Monday, May 22, 2017

Exploration Journal Page

Hello friends! I hope you had a fun weekend. We enjoyed the lovely spring weather and the fact that it doesn't get dark until late at night. I love looking out my window and still see light in the sky. 


This week at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge we have a Little Critters theme. Don't miss checking out the project of our May guest designer, Dr Sonia, aka Cards, Crafts, Kids Projects.


Layers of ink - Exploration Journal Page by Anna-Karin in Dina Wakley's Media Journal

I was planning a different project first, but when I spotted these beautiful On the Farm stamps by Tim Holtz, they reminded me of walks I used to take while visiting my grandmother, sometimes across fields where cows were grazing. She always made sure we kept a safe distance from the cows, and I think that she had once had a scary experience crossing one of those fields. I thought it was a great adventure. 

The page was done in Dina Wakley's Media Journal, which I am really loving to work in. Here I used one of the canvas pages. 

Layers of ink - Exploration Journal Page by Anna-Karin in Dina Wakley's Media Journal

The page had been partially covered with gesso earlier and I wanted to test how the Scribble Sticks would look on top of it. I scribbled on the page and then used a paint brush and water to turn them into watercolors. I was really happy with the result and I like the combination of the brighter smoother color on the gessoed areas, and the more textured look on the raw canvas.

Layers of ink - Exploration Journal Page by Anna-Karin in Dina Wakley's Media Journal

The page were stamped with the ledger and text stamp from On the Farm, using Red Geranium and Black Soot Archival Ink. I stitched around the page with embroidery floss.

Layers of ink - Exploration Journal Page by Anna-Karin with Tim Holtz Critters stamps.

I stamped the animals on Specialty Stamping paper with Black Soot Archival Ink and coloured them with Distress Markers. At the bottom of the page, there is a strip of Eclectic Elements fabric and a piece of lace trim.

Layers of ink - Exploration Journal Page by Anna-Karin with Tim Holtz Critters stamps.

The stacking of the animals was inspired by an ornament a friend of mine gave me long ago, and which hang in our kitchen.

Layers of ink - Exploration Journal Page by Anna-Karin with Tim Holtz Critters stamps.

Using Distress Markers on these vintage style images worked well. I also stamped a word and placed it above the rooster.

Layers of ink - Exploration Journal Page by Anna-Karin

I thought the stacked animals fit so well with this great quote, and stamped it on a manila tag. Design Tape and ephemera embellish the tag. The design tape has the same pattern as the fabric at the bottom of the page.

Layers of ink - Exploration Journal Page by Anna-Karin

I used labels to write some memories and also added some more ephemera pieces.


I really hope you will join us in our Little Critters challenge. As every week, you have a chance to win a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp. You have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in.




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Thank you for visiting today!

Happy crafting!

Anna-Karin

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