This spread was inspired by Darcy Journaling month 8 over at the PaperArtsy blog. Darcy has done this wonderful series of art journal pages with loads of really amazing techniques. When I saw this month's I just had to try some of the things she did, in particular I loved the border made using a mask and I had to try the tree:
The backround is sponged distress inks, water sprinkled to remove some inks and paint added with the edge of a ruler:
I tore a mask and used to sponge a border with Freso Finish paints then stamped with the crackle stamp. I drew and painted the tree, then added my home made texture paste which I'd coloured brown. I didn't have any brown paint so mixed some up from a combination of the Fresco Finish paints.
Darcy stamped on the texture paste on her tree but I added texture with a cocktail stick:
I added punched leaves in three different shades of green:
I cut out 9 different hearts from patterned paper for the fruits and journaled on the backs. Then I added loops made from thread and hung them on the tree so they could dangle loosely. I couldn't resist adding a couple of birds:
This was a really fun page to do. I absolutely loved doing this! Now I've got to get growing these fruits as big as I can!