Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Never regret..

Hello Crafty peeps…
Welcome to my page today and I would like to thank my “new followers” too. Today, I share with you something totally out my comfort zone, something new to me…I am nervous!
My first ever “Art Journal page” !! You heard it right! I am surprised too how I took the plunge, but I had to do it to tell myself that “anything is possible”. There is always a first time and with due respect to all the talented mixed media artists and art journal artists…I know we have many of them in blogland and some of them are close friends too! I sincerely seek an honest opinion from all of you as this will help me improve from my baby steps to walk steadily!
My mom recently gave me a whole lot of story books that I had read as a toddler and I thought this would be a perfect way to alter those children’s book and keep then as memories.
These were published in the 1970’s and this particular book had some water illustrations and I decided to keep this little bird on the branch as the focus and work around it. The theme that I have chosen is close to my heart, summer, nature, outdoor and I have kept to warm bright colors. At least something from my comfort zone, lol!
This is what it looks like now!
I gave a coat of gesso all over the page, except around the bird and also stuck some tissue with gel medium on the base for texture. Then I went about making my own sprays with acrylics and worked on the background.
I decided on a brick wall here and there using TCW bricks stencil and modeling paste. I have used pastel chalks to color them. I love the distressed look of that too!
I have used the dry pastels to create depth in the greenery and have stamped foliage with a homemade stamp and leaf green archival ink. The flowers are Paper Artsy Jofy stamps. Some are directly stamped and colored and some are stamped on water color paper, colored with pastel pencils, fuzzy cut and then adhered on the page. A few highlights with white gel pen, they just popped from the green fields!
Here is a closer look at the bird on the branch. I re worked on him with my pastel and then gave some highlighting with white gel pen! He had grown old you see…I had to give life to him, lol!
The ivy creepers,(loots of them ) are paper Artsy stamps and I had them hanging all over, even till the brick wall so that a few owls could perch on them!
I shaded the journal edges with pastel chalks and had some white splats all over the page to tone down the colors. I had a tough time choosing on the sentiment for the page…I din’t know if I wanted to share this but then I was not giving up! I really had a great time, after my initial bout of nervousness on trying something new!
After a point, I really started enjoying the layers of colors and seeing the page come alive with the birds and the foliage just made me smile and that is why this quote from Stampendeous. The funky doodled alphabets are from Hero Arts.
Well I am NOT regretting at all…however I am looking for honest opinions from all my artsy crafty friends on this first of its kind page from me!
Hope to be doing more as I fill up the books given to me by my mother!
I would like to link my journal page to the following challenges..
Shopping OurStash Ch Blog – Out on a limb ( use branches)
CraftingMusketeers – shades of summer
Frilly n Funkie – Summer
Mixed MediaMonthly Challenge – Yr of choices (Around the house, new to you, stencil and paste, birds of a feather)
Until my next Creative Journey,
Happy Crafting and Re cycling.



  1. You create magic with whatever you do Rupa!!
    Dr Sonia
    Cards Crafts Kids Projects

  2. Wow, amazing Rupa!! Looks like be both tackled our first journal pages this month, I'm addicted now!! I love how you built your scene around the bird on the original page, so clever and the result is stunning!! Beautiful colours and textures, well done!!

    Thank you so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie for our 'It's Summer' challenge! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

  3. What a bright n cheery Page ! I loved the nature ,scene you have built around the bird.So nice to take something from the page and create around it ! With so many talented bloggers sharing their art journals I am very much inspired to try it out too :)

  4. love how you have built the scene around the little bird Rupa !! love all the colors and textures !!

  5. Brava Rupa!! I think it was just arrived the time to make AJ for you, and there are no mistakes of doubts , it's just a part of your creative path. Carry on!!
    By the way, this is so lovely and pretty!

  6. As usual, your work is splendid! I love how you retained the original bird and the subtle showing through of some of the original text! Very nicely created. Your first attempt is awesome! Thanks for playing along with us at Shopping Our Stash!
    Chana, DT

  7. Wow, I look forward to seeing more pages, this one is gorgeous. Love how you used the page and the bird, then made it all your own.
    Yvonne xx

  8. Oh Rupa!! Such a beautiful spread!! I love your colors and your journaling is fabulous- what a sweet bird!! So glad you have ventured out of your comfort zone!! xoxo
    ps, thank you for your kind and generous comments on my blog! ")

  9. This is so stunning! Thank you for your lovely entry at Love To Scrap! Challenge Blog! Hope to see you again soon!! HUGS!
    Ann DT

  10. So glad you kept the little bird - the illustrations are so charming - and what a colourful setting you've given him now - amazing!
    Alison xx

  11. Beautiful , thank you for joining us this month over at the Crafting Musketeers Challenge Blog xx

  12. Holy Wow! This journal page is amazing! I can't believe this is your first one ever. It looks like you've been cranking these out for ever! Thanks for joining us at Shopping Our Stash!

  13. Awesome art journal pages! I love how you added the bird from your vintage book. Thanks so much for joining us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.

  14. Just FABULOUS!! Love that you did the foliage with a homemade stamp :) Great texture!
    Thanks for joining us at LTSCB. Best of luck with your entry!

    Tammy DT

  15. Absolutely stunning. I loved how you created your page around the bird. Love the warm summer colours and the text is inspiring. Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie.

  16. such a fabulous FIRST journal page! that little story book picture is great. Thank you so much for playing with the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge and celebrating our first birthday!!

  17. Rupa, journalling is DEFINITELY your thing! LOVE this!!! Thank you so much for playing along with us at Frilly and Funkie. Jenny x