Pages by: Riikka Kovasin
It’s the first of the month… Which means Riikka and I have another challenge to share! This time we thought it would be fun to look at each others work for inspiration.
Riikka’s style is so different than mine. Sure, I can be inky and painty from time to time, but even then I usually manage to keep clear lines. I certainly do not create as many wonderful layers.
I love the look of Riikka’s pages and I really enjoy watching the videos she records of her creative process. She seems to work so quickly. And I can be such a muser, just endlessly pushing pieces of paper around…
I went through Riikka’s Flickr gallery and thought about which lay-out I wanted to scraplift. There are so many fabulous lay-outs there, but in the end I decided on one that I love and that would also challenge me to do something I don’t usually do.
This is the one I chose:
Reason: It has an unusual colour combo for me, no journaling (just a title) and it has a grungy but also romantic feel to it. And there are plenty of layers there too.
I took a neutral background paper, some orangey/brownish inks and I went to work. And… I hated the result. No matter what I did, it just didn’t feel right to me.
I went to look for another neutral background paper so I could start over and when I found one with turquoise dots, I knew I had to let go of the original colours. They’re just not my colours and that’s probably why my first attempts didn’t feel right. I chose to go with pink instead and then more turquoise and… this is what I ended up with:
The colours changed, but the inky layers stayed. I exchanged the flowers for a butterfly and a feather, the black stamped images (or rub-ons?) for washi tape and I tried to fight it, but I guess I’m incapable of leaving the words out… So I used the tag to journal on.
I also decided not to turn my photos into black and white ones, because the story is about ‘Shopping for a new couch’ and I wanted to be able to see the colours of the couches we chose from.