Greetings from the great state of NH! Yes, we are officially back in NH, and I couldn't be happier! We are definitely missing some of our friends back in CT, but we are looking forward to a summer filled with frequent visitors! (And maybe even a trip or two to CT for us as well!)
While I've just barely started to unpack my art supplies, I managed to sneak in one project while we were still in CT, and my supplies were packed. (Hey, I had to leave a few things out just in case I got desperate!) I also received a shipment of TCW stencils to use on my design team projects, so really, they needed to be used ASAP...to make sure they worked correctly. *wink*
This project was from last week's Inspiration Wednesday video and while I've shared a few steps, I'm not going to provide an in-depth description of all of the steps, as this is a pretty literal copy of what Donna created in her video. If you're interested in following along with this year's Inspiration Wednesday projects, you can sign up here, it's only $35 for the entire year!
My project started with vintage text and the Jax (TCW599) stencil. I used Dina Wakley acrylic paint (Black) to add the stencil design to the pages. Notice that I did not start with gesso...
Next came the watered down gesso, creating a nice wash that only slightly covered up the text and stenciling. I also didn't wait for the black paint to completely dry (mostly because my heat gun was already packed!) and some of the paint smudged, but I ended up really liking how the page developed more of a gray tone vs. pure white.
My next layer was, of course, Wendy Vecchi embossing paste...it's my favorite paste! I used the Coaster (TCW621) stencil with the paste and added this fun design in random places over both journal pages. I placed the stencil off the edge of the paper each time I added paste so that I wasn't getting a complete circle.
And...that's when I finished with the step-by-step photos... :-) This is the finished piece, which features circles and the great color combo of teal, orange, and gold. Love, love, love the colors on this piece! I also used a Stabilo pencil for the shading around all of the circles. The "you have what it takes" sentiment is from a Wendy Vecchi stamp set (see links below).
The numbers inside the circles is a stamp designed by Donna Downey (sold by Unity), you can find all links at the end of this post. The stickers were once white...I painted them with Dina Wakley paint (Gilt) before applying them to the spread. The faith word is actually a chipboard piece, from Michaels, that I painted and attached with matte medium.
Since I had packed all of my tags, I needed to go foraging for a place to put my date stamp. I found this fun stickers in a basket of random goodies, and I really love the addition of the red and the speech bubble design vs. a manila tag. Might have to use more of these on future pages...
I'll end with a close up of that Coaster stencil...I just adore the look of the broken design and how the teal paint, applied with my finger, highlights small portions of the raised area. This stencil is definitely going into my fav pile!
I hope you enjoyed today's project! Now that we're firmly (I hope!) planted back in NH, I'm looking forward to unpacking all of my supplies, and getting back to more regular blog posts. Thanks for hanging in there through this crazy transition...Happy Crafting!