Monday, June 04, 2018

Life is an Adventure | June Challenge Inspiration | Sue Plumb

Hi everyone!
Sue Plumb here today and it's my turn to share some inspiration for the Viva Las VegaStamps Monthly Challenge with you! If you haven't already seen the June inspiration image, it looks like this...

"Let's play with LIFE. Be inspired by nature, the tree of life, trees & roots, stars, star charts, the heavens & earth, above & below. Think tandem but opposite. Yin & Yang."

I was super inspired by the solitary tree image, and I knew I wanted to create something featuring a tree and incorporating the word "life". I was also inspired by the neutral palette of the image, so I grabbed my altered book art journal to play and this is what came out...

As always, I did my best to document my process as I went along (although sometimes I get so lost in the creative process, I forget to take a picture!) 

1. I started by adding some gesso to my book page. This was not only so I could prime the surface, but also so I could strip the yellow tint to the paper back a bit.
2. I then took some old music paper and another sheet of book paper tore up some small pieces. (I wanted to add some extra interest to the page, as the one I was using was the dedication page and didn't feature much text.)
3. I collaged the pieces onto the page using matte medium.
4. I then rubbed a little extra gesso over the collaged pieces using my finger to help them blend in.

5. I felt like using a different colouring medium, so pulled out some water soluble wax pastels in raw sienna, burnt sienna and black and added some colour to the page.
6. I then used a water brush to blend and soften the lines I had drawn.

7. I used the Stitching Lines stamp to create structure in my foreground.
8. I then used the Doodle Dots stamp to add some interest to the sky.

9. I then stamped out my feature images onto some tissue paper. I chose this method as I wanted to ensure I had a good, clean image rather than stamping directly onto the book. It also gave me the ability to shuffle the images around to decide on placement.
The stamps I used were:

10. I adhered my images to the page using matte medium, then took the pastels and added a little shading and colour around them.
11. I added the quote using the Choose Your Own Adventure stamp, then added the remainder with a black pen.

12. I finished with the second part of my quote in the bottom corner. For continuity, I used the word "choose" from the same stamp, then simply added the word well in pen.

I love how this page turned out and I can't wait to see how this month's challenge inspires all of you!
To enter, make sure you link up your entry via this post HERE before the end of the month.
You could win a project spotlight on the blog AND some new rubber! So what are you waiting for? Get busy!!

Thanks for stopping by so I could share this with you. I hope I have inspired you to get inky too!

Stamps used:

Other materials:
- Colour Blast white heavy gesso
- Old book and music paper
- Monte Marte acrylic matte medium
- Staz On ink
- tissue paper
- Reeves Water Soluble Wax Pastels
- Ohto Fude Ball 1.5mm pen

1 comment:

  1. I like that your page is not jammed with images. Great job.