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!