How to save a journal page

Art Journal Cafe: Save Your Page
It was a pleasure to be a frequent Guest Designer for Art Journal Cafe last year.  Sadly they are no longer operating but it’s for very good reasons… the artists who started the site have moved in new creative directions and all is well.  I made this page based on a “Save Your Page” challenge.  We were to start with a page that needed rescue.

My page in need started out with a partially painted background topped with stenciling. It wasn’t working one bit. I added more paint but didn’t want to cover the whole thing, in hopes some of that bottom layer would work.  Here’s how it looked before I had a better idea:


Hideous! I decided to liven it up with Dylusions Ink Sprays on some parts of the page, let them dry, then covered the page with Tim’s tissue wrap:

I smooshed it on roughly, intentionally causing wrinkles as I adhered it to the page with gel medium. Then I colored with water soluble oil pastels and gelatos.  It started looking better. I like the way the colors appear to be blending above and below the tissue wrap:

I added some stenciling, stamped the arrow (Stampers Anonymous) repeatedly, and stamped the lady (Stampland) onto plain white tissue paper:


The tissue always looks better when it has a torn edge rather than scissor cut. I adhered it with gel medium and used water color crayons to color it, the heart, and some outlines here and there:

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Thanks so much for the visit.


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