Hello and happy Wednesday! I'm back with an art journal page reflecting these Golden August Days, which have been pretty hot here in Reno, Nevada!
The brown background of a hill was transferred from a magazine using Prima Soft Matte Gel, and was the very first step. Then I stamped some script with the Script Background Stamp from Red Rubber Designs. Wanting to use one of the new Finnabair Stencils, I chose the Oriental Wall, and applied Prima Heavy White Gesso to it. Once dry, I painted a light yellow wash over the whole page with Art Alchemy Paints, mixing (Pure Sunshine, Dragon's Eye, and White Pearl). The sun rays were then embossed with the Rays of Hope stamp, using Ranger Clear Embossing Powder, before painting the rest of the page. But because I added that clear embossing powder, and also embossed the leafy flourish with Emerald Creek (Onyx Frost) EP, it smudged the design where the two embossing powders met. Had I known, I would've just stamped it with black ink. Lesson learned. Lol!
To paint the rest of the background, I used Art Alchemy Paints (Pure Sunshine, Dragon's Eye, Ginger Magic, and Fresh Orange). Then I went over the stenciling with Finnabair Metallique Wax (Vintage Gold).
Some of the bundles of wheat were stamped with Ranger Archival (Potting Soil) Ink, and the rest were embossed with Emerald Creek (Ancient Amber) Baked Texture. The sunflowers were embossed with Ranger Distress Embossing Powder (Walnut Stain) using the My Sunshine Stamp from Red Rubber Designs. Then I added Finnabair Mini Art Stones to the centers with Soft Matte Gel for some texture. Again I used Art Alchemy Paints to paint them (Pure Sunshine, Fresh Orange, Rustic Brown, Red Wine, Ginger Magic, Golden Moss, and Fairy Wings), and went over the centers with Finnabair Metallique Wax (Vintage Gold). Wanting more sparkle, I added Stickles (Golden Rod).
The tag is made from muslin, and had been in my stash for awhile now. It was colored with Distress Spray Stains (Wild Honey and Fossilized Amber). Then I embossed it with the Finnabair (Rust & Dust) Stamp using Ranger Distress Embossing Powders (Walnut Stain and Aged Mahogany). The 8, for August, was done with the Tim Holtz (Numbered) Stencil, using Finnabair Rust Effect Pastes (Red and Brown) with a touch of Wax (Vintage Gold). The calendar page was stamped with a Prima Stamp from 2009, which just happens to align for 2020. I highlighted the 11th, for my 19th wedding anniversary, with Stickles (Golden Rod), also added to the butterflies and bees, embossed with Emerald Creek (Onyx Frost) EP, using the Finnabair (Rust & Dust) Stamp for the butterflies, and the Be Fabulous Unmounted Stamp from Red Rubber Designs for the bees.
Thanks for looking, and take care!