Friday 1 July 2016

Monochromatic. . . . . for A Vintage Journey

Morning everyone. Seems ages since I was here. Today sees the start of a new challenge at A Vintage Journey and our host is the hugely talented Tracy. Here's what she has to say:

'I love monochromatic themes in artwork; I love the balanced look it gives to a design. If you ever struggle with knowing what colours to use this should be right up your street, one colour alone or hues of one colour (plus black and/or white) - simple! Please just check that your entry is vintage; shabby; mixed-media; art journaling; industrial or steampunk to be in with a chance of being a winner or Pinworthy mention'.

I love using just one colour in various tones and intensity to create depth so this really is right up my street! I decided to alter a notebook using tones of orange and some black. There is a little orange streaked yellow which has crept in so I hope I'm forgiven for that!

An altered notebook which has been kept neutral by using black. Layers of substrates coloured using tones of orange and various textures, die cuts, stamping, stencilling, gelli print and good old mark making.

Simple, kraft paper covered notebook containing lined paper.

A thick layer of black gesso is stippled over the front and back covers, both inside and out.

Colours used for spraying, stencilling, stamping and gelli printing.

Mediums used for adding black to project. Black modelling paste has been used but is not in the image.

Stipples black gesso was taken inside the book and colour plates are added for lists etc. The card has been sprayed with misters - the colours allowed to mingle to create tones of orange. Stamping is then added using Archival ink.

Four layers have been created to enhance the book. The base layer is a piece of card. The next two layers are greyboard and the final layer is card.

The base layer is a gelli print which didn't go quite according to plan. It has been cut to shape and stamped with Archival Ink.

The next layer is the first piece of grey board used. It has been stencilled with modelling paste and coloured with acrylic misters. It is then enhanced with stamping, stencilling and doodling.

The second piece of grey board comes next. This has been coloured with acrylic paints, spray misters and then stamped. The black stars are stencilled with black gesso.

The final layer is a section of gelli print. The movie star image comes as a collage and has been stamped and black embossed onto the print.

The punched flower is made from a leftover scrap which I couldn't throw away! The colours matched this project perfectly and the look is completed with a stick on gem in a soft orange shade.

Another piece of gelli print is die cut into a faux lace design and the edges - like all the edges in this project - have been swiped with black ink or paint.

The final touch is to add a little embossed black star which has been cut out and applied.
Many thanks to Tracy for a wonderful challenge this month, I loved it!

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Please remember to see the wonderful inspiration provided by the other Creative Guides at A Vintage Journey - stunning projects one and all!
Thank you for joining me today. I am aware my blogging is sporadic at the moment but please bear with me. Have a great weekend.


  1. A wonderful piece Julia, the black and orange is so dramatic, it looks fantastic!!

  2. This is so striking Julia, the colours are wonderful and I love that it is a book cover. Hope you're doing ok xxx

  3. Julia, I just love the gorgeous warm and vibrant colour tones you have used and those black elements add a lovely touch of drama... LOVE this!! Gentle hugs, Anne xx

  4. Beautiful striking orange colors! I didn't realize it was a book cover until I came here to see all the fabulous details. Lovely layering and focal image!

  5. Love how the black makes the orange glow even more! Fabulous textures within each layer - I just adore the fruity flourishes on the first panel. Just gorgeous! Sorry I've been MIA again - I've a couple of weeks coming up soon in CZ when I'm planning to do some proper catching up!
    Alison x

  6. A gorgeous piece of altered art - how I love the monochromatic tones you have achieved xx

  7. Love the rich warm tones of this piece Julia and I love the stars and the fantastic focal image . Love each layer you added, perfect cover piece. Tracy x

  8. What a wonderfully artistic transformation of your plain journal Julia! love all the shades of orange (a color I rarely use!) and beautiful layers of die cuts, stampings and some many lovely details! Julia xx

  9. Gorgeous Julie, the black just makes all those lovely shades of orange spring to life, fabulous layers as well, thanks so much for sharing it and hope you are doing OK. Deb xo

  10. Fantastic and funky . The black and orange - so striking (a winning colour combo for me)and some wonderful complimentary stamping and stencilling for your chosen focal image .
    Everyone should have a notebook like this .
    hugs x

  11. I love these layers, and the orange gives a rich clothe for this notebook.

  12. What a gorgeous cover to your notebook! I love the colors you've chosen--reminding me of Halloween--my favorite time of year! You have made some awesome artsy layers and my favorite bit is the lacy piece up the side! It's those little details that make your project so special!

    I want to take a minute to thank you for all your sweet comments you have left on my blog. I really appreciate the time it takes, and it really makes my day! Hugs!

  13. Gorgeous cover and the zestiness of the Orange is fab.
    Julie x

  14. What gorgeous color and beautiful layering! Love this!

  15. Oh my goodness! Hollywood glamour and sunshine all wrapped up in and incredible package here Julia!!! Gorgeous xx


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