Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Another Alpha Dictionary Challenge

I loved the last Alpha-Dictionary Challenge, not just participating, but also seeing all the other fantastic entries, so I decided to join in again and here is my entry for http://thecraftbarnblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/alphadictionary-challenge-letter-f.html.
I hadn't done much in my journal so instead of a tag this time, I went for a journal spread: the word I chose was 'Fibre'. I explored the idea of fibre in textiles, rather than the vegetable fibre that is supposed to keep us healthy!
As I worked on my page, I thought more and more about fibres, texture and textiles. I painted my background with Fresco Paints: Bora Bora, London Bus, Mermaid, Beach Hut, Hyde Park and Ice Blue and tried to give the impression of different draperies and the fibres that go to make them up. The moths' and butterflies' wings reminded me of the fragile fibres that make the most beautiful materials.
 I used Lynne Perrella stamps from Paper Artsy that incorporated textile fibres into their design stamped onto tissue and painted on the reverse side. I combined actual yarn fibres with my painted and stamped images and then stencilled with a Crafters' Workshop stencil and Ice Blue Fresco to give a lacy mesh look.
I used gems and dimensional paint to embellish along with Treasure Gold, some embossing (luckily I didn't burn the page which is always a possibility!) and my own calligraphy.
I am always reminded of Russian icon painting when I use LP stamps and last Friday I was lucky enough to see an actual icon painter working on her exquisite backgrounds at the Vand A Museum's Russian evening. It was fascinating to see her working with gold leaf and ground semi-precious minerals. Well, Treasure Gold may not be real gold leaf, but I still love using it.
Here is a close-up of my dictionary definition of fibre. The gold, the gems and the bright sunshine made it difficult to photograph these pages, but if you click on the images you can get a clearer impression. Thank you for taking the time to look at my interpretation of 'Fibre'. I can't wait to explore the other entries for fe-fr now! 




15 comments:

  1. What a great choice of word, and I love how you've illustrated the page.

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  2. WOW wow wow gorgeous journal page, absolutely amazing and the images are awesome I love Lynne Perrella stamps :-). I love how the page is so bright with lots of texture and colour. Hugs Kezzy xxx

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  3. You are wonderfully talented, Julie! A great word and fantastic illustration!

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  4. love all the colours and layers on your page and how the fibres make it oh so touchable - I wish! BJ

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  5. This is beautiful, and clever, and imaginative all at the same time. I love it Julie xx

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  6. A lot going on on this page! Gorgeous stamps and I do like your fibres too - adds extra texture.

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  7. Oh my goodness I looooove this page,the texture is beautiful, it looks well magical, the stamping is fabulous, the fibres you added is brilliant, its just perfect for your word. I too love this challenge and love to see how artist interpret them, thanks for sharing this wonderful inspiring creation..

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  8. Wow this is amazing work, I bet it looks even more fabulous IRL.

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  9. What do we have here said the spider to the fly - it looks yummy to me. Very nice art work - I love this challenge!!
    sandy

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  10. A gorgeous, tactile, rich looking page, love it!

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  11. Just visiting the F pages...
    so much gorgeous texture
    :)

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  12. Amazing textures and colours on your page, wonderful.

    Sylv xx

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  13. It's beautiful. A friend of mine sent me an Icon painting book she found in a charity shop - it's on that long list of things to try but I agree - they are so beautiful. I love your pages and am glad I'm not the only one with a history of burning things when it comes to embossing ;)

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  14. Oh my! This is just sooooo beautiful! There are no words - I could look at it for hours and see something new every minute...
    Stunning!

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  15. ohhh, lots going on there, beautiful
    Thanks for playing with us at the Craft Barn
    Izzy

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