Summer Flowers by Miranda van den Bosch

After a long chilly winter and spring it’s time for some warm weather, warm colours, flowers, holidays, picnics, outdoor activities…it is time for SUMMER. My project for today is all about summer. So let us dance in the sun and wear flowers in our hair…


Step 1: I have made a spread in the new Dylusions flip journal (large). I start with the background and some warm and cheery Dylusions colours. I use Pure Sunshine, Cherry Pie, Tangerine Dream, Funky Fuchsia and Pomegranate Seed and add the paints with the Mini Ink Blending Tool to my page. I add the paints quickly, not bothering about blending the colours yet.

Step 2: In the next step I start blending the colours with the Blending Tools by switching between the colours until I am satisfied with the result.

Step 3: After all the paints are blended, it is time to use some stencils. Use colours you already used in your background. If you introduce a new colour this will be the focal point of your creation and that is not what you want. Add some stenciling to the background using a Mini Ink Blending Tool with Foam with Pure Sunshine paint and the Fresh Dots stencil.

Step 4: The next stencil is Leaves together with Funky Fuschia. My last stencil is Old School Numbers with White Linen. White and black are not considered as new colours but they make the other colours pop. The background is ready for now. I use about 3 to 4 different stencils. You might be tempted to use more, but it is still a background and if you use too many stencils your background will be too distracting.

Step 5: Time to pick out the stamps and start colouring. I stamped some images from Puppy Dog Tales, Cat Among the Pigeons, Always and I Can See Clearly on some Watercolour Paper. I coloured all the images with the Dylusions Paint Pens, Distress Markers and Distress Crayons.

Step 6: I love the Fancy Florals (an older stamp set, but still available), stamp several flowers with Jet Black Ink and some of the images from Doodled Delight, on some watercolour paper and colour them with Dylusions Ink Spray in Pure Sunshine, Cherry Pie and Tangerine Dream.

Step 7: Let the ink dry and start doodling on your flowers with the paint pens colours, Black Marble and White Linen. Make sure the ink is completely dry before you use the paint pens to get the best results. The flowers really look beautiful when you add some doodling in black and white. Cut them out and now you have a large stack of coloured images ready to glue onto the page page.

Step 8: Before I glue down the images I thought that the page needs something extra, a border. I decide to use this border from the small Arrow Border stencil set. The page looks so much better with the border. Add the border using the Mini Ink Blending Tool and some Black Marble Paint.

Step 9: Glue down all the images with the Dina Wakley gel medium and collage glue stick. I found this lovely quote about the summer on the internet. I wrote it down on my page with the White Linen paint pen.

Step 10: For the finishing touch I decided to doodle around the border.

Close up of Page 1 of the journal page

Close up of Page 2 the journal page

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