...it is a little known fact that I was so atrocious at French when I was at school I was called a dunderhead on many, many occasions and failed my *ahem* O'Level *shows age* with a certain, erm... je ne c'est quoi. However, for some ridikkydudalus reason I do slip into a french accent every so often... and whenever I see the word "authentic" I insist on pronouncing it "authentique" I know, bonkers, pure and simples. Anyways... here's another page for my loose leaf journal... totes inspired by the wonder woman that is Wendy Vecchi. Long time readers of my blog will probs recall a time when I ventured into journaling with the greatest of gusto's - buying several moleskine books in all different sizes, even making my own self bound (ok, I used a Bind it All) journal of all different sized pages and card/paper mediums. And readers of this blog may well recall that I was a total failure at said journaling because I kept getting overwhelmed by ALL those pages... sooooo many to fill... like the amount of pressure I would be putting on myself to get the whole book finished.
Then along came Wendy. And she showed me that actually, you don't have to do a whole book in one go... oh no, you can do loose leaf pages and then bung them together in an Art Part binder. Which is when that ickle lightbulb that hovers above my head went "bing". So, I decided to be a right old copy-cat and do my own individual pages. This here one was made using Ranger's Specialty Paper. My word, this is gooooood stuff! I was asked a few weeks ago to describe it. Well, imagine how smooth glossy card is? Well, this stuff is like matte glossy card... if that makes sense! I used some Cosmic Misting Inks to get a nice smooshy background, spritzing the card with water and then the Inks (can't remember the colour... sorry) and then moving the card about before drying to get the splodgy look. Then I overlaid the solid part of the Large Heart Stencils for Art and blended Fired Brick Distress Ink around it. With the solid heart still in place I overlaid the Brick Wall stencil and used Aged Mahogany DI to blend some bricks... taking care not to right up to the edge so no harsh lines. Next I spritzed and flicked water to add some paler patches. I overlaid the Large Heart Stencil (the out-y bit) and popped the Stripes from the Dots & Stripes Stencil over and used Fired Brick DI to add the lines. This meant that with the open heart in place, it didn't take the lines over the edges of the heart. I then used Classic Words and more Aged Mahogany DI - using a very fine liner pen to highlight parts of the letters. Once I removed all the Stencils, I movd the Classic Words down to the bottom and added some numbers in the same way. I doodled a couple of lines and scribbles around the edge of the heart and the page and then added a twist of rusty wire and a bow to finish. And there you have it... my Authentique Coeur! *I do remember some words from my schooling lol*
I had a lovely afternoon yesterday, seeing Aged P after a few months and of course, he brought fish & chips with him (and mushy pea's, can't forget those deeeevine mushy pea's) We had a veritable feast and I ate every single last scrap on my plate... the fact that my trousers probably won't do up today is another matter... just as well I don't still live up North, I would be eating them everyday (the fish n chips, not the trousers lol) Anyways, I shall away, I have some beauty sleep to catch up on and then today we are hopefully going to be planting up spring bulbs if the weather stays dry. Thanks for looking... have a grand day... TTFN