Thursday, September 28, 2017

Hop along with the Artist Tribe and be inspired!

We would like you to meet our Tribe! 
Come hop along,meet the gals of the Artist Tribe and see what fabulous art they have been creating with the luscious products from Gwen's store!
The blog hop is today Thursday and tomorrow Friday
Thursday- Lynda Shoup 
Thursday- Gwen Lafleur

 One lucky winner will receive $20 Gift Card to the Shop at Gwen Lafleur Studios! All you need to do to enter is leave a comment on any or all of the blog posts during the hop - the more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to win! (One comment per person per blog please.)
Yes,Open to International as well!
You have until Sunday, October 1st at 11:59pm mountain time to leave your comments. The winner will be announced on the Gwen Lafleur Studios Facebook page ( on Monday, October 2nd.
now on to my post...
 My journal spread was inspired by Gwen's recent trip to India,where she took block printing classes and bought yummy new items for the store!woo hoo!
(if you follow her on Facebook you can see her awesome photos!) Can you tell I am enamored with Gwen's exotic travels?living vicariously here-teehee
okay Jackie,back on track...
 Items from Gwen's Mixed Media Supplies store:
 Peacock tissue paper 
Proud Peacock Collage Cut-outs (Peacock feathers)
Irresistible India (Peacock photo)
Gwen's Stencil~ArtDeco Sunburst Background
Gwen's Essentials~Washi tape~Blue Diamond Tiles
Gwen's Essential's~Emerald Creek Embossing Powder~
Burnt Copper Leaves 
Gwen's Essential's~Spice Market Darn Good Yarn Sampler~Warm Base

I started with white gesso on both pages and then layered vintage ephemera down with matte gel

Then I used Gwen's ArtDeco Sunburst Background Stencil with light modeling paste knifed through.
I briefly auditioned where my main pictures would go,removed them and started spritzing on the color.

At this point I remembered the Peacock Tissue Paper from my packages and tore those small feathers out and adhered these around the pages.
When this was dry,I glued in my focal images,this beautiful Peacock is from a collage of Gwen's~Irresistible India.
Did you know the Peacock is India's National bird? 
I did not till recently-thanks Gwen,ūüėČūüėČ

The feathers below,which were fussy cut,and distressed are also from one of Gwen's collages~Proud Peacock  just look how vivid that color is-stunning!

The gorgeous coloring here on the stencil was added almost at the last.
With embossing ink and a makeup sponge,I dabbed ever so lightly over the raised stenciled areas.Using Emerald Creek's Burnt Copper Leaves,it was brushed off lightly and heated till Spectacular!
Next up,the note which was a later thought,perhaps could have done without,but I was reminiscing of the black&white movies I watched as a child.There were two or three movies in which there always was a family who visited India,and most times a young child who the story centered around. Does anyone else remember these?
Anyway,this is how I created her diary entry...
after writing on vintage paper,I tore the edges and then soaked the areas in watered down Distress Oxide.This bled beautifully,making it look like burnt paper.
 I took several photos of my spread in different stages of the light coming in the window.I thought the ones like this with the curtain shadows had a slightly romantic look to them
 The real peacock feathers were added using Gwen's Blue Diamond Tiles washi tape,which I also used on the photos as well.
 For a finishing touch,I unraveled a bit of turquoise string from Gwen's Darn Good Yarn and added that under my young lady's photo.

There you have it!
I do hope you enjoyed my step through and hope it has inspired you to create something exotic and beautiful as well~
Gwen's shop is full of everything you need!
   thank you for visiting!
Jackie ")
One more time about the giveaway! 
Don't forget to visit the other tribe's blogs and leave some sugar!!

 One lucky winner will receive $20 Gift Card to the Shop at Gwen Lafleur Studios! All you need to do to enter is leave a comment on any or all of the blog posts during the hop - the more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to win! (One comment per person per blog please.)

You have until Sunday, October 1st at 11:59pm mountain time to leave your comments. The winner will be announced on the Gwen Lafleur Studios Facebook page ( on Monday, October 2nd.

