Well my dears, here I am back and kicking, enjoying getting my fingers inky again. Missed you all, but I took some vacation, which means family time of course. I made a road trip and had a lot of fun on the way. I tried to sketch the landscape as it was breathtaking, I had a limited supply with me, so my sketches as you can see in my former post gel pen drawings colored with aquarelle. To remember that great time, I’d like to show my gratitude to my family with my first spread (to my son and my hubby), you really grow together when you spend 24/24 and 7/7 together.

I used a sketch made in the Black Forest, in Germany by sunset. First I applied some texture on my spread with matte gel medium and the sketch. I added some stitches and scribbled on top of my stitches with gel pen.

Liked the sketch on my spread, but I wanted some colors around it, so I used Lindy’s stamp gang sprays (yellow rose of Texas and wild honeysuckle coral).

And that was the moment when I said oops, as it happens with me as well, but no oops comes without intention… here I found the colors too much, my original sketch didn’t pop anymore, I lost all the beauty of it. So what shall we do? I took an drastic decision, black gesso, yes you read it good, I just took some black gesso and smeared around it with my fingers. I have to admit, I liked it, didn’t feel like destruction, not at all, every inch that I advanced it felt like making an impression, like a printing process, where I let my etch come to focus. Then I had another idea, I added some more texture with Artist Cellar stencil that I got from my great artist friend Jackie P Neal using modeling paste. Finally I missed the Starburst shine so I used again my Lindy’s stamp gang sprays.

I wanted to add a little card, I colored it with distress ink (mustard seeds and wild honey) and I used my gel pen to add my text: I am grateful for the time we spent together… I had some found objects, self rusted of course that I needed to add.

And another detail:

You know what I enjoyed the most in my vacation, the fact that no phone calls, no mails, no getting called away, just me, my son and my hubby, that’s why I found the road the best part and not the destination. 

Hope everyone had a great summer with a fine vacation. I am grateful for mine and I am sharing my page with Journal 52 prompt: gratitude.


About lerusho

I am obsessed with experimenting, using my fantasy and creating new and unique visions. The challenges are endless and that gives me real inspiration.
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8 Responses to Gratitude

  1. I see you used one of your sketches in a layered, textured work, just as I thought. very nice spread which symbolises your vacantion.

  2. Jackie P says:

    What a fabulous post Ruth!! I love that black gesso addition!! See the universe knew what was needed and it sent that message to your muse!! heehee I love those sketches and such an beautiful background to make them pop and shine! xoxoxo

  3. Loved your “on the road” sketch when you blogged it on the road, but you’ve raised it to another level with how you have displayed it back home.

  4. massofhair says:

    Beautiful memories of your Family time, tfs the before and after:-) xxx

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