Sunday, 2 February 2014

Q&L - Silence

This fortnight's challenge from the Craft Barn is Silence or Dazzle.  I went for silence (not my usual approach!) as my first thought was The Sound of Silence, but I am creating a bit more difficulty for myself this year, by trying to keep to my real core favourite I went for I Can Hear Your Heart Beat, one of my favourite Chris Rea songs, another old song, from Water Sign.  I suspect most of my lyrics will come from 70's and 80's.

I'm using this massive A3 sketch book, so I have plenty of space to work in.  I found a set of old map prints and knew this was going to be my base.  I trimmed it up, and gave it a really good sanding, because it had a high gloss finish.  I chose a map as a back drop, because of a line in the song 'I'm in a European disco, and it's thumping up the beat' - so welcome to Marseilles!  I also distressed the  edges, and ripped into it to age it.

 Before.........  and after!

Then I set to with ink and stamps!

I wrote out the first few lines on card, which I then coloured using promarkers. I added a doodle of a heart monitor output on that lyric (it's NOT my heart beat, it's not fast enough!), and then glued it all together.

Hope you like!

Substrate: - Endeavour City Maps Print Set, Marseilles
Paint and Ink
Archival: Watering Can, Orange Blossom, Venetian Orange, Potting Soil, Red Geranium
Distress Ink: Tea Dye
Promarkers: Vanilla, Satin, Spice, Cinnamon
Prima clear stamps: Finnabair Brickwork, Distress dots
KaiserCraft: Film Edges
Bling and other stuff
hmmm, no bling?


  1. have set a challenge to dig out lyrics from my youth.

  2. Brilliant choice Ruth - love Chris Tea too. Great page inspired by the music xx

  3. Oh I love maps and your background is gorgeous!

  4. WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! xxx

  5. Wow A3 is a massive amount of space to cover - the page must be so striking IRL.

  6. Visiting from The Craft Barn - How wonderful that you linked elements of the song with the whole page. Filling an A3 page is a feat in itself :o)

  7. ps - I meant to say, I really like how you faded down the gloss of the map :o)