Well Hi there gang!!
Welcome to the weekend and welcome to week 8 of Journal HeART.
This week it is all about the Chinese New Year which was celebrated yesterday....
This year is the year of the goat/sheep - one of the most prized creatures in the Chinese Zodiac and the year 2015 focuses on green sheep!!
This gave me my colour scheme along with the fact that the goat/sheep is the last of the fire signs and the cross over year between fire/metal hence the gold numbers and symbol.
One thing I often do is write on a blank page all my research notes and ideas and feelings before I work over them - its a form of "secret" journalling.
You can see it in this page as I chose to use transclucent acrylic paint for the bulk of my background after I had stenciled opaque paint. I used Fresco paints from PaperArtsy for this project (available here)
I love the effect of the scribble underneath but not being able to read it clearly...
I then took some of my fave chinese stamps from Oak House Studio - Lynnda has some aweome oriental stamps and they are even in the sale just now so quick!! Get them here.....and add more layering detail - the trick to not making it too chaotic is to keep your colours in the same family - it builds subtle layers
When it is all put together with some stencils from Splodgeaway it looks something like this...
It's a positve time of the year and its all about carving out and creating your future and fortune so my new Finnabair stamps and their sentiments fitted perfectly. I added the goat like (ok with the eye of faith lol) symbols to finish
So this week research a bit more about the chinese new year and use that as your inspiration
Crafty cheers for now and Happy Journalling