This has pretty much become my mantra …….and its does work wonders to live in the moment. Life is so unpredictable and a moment in time can never be gained back.
There is a definite mood reflection in this page. There is a lot of stuff that’s blurry at the moment. some that are in very clear focus and others sort of in between.
From a technique perspective The embossing went a bit awry…;( First time using the silver powder and the ink was dry before I could get it on because it came to me as an afterthought.
I also have some process pictures to share on this. The colors were inspired by a beautiful winter sunset. Look at those colors!! The picture really does it no justice!
This time instead of Gesso I used a canvas primer as a base. It is much smoother than gesso and has less of that grainy rough feel. Started my page by stamping grassy and tree pattern stamps in different colored Stazon in the center of the page. I have used Saddle brown. Timber brown, Grey and black. Went over it with an oatmeal colored acrylic paint but did not cover all areas. Then I stamped another layer in the foreground and edges.
This was my main color palette based on the reference pictures but I used all kinds of different paint mediums and not just in acrylics as seen here.
Next I marked the direction of the light with some rays in the flesh tint acrylics and used a baby wipe to smear the paint.
Added some more lower foreground stamping with smaller patterns and more colors, drying between each layer. You can see how blurry the initial stamping is but because different colored inks were used there is still depth to the piece. I have used the purple and pinks and some paynes grey acrylic at the edges helped condense the image. All smeared with a baby wipe but drying between colors. You can see the colors used on the scrap paper on the right in the picture above.
The acrylic color stays open for a very short time so its important to work fast. Once the acrylic was dry, I also added some distress inks in colors that matched the reference pictures . After stamping the message I decided it looked too dull as the page was flat with no texture paste, or embellishments added. So used my embossing pen to outline the wording. the Silver embossing powder however was a mess. My page flew shut and it touched the other side too….lessons learned here though…..be very careful with embossing powder….;((
The little white spots are water drops sprinkled on the page and wiped off. Where ever they fell on distress ink the ink reactivated and came away when wiped.
The page reflected that sunset and I managed to keep that glow so boo boos and all this page was fulfilling.