Jul 1, 2016

Sweet Summer Mixed Media Journal Spread

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Today it is my great honor to be a guest at Mixed Media Mojo for their July Summertime Fun Challenge.  Honestly, this theme took me off guard!  I don't typically create sea themed projects, unlike many of my awesome bloggy friends and I certainly don't have many images to use...  So after some much needed cleaning of my studio, I sat down to star at my empty table and noticed my stash of found relatives.  I remembered one fun beachy photo and the rest is history, literally - in this vintage spread in my cardboard junk journal.

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I was inspired by this amazing sea collage of Anne's to use one of Tim's greenery dies as coral.  Thanks Anne!  I decided to bring some contrast by floating some white flowers through my watercolor sea, and then later added some string and text to grunge it up a bit.  I have tried to keep all of my journal pages as flat as possible and though this one appears to be dimensional, it shuts quite nicely.

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I used some leaf stamps from my mom's collection to stamp the "seaweed."

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This particular stamp was ages old, but so fun to use!  Here you see how I curl back the edges of the cardboard for added texture.

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I cut the image down to work with this wooden laser cut frame.  I gave it a wash of gesso and colored it to blend in.  All of the watercolor was done with watercolor crayons onto gessoed surfaces.  To make the splatters, I just rubbed my crayon on my craft mat and spritzed with water.

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I have one spread left in this journal.  I will do a recap post and hopefully a video flip through when its complete.  It has truly been my favorite project for many years.  Telling my story and expressing my thoughts through journaling about these vintage pics has been very rewarding.  Thanks for following along.

Thank you Mixed Media Mojo for this invitation and your endless inspiration!
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43 comments:

Vintagehandmade said...

Wow, Autumn, what an absolutely beautiful summery art journal spread! Wonderful colors, awesome stamping and fabulous details! Love the way how you used that Tim's die, it's brilliant! Can't wait to see your flip through video! Big hugs! Branka xx

Marjan said...

SO beautiful is the underwater scene you created on these journal pages! I have read your description with interest, always love to read how you did it! And that with limited supplies for these kind of scenes! And I would LOVE to see a video flip!

craftytrog said...

A beautiful spread Autumn! xxx

Maria said...

This is such a wonderful layout! I love all the elements you used! Great job and thanks for joining us at Mixed Media Mojo this month as our Diva.

butterfly said...

How gorgeous - it's like a beach holiday in a book! Wonderful layers of paint, stamping and die-cuts. Congratulations on a great GD spot. Sorry to have missed so much again lately. I've got a couple of weeks coming up soon where I hope to do some proper catching up.
Alison x

Susan said...

What a lovely spread!

Lisa said...

Well, for someone who doesn't typically create sea-themed projects, you are a master at them, Autumn!! You should do them more often!! Wow, this is absolutely stunning!! I love the colors and the layers!! I also love how you used Tim's die!! This is stunning my friend!! I love, love it!! Have a great holiday weekend!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Chriss America Real said...

Congratulations on your Guest Design spot. I am in love with this mixed media journal spread! I have been sitting here for about 10 minutes just looking at how you put everything together on the pages! Wow! Fantastic!

rachel said...

I absolutely adore this autumn ...its beautiful and so summery. I think you may have won over at tims too ... well done if it is you xxx

Tee said...

Love your journal spread! Beautiful sea scene!

Becca Cruger said...

I can smell the salty ocean from here! The pairing of that cerulean with the luscious yellow is truly magical!

Art By Wanda said...

This is a wonderful spread, Autumn!!!

MaryH said...

It's beautiful! Love the vintage photo tucked in showing the fun at the seaside. Lovely embellishments to add to the feel, and you certainly had great inspiration with Anne's project. You've done a fantastic effort with this journal page, and especially impressive, since you say this is a bit out of your comfort zone. Certainly doesn't show that at all! TFS & Happy wkend. Hugs

Redanne said...

Well you certainly took me to the seaside with this gorgeous summery spread Autumn (and you know how much I love the sea!!). The colours are gorgeous, I love the flowers, the string has a net look to it - I LOVE this.... a lot!! Hugs, Anne xx

Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith said...

Your colours always harmonize so well! Loving the dimensions and the layering under the photo!

