Wednesday, March 14, 2012


Yesterday was the first challenge for The Second Floor by Julie Balzer and Nathalie Kalbach.  The challenge was to use golden acrylic paint.  You can do this in any creative form you like so I decided the best place to play would be in my art journal.  I took my gold Adirondack paint dabber and colored my pages in a streaky fashion.  Then I took a foam brush in water and went over it to spread it out.  I was not totally happy with this as the spreading areas actually now appeared yellow instead of metallic gold.  My intent was for it to show through the other layers and although the pages appear yellow you can see bits of metallic gold showing through.  I chose the quote "There is not one blade of grass, there is no color in this world that is not intended to make us rejoice" -John Calvin.  I added color in various forms and mediums to my page - re-inkers, alcohol inks, chalk inks, Distress inks.  I smeared them, I wet my pages and rubbed them together.  I added glimmer mists and finally I took White Picket Fence stain and a stencil and added some design on the top.  I had hoped for more of the metallic to show but my intent was to have a wide variety of color with some of the metallic gold to give it a royal or rejoicing feel to it.  I then took my Pitt pen and added the quote.


  1. I really like how soft and dreamy this is. Nice choice of quote. Did you design with the quote in mind or did you find the quote to fit your design?

  2. I love the dimension of this page - thank you so much for sharing and joining Julie and me in the 2nd Floor Challenge!

  3. That's a lovely quote, Paula, and your colors are beautiful. I created a scrapbook page for my 2nd Floor Challenge using all upcycled materials, and gold paint, of course...lots of fun!