Pearshaped

Pearshaped

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Imperfection!

I'll come to that shortly but first I'd like to welcome my new followers - I really do appreciate the support! Secondly, I would like to say 'Thank You' for all your kind comments on my Dragon's Dream tag, it's amazing what a lift comments can give!

Okay so,'imperfection'……I'm quite patient as rule but when it comes to crafting I get on a roll and often don't think things through!
This happens especially in my journals - usually for other projects I gather what I think I will need first. Of course, the resulting mess is one thing, but often I am not so happy with my pages! The point is…does it matter? 

I had a page started in my A5 journal but certainly wasn't happy with it - went back added some more colour, still not happy….
Last night I saw Kate Yetter's post on Paper Artsy's blog. The challenge there this time is "Fragile Papers" so I went to my folder and took out some music paper, a page of German text and a small scrap of my beloved MAMBI paper! 
I painted over the papers with a mixture of PA Snowflake and Toad Hall Fresco paints and let it run down the page, then rubbed it off the shiny MAMBI paper. Kate added texture paste through a stencil I used some Deco Art Crackle paste mixed with a little Peacock feathers Distress ink.

I stamped the bottom corner with one of the stamps from Sara Nauman's set ESN09 and then went around the top corner with part of Darcy's text stamp from EDY10.

I then added, from my scrap pencil case, parts of leftover LPC030 and a scruffy die cut of am umbel that hasn't quite cut out! I added the quote, 'embrace imperfection' using Tim's chit chat stickers and a quote I had from a collection I have taken from weekend Express magazines - fits the bill perfectly!

I though it still needed something else though - but what?…..
more spattering - all over with PA Frescos Sky and snowflake mixed up with water.

It isn't the page it started as but Thanks to the inspiration by Kate it is done!!

 I am linking to the new Paper Artsy Fragile Papers challenge

"'Keeping a visual journal is a journey of experimentation; giving time to be free in expressing yourself and not constrained by others expectations. Practicing design, layouts, composition, colour mixing, techniques, materials, mixed media. Creating your own exercises, titles, mood boards, taking yourself out of the box, finding yourself. Bring new ideas to life, to spark you off in new directions, to allow your own imagination and creativity to develop in complete freedom'.

I'm going to try,
Thanks for looking, Chris


24 comments:

Sue said...

Hello Chris,
Isn't a great feeling when you are inspired by a piece of ripped text paper, and of course Kate.
This is exactly what Brenda wanted...free to express oneself for oneself.
I love this page; the monochromatic palette, the elements chosen and the words, all put together wonderfully.
I am glad you tried, because it has all worked.
Smiles:)
Sue

Colleen said...

Chris,
Don't you just love it when you can see an idea and it is the perfect solution. Your page turned out really cute.

Helen said...

Well, Chris I am sure it looked pretty good before hand - but I love it now!! I loved playing along with this challenge today, too!

Ruth said...

How beautiful is this page, gorgeous!! Love the colours, perfectly put together...great quote, images and texture. Wonderful Chris. Ruth x

stampdiva said...

Chris, oh my word I absolutely love this.
The colours are beautiful, in fact the background is quite stunning. Then I like your use of found text and the imperfect die-cut.
A sensational page.
Wishes
Lynne
Annoyingly I am still having issues with my URL when I publish a comment but you know who I am LOL.

Brenda Brown said...

Hey Chris, this is wonderful, full of free expression and finding yourself with inspiration from others. Just what art should be about. You created a great page. Thanks for linking to A Visual Journey. xxx

massofhair said...

Beautiful journal page, love the colours and textures. The DecoArt crackle is awesome as is your use of fragile papers. Played along Friday but not blogged yet, really enjoying this challenge and all the inspiration it has provided:-) xxx

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I followed you through all the steps of this page, and in the end, I was SO impressed. I adore the outcome and appreciate how you thought your way through it to the end. Love this.

Etsuko Noguchi said...

Wonderful journal page, lovely colours and the technical scene. I love the Jacob's words too. xxx

Astrid Maclean said...

Oh wow Chris an absolutely stunning spread! Love all the amazing layers, the fragile papers and the wonderful stamping, all combining to a brilliant whole, - really stunning!!

kaybee said...

Love this page with all its collaged pieces - you could say it is perfect! :D

Pamellia Johnson said...

Just beautiful Chris! I had to giggle when I read the bit "I get on a roll and often don't think things through"...you just defined my entire crafting process!! haha!! I have some some real disasters but I have also discovered many new techniques because of my off-the-cuff method! As long as your having fun, right!! Your journal page turned out incredible Chris, I love the monochromatic aquas and the textures are amazing! big hugs until next time :)

Mona Pendleton said...

beautiful journal page! great mix of colors and texture!

Hazel Agnew said...

This is fabulous. Can't think of any better words to fit how I feel too! Love the colours and the textures, its fabulous!

butterfly said...

Such a beautiful page, Chris - one of my favourite visits here I think. I love the peacock crackled texture, and the gorgeous paper layers, and the LP images work so perfectly. A glorious page.
Alison xx

Redanne said...

Chris, your page is simply stunning! I love the colours and the texture you have created - and the stamping looks amazing too. Great job! I love it! The quote by Marc Jacobs is brilliant.... Hugs, Anne xx

Georgie C said...

Beautiful page Chris! Loving the crackle and colours xx

Julie Ann Lee said...

Chris, this is totally gorgeous! I love the colours - so subtle and dreamy - and the texture and the way you've used those LP images - of course! Your work goes from strength to strength! I love joining you and taking a peek at what you create!xxx

Sarah B said...

love the colours, so subtle but also so much depth and layers to look at - xx

Diane said...

What fun colors and design for your journal.

Best of the New Year.

Diane

Lynn Price said...

Love your colors, and your re-working, with fabulous fragile papers! Beautiful page and very inspiring in visual and techniques.

PaperArtsy Rubber Stamps said...

Ohhh always embrace the imperfect! Today we were designing secret things here at HQ, and I'm constantly nagging (the others) about making things less perfect, more random! Funny. Love the sea greeny blue palette, and your pages look totally gorgeous!

Craftyfield said...

Love your page, you were right to persevere with it! Most of the time I give up on my imperfect makes, which are many...

crafty creations said...

Great page love the colours and the background certainly worth persevering