Friday, 11 May 2018

There is beauty in simplicity

Hello friends, lovely to see you come by here!
Today I have another journal spread to share:
I set myself the challenge to only use Tim Holtz products for this spread and had good fun digging out some of my newer and older Tim stash.

For the backgrounds I used two matching Vintage Wallpaper papers. (There are two of each design in the pack, in case you have not yet seen them). For some reason I seem to be attracted to pink right at the moment, which is weird as normally I don't really do pink, maybe it's because of all the blossoms outside.
For the left side, I just inked the paper a little, using Hickory Smoke Oxide and Normal Distress inks. I love how the Oxide version has almost a smokey pinky purple undertone, wile the normal DI is much more grey.
Next came the tag, again coloured with a mix of Oxide and Normal DIs, this time using Hickory Smoke and Denim inks. After some spritzing I used texture paste and the small rose layering stencil, coloured with Distress Markers once it was dry and then finished both the tag and the background with stamping, remnant rubs, a paper doll and some strips of Design Tape from the remnants set (my current favourites.
For the right hand page the wallpaper was altered quite a bit more. I used gesso to stencil with the Lattice stencils. I chose that one because it echos the design of the wallpaper a bit and also is my all time favourite of the layering stencils.
Next I used Hickory Smoke and Victorian Velvet DIs to do some inking and then a baby wipe for some further subtle stencilling, as it lifts some of the ink.
I then stamped right around the edges with Archival ink using the Etc stampset. (This is an idea I picked up from the ever so talented Vicky Papaioannou). I love how it frames the page.
This page was embellished with some butterflies from the Flutter set. First I stamped them directly onto the page using the stamp platform, and then again on card. I stamped in Hickory Smoke Oxide, clear embossed and then coloured with more of the same inks. I wished now I had not done that as it made the stamping rather fuzzy somehow, ah well, live and learn...
Finally I finished with some more washi tapes and a sentiment, stamped in the same way.
Some white splatters, done with some diluted white paint and a small brush, finished it all off.
I adhered both pages into my journal after I had irst inked around all the edges with more Hickory Smoke Ink.

Well, there you have it, another journal spread. As it includes both flowers and butterflies, I thought I would add this spread to the Art Journal Journey blog, where my lovely friend Jo is hosting the latest challenge which is Flora And Fauna.
Thank you for your visit like always and enjoy the weekend when it comes!


Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

What a double page treat Astrid, your pink balances so well with the hickory smoke. Isn't it funny how colours we don't usually go for tend to have a good run from one creation to another. Great collaboration of old and new TH elements and I adore your use of washi, I don't use it as much as I should yet have rolls of pretties.
Your Butterflies are beautiful.. It's so good to see you back Astrid.
Hugs for a creative weekend Tracey xx

Annie said...

Beautiful journal pages Astrid x So light and dreamy and I just love those paper dolls x Everything Tim...still a favourite xx

Have a lovely weekend

Annie xx

Valerie-Jael said...

Fabulous spread Astrid. Love the delicate colours and all the textures, the overall effect is great. Hugs, Valerie

Redanne said...

You chose the colours well Astrid, they are a wonderful combination, slightly wistful but ever so beautiful together. I love the way you coloured the rose flowers and the butterflies are, in my humble opinion, stunning the way you have coloured them. Gorgeous pages!

I hope you have a lovely weekend, we are back to some cooler weather for which I am grateful! Hugs, Anne xxx

froebelsternchen said...

Even though you told that those aren't your favourite colours - all turned out as if they were. All the fantastic textures and details and such a fantastic masterful hand for composition adn chosing just the right peices and touches here and there! Absolutely beautiful and all with Tim products - you are a master ! I am so happy to see this fantastic spread linked to Jo's AJJ theme! Thank you very much for playing again with us! This is so much appreciated dear Astrid!
Happy weekend!
Hugs, Susi

Let's Art Journal said...

Oh my, what a treat for the eyes and so many wonderful techniques too - I love it! Your pages are simply beautiful (pun intended 😉), the layers of wallpapers and design tapes are lovely and with the stencilling and stamping you added look spectacular! Some of those Tim Holtz products have made it onto my wish list too 😀, and of course your signiture vintage distressed look is my fav! I was so excited to see your name at Art Journal Journey, thanks so much for joining in the fun with your stunning pages! Happy Friday! J 😊 x

butterfly said...

