sophie xx

Annie said...

Wow!! Love your journal page, which is full of wonderful details and textures. Your layout is fabulous and I adore the colour palette too

TFS and crafty hugs
Annie x

Redanne said...

Gorgeous, simply gorgeous Astrid, the colours and layout are wonderful! Thanks so much for explaining what bister is too, it looks like a fabulous product. Hugs, Anne xx

Cardgenie said...

Astrid, this journal page is absolutely delightful. I love the delicacy of the colours and textures. Wonderful! Jean.x

Tone K. said...

Hi. I love your work and I get very inspired by it.
I love your font in your journaling. Can I ask what font it is? Or do you prefer to not tell.

Thanks in advance.
:)
xx

rachel said...

this is stunning Astrid - so much to look at - the texture is just perfect - love it! hugs rachel x

Heather Jacob said...

oh Astrid, this is charming ... so beautiful and delightful .. loving the texture and the colors ... gorgeous x

Ros Crawford said...

Absolutely fabulous!! one day I'm going to start an art journal ...

Ingrid Kristina V said...

Hi Astrid! There's a lot of the 'oooh... aaah' going on in my living room right now! The page you created is out of this world! I love the background. You make everything so textured yet light and floaty... nicely blended... I love this page so much! Thank you for letting me know about Bister... I shall explore further ;)
Ingrid xx

Maryanne said...

I love this page, Astrid! And, thanks for the explanation of Bister. It looks fantastic and sounds like a fun product to use. Your layout for this page is beautiful and I love the little tags tucked behind the bigger one for private journaling. Lovely page all around!

Meggymay said...

Gorgeous page, as always when I visit there is so much to admire.
Yvonne x

Netty said...

Lots of beautiful texture and effects Astrid. A beautiful page. Annette x

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Dorthe said...

Dear Astrid , good to see you home again , and so beautiful gifts you recieved ,both while away, and returning home !! I love it all- the Bister seems to be a wonderful project . I so love what you did with this page, -stunning in every way ,and the idea of private notes on the tag, is so lovely.
Hugs from Dorthe

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

Sensational! I really love the texture paste background you have created. Beautiful colors and that new Blister product looks amazing! TFS!

Hugs,
Linda

Evelyn Walter said...

Wow, this page is stunning!! The Bister technique fits perfect to your way of art I think. Love the quote!

lisa said...

Absolutely love this Astrid. Funnily enough I have just been investigating Brusho, as I've seen it on several blogs lately and it looks like it gives great results.
Hugs Lisax

froebelsternchen Susi said...

This is wonderful-- love all the texture and effects here! Masterly!

massofhair said...

I am pondering how many Master Classes you could teach Astrid...

You have such a knack of getting just the right colours and textures together, each project you do is an inspiration and a treat for the crafty soul :-) xxx

nzillingworth said...

LOVE THE DETAIL AND INTERESTING BITS. FAB

Terry said...

Truly I want to touch this and all that glorious texture! Astrid, this is a gorgeous journal page and I love the added tag, which alone is so beautiful! Enjoy the day!

JackieP Neal said...
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JackieP Neal said...

Astrid ~I love your journal page and all of the beautiful and fine details!! Your close-ups are super and it enables us to soak in the beauty of each layer! Thank you for sharing! xoxo

sorry about the deletion- i need to read before I post! heehee

Anonymous said...

Astrid, what can I say that probably hasn't been said already.
I adore the effect you achieved and the way you combined all the elements, out of this world.
Many thanks for the link. I did wonder if Brusho was a similar product. The colours appear to be vivid, maybe earth tones would be a good way for me to introduce myself to them - your information has been helpful.
Wishes
Lynne

Anneke said...

Astrid this is amazing. Love the structure. Love the Bister parts. They look wonderful on your page. There is so much to see. Everything fits wonderful together. Thanks for inspiring me Anneke.

Suzi B said...

Beyond words..... I love your fantastic art work.
Suzi B xx

Paper Profusion said...

How fabulous Astrid! My eyes keeping catching more and more beautiful details. Will go back to studying it. Nicola x

Joan said...

Fabulous journal page, so much to look at, have to keep going back and having another look!m

Marisa Job said...

This is stunning!! Love everything about it!! Hugs!

Buttons said...

Oh my goodness how stunningly beautiful Astrid! I adore the way the stencilling works against the frameworks die cuts and the hints of crimson work with the deep blue and white. LOVE this. Jenny x

Anita Houston said...

I might need some of that Bister! Love the effect! What a super gorgeous page!!!

Margaret Mifsud said...

Oh my!! This is awesome Astrid!! I dream of creating things like this, can never quite get it right, but you do it every time!!! Love, love, love!! Super gorgeous!! ox

Palemoon4 said...

Beautiful Astrid. I really really love this journal page. I am also happy that you and Heather got to meet. I so admire your work and Heather's too. Both of you are amazing ladies. I love following both of you.

Anonymous said...

Such a gorgeous page.

Dee Adams said...

WoW! love the affect of the Blister, really love how the texture and tags all blend together, the colour as always is perfect. Dee x

Belladonna said...

I love all these structures!

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Ana K. said...

Truly gorgeous piece, Astrid! And I love the past work I missed, too! Hugs

Lynn Stevens said...

Beautiful Astrid. You continue to be an inspiration to us all!
Hugs Lynn

butterfly said...

Absolutely gorgeous - the textures and those wonderful inky (Bister-y) splatters, especially on the heart, which is simply lovely... This is a beautiful page, Astrid. Bleach next!
Alison xx

May said...

AmAzing art work....Simply beautiful... Hugs May x x

Ruth said...

How have I missed commenting on this fabulous page....I thought I had!! anyway I am in awe again, all that fabulous texture and detail. I just adore the way you create such shabby chic vintage colours, delightful. x

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Marjie Kemper said...

Oh, Astrid... this is stunning! Love the mix of colors and textures, and all the layering... GORGEOUS! Off to pin.

Sandy said...

Wonderful!! You are always full of surprises AStrid!!
Sandy xx

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