Thursday 28 January 2016

Create in Blue !

Hello ! Welcome to today's inspirational post, it's Sue here and I decided to create another project in line with the current theme 'Oh so Blue'. You still have a few days to join in with us !

I gave my journal page a coat of Gesso to seal it then used Fresco Finish Turquoise. I used the circle stencil which is by TCW, with Snowflake Fresco Finish.

I don't know what it is but I love large numbers and this stencil by TCW is one of my firm favourites. It's also great for using with the 'bumping' technique. I stencilled the numbers with Mermaid Fresco Finish then moved the stencil slightly and stencilled again with Space Cadet Fresco Finish.

To add some texture I used Ranger Texture Paste through a Dina Wakley stencil and then continued using the stencil with Snowflake Fresco Finish.

I wanted to 'knock back' the page and tie everything together so I used Space Cadet again, this time mixed with some satin glaze and painted it all over the page. After a minute I used a baby wipe to wipe it away, leaving some of the colour behind.

I've stamped some script over the page using a Tim Holtz stamp and Cornflower Blue Archival ink then stamped the poppies (which you can just about see!) on both pages. 

 I used Snowflake Fresco Finish slightly watered down to paint the poppy heads.

I stamped and cut out some Wendy Vecchi flowers onto Prima watercolour paper then painted them with watered down Fresco Finish paint.

The word Create is a laser cut MDF piece that I've painted with Fresco Finish paint then rubbed White Fire Treasure Gold over it.

On the opposite page I used a PaperArtsy Hotpicks stamp, stamping the tulip flower and butterflies onto more watercolour paper.

To  balance the pages I added a single butterfly to the opposite page. Finally, to make the numbers pop I grabbed my white Sharpie pen and outlined them.

I hope you've enjoyed today's inspirational post and I also hope it's given you inspiration to join in with the current challenge, Oh so Blue !



  1. What a gorgeous page, Sue - I love all the blue tones . That numbers stencil is fab, must look out for that.

  2. Beautiful layers on your pages,Sue, love this!

  3. Ooooooooo! Layer upon lovely layer!! Great to see the step by step process you used to create this beautiful journal spread Sue. Toni x

  4. Fabulous layering, love these pages
    Amanda x

  5. Fantastic art journal spread, Sue, with all those wonderful layers and such awesome blue tones! Simply stunning! Thank you so much for the step by step! Hugs! Branka xxx

  6. Absolutely stunning. Did so enjoy reading this blog post and got loads of inspiration form it, so thank you x The layering and colours you've used are fabulous and so very creative...stunning!

  7. Sue, you've done it again! When I look at the initial pics I cannot imagine where you're going, but when I see how you get there and the end result I am floored! AGAIN! This is stunning, so very cool and well though out. I truly love your layers of flowers, that they are both subtle and also a focal point. Gorgeous work in blue and super happy design! Hugs, Autumn <3

  8. stunning work sue. absilutely gorgeous pagez. those large numbers are a great statement. big hugs rachel x

  9. Brilliantly bumped numbers, and I love how subtly those poppies shimmer in to view. Glorious layers and textures as always, and a wonderful step by step taking us through it. Stunning!
    Alison x

  10. Absolutely stunning and what a great celebration of blue. Love the stenciling and your bumping is perfection as are your lovely flowers.

  11. So awesome! I want to get crafting right now and do some bumpin'!

  12. Stunning, gorgeous, luscious pages them! Ruth x

  13. Well I am blown away by your totally stunning pages Sue. Fabulous techniques as always and the outcome of it all is just amazing. Thank You for sharing the step by step...inspirational to say the least.

    Hugs Annie x

  14. Fabulous pages Sue and wonderful techniques. xx

  15. Love this Sue. The blue is GORGEOUS! Lx

  16. WOW!!! How BEAUTIFUL these pages are!!!! Coco xx