Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Circle journal ... my first work on someone else's journal ... eeek!

So Marie's was the first journal sent to me to work on after my own and boy was I scared! Her work is so different to my own, plus the responsibility of not ruining her book was definitely in my mind. But then inspiration struck.

Inspired by the colour she had used on her cover and the eye kn the flower on her inside page in my head I went with peacock. I then spent ages tracking down a suitable poem and practising drawing peacocks. I soon realised I had no chance of achieving a peacock but maybe a feather was possible.

So here is what I did...

I used inks and gesso to make the background so it was a more muted green but still peacock shaded. Then I painted the peacock feather using inks. Then I added mica paints to make the eye of the feather shine.

Then I added texture with paints and spray inks to create a different effect from a flat painting. The poem from SaDi I then wrote on strips of card which I inked and stuck to the layout. I decided it needed some more texture and balance so I added the painted book print to the corner and lastly some rub ons.

Now the tag I used a similar colour for but wanted to use a star theme poem that spoke to me...

I.also wanted to crackle and sparkle the star as the main feature so I painted it silver and added a small amount of glitter and then did triple embossing and stuck it in the freezer and then crackled it.

I then added the poem with some words picked out in the inked card and then some more rub ons.

I really wanted to add some ribbon to the tag so I took a scrap of crochet lace and inked it in the green ... resulting in very green.fingers. then I added some other ribbons and wrapped it round the top of the tag.

And the back of the tag has a little.about me and ties in (hopefully) the page and the tag with the painted book print. I also added the key stamp just because I love it and it seemed to work.

So this was my work...

I should be getting Becca's journal soon. I hope the nerves don't come back and I am suitably feeling inspired!

Happy crafting all. Snooze time for me.

C xxx


  1. So lovely to see the nextpage in my journal! Looking forward to seeing it in the "flesh". x

  2. Catherine, it's beautiful and this description of how you achieved it doesn't make it anymore achievable for me but it adds so much to the photos which I'm sure don't do it justice.