Look at you, so pretty in pink! I know what you mean though, the tree blossom often kicks me into pink-admiration mode too. This double page spread is magical, with the blue sky accents, and that charming tinting of the flowers on the tag (that bit of my comment will make you smile on Monday, I think, when you see what my post!). Lovely results from your Holtz-playtime.
Alison x

My name is Erika. said...

This is an amazing Astrid. I love the slightly pink flowers on the left. The slightly pink making them stand out. You did a super job using just TH items. He does make some fantastic things, doesn't he? Hope you have a fabulous weekend. Hugs-Erika

Jackie P Neal said...

Astrid, what an exquisite spread!oh my goodness, I truly love everything about these pages, and the PINK! I just adore the pink! Yes, i believe it has to do with the blossoms, which you added so delicately- those are gorgeous! Funny , I must use more Blue and you must use more Pink- they look lovely on us! heehee
Truly gorgeous pages and clever to use only Tim products- well done!
hugs my friend!

Patty O'Malley said...

These pages are so beautiful, Astrid!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I'm not a huge fan of pink but, combined with that smoky gray, it turned out beautiful. You certainly paid homage to Tim with this spread, and I love the way you framed the right side spread. That is SO clever. Thank you so much for sharing this with us today at Art Journal Journey. You make sensational and inspiring art!

Cheryl Grigsby said...

I have a partially prepared art journal page spread that's just been laying there for weeks. You've given me an inspirational kickstart to get it going again! Thanks very much for sharing this and all your always beautiful art work.

Margaret Mifsud said...

Wow!! This is lovely Astrid! I love the pink and blue/grey combo, it looks so pretty and I really love the stamping around the edge. Vicky's work is stunning and I must remember this tip in future, I really love how it looks. Stunning spread, beautifully embellished!! Absolutely magical!! hugs xx

Lisa H said...

Beautiful journal pages Astrid! =)

craftytrog said...

It's a stunning spread Astrid!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Alison xx

Dorthe said...

Such gorgeous pages, Astrid,- I for one love you using pink , and maybe it could be your new favorite color, lol- it is used amazingly beautiful here- and I love your stenciling, the flowers, and background patterns - also a great idea, with the stamping a frame, thank you for the tip :-)
Hugs from Dorthe ,xx

Ann Barnes said...

Glorious pages you have created, they are so beautiful. I am slightly in love with the colored stenciled paste on the tag! Bordering the page with that Etc. stamp set is a great technique, I like that it creates a wonderful edge without being solid. Such a great spread, thank you for sharing your talents!

Lenie said...

What a beautiful journal pages! Thank you for sharing the way you created it. It is very inspiring.

Kate said...

Absolutely beautiful,Astrid! I am loving the painted flowers and all the texture and patterns going on.

Mona Pendleton said...

Stunning projects Astrid! Love your attention to details! All the fun techniques look fantastic! Love the texture and splashes of white!

Barbara Bennett said...

I love your vintage journaling style and am always inspired by your posts. What a coincidence that you chose to use only Tim Holtz products yesterday, and I was at the Mega Meet in Michigan watching Tim demo at the Stampers Anonymous booth! He is so talented and very personable. He even took time to take a selfie with me! Thank you for sharing your talents with us.

Gibby Frogett said...

Stunning pages with so much wonderful detail. I love the colours.
Hope you have a great weekend.
Gill x

chrissie said...

An amazing spread stread Astrid and a wonderful idea to challenge yourself to use certain products. Everything looks just right and the colours are so well mixed.

Have a great day

Love Chrissie xx

Meggymay said...

Gorgeous journal spread Astrid, I am having a super catch up here tonight.
Yvonne xx

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

Stunning pages every bit and pinning!

Sara Barker said...

Ooooh, la, la! Astrid, you should do pink more often! Paired with the beautiful blues, this palette is really stunning! I love that stenciling and how you've colored it, and I think your butterflies are just dreamy! Gorgeous set of TH pages! Hugs!

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