Sunday, January 13, 2013

Can't sleep? Get inky!

Well, I've decided to try something new.  Thanks to Clare over at Miscanthus Crafts, I've decided to start an Art Journal and also to participate in The Craft Barn Dictionary Challenges this year.  I didn't find a dictionary, though.  I found a FREE book at work called "The Basic Everyday Encyclopedia" circa 1954.  It is beautifully aged and makes me sneeze like crazy, lol!

This fortnight, The Craft Barn wants us to alter something on a "V" page.  I choose to do Valentine as February is drawing near.  There will definitely be a learning curve on my pages as this is the first time I've attempted this type of inkiness, so please bear with me!

Here are the complete pages I altered~
 


Details~





For these fabulous challenges~

I chose Valentine.

The book itself is vintage, I used 
vintage style images and papers as well.

I must learn to embrace this old book
or I may throw it out from all the sneezing. ;)
Also, I've had these stamps for some time
now and some of them have never seen ink
until tonight--hooray for them, and the
scraps of paper I found at the bottom
of my scrap drawer!

I started by highlighting and drawing a heart around the entry I wanted to focus on: Valentine, Saint.  I then brayered my page with a medium pink in a random fashion.  I then spritzed two tones of red ink with an ink spraying tool from Stampin' Up!.  After that, I randomly stamped some images in different colors.  After doing this, I spritzed both pages with some homemade glimmer mist.  I let the pages dry for a bit and then I decided to add a ribbon down the page for a sort of faux bookmark.  I like the way it looks and will probably do it on each of my pages this year so that I'll know which pages were done in 2013.  Some bits of patterned paper were placed on lastly.  Voila!

Thank you so very much for stopping by to take a peek!  If you have any constructive criticism, I would love to hear what I could do to make my next pages better!  I hope you join in these amazing challenges!  Happy inking! :)

30 comments:

clare said...

what a beautiful page. so pleased i have inspired you to start art journaling. leave me a link in the blog comments post and i will hop over and look at your work. thanks for joining in. x

Scrapmate said...

I think your pages are just fab, I love the collage effect and the colours - although it's pink based it's not cute IYKWIM. I'm thinking of putting tabs in for each letter but I'm still thinking of options.

Kim x said...

Well done you, what a way to go instead of sleep.
hugs Kimx

brenda said...

You really have created a lovely journal page from the encyclopaedia.

Thanks so much for sharing with us at FlonzCraft Vintage Stamping challenges this month.

B x

Suzanne B aka brookfies said...

Mynnette, what you have done is fabulous. I love how it is so different for you. Its great to see you stretching yourself. Its inspiring. X

Grenouille Greetings said...

Oh what fun! Fabulous inkiness, Mynnette! hugs, Lesley

Gabby said...

Thankd for your comment on my Feeling Sketchy Valentine card! It was fun to make. I will try to find the two challenges you mentioned and see what I can do. TERRIFIC "V" page! Nice stamp collages and inking. I'm particularly fancying the left page ... I think because it has more color. I have some old books that I bought at a thrift store for decoration. They aren't yet vintage enough to be overly fragile and they don't make me sneeze. Heehee! I think I'll use one of them to give this idea a go! It looks like fun! I follow Andy Skinner and he often has workshops at the Craft Barn (if it's the same store.) I'm across the pond so I'm not privy to that info. Thanks again! :)

fabiola jaques said...

oh ce que c'est chouette! très original! biz

Buttons said...

Way to go Mynnette!! Love that you are pushing your own boundaries - this is definitely the time to do it and what a great challenge to do it with. Love your first pages - and what matters is what you think of it. My advice would be to look at what the other participants are producing and see what you like about them. There are some amazing crafters taking part in this challenge so you can't fail to be inspired. Looking forward to seeing your next instalments. Hugs, Jenny x

Suze Bain said...

Great pages Mynnette, I so want t join in with the CB challenge but my art journaling is pants! Xx

die amelie said...

Wonderfully altered pages, Mynette! Lots of awesome details! Beautiful!

Hugs,
Claudia x

KayM said...

Wow! Your project looks amazing! Can't believe it's your first time with this technique!

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Great altered pages. Thanks for joining us at FlonzCraft Vintage Challenge.

Fliss said...

A real stunner Mynnette and such a lovely way to do creating, maybe I should try it when my hubby keeps me awake with his snoring lol
Hugs, Fliss xx

Sylv said...

Love all the detail and stamping on your pages, look forward to seeing more.

soapHOUSEmama said...

Gorgeous Work!!!! Thanks so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show this week! - Ashli :)

Denise@DigiHaven said...

Looks good Mynn. You have courage! I don't think I would ever attempt something like this. Big KUDOS to you!! xoxo ♥ Denise

Katy said...

love love Love this!! I am gonna go check out Micanthus Crafts. I have been thinking about doing an art journal-but unless there's a challenge nothing seems to get done ;) Your work is beautiful! :)

Kim B said...

Hi there, I just started art journaling and thought I would join in with you. I signed up. I will try and post my page tomorrow. Kim xx

The Craft Barn said...

Thank you for entering our challenge, and welcome to the (amazing) world of art journaling.
Love your entry, you did fantastic.
Izzy

Laura said...

Beautiful colours, lovely page :)

Dawn said...

What pretty pages Mynnette, I love all the subtle layers and details.
Hugs x

Helen said...

First time? No way!! This is so lovely!

Joan said...

Lovely Valentine pages Mynnette,very pretty colours.

JansArtyJunk said...

Fab pages Mynette...a beautiful collage of stamping :)..looking forward to seeing your next alpha challenge now! :) x

Karen said...

Its hard to believe that you are new to this!!! Your pages are gorgeous!!! Thank you for playing along with our challenge x

Suzi B said...

Fabulous Mynnette... love it!
Suzi b x

Maggie said...

Lovely valentine altered page Mynnette lots of detail

Gio said...

I love all this ink and artsy mess!

Thank you for joining the challenge at Craftbarn :-)

Flo said...

These are very pretty pages. Flo-Louise