Mar 23, 2016

Mixing Naturals with Brights in Mixed Media Journaling

book 1
 I am so excited about the new challenge at Anything But Cute because it really pushed me to question something I've always believed in.  When people talk about color and disliking certain colors, I always reply that I love all colors!  I feel my journal is a safe place to experiment with color combinations and test drive colors I don't normally use.
That is exactly what I've been doing in this cardboard junk journal.  But super bright colors are really hard for me, like I said when I did the red cards for IndigoBlu.
book 2
 For these pages I wanted to pull out the super saturated colors in my go to combo: blue and green.  But I just had to balance the brightness with some natural elements.  I think the wooden buttons, the cardboard, and the use of whites gave me that balance.
book 3
 I glued some hymnal pages to my cardboard pages, but did not seal them with Mod Podge this time, because I wanted the full saturation of color to soak into the paper.  Then I added the stencil paste after so I could get the white contrast.
book 4
 This Tim Holtz found relatives image speaks to my heart so much.  You may not know, but I have four children and had three additional foster children for six months.  My grandmother was one of 13 children as well.  Big families are so amazing, but come photo time trying to get everyone to smile and look pretty is not an easy feat!
book 5
 I decided to create a frame for these darling faces by cutting out the top layer to reveal the corrugated cardboard.  Then added the string to messy things up a bit.  Life is never perfect.
book 6
 I decided to go for some more repetition of pattern on the other side as well, stamping and cutting more diamonds.  Part of me loves mirroring this way, but then I don't know.  What do you think?
book 7
 The brown areas are actually gold.  I am loving using Glimmer Mists in my work these days.  I love the juxtaposition of my dull watercolor and the shiny patches.
book 8
 The quote is sort of a pun, but also represents how as a mom you feel best when all the kiddos are at home or with someone you know will mother them as you would.
book 9
 I'm surprised at how well the humble jute binding has worked in my journal.  I had planned to rebind the book when I was finished, but now think I will leave it be.  It really goes well.  Thanks for taking a look today and I do hope you were inspired in some way.  I love reading your thoughts and appreciate ever word.
book 10
I'm linking up to:
SSS: Rain or Shine (because of the cardboard "sunshine" and watery colors)

45 comments:

brenda said...

There is something about harlequins that I always find very pleasing Autumn and the use of corrugated also and against the lovely hues of blue and green all looks stunning.

B x

Sid said...

Fab journal pages !!

rachel said...

autumn this is amazing - I adore what you have done here - brilliant! And I love the colours - hugs Rachel x

Brenda Brown said...

Fabulous pages put together beautifully, love the colour combination.
Hugs Brenda xxx

Lisa said...

Absolutely gorgeous, Autumn!! I love the texture and the layers!! The colors are so beautiful together!! Perfect details, too!! Stunning journal pages my friend!! Have a great evening!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Maxine D said...

Love this Autumn - the colours are fabulous and the contrast with the white and corrugations is stunning. love that photo :-)
Blessings
Maxine

Vintagehandmade said...

Autumn, your art journal spread is fantastic! I love your awesome colour combo, beautiful textures and layers and how you used that corrugated cardboard! So many fabulous details to look at! It's stunning!
Thank you so much for joining in our Crazy For Colour challenge at Anything But Cute! Big hugs! Branka DTx

Asmah Zainal Abidin said...

I enjoyed reading your caption on each photos Autumn and find this art work of your very inspiring. I think the mirroring looks great and yes the jute binding looks perfect to me. Thank you Autumn for playing along at STAMPlorations March Mixed Media Challenge. Come and join us again next month. Happy creating!
Hugs&Smiles,
Asmah
STAMPlorations Mixed Media DT
Qinaahana Arts and Crafts {My Blog}

craftytrog said...

This is so beautiful Autumn, and such a lovely image! I bet you are a wonderful mother! :o)
Wishing you a joyful Easter!
Alison xxx

Pamellia Johnson said...

OK girl, do you ever leave your craft room?? How the heck can you churn out so many exquisite mixed media projects like you do!! This is truly awesome. Love the colours, love the textures, fabulous page my friend!! Wishing you a Happy Easter! hugs :)

Ellie Knol said...

LOVE your art journal page!! Thanks for sharing with us at the Craft Stamper challenge! This is one of my favorites in the challenge :)

Sara Barker said...

I think Pamellia spoke what is on my mind! You are not only a prolific artist you are a fabulous one at that! Love your mirrored journal pages, and the balance you have achieved with your cut outs is just the detail that draws me in! 3 foster kiddos on top of your 4???? And you have time to create art??? What???? Fabulous work, and thank you for joining our Crazy For Color Challenge at Anything But Cute. Hugs! Sara Emily DT

Lee-Anne said...

You never cease to amaze me, Autumn! Wow! Totally awesome pages...such detail! LOVE!

Joi at RR said...

