Sunday, 25 August 2013

carnival, fort edmonton park august 2012

One of my favourite outings last summer was our trip to Fort Edmonton Park (see bill's confectionary fort edmonton park august 2012 for  more of the story).   Alex and I spent some time with friends walking through the park and ended the day in the midway with a ride on the carousel and Ferris wheel.

I started this manila 12x12 with a layer of gesso to prime the page and prepare for empty spaces.  The background was created with a layer of carnival images I printed in black & white and sepia, a sheet of white tissue paper, a crazy circle stencil and Tim Holtz distress inks.  I used broken china with the stencil and then distressed the edges of the layout with tea dye.  I also added some tea drops throughout using Earl Grey.   

I love the event banners which line the midway - bearded lady, strongman - and so my version of the advertisement banners was taken from the Graphic 45 Find your Wings and Fly paper.  I free-hand drew in posts holding up the banners.  I am really enjoying including some free-hand drawing in my pieces.  It has a great homegrown authentic feeling.

The  prescription eyeglasses are from the Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Collection and I cut the Ferris wheel out with the Silhouette Cameo.  The red and white strips beneath the Ferris wheel were b-side scraps from the Graphic 45 Find your Wings and Fly banners.


I had a great deal of fun putting this page together and I definitely will use these techniques again in my art journal (whenever I get that going).  Working with tissue paper is incredible.  It adds texture and dimension to the art piece and it's relatively simple (as long as you're okay with it not being perfect).  I'm entering this page in Simon Says Stamp Carnival Challenge.

Thank you for stopping by and all of the encouraging comments.  You're all so very sweet and kind.


  1. Love this layout, Love the Ferris wheel!

  2. What a fun layout! You have so many wonderful elements. The Ferris wheel is my favorite. It's awesome! I love the bottle cap embellishments. Very creative! Thank you for joining the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! ~Michelle

  3. This is amazing! I just kept looking at all the different elements in awe! You managed to combine things so beautifully without it being too overwhelming or cluttered. It totally conveyed the fun atmosphere of a ferris wheel and carnival rides. (On a personal side note, I love Edmonton!) Thanks so much for sharing your talents with us here at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

  4. Fabulous layout full of energy and great details. I love the ferris wheel with those fantastic bottle caps, what a great idea! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

  5. Thank you for the kind words! I'm a huge fan of your work and the comments mean great deal to me coming from such incredibly talented people.

  6. Hi Pam! How cool to 'bump' into each other in the blogosphere! Your creations are absolutely aww inspiring, I can only guess how much time must go into creating such an intricate page. I love the little glimpses of Alex!