This time of year my thoughts are filled with fond memories of my hubby’s dad who passed away in February 2012 and those who loved him so dearly (my hubby and M, his widow) – they are always in my heart!
I started by creating my own decoupage paper using stamps, black Archival Ink and tissue paper. First I selected white and brown tissue paper and stamped them with a music sheet stamp and a script stamp respectfully. I chose these stamps to represent music and reading which are two past times my hubby’s dad loved; in fact me and hubby often listen to some of his favourite songs. I also stamped a small heart outline and the words “beautiful” and “lovely” onto white tissue paper as well as a series of images on the brown tissue paper; some of which are from a new Steampunk stamp set that M very kindly bought me for Christmas, I think they give the page a lovely vintage look and feel.
I used my papers along with torn pieces of star tissue paper, dictionary pages, music and script pages from a magazine part work to create my background. They are stuck down using a UHU Stic and Liquitex matte gel medium. As you can see I selected the dictionary pages that defined Love and Valentine as this page is dedicated to those I love. The hearts are red tissue paper and they are stuck to the page using the same gel medium. I really like the way it melts into the page so that the detail underneath shows through. When the gel medium had dried I outlined the heart with a black Faber-Castell Big Brush marker smudging the ink with a baby wipe to give a worn look. I added more detail and definition to the hearts using a black Uni Pin marker and a white Uniball gel pen. I also highlighted the top right hand side of each heart using Docrafts white pigment ink, which I applied using a baby wipe.
To make my sentiment, I fussy cut a banner from a chalkboard tag and made it longer, so it would fit the heart, by inserting another piece of card in the middle and cutting it to shape. I continued the white outline and dots along the additional piece using a gel pen to mask the joins. Next I stuck white tissue paper over the top of red tissue paper and stamped the sentiment on top using black Archival Ink. I stuck it to the banner and when it had thoroughly dried I added a border with a black Uni Pin marker. To continue the vintage look, I scrapped the tissue paper around the sentiment using a craft knife to reveal the red tissue paper and black card underneath and then I covered it with a thin layer of matte gel medium to hold everything in position. I placed the banner over one of the hearts using double-sided foam tape which finished my page.
I have very happy and cherished memories of my father-in-law, he was a very down to earth, straight talking person and a gentleman in every sense of the word. He’d do anything for you and he used to tease me terribly about my height (I’m five foot nothing). I couldn’t help but love him and I’m so pleased his memory lives on always in my heart!
Thanks for joining me today! If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you.
Here is a list of all the materials used to create this art journal page:
- Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
- Docrafts Pigment Ink Pad (White)
- Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Black 199)
- Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm)
- Uniball Signo Gel Pen (White)
- Kaisercraft clear stamps (Script CS752)
- Woodware Clear Magic Singles (Sheet Music JG5111)
- Docrafts A5 clear stamp set (Steampunk DCE907125)
- Eco Green Crafts Recycled Rubber Art Stamps (Petal Party #04309)
- Hampton Arts Graphic 45 cling mounted rubber stamps (Tropical Travelogue ICO134)
- Papermania Hallmark Cards wood mounted stamp (Adornment – G PMA9062904)
- Hampton Art Studio G clear stamps (V54911)
- Dovecraft upper and lower case alphabet stamp set (WDN ALPHA STMP DCVW0050)
- The Pocket Oxford Dictionary
- The Great Musicians Part Work
- White, brown, red and star tissue paper
- Studiolight Creative with Chalk (EASYCH465)
- Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
- UHU Stic
- The Range double-sided foam tape