Monday, August 31, 2015

Incantation for Anything But Cute!

When I started thinking about what to make for the "Making Magic" challenge from Anything But Cute, I immediately thought of a Book of Spells, and what I show here is an imagined page from an ancient sorceress' book.  It really looks a lot better right side up (which would be rotated once counterclockwise) but alas, Blogger refuses to cooperate, despite multiple efforts.  So maybe you can just turn your screen, lol!

This is photo heavy for my own records...feel free to breeze through!

In addition to the luscious mood board above, I am constantly inspired by Butterfly's incredible talent with blues and browns.  So I pulled out some Silk acrylic glazes..... as I am also perpetually inspired by France Papillion, and her fabulous use of these products.

I ended up using only three... but always nice to know what one has!  The three I used were Black Emerald (on the far left of the "lineup" picture, Autumn Leaf (the first brown on the left in the picture), and African Jade (the first blue on the right).  

I started on gessoed pages in my brand new Dylusions journal, using the lighter blue, then the darker - each with lots of water, dripping, heat-drying, dabbing, and repeat.  This is a double spread.  I really love how the pigment tracks and dries.....

 Next, I added some script stamping in Archival Coffee - haphazardly applied.....

Then I applied Golden's Gold Mica paste through a Finnabair stencil.... I imagined this as the incantation coming to life once the spell is cast - just like Gandolf at the cave entrance with the runes.

Here you can see the beautiful pattern of gold flakes once the medium has dried.

Next I stenciled some script using Prima's (Art Basics line) Light Paste.  This dries white, but I knew I was going to color it with the beautiful Autumn Leaf Silk paint.

 Last, I applied the Autumn Leaf glaze, exactly as I had done with the blues.....

 building up the color once the layer was dry.

 And here is the finished project - the photo does not do justice to its rich tones and depth.

Thank you so much for stopping by, and please do leave a comment - I always love hearing from you!
xx Lynn


  1. This is such an intriguing page spread. The drips remind me of smoke coming out of the page as the incantation is invoked. Awesome sauce design and the colors blend so well with the mood board! That pop of gold is genius! What a stunning LO!

    Thanks for joining in our Making Magic challenge at Anything But Cute! Hugz! ~Niki DT

  2. A fabulous page! The textures are so col and I love the colour palette!! The gold highlights really give it a magical glow!

  3. Oh what a wonderful page of spells - I'm sure the incantations would summon something spectacular. Of course I love the blues and browns (thank you for the shout out), and the shimmering gilding gives a magical touch.
    Alison xx

  4. Wow, what stunning work - the colours are gorgeous and I love your use of text - I have a couple of pots of those silk glazes that I've never used and you've inspired me to get going with them!

  5. Stunning make!
    Thank you so very much for joining our challenge Making Magic at Anything But Cute!

    Samra DT
    Paper Talk with Samra

  6. Wonderful rich colours and textures here Lynn, I want to reach out and touch this, I love it xxx

  7. Interesting and beautiful Lynn. Gorgeous colors too. j.

  8. Sublime! I am drawn to the colours you used and the texture you achieved. It brings to mind a piece of handmade textile. Exquisite.

  9. Beautiful Lynn! Love all the gold shimmer!

  10. This is fabulous. Love the dripping and blended colours and the pops of gold against the script. Thanks for joining us at Anything But Cute.

  11. Gorgeous page, and the colours are perfectly magical. I love the story you tell behind it too. Thank you so much for entering at Anything But Cute xx