be gentle

i like to read blogs. one that i enjoy is eclectic paperie. i've been a subscriber for a while and have admired many a project - like their name indicates, they are eclectic: many different projects and styles..... i find myself moving more towards art journaling and many of the projects and tutorials are great inspiration. check them out. anyway, the whole point of sharing that is to preface this:

what does one have to do with the other you ask? it is for a challenge over at eP. now, i'm not really a challenge girl, but for some reason i thought "hmm....you have everything you need, that might be fun." so i did. 

things to note: this paper pad is BIG (to me) at 14x17. it's a long hoarded kept remnant of my college days a hundred years ago. it's a sketch pad and of late, i've been using it as a surface protector while i paint, glue, etc in my smaller (i.e. more manageable) books. when one page gets sufficiently grungy, i use it in pieces on smaller projects. looking at it after reading the latest eP challenge i thought, "why not intentionally make a background that can be cut up and used." so i did. 

the challenge is to use gel medium....however you want. so i did. i created the dark purple stenciled circles by mixing some gel medium with shavings from a woodless colored pencil i was using just to see what would happen. wasn't sure i was really going to be happy because once mixed it was kind of an anemic looking purple. it darkened quite a bit while drying and i do like it. the resist circles are simply GM used straight from the jar on the same stencil, then i used Dylusions spray, vibrant turquoise and crushed grape, over the top and let it dry. there were some areas that didn't quite get covered very well so i  got out some evergreen bough and shaded lilac distress stains and fooled around with those. then just to play a bit more, out came the broken china distress paint.

it's ok, nothing to write home about but i think it will serve valiantly in many projects!


Broni said...

I love all the depth that the different colors give your background piece. Won't it be awesome to use on other projects?? Thanks so much for sharing with us at eP!

Teresa Jaye said...

oh! these colors are all so perfectly lovely together and the texture is awesome. It will be so fun to use as a background or in bits and pieces on other projects. So glad you shared it at eclectic Paperie!

Patricia Roebuck said...

Sounds like a cool site. Awesome colors. Will make for some fun projects.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! Hope there are more Merlin shows in the future!

Teresa Kline said...

very pretty, great job!

enjoy *~*

Peg said...

Looks to me like you should be taking up art journalling, this is fabulous!
Btw, thanks heaps for leaving me bloglove yesterday :-)

Unknown said...

It's beautiful!! I love the colors you used and how you tried different ways to use the gel medium! Came out so pretty! Thanks for playing with eP! :)

Tracy said...

Gorgeous,gorgeous gorrrrgeous..love the colors and the textures..can you tell,lol!
So glad you joined us at Eclectic Paperie.
Big hugs

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

This is beautiful! LOVING the colors!! Thanks for visiting my bloggy! :)

Melinda Spinks said...

Absolutely adore the colours and the textures, gorgeous work. Thank you for stopping by my blog. Melinda :)

Marrigje said...

Beauty this page! Thanks for showing.