It's possible I've gone a little envelope obsessed, but I still can't get enough of building a page this way. I love the idea of having an 'adressed' envelope with a stamp and a twirly message all tied up with twine. And I'm finding that I can finally get all the journalling I want into page in a way that's accessible and makes my handwriting visible, but doesn't mean that the entire layout is taken up with writing. Again with the dinky envelopes!
I got in another hand-cut title or two and used a grid design to square up all the elements of the page. The story is all about the times we've spent enjoying mulled wine this winter from a cheeky first look at the end of October, through to "hot wine" slurped in Prague. I wanted the page to have a wintry feel so I painted a background in white and blue (which also helps to tone down the black and white zig-zag).
I added a spritz or two of blue mist to some white acrylic paint, mixing them a little, but leaving a few streaks of darker blue colour running through the white. I spread it thickly and used a knife to get broader strokes of paint spread across the page. I actually painted onto acetate which had a couple of advantages: it won't wrinkle like paper does and once it was dry, I could place it over lots of different papers and backgrounds to get different effects. The pain is a little translucent in places and I like that some of the paper pattern is still visible through it. And the texture is lovely :D
And squirly writing. Squirly, by the way, is an excellent and terribly underused word. I've been enjoying wielding a pen to make pretty, squirly writing a great deal. So I've signed up for the Life, Scripted class at Studio Calico with my Christmas money (Thanks Mum&Dad!). Looking forward to that next month!
And more project life cards make an appearance. Seriously, it's like pretty paper already cut up for you and you get LOADS of variety. Much love.
P.S. January is really shooting past. Crazy! It seems like a lot has happened already and I've been saving tickets and business cards and leaflets... I want to come up with a way of sensible and conveniently keeping the ephemera this year. I'll work on it :D