Tuesday, 15 September 2015

That Makes My Heart Sing

If you are waiting with bated breath to hear my exciting news, I'm sorry to keep you in suspense for a bit longer. I'm waiting for a suitable image to illustrate that post which will hopefully arrive in the next few days. In the meantime I'm showing you this week's spread in my Dylusions journal for The Documented Life Project 2015. We are continuing with our September theme of Journalling with Photos. The art challenge is to use digital imagery and design, and the journalling prompt: What makes your heart sing?
I started with a background collage of vintage text and imagery. These were covered with a thinned down layer of gesso and then with a mix of paints. There was a digital image that I wanted to use. It is a layered mix of two photographs I took, one of the centre of a tulip and the other of the heart of a clematis. I played with this digital mix a bit more and produced 4 different colour versions of it. Looking for a medium to print these photos out on, I came across a pack of Scrapbooking Attitude Printable Craft Film which was unopened. I have absolutely no inkling when or where I picked this up. This seemed a good moment to put it to the test so I printed out the image in a variety of colours and sizes. The film came with very clear instructions and it needs to be ironed (using a protective sheet!!!) onto the background paper, which I duly did. It needs quite a bit of time but eventually it adhered perfectly to the painted background.
 I then cut out a heart from a piece of gelli plate printed deli paper and glued it onto the right hand page. A circle punched out of one of my blue poppy photographs was added on top. I had already found the quotation I wanted to use on this page. It's by Claude Monet and reads:

"Every day I discover more and more beautiful things....I have such a desire to do everything my head is bursting with it". 

That's quite frequently how I feel as well and That Makes My Heart Sing!

I  surrounded all the images and stamped text with Swirls and Flourishes stamps (from Personal Impressions) as shown and coloured in the leaves with a white marker. I added some more outlining and decoration to the stamped letters and that was more or less it, apart from adding some washi tapes here and there. I like the way the vintage background is still peeking through.


Sue Marrazzo said...


Lenna Young Andrews said...

I am in love with this Frieda. First & foremost how the Monet quote suits you so perfectly and then the way you have combined the text paper, vintage images and your altered photo collage with paint & gesso. I am waiting to hear your exciting news, but this beautiful spread will certainly allow me to be patient a bit longer!

Linda Kunsman said...

That is truly a most beautiful quote and you have given a perfect vision to it with your journal spread. I love how your digital flower photos softly appear and blend so well with the whole composition! Waiting patiently (or at least trying)for your exciting news...


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