Sunday, May 4, 2014

Field of Flowers Art Journal Page

Hello stampers! It is a new month, and one of my favourite months of the year, beautiful May. We are having a new challenge at Craft a Scene, Build a Flower Garden.
I decided to work in my art journal this week, creating a wild flower field with stamps and inks. I like the look of a wild flower garden. For the background, I inked a really large acrylic block with Distress Inks (Tumbled Glass, Stormy Sky, Shabby Shutters, Crushed Olive and Peeled Paint). The inked block was misted with water and pressed onto the page. I hadn't done this technique in a while, and it gives such a great and quick watercolour background.
After the background dried, I white embossed Darkroom Door flowers and grasses in the foreground. The other flowers were inked with Distress Markers, misted with water about 4-5 times and stamped, for a watercolour effect. Since dye inks are transparent, they will have a more muted look on the green background than if you had stamped them on white paper.

The sentiment and a bunch of small word stamps were stamped with Archival Jet Black ink. I also had to add one of my favourite Tim Holtz stamps, the birds, inked with Stormy Sky, misted with water and stamped. Love the random areas where you see the white of the paper.

Thank you for looking! I hope you will join us in the challenge this month.
Happy Stamping!
Surfaces: Ranger Small Creative Journal
Stamps: Darkroom Door: Wildflowers Vol. 1Wildflowers Vol. 2, Full Bloom Vol. 2, Home Sweet Home; Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz: Mini Ornates
Ink: Distress Ink: Tumbled Glass, Stormy Sky, Shabby Shutters, Crushed Olive, Peeled Paint; Archival Ink: Jet Black; VersaMark embossing ink
Markers: Distress Markers: Peeled Paint, Mustard Seed, Worn Lipstick, Wild Honey, Aged Mahogany
Embossing powder: Ranger Seafoam White


  1. WOW das ist wunderschön. Gefällt mir sehr gut.

    LG Carola

  2. Wonderful piece of ART. Really love it. Thanks for your explanation Anneke.

  3. Beautiful!! "Layers of Ink" again on this pages. Your blog name is perfect :)

  4. You certainly created a beautiful garden in your journal, it is lovely, the white stenciling is a lovely touch.

  5. Oh this looks stunning! I absolutely love that water colour background, it looks wonderful, must give it a try. The white embossed flowers make the more muted water colour ones really pop. Altogether I really, really love this page!

  6. wow - this is beautiful - I adore this - so soft - I love it xx

  7. Wow how beautiful, gorgeous watercolour effect!
    Claire xx

  8. Beautiful Anna-Karin, jou veldjie lyk soos 'n regte veldjie, met pragtige blomme!

  9. Such a gorgeous page Anna-Karin. I love the watercolour effect.

    Sue xx

  10. Really lovely effect! Can I ask a question as I am new to using inks and stamps? Why use ink rather than water colour? What benefits do you find it has? Thanks!

  11. the white embossing really sets that off. Love the look!

  12. Ahh.. like a fresh breeze on a summer's day - this is just beautiful. Another glorious piece of inspiration... I want to go and play (but it may have to wait for tomorrow!).
    Alison xx

  13. Anna-Karin, this is so beautiful. It's been a long time since I've used that background technique; now I want to try it again. I love the effect you achieved with both inking DTR and stamping/white embossing powder. TFS.


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