Monday, 20 January 2014

hot and mulled: a winter wine conundrum


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.

Kisses xxx

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

11 comments:

  1. Your handwriting is just so beautiful. What a lovely page Kirsty!

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  2. Really great page! I love the texture of the paint, and the envelopes!

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  3. Brilliant idea to use acetate for the paint layer. I hate the way that paint warps the paper.

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  4. Your pages are just so inspiring, love your ideas and layouts.

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  5. some random comments
    -I hope you'll share your way of keeping the ephemera when you find it
    -after you shared your faux polaroids I made a few. I need to make an envelope now
    -tiny hearts are cute! my envelope won't be good enough without them) not to mention your handwriting

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  6. Another stunning page - I just love your experimenting with envelopes. I always get a flutter of excited pleasure when I see a list of yours in my reader and with good reason :).

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  7. whats not to love about your layout! Liking the use of acetate too..i so hate it when the paper warps x

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  8. genius: painting on a transparency. I will have to try this! (painting on a layout otherwise scares me. this seems like a good way for me to test it out)
    ~Natalie (QSOgirl)

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  9. I am SO impressed with the paint on a transparency idea - very cool! In fact one of the reasons I hate painting/misting is the whole crinkled paper effect, so maybe I'll give it a go! Love the envelope theme at the moment - just perfect with the time and the titles.

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  10. LOVE your page!! The handwriting is adorable and I so want those camera accents! Who makes them? TFS

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  11. That's a great job with the paint and I really do love what you are doing with the envelopes!

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