Birds & Words

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

October Creative Adventure - "Wishy" Woman

Hello, friends!  Thanks for stopping by my blog.  The lovely and talented Candy Colwell came up with a sweet Eagles song title to give us our October theme: "Witchy Woman".  I know a lot of you have so much fun this time of year, but its just never been my thing.  So.....  Creative Carte Blanche, right?  So I just altered the theme a little and came up with an art journal spread....  Wishy Woman.

My art journal pages began on previously used pages.  I had worked out some ideas and then went to new pages for the completed project (which you will see in December).  I've been waiting for a chance to gesso over and work these practice pages into a new art journal spread.

 I layered some strips of masking tape for texture.  I mixed a bit of black gesso into white gesso and covered the prior practice pages.

 Here I've glued down some strips of old ledger paper for more texture and painted over with Dina Wakley's Sky, Turquoise, and Lapis paints.
 I experimented with rubbing white paint into a stencil with my fingers, but didn't really get enough definition.  I replaced the stencil and used my foam applicator to apply the paint through the stencil.

 I did some framing with the stenciling and with a favorite Seth Apter text stamp.  
"What will happen in the story next?"

 A little Stabilo pencil helps set off my Wishy Woman.
 A little star rub on is perfect to dot the "i".
Since I saw Tammy Tutterow making die cut flowers with crinoline, I'm hooked!  Die cut flowers sprayed with Antique Linen Distress Spray Stain and then stamped with text.  French knots embroidery make the flower centers.
I used a LOT of Tim's Small Talk stickers for the wishes.  The prolific Yvonne Blair's Journal Buddy tool was a fun way to add lines in the deeper blue paint (Lapis) on which to set my word stickers.  

Journal Buddy was chosen as an Editor's Pick in the current issue of Stamper's Sampler magazine.  WAY TO GO, YVONNE!

I signed this piece with my little signature bird from B Line Designs.  I can't live without this stamp.  If I ever lose it, y'all are going to have to call 911 for me.

I took my liberty with this challenge and hope it encourages you to truly enjoy your own Carte Blanche and get creative with us!  The details and upload link for our challenges can be found on the October Creative Challenge page.  

Your turn.  GO!!


  1. I have really enjoyed seeing the process of bringing this journal page together - I love the background and wishy woman looks splendid! A very creative take on the theme!

    Wow for Yvonne too, what a wonderful accolade! Anne x

  2. I love your Wishy Woman!!
    Thanks so much for the step outs- I always love to see how other artists achieve the finished piece!
    hugs, Jackie

  3. What a clever way around the Witchy thing, Cheryl. These pages are great!

  4. Great to see all the steps that went into this. And I like the way you used the story stamp here too!

    1. Wow, thanks Seth! Your stamps don't have a "put away place", they live on top of my desk. I grab them all the time!!

  5. Superb journal pages Cheryl, love the twist to Wishes! Seth's stamp is now on my wish list, which is appropriate. Thanks for stopping by and for your kind comments to my entry. X

  6. I love you play on words. I totally love the whimsey and details of you page. Since we lived in Colorado for awhile I know the feeling of which you speak. My daughter and I call it the sparkle.

  7. Hey Cheryl. Your art journal pages are amazing. I loved your write up and the step by step photos. Beautifully done backgrounds! Love how you framed the pages with Seth's stamps. You are right...they are awesome! Tammy's flowers look wonderful on your page! Your wishy woman is really creative. I love her! And I love you!