Monday, August 17, 2015

What Matters

Hi folks, today I am sharing with you the image What Matters by Aurora of The East Wind available in both rubber and as a digi from the store.  I started by colouring the image with Faber Castell Polychromos, I then fussy cut the image ready to go in my journal.

Next I set to preparing the old book I am using for my journal by using Gesso on the pages to cover the text.  Browsing the net the other day I found this awesome background technique and for the life of me can I find it again to give credit to the person - sorry.  Anyway, the background uses crumpled up tissue paper which is applied to the page with a mixture of PVA and water, making sure you leave those crumples in :)  Once dry use an oil pastel and rub gently over the page, the pastel will adhere to the raised crumple bits leaving an awesome textured background, so touchy feely and looking great.
With the background dry I then drew some flowers to match the image and coloured them again with my Polychromos.  Next I used a dark green oil pastel to pick up the raised areas of the tissue paper.
Onto a bit of die cutting, this die is Oriental Ying Yang by Joy Crafts which I cut four of.  I then coloured them with Pan Pastels and added some silver gilding wax.
Finally, I printed my text on acetate and attached it to my page with double sided tape.  To me 'Me Time' is very important and I don't see it as selfish one bit but more a way of building my strength through finding myself (through crafting) and therefore being in a better place to help others more productively :) :) :) 
A few purple stickle swirls and border around the text and a peace brad to finish off and there we have it, all done.


  • Image - What Matters by Aurora of The East Wind available in both rubber and as a digi from Sweet Pea Stamps
  • Colouring Medium - Faber Castell Polychromos, oil pastel, Pan Pastels
  • Dies - Oriental Ying Yang by Joy Crafts
  • From my stash - Stickles, gilding wax, peace brad
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  1. Wonderful journal pages, great colours and design. Thanks for joining us at Art Journal Journey, Valerie

  2. What a gorgeous journal page, the background is simply stunning. Thank you for entering the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge, “Anything Goes”. We hope to see you back again soon! Karola, DT, InvisiblePinkCards

  3. Wow.. a wonderful spread is this! And such a true quote as well!
    Super to see how you made this beautiful pages!
    Thank you very much for being with us at Art Journal Journey!

  4. A beautiful journal spread, the textures are super and the image looks so calm in the pretty scene.

  5. What a lovely Journal...I must try rubbing the oil pastel over my tissue as I've not tried that before...
    Thank you for joining in with our challenge over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit...x

  6. WOW--this is amazing! The texture is fabulous and I adore the colors, too! Thank you for joining us at Great Impressions! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

  7. This is beautiful! Love how you made the background - the image is gorgeous! Chrisx

  8. Lovely card thank you for joining us at Whoopsi Daisy hugs Sue DT xx

  9. This is so beautiful..very ethereal. Thank you for sharing this with us over at Artistic Inspirations. Sue DT xx

  10. Your creation is incredible! It's so artsy, so pretty and that sentiment is so true!!! What comes to mind is that old saying, if the Momma ain't happy, no one is! This is really beautiful. Thanks so much for playing along with us at Great Impressions!

  11. I saw that same video this morning in the wee hours! Got a canvas drying with it now to work on tomorrow! Love how this turned out and the sentiment is something we all need to remember. Thanks for sharing with us at Rhedd's Creative Spirit this month! Nanette, DT

  12. Fantastic. Thank you for joining in with the Sisters of Craft challenge, good luck in the voting and we hope to see you again. Crafty Blessings. Tracy SOC DT x

  13. Hi Mimi! What a fantastic journal you've created with this beautiful gal! Your coloring is amazing, and all of the effort you put into it with the special touches are amazing! Thank you so much for joining my Purple challenge this week.

    Jeannie T.
    Dragonfly Journeys

  14. Your journal is beautiful love this image and the way you have created the pages and lovely colours. Thank you for joining us at Crafting with An Attitude. Helen DT x

  15. This is indeed a lovely technique. There are many products which will give you different looks over the tissue too! You can make it look like leather! I love the gentleness of what you have done and so agree with your journalling. Thank you for joining in at Rhedd's Creative Spirit this month.

  16. wonderful spread,love the colors and design,very pretty.

    oxo jenny


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