Art journal · Mixed media

Echoes from the Past

[Challenge win: Winner at A Bit More Time To Craft challenge]

It’s finally 2021, and I hope we have a good year ahead of us. I, for one, am delighted and honored to start the year in the Designer Spotlight for January on Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! It’s going to be an exciting 4 weeks ahead, where I get to make art with a Design Team that has always inspired me. πŸ™‚

This week, the challenge is: Use a New/Unused Product

The Design Team is also showcasing Brutus Monroe products this week, which you can choose to use in your projects.

For my project, I made an art journal spread. I’d bought a stencil recently, and I’d not had an opportunity to use it in my spreads yet, so what better time than now! πŸ™‚

Echoes from the Past | Art Journal | Anita

I spread some modeling paste over the background through the aforementioned stencil. Once this dried, I applied white gesso over it, and let it dry. I added some color on and around the stenciled area using acrylics, and spritzed some water to help the paint spread. After the paint had dried, I added some (pencil-based) watercolor strokes at the edges of the stenciled squares to highlight them a bit more.

I wanted the keep the focus on the stenciled area, so I chose to keep the rest of the background uncluttered. I used dye inks to very lightly stamp various patterns and letters all over the background. Finally, I added dotted marks using a light-colored Copic marker, and then some light watercolor splatters.

Echoes from the Past | Art Journal | Anita

For the foreground elements, I cut patterned paper into rectangles, and applied a heavy vignette using watercolor pencils (and water, of course.) I then stamped a quote on a different piece of paper using dye inks, fussy cut rectangles around the words, and added a vignette to these as well.

I adhered all of these pieces onto the background, and finished the spread by adding a few buttons over the larger patterned paper. Ta da!

Products used:

Hope my project provided some inspiration for you to use a new or hitherto unused product! Check out more awesome projects from the amazing Design Team at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, get inspired, create your project, and join the challenge!

The design team, as always, will choose a selection of their entries to put in the spotlight. What’s more, a randomly selected winner will get a $25 voucher to shop at the Simon Says Stamp Store!

Many thanks to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Design Team for their kind invitation to feature in the Designer Spotlight this month!

With this project, I’m joining these challenges –

613 Avenue Create Challenge #1 Jan: Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create Challenge #1 Jan: Anything Goes
A Bit More Time To Craft Challenge #131 - Anything Goes
A Bit More Time To Craft Challenge #131 – Anything Goes
ABMTTC Extra Challenge #January - Anything Goes
ABMTTC Extra Challenge #January – Anything Goes
Make My Monday Challenge #139 - Something New in Your Stash
Make My Monday Challenge #139 – Something New in Your Stash
STAMPlorations January Stencil Challenge
STAMPlorations January Stencil Challenge
Use Your Stuff Challenge #413 - All About the New
Use Your Stuff Challenge #413 – All About the New

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23 thoughts on “Echoes from the Past

  1. What gorgeous art journalling!! the whole design of this is stunning! the colors and textures are fabulous, totally love it!! πŸ™‚
    Thanks so much for agreeing to be in the spotlight!! can’t wait to see your next makes!! πŸ™‚
    Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and Best Wishes for a fabulous 2021!! Lets hope its a good one for all! πŸ™‚
    Lols x x x

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    1. Thank you so much for your wonderful comment, Lols, and for the spotlight invite! Wish you a happy, healthy, and creative year ahead.


  2. totally loving the texture and amazing layers in these pages! so well done! Thanks for joining us at Use Your Stuff and hope to see you again soon!
    Tammy DT Co-ordinator

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  3. Your journal creations have a mystique about them; as if I’m getting a glimpse of an ancient secret text.
    Congratulations! You deserve to be in the Designer Spotlight. Your talents are amazing.
    You go girl! πŸ˜€

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    1. Thank you very much, E.C.! You spoil me silly with your comments. πŸ˜‰ The ancient secret text bit, however – yes, that is exactly what I thought when I saw the texture from the stencil, and that’s how the quote/title came about! πŸ™‚

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  4. Hi Anita! I’m awfully late in replying to you… but that is going to change very very soon πŸ˜€.
    What a great surprise seeing your creative skills in the Designer Spotlight for this month at SSS Monday Challenge! A big YAY for you, my friend!
    Your art journal looks cool, and “Echoes from the Past” seems the perfect title, as I feel like you have found an old dusty manuscript, that you are still decoding 🧐
    Happy creative New Year!

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    1. Cris, thank you so much for your support! Decoding manuscripts makes me think of archaeology related adventure movies! πŸ˜‰ Wish you a wonderful new year as well.

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  5. Dear Anita, Happy New Year! May 2021 will be a year where hope and light!
    May all your wishes and dreams come true! I wish you plenty of inspiration. You are a beautiful Artist!!!

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  6. Fabulous page! I love the stencil and you have given it a superb treatment. Very nice mixed media work! Thanks for sharing this beauty with us at 613 Avenue Create!
    Chana Malkah, Owner

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