Other Products used:
Vintage child photo~Paper Whimsey
Lindy's StampGang Starburst Spray~Tiffany Lou Blue
Lindy's StampGang MoonShadow Mist~Treasure Island Aqua
Distress Oxide~Vintage Photo-Funkie Junkie
Liquitex~Matte Gel
Peacock feathers(no bird was hurt by me, these were found at a yard sale!)

I would like to include this journal spread in the following challenges:


Valerie-Jael said...

Gorgeous piece, love the colours and those gorgeous peacock feathers, a real, big WOW!!! Hugs, Valerie

Shilpa Nagaonkar said...

Gorgeous journal spread, Jakie, that texture background is stunning!

froebelsternchen Susi said...

I am in awe of this spectacular spread ! In one word it is :
FANTASTIC. All this yummie textures and colors are so beautiful!
Masterfully crafted Jackie!Thank you for sharing your progress with us!
Will hop along for sure to see with what the other artists have come up!
Thank you for all your lovely visits recently on my blog!
Much appreciated my friend!♥♥♥


Gio said...

Such a really gorgeous ArtJournal page, Jackie. You were very inspired. All the gold and beautiful images and the peacock feathers, they all remind of India. Stunning!

froebelsternchen Susi said...

You made me happy to link to Art Journal Journey!
Thank you very much dear Jackie!
oxo Susi

Jean said...

So many wonderful details to look at! Love the colors and fabulous texture!

Win Dinn said...

What a stunning spread, mouth is watering all over my computer once again - you are deadly to my electronics! Love the colour and the texture is luscious, my friend! xox

Team Clark said...

Such a gorgeous spread Jackie! I love how you used the EP and the gorgeous imagery and vintage feel. Big hugs, Autumn

Lynda Shoup said...

Jackie, what a beautiful page! The concept is marvelous. Made me think of The Secret Garden and other movies that had elements like you described. You have inspired me to use a number of new techniques. Well done!

Glenda Hoagland said...

Jackie, as usual, your work is so beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing your process.

Linda's Lovelies said...

Great Journal pages--the textured background is my favorite part, oh-and the vibrant colors, and.....actually--I love it all!

Karenliz Henderson said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous!! Love all the colors and textures.

Dorthe said...

Oh MY !!! WOW Jackie, I already loved your spread on fb, but seeing it here with close up, it is jaw dropping! That background is totally stunning , and your Indian colors looks amazing as background for the beautiful image girl.
I did not know the peacock was national bird there, but you surely used those feathers, to create even more gorgeous texture, and the feeling of warm ,spicy air, from the colors mixed with your wonderful feeling, for creating with strong color tones. So magic, dear friend

Hugs from Dorthe

Kim Collister said...

Jackie, I loved reading your process and seeing the creative flow of your spread. The texture, colors, theme and materials used all resulted into gorgeousness! Really lovely work!

Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith said...

Fantastic project, Jackie! I LOVE those strong colours and the amazing textures! And what a coincidence: I've just bought some peacock feathers and this is the second time since then that I see them featured on a page! What more inspiration would I need?

Gwen Lafleur said...

Such beautiful pages Jackie! I love the background texture and how you included the collage cutouts, and even the tissue paper packaging! I'm also pretty flattered that you took inspiration from my trip! :D

sirkkis said...

Your mixed-media double page is most beautifully created, Jackie. Love the colors and all charming elements you put on it. Really fabulous art piece ❣

Jill McDowell said...

I just love the romanticism in this piece. Makes me want to go hop on a train to some exotic place where I can find some more peacock feathers!

Peej Lankford said...

I love the cohesiveness of your tells a story beautifully.

Little Artbee said...

Gorgeous composition of textures and colors. I like the peacock feathers and other collage details. Very well done.
Dear Greetings

Edwige Viel said...

Great page ! Gorgeous texture, amazing colors, beautiful elements, you really drive us in your story !

Gerda said...

Wow great spread, love the background, very inspirational!

Edzellinni aka Linda Edkins Wyatt said...

you rocked it Jackie! delicious colors and textures; so much going on and so beautifully united with the colors and storyline!

