Sunday, 22 October 2017

Chocolate Baroque: We Will Remember Them

Hello there! It's an Art Journal show-and-tell today.  We are almost at the end of October and while a Halloween project would be the obvious choice, I decided to hop off the bandwagon and pursue a different theme. Looking ahead to November ( which is a little over a week away - eeeek!),  I decided to play with the Pretty Poppies stamp sheet to create a Remembrance Day inspired page.

I used acrylic paints for the background. Pale blue washed down with gesso and pale green for the field. It's a simple page, no unnecessary embellishments, textures or distractions. Tranquility. Just a field of red poppies against a clear blue sky with little white clouds. A telling contrast... lest we forget the price of peace.

When the background is completely dry, I stamped the poppies directly on the page with Versafine Vintage Sepia. I coloured the stems and leaves with Copics and Faber Castel Brush Markers. Then I stamped the poppies and buds separately, coloured and fussy cut them before adhering them to the page using Ranger Multi Medium Matte. I added a tiny touch of Wink of  Stella Clear to each poppy.

I wanted the poppies to look like they are swaying gently in the breeze. So I added a small piece o foam tape in the middle to the flowers before adhering the cut-out poppies. I did the same for the poppy buds too and added a dollop of Ranger Glossy Accents to give a rounded edge.

For the quote, I used Echo Park Allison alpha stamps and Ranger Archival Black ink. I added Nuvo Crystal Drops in Duck Egg, falling from the sky - the young men who fell to bring peace. The droplets blend into the sky beautifully, so I adjusted the lighting to be able to photograph it.

The quote is the last line of the 4th stanza of Laurence Binyon's poem "For The Fallen":

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.

Creative Artiste Mixed Media #53: AG Mixed Media
Penny Black and More October: Close To Nature

That's it from me today. Thank you for stopping by today and for all your kind words on my blog. Have a blessed Sunday and stay safe.



  1. This field of poppies has been expertly colored and love the effect of the popped up flowers here.

  2. Amazing AJ page Asha, great colouring on the poppies and such beautiful sentiment you choose! Love the dimension on the poppy buds and the textures on the sky... Adorable and so sweet!

  3. Those poppies are so beautifully colored.

  4. This is just beautiful Asha,as you might know I adore Poppies and this CB set rate among one of my favourites. It's really lovely to see you at Penny Black and More challenge, my thanks for joining in.

    B x

  5. This is such a gorgeous journal page Asha. I adore it.

  6. Gorgeous journal page and the poppies are so beautiful Asha..loz

  7. Such a beautiful card <3 Thanks for joining us at Penny Black & More and good luck!
    x Daniela (DT)

  8. So pretty! Thank you for playing along with us at Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge blog this month.
    Good luck
    Lynda x

  9. Thanks for joining Penny Black & More @ Allsorts challenge with this great entry, good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  10. This is stunning, no embellishment needed with the message and your fantastic coloring!


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