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.
Online Mixed Media Class
Want to see more of what I do in my art journals? Check out my online class with Craftsy. It comes with lifetime access and a money-back guarantee! It’s called Inventive Ink: Colorful Mixed Media Effects. Here’s a 2-minute preview video:
This post was first shared in 2015.