Theresa Gonzales said...

Exquisite pages. I love the back story.

Monica Garcia said...

Lovely pages! They have such a romantic and vintage feel!

geistige_Schritte said...

wonderful the Journalpages, really fantastic!!!
Happy weekend

Meggymay said...

A gorgeous journal spread. The colours, details and textures are amazing.
Thank you so much for adding this beautiful piece to Art Journal Journey.

butterfly said...

What stunning textured pages, Jackie... and the colours are breathtaking. This is such an amazing artsy spread - full of meaning and depth and delight - wow!
Alison x

Angela Radford said...

Gorgeous Jackie and so much lush detail. Oh and yes they were real fossils. Have a lovely weekend girlfriend xXx

Felicia Aaron said...

Jackie, I'm in love with all the colors and textures of this "diary" journal page! I love, love vintage and this spread is gorgeous! But then what would one expect from fabulous YOU! :)

Wanda Hentges said...

Wonderful spread!!!

Mary Holshouser said...

Your page is fantastic.
I've never been to India but the
page is reminiscent of what you
see and hear about the country.
Love that peacock feather eye.
It really is vivid.
thanks for sharing.

Margik said...

Wonderful page with great textures and amazing details!

denthe said...

oh, those colours .... such a beautiful spread Jackie, you did it again! You have such a talent for mixed media. The textures, the colours, the combination of different elements. Well done my friend!

kt said...

Love the pop of teal against the brown! I NEVER think to add embossing to my art journals until im reminded how FABULOUS it is!! Great work

Michele said...

Jackie your are is incredible and inspiring! xo

Julie Ann Lee said...

Jackie, this is the most gorgeous, vivid and evocative spread! I think I might have drooled over my screen looking at it! You are so talented, my friend and your talents are so suited to these lovely materials! Once again you have brought such colour and imagination into my day! xxx

Corrie Herriman said...

Fabulous project !
Corrie x

Darlene Campbell said...

Oh JAckie, I got tears in my eyes this is so lovely...especially touched as I visualized in your studio creating this BEAUTIFUL spread. I am sooooo proud of you. I am making a list of much needed supplies to try. You always find the best stuff...Having fun on the blog hop safari...We used to do those together years ago. Thanks for the invitation and the chance to win. Cheerios-

Cathy said...

Gorgeous page Jackie, those peacock feathers look divine, Cathy x

aimarii said...

I enjoyed pictures and colors of these.

Sara Barker said...

Such beautiful journal pages with a great exotic look to them! Love the colors and your layout! I wanted to come by and congratulate you on your win at Mixed Media Monthly--you lucky girl, you! Hugs!

toni said...

I love your journal spread Jackie! The colours are so vibrant, and. Love the way you have used the metallic embossing to add texture. Thank you for joining us at Stamps and Stencils. Toni x

Ruth said...

Wow, LOVE the use of feathers, incorporated so well into such inspired pages. Can see all the influences and love all the touches, great texture too Jackie! Thanks so much for joining us at Stamps and Stencils! Hugs Ruth xxx

ArtyDiva said...

Ok, how did I miss seeing this amaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazing piece! Jackie, I love what you do with putting things together and all your amazing "bits". You're the best! xoxo

Pia Rom said...

What a lushious journalspread! It is right my alley! All the details of texture and sparkles and then the peacockfeather! Love Love Love! Would love to see it in real and touch all the textures! ♥ Conny

Pamellia Johnson said...

Wow Jackie, this is just incredible! There are so many wonderful elements on this page, I could scroll up and down for hours and never see all there is to see! So many fantastic textures, I bet it would be so cool to touch! I love the peacock elements, such a gorgeous bird and the colours are so vibrant and eye catching! A truly glorious page!

The days are getting shorter and cooler where I am, but the animals are starting to make the transformation into their chubby, furry, adorable winter selves, and I just adore that! I hope you've been having wonderful weather and are safe from all the crazy weather Mother Nature has been throwing at the world this year. Sending hugs my friend :)