Wednesday, January 14, 2015

'D' is for Daffodils, Dove, and Darling - WOYWW #293

Hello Friends and Fellow Desk Hoppers :)

Today is Wednesday and I am all prepared to show you my deskish sort of  mess. For those of you saying "what???" Go check out premium desk hopping at Stamping Ground, a fun and funny blog!
Here is my desk at midnight Tuesday (or what, 8:00 AM Wednesday in the UK?)


As you can see I was just finishing up the 'D' page in my Alphabet of my Favorite Things Journal.
Here is the finished page up close. As the title says, D is for Daffodils, Dove, and Darling :)

When I was planning my 'D' page and thought of my flower, the first thing that came to mymind was Daffodils. I believe the reason is my Mom used to getDaffodils every year on my birthday.My birthday is in March and the Daffodils were always coming up about then. So I feel nostalgic about these bright and sunny flowers and love them very much. I decided on the positive word' darling' so that I could make a figure that looks a bit like me as a child. (sure, I was a little darling donchaknow!) Then for my animal I chose a dove because it symbolises peace which I think our world really needs right now. 


So the making of the page was pretty simple and not so different from other step outs I have done about this journal. First I made a pencil sketch, I have a new mechanical pencil I ordered from Dick Blick with soft graphite. I really like it! I also got a big fat kneaded eraser since I do erase... a lot. :)


Next I laid in some differnt shades of blue using water soluble crayons and activated them with a wet brush. Then I thought it needed more depth, so I went in with a swirly stencil and a dry stencil brush and added some designs.


Then I thought it still needed more..something.. so I used some rubber stamps with white gesso and blue acrylic to make some more marks. I also used the left over blue paint to add some darker shadows around stuff with a wet brush and blended with my fingers.


For the 4th step...I obviously painted in the figures..lol..I forgot to take any photos. I used water soluble crayons combined with acrylic paints. I am really loving that combination taught to me by the Lifebook class with Tamara Leporte.

After painting in the figures, I decided to collage the clouds around the dove. I had some deli paper I had used to spread out gesso for the stamping and it dried really cool. It had texture of the stamp in it. So I used that to collage.


Then, I wanted to use my Zig journaling pen to add the words in black..so I did that. But then...the illustrator in me took over and I added  A LOT of black outlines to things. Oh well..we can't always be 'painterly' LOL


I hope you enjoyed visiting my desk today.
<3 Shel



76 comments:

  1. That yellow/blue/white combination is so perfect for your subject matter, Shel - love this whole thing!

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    1. Thanks Win. :) It was dictated by the flowers and the sky..so I had to make the girls clothes match up since that is just how I am..lol

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  2. This is such a beautiful journal page and I love seeing your process. LOL at you wearing socks on your hands, but they really do work! I went to school once when I was little with socks on my hands because my gloves had gone missing!

    Hugs
    Brenda 56

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    1. Thanks for visiting Brenda :) Yes, the socks on the hands totally work!

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  3. What a beautiful journal page, and I really loved seeing the different stages you went through. The colours are beautiful and so Spring like. Thank you so much for stopping by my desk earlier, I hope you have a great week,
    Diana #41

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    1. Thanks Diana :) Yes, I am ready for Spring to be sprung!

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  4. Your journal page is just stunning, it is refreshing to see someone draw and express themselves they way you have. excellent page.

    Hugs Eliza & Yoda 43
    Happy WOYWW

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    1. Thank you Eliza and thanks for visiting :) Give Yoda a pat for me..such a apt name for that kitty!

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  5. How is it you make drawing look so easy?! As most delightful page- and I love daffodils!
    thanks so much- all signed up! Yay- donchano!

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    1. Thanks Jackie :) I should probably leave all the marks I have erased on my drawings in the photo..lol I usually use a photo or several for inspiration and and just try to make it look similar. Usually I am unhappy with the result but I make the critical me shut up long enough to take a photo donchano..lol

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  6. Hi Shel, thanks for the visit, loving your journal page. Pleased you enjoyed the technique with the Tyvek. Have a good crafty week, Angela x 33

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    1. Thanks Angela. I really do plan to try out tyvek when I get some. That was really cool!

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  7. Brilliant page, Shel! It's nice to see how it was built up layer by layer. Thanks for visiting my WOYWW post this week!

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  8. Fascinating to see the progression of your page! The black lines around things does help make them pop. Thanks for stopping by and Happy WOYWW!
    Carol N #58

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  9. Beautiful work and lovely soft colours. Makes me feel that we are now heading for Spring. Thank you for your visit and lovely comment. Have a good week with that journal. xx Maggie #27

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    1. Thank you Maggie...I am wishing for Spring!

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  10. Love your page! The alphabet sounds like a fun source of inspiration, though I wonder what you might do with q, x or z... Happy WOYWW!

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by Kristina :) Keep watching and see what I find for those pages..you never know lol

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  11. Awesome page, so great to see the process too. Cx #70

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    1. Thanks for visiting Hammers. I will stop by your page soon.

