It’s fall ya’ll! Well, almost…technically, the first day of fall is September 22 according to the Farmer’s Almanac, but it’s close enough for me! I’m ready for crisp fall days when I can turn off the A/C, open all the doors and windows, light a fire pit on the patio with no mosquitoes and have a big pot of something delicious cooking on the stove! We planted a fall garden and I can’t wait for some garden fresh vegetable soup and cornbread…and apple pie for dessert!
I loved my grandparents’ stories about growing up during The Depression and what it was like to live on a farm. My Memaw wrote a blog called The Ridges of Lee County for a few years before she died. Her stories are short and sweet, but she sure could paint a picture with just a few words. I scrolled through her blog and found this post about harvesting cotton, even the kids had to work! I can just see this little Virginia with a cotton sack over her shoulder!
Her story inspired me to create this art journal layout…it’s about as “Americana” as it gets.
I found this cute little vintage photo and created the rest of the layout around him.
He kind of looks like this picture of my Papaw when he was a little boy!
I used some watercolor distressing techniques for a “vintage” look. I sponged the background with Distress Inks and blended with water. Here I colored my stamp with watercolor pencils and misted with water before I stamped for a faded effect. I purposely didn’t line up the border stamp image, I like the imperfection!
I used the new layering stencil from Club Scrap® ‘s Orchard kit to create my title. I applied Distress Inks so that I could splatter with water droplets and remove some of the ink for an aged effect. I also used a paintbrush and flicked some spatters of Black Soot Distress Ink mixed with water over the background. I did the same with some white gesso.
I just love this little scene!
Today’s post is part of the Club Scrap Artist Team Challenge blog hop. The challenge this month is to incorporate watercolor techniques into our projects. Be sure to visit the Club Scrap blog to see what Karen has created and you’ll also find the complete list of bloggers there too. Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned for the Club Scrap Orchard blog hop next Wednesday!
Do more of what makes you happy!
Club Scrap® is a monthly kit club and the kits are a limited-edition product. If you happened to miss out on some of Club Scrap’s paper kits, you should really check out all the corresponding digital kits! You’ll find all available products used in this project with links listed below. I link to sources for your convenience. Affiliate links used at no extra cost to you. Please feel free to message me with any questions!
Club Scrap Orchard stencil
Club Scrap Orchard Jumbo Unmounted Stamps
Club Scrap Sonoma Digital kit