Tuesday, 9 February 2021

Keep A Green Bough

 Good morning and a very happy Tuesday. Today I'm sharing my second piece for the Country View Crafts "First Signs of Spring" challenge, and this time it's a journal page.

I started by putting some very pale PaperArtsy Fresco paints down just to make a start 'cos this was the first (and very white) page in the journal. Then I put some Aladine texture paste through various stencils in pink, yellow, and green as I thought these were good Spring colours. The silver paint was added through my new 12x12 Stamperia stencil. There are so many different patterns on this one stencil, I love it!

Then I used black gesso to stencil the Dina Wakley birds. The musical notes is another part of the Stamperia stencil. I have to say you NEED this stencil! I'm always a bit scared of the black gesso, it's either amazing at the end or a total disaster. Today, I'm very happy!

Next, I added some die cuts from a very old Spellbinders die just to define the musical notes, and it's all done. The text is from a Dina Wakley set and it's one of my favourite sayings

I also added a bit of stamping with a Dina script stamp 'cos as you know, too much white scares me lol.

Nope, I'm not cleaning my stamps or stencils, and you can't make me! The ink conditions the stamps, and it's just paint on the stencil - I did clean off the texture paste though so it wouldn't clog the smaller holes.

The Stamperia stencils can be found here
The PaperArtsy Fresco Paint here
Izink/Aladine Paints here and
Dina Wakley goodies here

I really am hoping for a nice early Spring now, or we could just cut to Summer - I've certainly had enough of Winter!
I hope you have a lovely day whatever you are doing, and thanks so much for looking x


  1. Very effective project and as always the textures and goods used are amazing xx

  2. super spring page just what we all need right now
    Amanda X

  3. Hello Sue! Just wanted to come over and tell you how lovely your work is. I'm happy the black gesso behaved, I find it a crap shoot as well, your result is fab! xoxo

  4. Wonderful piece, love the colours and the birds are so pretty! Lovely quote, too. Keep safe and warm!Hugs, Valerie

  5. Love the colours on the embossing looks perfect

  6. Verry colorful, I like that. Makes me want it was springtime alreaddy.

  7. What a fun, colorful, texture-laden creation, Sue! It's fabulous! hugs, de

  8. So love this, great techniques and colours. Happy creative week, Angela xXx

  9. Such a beautiful page! I love all the layers and texture that you created and the bright cheerful colours with the birds are making me look forward to spring too 😀. I hope you're having a lovely week! Hugs, Jo x

  10. I just adore the colours of the texture paste, they make for such a wonderfully colourful page, I just love it! Hugs, Anne xxx

  11. Gorgeous Spring Journal page, Sue!!! I love the colourful background and the stencilled birds look awesome - I can't believe these are stencilled!!! Have a great weekend xx

  12. Beautiful page, full of Spring joy! I agree wholeheartedly with you on the Stamperia stencils, I have several... x

  13. Great start of a new journal! I love, how colorful it turned out.
    Have a wonderful day!
    Evelyn xxx

  14. A wonderful page, I just love this.
    The colours are perfect.

    All the best Jan

  15. This is like Spring and Summer rolled into one Sue, those colours really pop sat side by side of the black, that Dina stamp set is one of my Fav's goot all year round set. Great journal page Sue.
    Hugs Tracey xx


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