I’m back with my second Dandelions page, as I mentioned in the first one, An Abundance of Dandelions, this is from Wanderlust week 4 with Shay Michelle, and it required a brown paper bag which I had some trouble finding initially but managed to find something in the end.

As this is a class lesson, there is no tutorial, just a starting out photo and a lot of photos of the finished page.

This lesson used a technique that was similar to one I’ve used before on Christmas cards..  Trying to get this technique to work was another reason that this lesson took so long.  I set up a few different pages as I wasn’t sure which of them would work but in the end, I decided to use all three of them because I hate waste.  This post is all about the one on the bottom right, I will write up the remaining one later, there are too many photos for just one post!

So this page uses one side of the small chemist bag which will fit on my A5 size page. I had planned to use the two small pages side by side in a spread but the colours were to clashy to make that work, so then I had to paint more pages to match these small ones which took even more time – I really didn’t think this through lol.   This is the finished page, the rest of the photos are various angles and close up, so feel free to skip to the end.

Here’s a look at some of the gorgeous blue and purple metallic watercolour paint I got recently.  I’m been using metallic watercolour for a while now but this set is from an English company and I got a set of 12 – the pans are not huge but you do get 12 different colours and watercolour lasts for ages anyway.

As with the first page I also have cute kitty washi tape, but a different one this time.  I love this one so much!  I added little gold dots to their eyes so they would glow.  They look like kitty protectors, watching over or protecting the dandelions, maybe from marauding rabbits!
Here’s a closer look at the left hand page.
Abundance is my word of the year, which I wrote on the first page, so this time I used some of my supporting words – Comfort, and Restore – on this page.  I have more kitty washi stickers on this page and after all of that, I still felt the page was a bit bare, so I drew on some plant-y thing in the corners.  The kitty seems intrigued, but I have a feeling it might be a triffid lol.


I used more or less the same supplies on this page as the first, just with some different colour choices – oh and some little shiny blue jewels on this page…and the triffids lol.

So that’s the second of the dandelion pages finished.  I have just one more to finish and then the week three lesson and then maybe I will be up to date!  Hope you like the page, let me know what you think in the comments.    As always, thanks for reading!

 

Challenges

Art Journal Journey – February Challenge – Heavy Metal – gold pen, silver pen, blue and purple metallic watercolour splatters, dark blue metallic acrylic strips
Funkie JunkieGroundhog Day – Challenge:  The challenge is to use something that you use all the time and I immediately knew the answer to that question – paint splatters, this time metallic blue and purple!
Countryview Challenges – First Signs of Spring – one of the real first signs of Spring in my garden is probably the dandelions haha.  This is my second dandelion page in the series, this one also has cats, which is always a good sign that the weather is getting better.

Ingredients

My handmade journal
watercolour paper, gesso, watercolour paint, salt, gold pen, silver pen, paint pens, metallic watercolour, brown paper, dandelion stencil and paste, washi tape, washi stickers, leftover painted paper scraps,

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Jenny Marples
February 18, 2021 12:50 pm

Love the second of these dandelion pages Elle. Such a clever design idea to split the page into three panels and compliment the design in each one. Thank you for sharing it with us at The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog xx

Sara Emily Barker
February 17, 2021 1:35 am

Really great use of those pages! I love how your artwork tells a story and how you have added the hand drawn flowers and plants in white to those gorgeous backgrounds! Of course, paint splatters would be something you would choose–I’ve noticed that over and over again in your artwork. Well done, and I’m tickled pink you shared these with us at The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog!

Valerie-Jael
February 5, 2021 2:34 pm

Another fabulous page, love the colours, and the sparkle and shine. I love this dandelion series, great idea- Thanks for joining us again at AJJ, much appreciated. Have a great weekend, hugs, Valerie

Laurie
February 5, 2021 1:18 pm

Beautiful!

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