Corrie at Stampotique designers’ challenge blog asked us to create with book text. I thought if it’s book text, than my art journal will be the proper place for it. And as I am right now experimenting in my art journal with Journal 52, I thought to do something different then usual. A bit of a texture, because I can’t live without it, but something that is sober, graphical like the beautiful stamps of Stampotique. Are you ready to relax?

I began with glueing my book text pieces on my spread with soft gel.

Then I added some graphite texture paste through a tcw stencil randomly.

Like the monochrome at that point, so I took my stamps Relaxin’ from Daniel Torrente and Swirl stalks from Jo Capper-Sandon using black archival ink and stamped my image. But than somehow the spread was become too sad, I needed to add some colours to cheer it up, so I used ecoline (light green and light blue).

At that moment I was letting my mojo go, just the way it felt like, I added a piece of embellishment (small piece of zipper with distressed edge). I was beginning to doodle as an experiment on the page with black gel pens. At a certain moment I stepped behind and my mojo said stop. But again I felt the black to heavy on my page, so I added some splatters with light orange on it. I lifted my head and I said, that’s it, relax!

So I just stamped the word “relax” with Alphabities on my spread. And tadaah!


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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22 Responses to Relax

  1. Corrie says:

    This is a lovely art journal page and I particularly like the little pops of colour. Great job ! Thanks for playing along with my Challenge !
    Corrie x

  2. zksmith says:

    I like how you balanced the black with the bright colours. Adding the zip is a real cool touch!

  3. *Arwen* says:

    Another great Ruth-project 🙂
    Looks wonderful
    Thanks for joining us at the Stampotique Designers Challenge 🙂

    xx Arwen

  4. massofhair says:

    Fantastic page with lots of white space and Stampotique stamps being played with. Love Relaxin, another on my wish list.

    See you got an element of sewing on your page with the zip, love that bit:-) xxx

  5. Love this little scene and this is pretty much what the weather looked like in London yesterday afternoon. Love the circles and swirl stalks is one of my favourites (one less to add to my list!!). Thinking I maybe need that alphabet?

    • lerusho says:

      The weather was the same yesterday by us as well, that’s where I got the inspiration, you know clouds and you never know is it going to drop or not, but at the end it didn’t. Lucky you my list was growing with the new realises, lol they can’t stop doing great stuff, can they? 😉

  6. rose says:

    What a wonderful “tadaah!”

  7. Gorgeous pages 🙂
    Thanks for joining in with us at Stampotique 🙂

  8. kaz says:

    It’s a fab page again Ruth! Thanks for joining us again this week at Stampotique.

  9. Kay Wallace says:

    Sorry to be so late to the party, Ruth, but have been out of town, then sick with a nasty cold. Better today and needing a crafty fix, I am here! Love your page here. I thought at first you were working in a cloth journal, but then decided you had just distressed your edges–very effective, obviously! I love all the white space here, giving the eye time to wander around to check out your great detail and texture! Love Relaxin’ and she is perfect here. Creative use of color here!

  10. kampysgirl says:

    loving your tadahhhh! love that squiggly stamp at the top too! xo

  11. Gez says:

    Absolutely gorgeous Ruth. Glad you could join the challenge over at the Stampotique Designer’s challenge blog. Gez

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