Do you ever take a break in your journal, when you really should be doing something else? I have quite a few things I should be doing today, but my journal was calling… and not even one of my small journals, this great big 9X 12 one. I also decided to do a 2-page spread. Talk about real estate. So this spread measures 18″ wide by 12″ high… I should've done a canvas!
This one started out very pink. I applied gesso to the pages and then added some paint, as well as modeling paste with stencils.
Stamping on Tissue Paper: A Trick
Next I added some images I'd stamped on tissue paper. I learned a good trick from Dina Wakley years ago… instead of cutting the images out with scissors, you run a skinny wet paint brush around them and tear them out. This eliminates the straight ‘cut lines' scissors would leave you with and the image sinks a little better into the background.
It's kind of addictive and easy to do while watching the TV at night. Please don't blame me if you end up like me… trying it once and then ending up with a whole box of stamped/torn images waiting for their day in the sun.
I used distress ink over the stamped images. The page color is different now because I toned down the pinks with a glaze I made using Quinacridone Gold + Glazing Liquid.
I love these big letters. I softened the lines on the stamped image above with the ink blending tool, but didn't do much with the stamped images on the right hand page.
You know I love using stencils. Face Stencils are super helpful if you're not comfortable with drawing. This one is from Andrea Matus DeMeng (StencilGirl Products). Likewise, alpha stencils are wonderful if you aren't great at lettering. The large letters are from DecoArt Americana.
Mixed Media Art Membership Group
Have you heard about the Mixed Media Art Membership Group? It's a monthly membership that I host that includes facilitated learning through a Project of the Month (with closed-captioned video instruction), Themed Challenge of the Month, a live Zoom Create-Along Session where we all work on our art together, and lots of resources such as the Project Vault, Technique Vault and Resource Library. Best of all is the supportive and inspiring community we enjoy in our private Facebook Group and the gated private forum on the site where I host the videos and resources.
The group is only open for new members a few times a year, so please add your name to the waiting list to be the first to know when the doors open again. Click here to add your name to the waiting list.
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