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.