This post is a special one. Special because it is made out of friendship and it is about friendship. It comes a day earlier, but tomorrow I am living for vacation, don’t worry I am back hopefully very early. I have scheduled post still, but my destination is at the other side of the former iron curtain not sure when and how I can get to internet. The last time I was there four years ago and no matter how many G’s, with local supplier my devices were as good as dead. But let’s get back to the original theme and let’s talk about friendship, so here is my spread out of my heart to two special inspirational friends:
First of all my friendship spread goes to the amazing France Papillon, who celebrates her 100th edition of Journal on Monday. France, thank you for all the inspiration and the generous sharing! (Pst she designs fantastic stamps for Stampotique, you can see them here.) And second but of course not last, it goes to the fabulous Jackie P. Neal, thanks Jackie for the support and the kind words!
After all the credits, comes the exciting part: you may stay for a few more minutes and join me on my “friendship” journey, so let’s go! First I was beginning as usual with a paper collage, I have always some scraps in my drawer, you know from former gelli prints or lay-outs:
I just love making my collage pop, so I added some charcoal shadows around my pieces and blended them into one spread with gesso.
I still found the black charcoal to harsh, so I thought to add some more color with Lindy’s stamp gang spray (cafè au lait) and ecoline (saffron yellow), I misted my page with water and I let the colors run around.
More what I wanted, sort of a rusted feeling (for France)… I used the artistcellar stencil that I got from Jackie to add some more texture with modeling paste (xxx Jackie):
I painted my xxx’s with copper acrylic and made them pop with red chalk, the heart elements I painted with silk acrylics (carmen) and while my paint was wet added some glitter to my hearts.
Quite a metal look that I got and I liked that. On one side I added some stitches around my big heart.
On the other side I printed my text “friends bring out the best in me”, I just had to alter that print, so first I used France’s Splattered mug stamp with vintage photo distress ink and then I distressed the edge. I added a self rusted paperclip to my text and a coffee-colored cambric. I applied it on my spread and it asked for some more stitches so I just added them.
Hopefully you enjoyed my friendship spread, without all the inspiration and all the support from all the precious friends my art would mean nothing. Hereby I would like to say thank you for all of you, the list would be very long to mention everyone one by one but as always I am here and I will be there for YOU as well to share and to grow and to celebrate together.
I am sharing my spread with Journal 52 prompt: friendship.