Wednesday, 31 October 2012

C'est Authentic!

...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

Hels x

20 comments:

Netrix said...

C'est magnafique
Or sumfink along those lines!
Jeanette xx

Stamping in Pink said...

fabulous, have not used my binding machine much because the thought of making all those pages and then filling them terrifies me. so will be copying you! love how you layer your colours Hels - perfect inspiration karen x

Kirsten Alicia Sheridan said...

Oooh la la, c'est formidable! Gorgeous colours & a cool background.

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Hels, I love your page today, lovely colours.
I bought The Cinch and haven't had it out of the box yet, I want to do those books too, but haven't as yet started, think I will take your advice and do one page at a time, then it doesn't seem so overwhelming ha ha.
Glad you enjoyed your fish, chips and peas, yummmmmeeeeee.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Marleine said...

Morning Hels,
Love the page.
What brilliant way of making ,storing and displaying samples or ideas you just can't part with. X

val jones said...

Hi Hels. Love the heart today.

I was hopeless at Spanish in school and forced to drop out so what do I do in later life? Move to Spain of course!. Been here 14 years and pround to say not too bad at the old Espanol now.

Have a good day.

Val in Spain xxx

sally said...

Fabuleux Hels! This may even inspire me to try journaling.

Sally

Paula Gale said...

I saw the post title in my blogger dashboard (yes - I have it open today), and though - who is that speaking french. Then I saw it was you. Ooh la la, I thought, Hels is a bit continental for a lass from Leeds!!! (pardon Madame)!

Your tag is 'tres magnifique en rose'! (just checked to make sure it said what I meant it to say - and it does... get me!!!!

French was my favourite subject, but I don't profess to be good at it - just that I enjoyed it. And right now, i'm enjoying your tag!

I agree though - some words HAVE to be said in a french accent. I had a French teacher who was French for a whole year when I was at senior school - she was a Miss so her name was Mlle. Moran. We called her Milly Moran... oh, the stories I could tell you about that time - they'd make your toes curl!!!

Paula xxx

p.s. your tag est magnifique. Bonne.

rachel said...

this is fabulous - oh la la - hugs xx

Helen said...

Great playtime, Hels.

Cornish Emma said...

Morning Hels, well i also failed french GCSE, however Im now fluent, my excuse was i had to many other subjects to concentrate on at school!!
Lovely project great colours and background. I also think its a relief to know i dont have to make a whole book at once! Emma

Joanne said...

This is seriously beautiful Hels and had I passed my French GCE, I could have told you that in le Francais.
Hugs Joanne xx

Buttons said...

Tres chic mon ami!! J'adore votre ouevre d'art. Il est tres manifique et rose. Bonne journee, hugs Buttons x

wendy vecchi said...

superbe...

magnifique...

splendide...

this art journaling is fun stuff!

Kathy/NorthCarolina said...

Fantastique! I'm a new reader, and I just love your writing style. I generally manage one chuckle, a few titters and at least one good snort with each reading. And then, there it is...the gorgeous masterpiece at the end of it all. Best time spent on my reader. Hands down. Thanks!

Rita said...

What a giggle Hels. I too have 2 journals and don't know where to start. Your page is really nice and I love the heart too. So glad you enjoyed your Fish & Chips ( still in the paper) I hope x. Hugs Rita xx

whyducks said...

So pretty!

Carole Z said...

Gorgeous! I've been the same as you were...tried to start journalling and got overwhelmed by the pages...gonna have to try it your way! Thanks Hels and hope you got your bulbs in! Carole Z X

butterfly said...

Love your doodly outlining on the heart - gorgeous page!
Alison x

Lynne Gilbert said...

Love your page and it certainly inspires me to start my own. Something that has been on my 'Want to do' list for a long time!
Glad you enjoyed for Fishy feast and all they weight will just drop off when you're out planting those bulbs! Hope the weather stayed dry for you.
Take care. Lynne xxx

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