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Saturday, 21 January 2017

Continuing the Circle Journal Adventure

Hi everyone. This is my first posting for 2017 but I will endeavour to blog more regularly! Just a short post tonight as I've realised I haven't been posting many pics of the pages I've completed in friends' Circle Journals. We are shortly coming to the end of this second round of the Circle Journal adventures. I adore my first one: all completed by talented, creative, arty friends. This second round has proved just as wonderful! I can't wait to receive mine back. It will be a year since leaving me and allowing 12 friends-in-crafting to complete a page each in it. Exciting.
Well, here is the page that I completed in Catherine's Circle Journal.
We all have one month to complete a page or spread and as I had all of December to complete this, I went for a Christmassy spread. 
I started by gluing lots of torn pieces from my gelli plate stash.  I'm gelli plate mad so I have lots of unused backgrounds. Don't we all? 
I painted the collaged pages with a selection of PA Fresco chalk paints that I first watered down. This was to bring the pages to a cohesive whole. Also, the one rule we have in the Circle Journal group is to use at least one PaperArtsy product per page/spread. In my case, paint. The colours here were chosen because I wanted to retain a blue/green colour theme for what was to happen next.
Once I was happy with the colour blend, I stamped various background stamps (Kate Crane's own stamps/Indigo Blu) all over the spread in black archival.
For the next layer, I used Indigo Blu's flitterglu to add variegated foils through a stencil randomly  over the spread. 
I used a stencil (WhichCraft) and drew around it three times across the double page spread. Then, using both Amethyst and Caribbean Sea (PaperArtsy Frescos) I painted over the background completely around the trees, leaving the inside of each tree with the original painted collage: learned from the wonderful, Birgit Koopsen. Then it was just a case of more stamping using the two paint colours, and added doodling - my favourite part! 
And, voila! Some text and an added tag completed the spread. Hope Catherine likes it. I loved doing it! Hope you like it too.  If you're interested in joining the next round of our Circle Journal either add a comment below, or pm me! Then I can give you some details.  Thanks for dropping by. I would 
love to know you passed! 
Till next time! 


  1. Love this page, Chris! great colours, and I love the white pen work.

    1. Aw. Thanks Helen! That was quick. Always first.

  2. WOW - you've blogged!!!! What a lot of lush layers going on there, love how you built it all up and left some uncovered to make the trees - fabulous xxx

  3. Fantastic backdrop Chris and I adore those white highlights . Love your journal pages . Hugs. Tracy x

  4. Love the build up of your page and the addition of of those foils, it makes it all look so rich in design. What a fantastic Journal idea Chris. I adore it.
    Have a relaxing Sunday love & Hugs Tracey xx

    1. Aw. Thank you Tracey. That's such a lovely, encouraging comment! Enjoy your Sunday too xxx