Sunday, August 25, 2013

What's Black and Sepia and......

.....gorgeous all over?  Sox's World of Color journal (from the Kindred Souls group), that's what.  It arrived from Stephen's talented hands just two days ago, and I've already finished my page.  I was inspired by the journal itself (lace and fabric and paper and bling), as well as the pages already done.  I think that black and sepia is one of the most elegant color palettes, and I just dove right in.

First I filled my work table with everything (well, that's an exaggeration, so let's just say a lot) in my stash that supported Sox's colors, and gradually came up with a plan.  It began by covering both the front and back with different 7Gypsies tissue paper, because the patterns are printed in black on sepia paper.  Or so I thought.  It became clear that the sepia was really more like a gold, and that annoyed me.  I solved that problem by concocting a mixture of glaze medium and tan paint which toned down the gold and brought the background to a more sepia-ish look.  After that it was just a matter of layering papers, sewing them down, and adding some stenciling, stamping, and a tag as the focal point.

 
 
The tag itself is made of kraft cardstock.  The background was done by first layering on some tan, cream, and beige paints, letting that dry, then stamping (a Hero Arts background stamp) with black archival ink.  When that was good and dry a very thin layer of rock candy clear stickles was applied with a fingertip, which is what gives it a subtle sparkle.
 
The dress form was cut with Tim Holtz's Sewing Room die.  The phrase is a Wendy Vecchi stamp, and the dress form is covered with Claudine Hellmuth's sticky back canvas.
 

 
 
The buttons were sewn onto fabric that had been stamped with a tape measure stamp.  As for the thimble and scissors charms.....they dangle from Tim's memo pin.  They began life as a very cheap and garish looking gold, which was toned down by tapping them with a black archival ink pad.
 
The back of the page is much simpler, but there was just too much good stuff left on my table, so it was decorated a bit more than I had to.
 
 
 
Again, the tissue paper was treated with that glaze/paint mixture.  On top of that, archival ink (black and coffee) through two different Prima stencils.  Then I sewed on the fabric and paper that would hold a little tag.
 
 
 
The tag was created from some Graphic 45 embellishments, and on it, my information.
 






While searching for items to use, I came upon some Heidi Swapp designs printed on acrylic.  They must have been in my stash for years; she called them "clear extras".  I used a few of them.  I love it when something I bought and never used finally gets its chance.
 

 
 
I look forward to the next journal arriving at my door.








13 comments:

Elena said...

Sox will love this Eileen!!!

Karen said...

Wow! It is beautiful.

Socrates said...

My book is already up to such a marvelous start. Elena is right, I am loving it. LOVING it. It just looks glorious, and that's only pictures. :-)) Thank you.

Donna said...

Beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

Patzee said...

Amazing layering! Your pages are so luscious and intriguing. What a grand journal thanks to the limited color palette and skilled artists.

Carol Sweeney said...

Fabulous page! Loving all the wonderful details!

Bearcrazyman said...

Love it. These journal swaps are just the best way to expand your creativity. Not to mention lots of fun....

Purrplekatt said...

Beautiful! What a lucky girl!!

Lisa H said...

Nice! That is a great color combo.

Dorothy said...

Gorgeous!

Gloria said...

Just beautiful!!

Lori said...

Gorgeous! Love that butterfly, it fits in perfectly!

Caatje said...

Very pretty!