Thursday, 5 March 2015

'Springtime' for ATP Exchange

Hi everyone, over at ATP Exchange it's a Springtime themed challenge chosen by the lovely and talented Annie, here's what she has to say.....'For this challenge I would like to see the colours of 'Spring' in your mixed media projects. You can include flowers/birds if you wish as long as you have a fresh colour palette.'  All the details can be found here.

When I think of Springtime colours, acid yellows, vibrant purples and lime shades of green come to mind. I have been itching to do some journal pages again, so I thought this was a perfect opportunity to add layers and texture and fresh colours. I started off with 2 pages of mixed media paper that would fit in my Finnabair journal.

I prepped it with some Finnabair gesso, then started laying down some lace, scraps from my desk and tattered floral tyvek flowers with matte medium. Sorry no photos of the stages but hopefully you'll be able to see the details in the photos below.

I applied some transparent gel medium through a Prima stencil and some crackle medium spread randomly.

Next a glaze, I mixed some green gold and a little cobalt turquoise fluid acrylic with some glaze medium. This was brushed all over the pages and particularly in the textured areas, left for a few minutes and then wiped off with a baby wipe till you are happy with the depth of colour.

I used the IZINK to create drips or drops and then stamped the lovely new Finnabair butterfly stamp in black and clear embossed it.

The opaline IZINK was rubbed over the crackle glaze to lighten it. I also stencilled some chalk paint through TCW chicken wire stencil to have some light areas as well.

Stamping in black archival with the prima clear stamps, then gel medium and those lovely beads and micro these!

I've added pencil scribbles/shading around the squares and flowers and lastly that wonderful quote I found, it seemed so apt.....

.....If you've come across from ATP Exchange you'll be aware that sadly it's our last blog challenge, never the less I do hope you'll join in with Annie's fabulous theme and follow the links to their blogs to see the wonderful inspiration from a very talented DT, all of whom I've loved working with and been inspired by.

As the saying goes, when one door closes another one opens and I'm really excited and very happy to say a new adventure will begin soon.....and with some familiar company, keep a look out...details to follow shortly!

Hope you enjoyed the post, thanks as always for stopping by.


  1. Ruth your pages are absolutely stunning! The colours, the use of space, the drippage and the quote, well let's just say it made me smile. Can you tell I LOVE everything! Sue C x

  2. Love your journal pages, beautiful colours and

  3. Gorgeous pages, love everything you created, design, texture, details all stunning.
    Yvonne xx

  4. Stunning CAS Grunge style journal pages Ruth. Lots of texture and love your bright spring colours.

    Sad to read about ATP blog closing but after reading your post i am happy to read your adventures will continue :-) xxx

  5. Absolutely stunning Ruth!! Your colours and how you blended is just spectacular and I am loving your addition of the seed beads and glass beads!! What a fabulous spring creation! hugs :)

  6. Wow, Ruth, this is such an amazing spread, I love it big time, probably a new favourite of yours, so many stunning details! Amazing colours and oh how I love those Tyvek flowers!! The subtle colours and textures and amazing stamped background just make this one of the most stunning mixed media projects I have seen in a long time!!

  7. Your pages are gorgeous, Ruth,- all your beautiful details, have been watched over again, the Tyvek flowers are fantastic with the pearls spread on top, and your colours so very wonderful.
    Dorthe, xo

  8. I love these journal pages Ruth .......wonderful colours and textures. So many fabulous details to look at and the micro
    beads are on my wish list x

    TFS and hugs
    Annie x

  9. Wow, my jaw is dropping at just how beautiful this page is - I love it!! LOVE IT!!! xx

  10. Oh my...what a stunning creations Ruth...amazing colours and stunning details! Chapeau!
    Kind regards, Alie :-)

  11. Absolutely stunning Ruth, I love everything about it, the quote, the butterfly, the beads, the drips - all of it. A stunning piece of work! Anne xx

  12. Just picking my jaw off the floor Ruth. STUNNING, love everything about your pages.
    Julie x

  13. The words have been used by others but this is indeed STUNNING Ruth!! A perfect reminder that Spring is definitely just around the corner! Hugs, Chrisx

  14. Ruth, I'm speechless...REALLY speechless! Let's just say, I've been touched by your lovely creation. I could stay here all day! So happy to hear you have a new door to walk through, and I can't wait to here the news!

  15. Ruth, this is absolutely amazing!! I love how you have used the beautiful InkZ to color things, and the many fantastic Finnaibair products. Gorgeous - so much to savor again and again. You are such an inspiration! xx Lynn

  16. Oh Wow, this is stunning - I love the delicate beauty of it and the gorgeous colour palette - everything works to perfection!

  17. Simply lovely - the spring colours are glorious over all that texture and I love the effect of the blending and the dripping and the watercolour softness. Beautiful words too.
    Alison xx

  18. Wow wow wow truly stunning gorgeous spring journal pages, the texture is amazing and wow all those layers look so divine and the detail of the beads and ink drops is awesome. Happy Art :-) Kezzy xxx

  19. I am really, really sorry I can’t be here, at your blog, more often...but I quietly sneak around, time to time and admiring your work...your art is awesome and you always amaze me, dear Ruth....this piece is not exception...superb!


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