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh Autumn - this is truly WONDERFUL. That cardboard cut out is FABULOUS - just totally "makes" your project PERFECT. Dear me, don't now HOW you did that so well. Love your colors and all the textures. Your vintage picture is just soooo precious. This is just STUNNING - LOVE it. XXj.

Redanne said...

I love the repetition of the stencilling on both sides and I really, really love the blue/green combo, a favourite of mine too. Showing the corrugated area behind the children really does enhance them perfectly. Completely beautiful pages Autumn!

Thanks so much too for joining in our 'Crazy for Colour' challenge at Anything But Cute! Hugs, Anne xx

Pawsitively Creative said...

I am joining your boat of using blues and greens. It sure makes for some great color combos. What wonderful textures you have achieved in this spread. I totally enjoy the mirroring and each element lends itself to the other. Wonderous details and awesome sauce design!

Thanks for joining our "Crazy for Colour" challenge at Anything But Cute! Hugz. ~Niki DT

Lynn Price said...

Autumn, another wonderful project! Love your "junk" journal and how you play! Hope you and yours have a happy Easter! xxx Lynn

Mimi said...

Another bit of Autumny goodness. This is very you-- the brights could not hide it! Love the way cut cut away to reveal the corugation, as you've done in the past. Also love that tangly thread. Did not know you were a foster parent: what a noble job.

Craftyfield said...

What a fabulous page! Craft Stamper DT agrees too... congrats on your top 3 Autumn!
Happy Easter!

Marjan Küppers said...

I love your page! Lovely combo of colors and materials! Congrats on your top 3 spot with the Craft Stamper, I see both of us have a spot there :)

froebelsternchen Susi said...

A wonderful spread Autumn - I love all about it!
Happy Easter!
oxo
Susi

Ann Chuang said...

This is awesome, Autumn. Congrats be the Top 3 at Craft Stamper.

Sara Barker said...

Congratulations on your WELL deserved win at Craft Stamper! Happy Easter, my friend! Hugs!

butterfly said...

You probably don't need me to tell you that I adore this spread. Gorgeous colours and texture with really dynamic composition. Magical!
Alison x

Olenkaja said...

Stunning! Autumn. I love the colours, so much detail and interest to absorb!
Perfect :)

Marty Fishman said...

I do love your journal pages, Autumn, and think you do an amazing job with colors, including red!! I loved your red projects, you need to use that color more :-) I do love the different styles of diamonds on these pages, they go so well together. Also, congrats on your top 3 win at Emerald Dares. That was another amazing project! BTW, this was very interesting as I had no idea you have 4 children and had foster children for some time. You must have a lot of energy because you still find time to create and you have a job, too, right?! Whew!!! Have a nice Easter :-)

Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith said...

Fantastic page, Autumn! Love how you cut apertures to show the cardboard texture. The colour harmony and balance is superb! The vintage image complements the composition perfectly as well. I'm quickly becoming a big fan of yours!

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

Amazing journal spread Autumn.

Love and hugs
Maarit

Samra Leshinski said...

Great grunge project! Thank you so much for joining our Crazy for Colors challenge at Anything But Cute!
Samra DT
Paper Talk with Samra

Laura said...

Beautiful layout! I just recently found your blog and loving it. Thank you for sharing your talent.

Becca Cruger said...

Gosh girl.... this is MARVELOUS! Love the way you used that currogated cardboard to add texture and dimension. You are so clever!

pearshapedcrafting said...

This is beautiful Autumn! A fabulous spread and I loVe how you used that corry card - one of my favourite things to use too! Yes! I do love this…really. really, really!!! Hugs, Chrisx

Tanja said...

love your journal page - thanks for sharing your creation at the STAMPlorations Mixed Media Challenge

Petra Swart said...

WOW, your page looks great, Autumn!!!!! Love the bits of white against the lovely blues and greens and the corrugated cardboard!!! Beautifully done!!
Have a great day!!
Hugz

ßeulah ßee said...

Great page!

Mandy said...

Fabulous journal page Autumn! The colours & textures are gorgeous.
Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Mandy xx

Mona Pendleton said...

Fantastic pages Autumn! Love all the inky goodness and stenciled detail!

Pamellia Johnson said...

Oh man, I totally forgot to say Thank you so much for joining us at Anything But Cute for our 'Crazy For Colour' challenge! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

Wanda Hentges said...

I love it!!! You are sooooooooooo good with composition!!!! I could just look at your projects forever!!!

nwilliams6 said...

You are doing some really cool things! I am amazed with this! Hugz

wannabcre8tive said...

So wonderfully done. I love the seeing the corrugated card board. Great job.

Lena Holmström said...

Beautiful. Thank you for joining us at MMW this month

Cindy C Samsama said...

Waouh!!! I love it !!!

Remya Sreekanth said...

A very pretty spread. I liked the way the jute string is keeping the pages together .. The different ways you used the Harlequin through cut outs stamps and stencil was unique :)
Love Remya

Sara Barker said...

Hey girl! Congratulations on your Top 3 Pick at Our Creative Corner! So very well deserved! Hugs!

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