Saturday, 24 February 2018

Create a bit of sunshine

Gloomy winter days, just make you wish for a bit of sunshine
and maybe a smile to help the day pass by.
Today we actually have some sun, but it is very cold and the weather forecast people are telling us that we will get snow again this coming week.

So how  did this page begin in my mixed media journal
The base  is material, the stag propping up on his elbow is a torn napkin.
I then added some embossing through a stencil some raised some flat  and extra colouring with oxide inks.

As the base is a burlap  material I didn't risk any stamping, so the rest is computer generated. [notes in my sidebar].
I have tried in the past to stamp onto this open weave material but it  looked a right messy image. So if you have any ideas  I would really appreciate them.

I will be joining the folk  at
 Art Journal Journey
 and  Rike's theme of Animals A to Z.
Have a good weekend and
thank you for stopping by,  your visit is always very much appreciated.


  1. Amazing love your art totally awsome

  2. Fabulous with this material made your journal picture. a beautiful work!!
    happy weekend

  3. A great quote,and the stag image made me smile.A fabulous page on the burlap backing.
    Jean x

  4. Cool page Yvonne. You find the BEST napkins and then use them so creatively. And I know what you mean about sunshine and winter weather. We have the winter weather coming tomorrow too. How sad is that. Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend and have some sunshine! And warmth too. Hugs-Erika

  5. Fantastic work of art, wow, this is awesome. I would send you some Aussie sunshine but it has been replace to day by rain, much need rain.xx[aNNie' blog]

  6. I love this super page on burlap - is this the new Dina Wakley journal? Great!
    I so often had exactly those napkin from you in my hands lately - but I haven't found the right idea for it yet.
    A wonderful way to use it - thank you for another fabulous page linked to Rike's theme!
    As a tip for you - just stamp the motifs with archival ink or with acrylic paint onto tissue paper and then glue them very carefully onto the burlap with Mod Podge or thinned Gel-Medium.
    Happy Sunday - we have minus 18 degrees celsius today - but the sun shines.
    W I N T E R !

    oxo Susi

    1. Hi Susi, yes it is my Dina Wakley journal, I must use it more , the pages are so different.
      Thanks for the tip about stamping on to tissue.
      Yvonne xx

    2. I think it is so interesting to learn to use different surfaces - yes use it more often and let us know how it works for you!
      oxo Susi

  7. I do love this page Yvonne, so much warmth when using burlap and the stag looks mighty fine upon it. Great tip from Susi & it works perfectly. Stay warm and Happy Sunday Tracey xx

  8. Wow - this is stunning! This proud stag - an eyecatcher! And the quote is fabulous! The burlap background is fantastic and I like the zig zag stripes very much! Your digital additions made a gorgeous endresult too!
    Maybe it works if you put first some Matte Medium or so on the burlap, before gluing, stamping and painting on it?
    Thank you so much for another gorgeous entry to my theme at AJJ!
    Wish you a happy Sunday! Yes, we have very cold weather here too!
    Rike x
    I want to tell you that I like your header very much!

  9. Wow, Mr. Stag looks so handsome! I love the design with the burlap and stencilled embossing and of course your digital magic is beautiful too 😁. Burlap is tricky to stamp on as it is such a rough open weave and absorbs anything wet like ink, so my tips would be: to use chunkier stamps as fine details are often lost; also using a high density paint or maybe even gesso so it's not as easily absorbed like ink is (as you probably know you can apply these to stamps with a brayer and then clean the stamp straight away afterwards because it ruins the stamp if it dries). I think stencilling with grunge paste or embossing like you have done looks really stunning on burlap too 😁. Hope this helps and wishing you a very Happy Sunday! We are going to watch the new RNLI lifeboat being delivered to our local Lifeboat station soon 😁. J 😊 x

  10. I am in LOVE with the Stag. It's a beauty, and you turned this into a fabulous entry. I really love the entire piece, Yvonne.

    Although I have never tried it, I have heard if you stamp your quote on tissue paper, you can add it to the burlap and it should blend in. BTW, I just now noticed Susi had the same idea. Since you are so good at hybrid pages, I say that may work best for you. For me, I'll need to try the tissue paper way (grin).

    Thanks for sharing this beauty with us at Art Journal Journey today, too.

  11. Wow! This is such a neat page! I love the stag dressed in his gentleman finery and the burlap texture.
    Lovely Yvonne!

  12. Wow, that's great! It put a smile in my face. Thank you!!

  13. A really great page, love the hessian background and you sure have a great collection of animal napkins!
    Cold and brilliant sunshine here too, - fingers crossed the snow will stay away...

    Have a good week ahead!

  14. That stag is so cool! A great page Yvonne! xx

  15. That is a cracker of a napkin! I 😍 I love it.

    Sally xx