Windy Foliage Art Journal Page with Sketchy Leaves

Hi everyone! Ellie here, I’d like to wish you all the best for 2023 !

It’s quite windy here at the moment, and also not that cold.
The leaves are everywhere; that’s what inspired this page.. the leaves are swirling down in the wind, with a bird looking at it.

The page started as a background as a first only, just playing in my junk journal, following a challenge online.
I will gradually take you through the steps.
Adhere pieces of papers in the colors you choose, for me it was a moody blue, copper and yellow; and of course white. The blue alcohol ink in the color denim changes to a purplish and pinkish blue. Mix while wet with other sprays and white gesso until you are happy with the background.
Now for the composition.
I have a whole bunch of stamped images stamped with different colors of inks like black, brown, purple and plum. Whenever I have a moment I fussy cut these images and use them on cards, journal pages etc.
The above images I chose are stamped with a purple ink: it matches the purple at the top of the page.
I lay the chosen fussy cut images onto the page and take a picture of it, so when I want to adhere them to the page at a later stage, I know what I want it to look like. I will work on the background more first. The bird needs a base!
Tear a piece of paper to create a space on the background.
I plan to heat emboss white in this area, and sponge extra color within it to create the base for the bird.
Stamp mixed media script or number with Versamark ink, heat emboss in white and sponge with a yellow distress ink within the area. Spray with water so so the area is not defined that much anymore.
I stamped a few foliage doodle plants onto the background.
Adhere the images to the page with 3D tape.
Adding the 3D tape emphasises the feel of the leaves swirling to the ground.
I also stamped a script in the background to add interest and added touches of color to the images with colored pencils.
A quote on an art journal page adds a meaning tho the page; I did that by using words from the Mix A Sentiments stamp sets.

I was quite happy with how it turned out; of course I hope you got inspired now to create.

Please share it with us in the FB group and have a chance at winning some product from the shop as we have an ongoing challenge with an extra moodboard if you like to use itIt is basically a anything goes challenge though, you do not have to use the colors of the moodboard.
Come join in the fun and be inspired by our lovely design team!

See you next time.
Ellie Knol.

I used these stamps from the Rubber Dance collection of stamps:

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