Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Joy Ride - Ink Blowing

When Wilna posted her layout "Who Says?" over at Two Peas in a Bucket, I was hit with a lightening bolt of inspiration. I loved the grouping in the center and the way her journaling was sewed in a straight line on top of her photo. I couldn't wait to scraplift some of that. So, I plugged the image into my mind to save for a rainy day. But then I was walking through Staples (my personal candy store) when I came upon a journal:

Yet another lightening bolt struck me. I loved the bold colors and the way they seemed to be dripping onto each other. I had a photo in mind that was difficult to scrap because of all the colors that were in it. It always seemed out of place when I put scrapbook paper under it. But now I had an idea. I raced home and put all this inspiration to work.

Tim Holtz - Distress Stain - Wild Honey,  Tim Holtz - Distress Stain - Aged MahoganyTim Holtz - Distress Stain - Peeled Paint,  Tim Holtz - Distress Stain - Dusty Concord,  Tim Holtz - Distress Stain - Weathered WoodTim Holtz - Distress Stain - Scattered Straw, Ranger - Inkssentials - Glossy Accents, Ranger - Acrylic Paint Dabber - Snow Cap, Crafts Etc - Bead Treasures - Seed Beads - Yellow/Orange, Crafts Etc - Czech Glass Beads - Seed Beads - Purple/Aqua 

I had so much fun on this layout! I felt like a kid in kindergarten again, playing with paints and getting all messy. I used 6 different colors of distress stains to get the desired affect. I focused on making my colors less like a rainbow and more like the tail feathers of the rooster in my photo.

Does anyone remember making a picture by blowing on wet paint with a straw? Well, I looked at the journal with the dripping paint and that's what came to my mind. Word of caution though, You have to start with your lightest colors first and then you work your way to the darker ones. The colors show up better that way. Also, I don't think it would work so well with anything but the distress stains. Mists and stamp pads seem to dry to fast and the re-inkers are really thick so you'd have to water them down. Also, I couldn't find a brad that was colorful enough for me so I used some small beads and Glossy accents to make the flower centers.

When I finished my layout, I realized that I had accidently put 'chicken' instead of 'duck' on my journaling. I was really upset because I had already sewed my journaling down. But that just gave me a creative idea. I decided that I would use this opportunity to add color to my journaling. I cut out little strips of cardstock and colored them with my distress inks. Then I wrote the correct word on top and used pop dots to make them stand out. I repeated this with a couple of random words. When I was finished, I had to laugh at my quirky solution, but I was still really pleased. Speaking of journaling... here's a closeup of the picture so you can read along with the story and laugh:

                "Jada has many toys but there are only two that she consistently plays with. The duck and the pig. They’re pretty much identical - both are just small round balls with a squeaker in them. The only difference is one is pink  and looks like a pig and the other is yellow with an orange bill like a duck. We have no idea what the big deal is, but those are her favorites.
                One day, the duck went missing. We all looked high and low for it, but with no luck. It seemed to have dissapeared into thin air. A week went by and still no duck. Then one day, it mysteriously reappeared, but in an unusual way.
               I was sitting down watching tv when my eyes began to roam around the room where they landed on Donna’s metal rooster. Sitting, perched on top as if it was on a joy ride, was the missing duck. I have no clue how it got there, but there it was... staring at me. Perhaps Jada felt like her duck needed a break?"

I finished off my layout with my usual prima letters (I'm gonna miss them when I run out). I used my acrylic paint dabber to make the letters pure white so they wouldn't compete with the color on my page. I hope y'all enjoyed this fun layout. I think everyone should try the ink blowing technique. It's just so playful!


Mary Pat Siehl said...

what a great page!!

Heidi said...

Wow, what an amazing layout. I wish I was that creative!

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Jennifer Joanne said...

What an adorable layout! Love the story & great journaling!

Sarah Hurley said...

LOVE this! great LO

Sarah x

Danielle said...

this page is fabulous-what wonderful use of an inspiration piece!

Mary Jo Rhoda said...

What a great page created from that particular inspiration!!
And I love how you fixed your *mistake* :)

Stephanie said...

What a great and creative page! Nice work!!