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Monday Journal- Parchment Paper Flowers

It has been quite a while since I have done a Monday Journal page/post.  So, I thought I would head over to see what the challenge is this week on Collage Obsession to try and inspire me.  This week’s theme is gardening.  It reminded me of the parchment paper flowers that I wanted to try and recreate from the Art of Wild Abandonment class I have been finishing up this week.  This is a class from Junelle Jacobson that I started almost a year ago (where does the time go?) and have been trying to get done before it expires, haha.  I have been sketching all of the projects just to get myself in the habit of sketching as I am not a big fan.  Strange isn’t it?  An artist that doesn’t really like to draw.  I just like getting right in there and getting dirty.

Here is the sketch I did of her project.  I finished it up with some Faber Castell Pitt Pens.  I knew I wanted to do the actual project as well since working with the parchment paper really intrigued me.

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For the background, I started with covering the pages of my art journal with Absorbent Ground and let that dry.  I then sprayed it with water and applied drops of fluid acrylic in a teal, yellow and red.  Once done, I just smeared it all with my fingers, trying not to overdo it as it would have turned into a muddy brown mess.

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  I got so carried away I forgot to take more pictures of my process, haha.  It was a good day :)  Here is the finished piece.  It isn’t exactly a garden but flowers come from a garden so it should count right?  The flowers were individually cut from parchment paper that I had painted florescent red and covered with Mod Podge.  Covering the parchment with podge once it has been painted is a very important step as the paint will peel right off.

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 The vases were made from vintage sheet music and the centres from Cinamon coloured Stickles (to add a little sparkle).

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 Loving the black stars in the background done with the stencil.

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I finished it off with a quote that just came to me while I did the original sketch which was “Art washes away the dust of every day life” not sure who said it, but it is totally true as it did that exact thing for me today.

Flower Mixed Media Piece for Goddess Series

As I continue to work on my Goddess series, I thought I would do a post about each of the larger pieces so that when they find a home people can come to check out a little of how each girl was created.  I also help to inspire you a little as well :)

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My Delicate Flower mixed media girl likes to hide behind the beauty of her garden.  For the background, I started with this beautiful tissue like paper I found at Deserres.  (If you have never been, you should really check them out.  They have the most beautiful selection of papers and tons of art supplies.  Lots of projects for the little ones as well.)  I cut the paper up in sections as it is always easier to apply then one huge sheet.

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The flowers were then cut from scraps of paper I had in my stash from a Sizzix Flower Layers Die.  I inked the edges of the petals to further define them, then topped them with a little white pearl.

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Although shy, this girl definitely has some personality with this showy dress and headpiece.  Can’t forget to outline everything with a fluid black pen.

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What is a garden without a butterfly?  It is atop the outline left behind from using one of my go-to vintage plastic doilies that I love using as stencils.

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Some background stamps in black ink here and there and the piece is complete.

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Love her and how quickly she came together.  Maybe I should have had a little more contrast with the background?  What do you think?