Thursday, 23 July 2015

Another Paris journal page

I am trying to keep quiet - Hubby had a wisdom tooth extracted this morning. I am not going anywhere today, so a chance to catch up on some crafty time and little bit of blog catching up too I hope!

I started this page a few weeks ago. I bought some tissue wrapping paper with a mixture of black, white and a brown printed with French text and images - only thing is can't remember where from(hubby says may have been Aldi!)
I covered a journal page with part of the print paper and dabbed some copper acrylic paint through a Rebekah Meier stencil of a fleur-de-lys.

After that….nothing…although I did keep going back to look at it hoping for inspiration!

I was wishing I had that Tim Holtz die with the Eiffel Tower and a fleur-de-lys on it, that would surely help, but I'm going to a craft shop on Saturday for Lindsay Mason's workshop and I am bound to want to spend some cash then…?! Well, yesterday our car had to have some unexpected work done so we had to go and pick up my GD a few miles away with a courtesy car (we park at my son's and walk to meet her)Afterwards we had to drive back and pick up our car - quite near to a Hobbycraft - I wanted something in MDF so went into look. Not only did I come out of the shop with my MDF item(more another day!!) but….yay! the TH die - reduced to £6.50!!!
So here is my page

I cut the Eiffel Tower out of book paper then stamped over randomly with a lattice stamp. The paper had some stamping added to it - Fleur-de-Lys from a Visual Images set(I tried to match up with the stencilled ones!) and more lattice. 
The Gibson girl(Artistic Stamper) is enjoying her evening at the Opera and despite her haughty look is travelling back home by Metro, having made her grand entrance earlier from a hired car! 
Her backdrop is a swirl from the same Visual images set stamped onto tissue and stuck on and dabbed over with Vintage Photo.The Eiffel Tower is standing on a bit of stencilling using Potting Soil ink and then moved over and re-stencilled with PA Fresco Nougat.
When I stuck the tower on it seemed a bit lost so I used Tim's technique (from 12 Tags of 2015 - February) of using a black soot Distress marker and smudging it around the edges - I use this quite a lot since learning about this! The opera loving girl got the same treatment with a Vintage Photo Distress marker.

I am entering the following challenges

Stamps and Stencils - Happy Holidays

Country View Challenges - On Your Travels

 A Vintage Journey - Destinations

That's Crafty - Stencils and Masks

I am hoping you are not getting tired of seeing my holiday photos as there are still more to come!

I am also linking to 
Art Journal Journey - Post and postage theme 
and Brenda's Visual Journey at Bumblebees and Butterflies 
Brenda has the most gorgeous pages on her Visual Journey today …it's Paris at it's best!!

Thanks for looking, Chris


Valerie-Jael said...

Gorgeous journal page Chris! I have that die with the Eiffel Tower, too. Thanks so much for joining us at Art Journal Journey, hugs, Valerie

froebelsternchen Susi said...

This page is amazing! Love the vintage look - beautiful!
Great that you got this die for such a good price!
Thank you vey much for another fantastic page to Art Journal Journey Chris!

Helen said...

well done on grabbing such a bargain, and the end result is fabulous! Hope hubby's tooth(or lack of) is recovering!!

chrissie said...

Wonderful page

Hope hubby is ok now

Love Chrissie

She King said...

Gorgeous page Chris and what a bargain! Well done. Enjoy your workshop with Lindsay. xx

Julia Aston said...

Don't you just love a bargain when it's unexpected! What a wonderful Paris journal page - great papers, colors and layers! thanks for joining us in the AVJ challenge! Julia xx

Barb said...

What a lovely journal page. I enjoyed hearing your story of the Gibson Girl hehe! How lucky you were to go to Hobbycraft and find just what you'd been wanting and at a reduced price. I hope your hubby is feeling better this evening. Barbxx

Meggymay said...

Fate took you into that shop Chris. this is a fantastic page and looks so very French. Loved the story as well
Yvonne xx
p.s. thank you for joining us over at Stamps and Stencils as well.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Sounds like a good price on that new die. And since you were wanting it, anyway, I'm sure we'll see more of it soon.

This is a gorgeous piece, Chris. I love it all, and since I love Paris, anyway, this piece seems to be the icing on the cake. Really, really lovely art! Really enjoyed the back story, too. Glad to know hubby is OK.

Pamellia Johnson said...

Wow Chris, gorgeous page!! Good score with the die purchase, I just love when that happens!! Happy Friday. hugs :)

Artyjen said...

Bargain on the die front...enjoy your day on Saturday...say hello to Lyndsay from me :)
Glad you caught up with me today ;)
Been far too busy to comment just recently....sorry
xoxo Sioux

~*~Patty S said...

Some creativity just takes time and it was definitely worth waiting for on this lovely Paris piece Chris on how it all came together.
Hope your husband is feeling good as new very very soon.
p.s. thank you very much for your visit and really nice comment at my Magpie's Nest

Margik said...

Wow... Chris! This page is fabulous and I love the look vintage! Really beautiful!
Hugs, Mar

Lynn Stevens said...

What a lovely page Chris. I love all the copper touches!!
Hugs Lynn

butterfly said...

Oh yes, that marvellous background was definitely waiting for the Eiffel Tower to turn up. Love the smudgy shading to bed it into the page, and I'm head over heels with your opera-going Gibson Girl. It's such fun to know that despite that superior exterior she'll be heading home with the hoi-polloi! She certainly looks flushed with the heat, or with the excitement, or perhaps somebody's winking at her from another box. Brilliant page! And I can see I may need to haunt Aldi in pursuit of the tissue paper...
Alison xx
Oh, and I hope the (ex-)wisdom tooth is feeling better x

toni said...

Fabulous Parisienne journal page! Love the way you have made your Eiffel Tower, who needs a die when you can work one like this! Love the stamped detail too. Thank you for joining us at Stamps and Stencils. Toni x

S@ndy Diller said...

Simply love your page. I will be traveling to Paris next summer so your page is exciting and inspiring. great job and many thanks for joining us at A Vintage Journey.

Buttons said...

Such drama on this one Chris. Love the copper highlights. Thank you for joining us at A Vintage Journey. Jenny x

butterfly said...

Oh and thank you for joining us on A Vintage Journey too!! xx

Julia S-W said...

A wonderful vintage piece - so perfect for Paris! I love the tones and the layers you've built up on this piece Chris. Thanks for all your kind comments on my blog recently - they were so lovely. Apologies for my late visit but thanks for joining us at Stamps & Stencils. Julia xx