Donna Ellis said...

wooooo! Autumn, what an incredible beachy, summery, fun theme you have so masterfully put together! This photo reminds me of my parents when they were dating, and yes, they frequented the beach until my dad was in the Navy during WW2. All your oceanic flora and fauna are beautiful, and so are the textures, reminding me of dry salt spray, and the heat of the soft sand! I have pinned in my hope to do some scrapbooking in 2017. Thank you for the inspiration! Hope you are enjoying the beginning of a great week-end! hugs, de

Linda said...

What a great photo Autumn and I love the use of the greenery dies for coral - how good does that look!

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

What a super gorgeous spread! It's worthy of a canvas! Gorgeous!

Virginia L. said...

Awesome details and design! So glad that you join the fun over Simon Says Stamp Wednesday “Anything Goes” Challenge! Super work!

Deb said...

Oh those wonderful Found Relatives, they are a constant source of inspiration! Fabulous journal pages Autumn, love the use of the white florals with the greenery. The laser cut frames that great picture perfectly, thanks for sharing it and for being our Mixed Media Mojo Diva! Deb xo

Jannet said...

This is simply wonderful Autumn! We are honoured to have you as our guest designer. Thank you so much.

Marty F said...

What a beautiful summer layout, Autumn! I would never know this isn't one of your regular themes, the colors are so pretty and I love your coral. I love how you have flowers along the coral and your mom's stamp was perfect for the seaweed. Love this and would love to see a video flip through of your journal :-)

Pamellia said...

Beautiful Autumn! Love these colours, so bright and perfect for summer. I love how you put the sentiment in the flower centers. hugs :)

Paper Profusion said...

Terrific spread Autumn. Love all your painty, inky elements. Could you just organise for sone sunshine to appear over here please?!? Happy Weekend! Nicola x

Melissa L. said...

Gorgeous, Autumn!

Curls N Twirls said...

I Liked this concept of Cardboard Journal spread . I have loads of them cut out and waiting for it to turn into journal . :) Falling short of words to describe your creations :)
Hugs
Remya

Olenkaja said...

Gorgeous project! Perfect colours!

A Pink said...

Congratulations on your GD spot , Autumn ,
You have created a wonderful sea themed journal spread - it's both fresh and uplifting and grungy too. Love it
hugs x

Priyanka Mathur said...

Congratulations on your guest post! Your art work is fabulous! Love the details, colours, textures everything! Just amazing!
Thank you so much for visiting my blog :)
Hugs
Priyanka
https://shiningcolourscrafts.blogspot.in/

Petra Swart said...

Congrats on the GD spot, Autumn!!! You've done great with the sea theme - your page is absolutely beautiful!!!!! I love all the leafy die cuts that look like seaweed!!!! The flowers and all the other wonderful detail are just great!!!!!
Hugz

sarascloset said...

Congratulations on your GDT spot! You've done MMM proud, hun! What a fabulous sea-themed layout and to think you did it without the "proper" gadgets! Out of limitations...Love the threads! Hugs!

Margik said...

Wonderful spread, Autumn! Fabulous design and colors.
Mar x

crafty-stamper said...

Absolutely brilliant journal spread love the greenery-seaweed and curled back edges
Carol x

Karen Dunbrook said...

how gorgeous...love all the details!! amazing
TFS,
hugs,
K

├čeulah ├čee said...

Who wouldn't smile at this--so joyful! Thanks for a bit of cheer.

Kotolifestyle said...

Gorgeous art journal. Thank you for joining us at Words&Paintery

KAVA said...

This is amazing! Especially I love your background - you did a great job! ;)
Thank you for playing along with us at Words&Paintery.

Mandy: Less is Bore! said...

That is one amazing spread! Love all the details and textures.
Thank you for playing along with "Words & Paintery"!

Mandy: Less is Bore! said...

That is one amazing spread! Love all the details and textures.
Thank you for playing along with "Words & Paintery"!

Marie/Mison said...

Oh wow - this is really, really beautiful. Thank you for joining Words & Paintery this month!

ewelinkag said...

Love your art journal entry. Thank you for joining us at Words & Paintery.

Mary Tzalla said...

This is stunning! Realy love it! Thank you for joining us at Words and Paintery!

The Colour Press said...

Absolutely fantastic. A fresh take to creating a beach themed page. Love d way Uve weaved in the flowers and diecuts. Thank you for playing alongwith words and paintery. Hope you join us this month as well.

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