Monday 29 February 2016

Dare to Fly - Rajni Chawla - Mood Board Inspiration

Hello all...

Rajni Chawla again on the Dusty Attic Board with another new inspiration for February month. Hope you all are enjoying playing along the challenge each month. February month was pretty hectic month for me and I was totally blank for my second inspiration. I was not able to think what exactly to make. I m not too much into making lauout pieces but always want to make something thats useful and inspirational. I started up making art journal cover but ended up with a decoration piece....this generally happens with me most of the time. Hope able to inspire u again with my new creation. 


What a beautifull quote came into my mind when I saw Dusty Attic Indian Arrow chipboard. I was attracted to the beautiful carved feathers. Nature has blessed the human with unimagined power: the will to conquer the universe, the desire to know, and the curiosity of the unknown. The word impossible does not match with human nature. we have enough courage to face even our greatest fear....but only if we 
wish !!

Here is the February mood board. 

I worked with shades of blues n browns and mixed them with tones of greens to create something that can inspire me always and can match the above quote.

Feathers ,Flowers....more Flowers....and Birds !!

The blues depict the shades of sky and deep ocean, Shades of greens depict the green nature and browns depict our mother Earth. 
Here is what I came up with. 

I started a coat of gesso, then textures using DA Texture paste....lots of mixing and building layers with leftover chipboard negatives. heard it right. I have built  most of all the layers using my leftover negative pieces of chipboard that I used in my prior projects. 
Look at those small square and oval pieces....Do they look like they were waste pieces??
Actually No!!
Once textured,layered and colored they are no more waste for me. 
I try to take out maximum of what I have in my stash. Little hand fisted person I am.

I took Dusty Attic Indian Arrow charm as my main focal image for the concept. These are painted with Dusty in color, Gingernut, Dusty in Color Oceania, Dusty in color Crushed Olive and when dried painted with Dusty in color Clear Crackle medium. Little highlighting with Dusty in color Navajo White was enough to add more beauty on it. 

I have used Dusty in blooms and few bunches of Prima twigs and few flower metal charms to add  more of spring look. I have also used Dusty Attic Geometric Corners here and there. 

Another view....

Another close-up of Dusty Attic Indian Arrow. 

Few more angles showing different layers and texture. 

Can you see the negative of Dusty Attic Geometric Corners hiding behind Dusty in blooms and metal flowers. 


The chipboard piece on the edge again is the negarive of Dusty Attic Geometric Borders. 
And here is my handwritten message....yes, my son preferred and asked me to put hand written message on my project. I know my writing is not that good but not very bad too. 
 I used Black Archival 0.3 pen to write the message. 

Here is the complete list of all the Dusty Attic products I have used together. I have already linked all the products on the Dusty Attic website.


  1. Rajini, what a fantastic piece of work; love the color combo and use of the negative chipboard pieces on this journal. Would love to see a tutorial on how you achived this!

  2. Beautifully created!!!

  3. Stunning, amazing, inspiring,awesome...and then some!!!!
    Rajni, you are such an example to us all....not only have you dared to fly, but you are soaring!

  4. Beautiful and I am inspired by how you use the negative spac eof the chipboard. I would never have guessed.

  5. Its amazing. Love the way you use the leftovers to the best and they dont look like leftovers. Very inspiring work

  6. Who wudnt like ur work , u r a genius .loved it

  7. This is absolutely Stunning Rajni di....
    Every single element is just so perfect ??
    Love it.

  8. Gorgeous and beautiful use of the negative chipboard and lovely color combo.

  9. Wow, have just checked out your blog too.... all brilliant and so inspirational. Would love some tutorials of your work please. Hugs crafty hugs

  10. Wow! Awesome job. Loved the project and the thought behind it.

  11. This is Beyond Perfection it to pieces :)

  12. Beautiful. So glad to see negative pieces put to work, they add much texture.

  13. This is fabulous! So very beautiful, I love all the texture, the layers, the grungy looks, the crackle, the beads and the compostion... such a well put together piece of art!

  14. This is an amazing piece! I hope to one day make something so beautiful and artistic!

  15. Absolutely beautiful, and it warms my heart to know someone else saves and uses the negative from diecuts!!!