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  12. Thanks for the earlier visit.
    This is a fantastic journal page.
    Krisha #8

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  13. Your journal page is really beautiful. I love all the meanings behind everything and it's great to see how it all came together. Thanks for sharing and for popping by earlier.
    Hugs Lisax #38

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  14. Thanks for showing us step by step how you made that lovely page. x Jo

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    1. It is no problem Twiglet..and thanks for the return visit :)

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  15. I love your journal and the bright colours used.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    Happy WOYWW
    Sue #45

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    1. Thank you so much Sue :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  16. Your journalling is beautiful. I'm so glad I popped by! x

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  17. Wow, Shel. You draw WELL. I'm super impressed. I'm a big fan of daffodils, too. They really made me smile. Also wanted to say thanks for visiting while I slept. Happy WOYWW from #2.

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    1. Thanks for the return trip to my blog and the kind words :)

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  18. That is a beautiful page and I loved the reasons behind all the parts....the daffodil is the national flower of Wales, my home country, so they're very special to me. My dear old mum used to love them so they always remind me of her too :-)
    Hugs, LLJ 29 xx

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    1. Thanks Jan :) I did not know that about Wales connection to the Daffodils. I just love them because of the fond memories from childhood,

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  19. Oooo, your journal page is lovely. I'm always impress at folks who can draw.

    Thanks for your visit to my blog and for the nice comments.

    Happy creating & Happy Woyww,

    Sandy #54

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  20. Oh WOW that is gorgeous thank you for sharing your process. I always enjoy looking at how other artists work. Anita #66

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    1. Thank you for coming by Anita :) I guess I just like to teach a bit if I can.

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  21. Love your page - what a lovely way to create a Journal of all your favourite things. Thanks for visiting Ali #20

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    1. Thank you Ali. I needed a few different ideas to keep me journaling all year. Having the letter as a prompt is working out well :)

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  22. What a wonderful page, thanks for showing the process!
    Thanks for your earlier visit.
    Hugs
    Gabriele 32

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  23. Aw, great reasons for your three Ds page...old Wordsworth got it right didn't he, with his'host of golden daffodils'..they are so cheering. And of course you were a darling as a child. So was I. No changes to see people, move along!!

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    1. Thank you stopping by Julia :) I do love this desk peeking extravaganza you host! I do love the daffodils and I hope my page brings so spring soon! (oh and you look just the same..I see no changes at all!)

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  24. I love your bright desk and you fabulous journal page! Thanks for visiting, Chris53

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    1. Thanks so much for coming on by Chris :)

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  25. Hi Shel, thanks for visiting my desk, oh my your 'D' page is awesome, what a great idea - it's stirring my mojo as a way to encourage me to attempt journaling. Cheers RobynO#51

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    1. Thank you Robyn :) I do hope you join us journaling. If you need prompts a ABC journal is a easy way to go!

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  26. Love the step by step process to your creative page. Great way to capture those memories.
    sandra de @25

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  27. Love your step by step pictures of creating your beautiful journal page
    Jackie 18

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  28. ah Shel so know what you mean about the use of black pen seems it is addictive... love the image .. but never been able to use the kneaded rubbers :(

    Thanks so much for popping over and for sharing ~ happy belated WOYWW!
    Shaz in Oz.x #44

    {Shaz in Oz – Calligraphy Cards blog}

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    1. Thanks Shaz :) Yeah, I have to fight the need to outline everything in black! I think it is a leftover from when I used to help my Mother make bulletin boards for her classroom.

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  29. Just calling in on a few I missed yesterday to say thank for calling by on me.
    Your artwork is really lovely...thanks for showing us how you did it too.
    Hugs,
    Annie x #26

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  30. I love to see these step-by-step pages, it's so much fun to see how other artists work, from beginning to end. Thanks for showing us! Happy woyww and a hug from Holland, Marit #50

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  31. Hello and thanks for visiting me. Your page is gorgeous. I too love daffodils ( my birthday is April and always have some) blue one of my favourite colours!! I also agree the world is indeed in need of some peace. Anne x #37

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  32. This is a great page it's lovely how you show how you progressed through it :)
    hugs Nikki 22

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  33. What a beautiful page and how clever of you to draw and paint your pages. Funnily enough my birthday is in March and daffodils in a lot to me because of my mum. Not for the same reason as you but the same connections.
    Hugs, Neet 3 xx

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    1. That is really great that you can connect with my page :) Thanks for visiting :)

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  34. Wow what a fabulous piece - I love the idea of an a-z journal too, I am between projects at the moment and pondering on what to do so there is an idea for me! Thanks for visiting me. Sunshine Girl.

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    1. Thanks for visiting Sunshine. I hope you start a ABC journal too :)

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  35. That is an adorable page, I envy those that can draw and colour, talents I do not posess
    Bridget #1

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    1. Thanks for the kind words Bridget :)

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  36. What a gorgeous page! I love her. And nice to visit a fellow Lifebooker :)

    Visiting from Creative Every Day - I'm number 38 :)

    Sarah @ A Cat Like Curiosity

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    1. Thanks for coming on over from CED Sarah :)

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  37. Lovely seeing the various stages of your painting from start to finish, a lovely page.
    I too love Daffs, so bright and cheery at the start of the season.
    Thanks for visiting my desk already
    Kyla #23

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