Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Deb Stephens' Entry in Lee Hynes Layers - Journal. Feb 2016

Lee's Layers Journal arrived !

I'll admit I was nervous. This was someones art journal. ART JOURNAL. They were trusting me to go into it and create in it. I started to sweat, then just bit the bullet and opened it. checked all the little nook and crannies and read Lee's notes. My head was swimming. Layers, Layers Layers ...

So I decided to do the layers of me. How sometimes I'm confident and sometimes I'm not. Sometimes I like to Quilt, sometimes paint, sometimes mosaic, sometimes scrapbook or sometimes colour in. Sometimes I listen to Elvis and sometimes I listen to Lenny Kravitz. Sometimes I'm a teacher and sometimes a student, Sometimes a wife or mother and other times a Lady or a tramp:)

And this is what came out on the paper.
Page one was made with hexagon fabric scraps that I had started a hand piecing quilt project with. I added a Zipper and quote to represent my interest in sewing.. even though I'm not that good at it, it doesn't matter, I just need to keep enjoying doing it.

I then added a cardboard tag with a Prima doll stamped and painted with water colour on one side to represent me being an elegant lady, but only when  I felt like it..the Tape I used to attach the tag came just at the right time from a lovely lady in this very group as part of the napkin swap! it says "Time to drink champagne and dance on the table." The small cardboard Tag with ribbon sticking out of the zipper was part of Lee's instructions to personalise our pages wit our details.

The other side of the Tag, I collaged out with random parts of people I found and stuck on top of Dylusions Paint. I then journals all around it in black pen about my SOMETIMES habits.
 The very last page was made up of another Prima stamp called Catrina from the Bloom Girls range.
I used water soluble oil pastels (that ALWAYS messes with my head) to colour it in and blended with water. I used stickles glitter glue and mini glass beads to adorn her shawl. There is also some blue tule sticking out to make her shawl a bit more 3D. the background colour was applied with Gelatos. I also made my own paper for the leaves using a wash of water colour all over water colour card, then using Tim Holtz Fall Foliage thinlit dies to cut out the leaves with a big shot. I stuck them all on with glossy accents and then dropped a few drops all over the leaves to look like dew drops.
 I added the spares to the travelling envelope at the back of this journal and am going to send her on her way later this week.

Thank You!

Deb Stephens.


  1. Wow your pages are wonderful Deb so fun and interesting, perfect for this theme.

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  3. sorry this posted twice so I removed it and now it says I removed it :(

  4. What a great description of your process, it really brings the pages alive! I love the layers of you, you are a complex lady! Fabulous work on this and it's all mine mine mine!
    Sadly, it will be a fair while before I get my grubby little hands on it!

  5. Lovely pages with great detail Deb! I look forward to seeing it in person :-)

  6. Thankyou all for the lovley comments ladies:)i love being part of this group and watching everyones work evolve its very inspiring.

  7. Fantastic pages, I love the way you interpreted the theme and how you responded. You are very talented.

  8. Fantastic pages, I love the way you interpreted the theme and how you responded. You are very talented.


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