Friday, 26 September 2014

Autumn Colours

Some things just aren't meant to be..I thought I had  a great idea for the current CC3C challenge Effect powders, but it's now sitting in the corner of the work desk waiting to be altered in another way. Then I thought I'd have a go at the September Tim tag, however after several attempts I just can't get the alternative faded layers technique right....but there are a few more days yet so I may have another attempt.
So what shall I share? Well these are 2 more journal pages from my holiday but they were not an easy road either, however I'm fairly happy with them now so the moral is...if at first you don't succeed, put it down and come back to it later!

Autumn always makes me think of the beautiful colours of falling leaves. I used some portfolio oil pastels for the background as well as stencilling on some texture paste and using torn strips of paper. For 3 of the leaves I've used a CW stencil and stamped a CI text stamp through the skeleton stencil first, then watercoloured with distress markers in a variety of colours before clear embossing and fussy cutting them out. I've further shaded on some areas with DI. For the remaining leaf I've used the same stencil and smoothed some texture paste through. For those who read my previous post you'll know I took minimal supplies so I made some texture paste from a recipe I'd remembered reading about....cornflour, gel medium and PVA...but I forgot to add some white paint and although it worked well enough for the project it didn't have the same 'tooth' or grip as grunge paste. I then shaded in with portfolio oil pastels again.

 I finished the pages yesterday by gluing in some text stamped on to tissue paper in potting soil archival. I'm entering this in the Artistic Stamper September challenge as the theme is Autumn Colours. I'm also entering it in the September challenge at Our Creative Corner which has a picture inspiration. The picture of the leaves and bark inspired me and although the leaves are green in the photo, I just had to make them a variety of Autumnal shades, the bark also inspires the stripped away areas and distressed background. Finally I'm entering it in the current challenge chosen by Astrid at A Vintage Journey which is 'The Colours of Autumn'. I hadn't seen Anna-Karins post till after but the journal pages are very much influenced by Tims grungy style and colour palette.

As always thanks so much for stopping by. 


  1. Another triumph Ruth, considering your limited supplies. I love the treatment you gave to those wonderful leaves! Thanks so much for joining in our challenge at A Vintage Journey. Anne xx

  2. Love the texture and fab colours,just

  3. What a brilliant journal page and you would never think was with limited supplies. Great textures and layout.
    Have a great weekend,
    Julie x

  4. Such lovely pages and an autumnfeel on a rainy it!
    greetings, Alie :-)

  5. Wow Ruth! These are absolutely stunning pages! Your leaves are just wonderful, the colours and textures! I love the touch of gold you added to your background, what an eye catcher!! Wonderful, hugs :)

  6. Love these journal pages Ruth. The color and texture is just fabulous - very nicely done. Thanks for traveling with us here at A Vintage Journey.

  7. WOW glad you went back to it Ruth, it looks stunning, great textures going on xxx

  8. LOVE your take on our inspirational image challenge! And thank you so much for sharing those beautiful close ups as well - I so enjoyed looking at all your texture goodness in detail! It's a beautiful autumnal make!!!

    Thank you so much for sharing it with us at Our Creative Corner!

    Claudia x

  9. Stunning pages Ruth, and hey you are so right, never give up! This looks fantastic, I just love the subtle textures and colours! It's gorgeous and thanks so much for adding it to our challenge at A Vintage Journey!

  10. So sorry I've missed so much, Ruth - hoping to do some proper catching up one of these days (though not today!)... This is so gorgeous, with all your wonderful subtle use of colour and texture. Beautiful! Thanks so much for joining us on A Vintage Journey.
    Alison xx

  11. Such a delicious mix of autumnal colour and texture Ruth. Jenny x


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