Leaf & Frond Studios

A Field of Flowers

Posted on: January 16, 2014

Over the last year I’ve been watching people art journal at retreats and seeing fabulous layouts on Pinterest that go beyond just paper and photos. Branching out to include ‘art stuff’ into my scrapbooking has become what I view as the next step in my creative journey. I always loved art class in school, so why not bring back some of that magic as an adult.

To make this happen I put art things on my Christmas list and my family obliged me. I added some more products in the after Christmas sales then spent a few days looking at all the supplies thinking ‘where do I start?’. A little time off work over the new year gave me the freedom to experiment and JUST START!

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I used some leftover white paper inserts from 12×12 page protectors and thought I’d just practice and see how the supplies felt. I cut the paper down to 8.5×11 (so the finished thing would fit in my album if I wanted to keep it), stamped the flowers onto the white card at different heights to add interest, put a light blue watercolour wash over the whole page and mixed up some acrylic paint colours I thought would look nice together on the flowers. Once the flowers were painted they looked very flat, so I added some highlights and shadows using water soluble white and black pencils.

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The page looked very unbalanced (flowers all along the bottom and just blue for the rest of the page) so I cut it down to 8×5 and added the butterfly stamp. Once the butterfly was coloured (a mix of acrylics and coloured pencils) in colours that complemented and contrasted with the flowers I added the grass and all done.

Not bad for my first adult art attempt… if I do say so myself!

Supplies used:
Hero Arts Long Stem Flowers stamp
Stampin Up Papillon Potpourri stamp
– Watercolour paint
– Acrylic paint
Memento Ink Pad in black
General’s All Surface Pencils in black & white
– Coloured pencils

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