Art Journal page: Random Thoughts


I had so much fun making this spread in my journal…. it’s got a ton of layers and as my friend Lynne says, you can’t fake layers. There’s something really satisfying about building them up.

I started with some of Tim’s grunge letters and embedded them in a thick coat of gesso. I really spackled it on and had to let it dry for nearly two days.  Here’s how it looked in the early stages:

I attached several torn pieces of book text for Simon Says Stamp and Show and started building up color with paints, gelatos, and ink sprays.  I quickly veered away from the bright colors and ended up with a rich mix of orange, rust, purple, brown and black. Water soluble oil pastels helped with that and it all blended pretty well:


All the texture from the gesso still shows. I’ve never put it on so roughly before, and I definitely want to do it this way more often. I used some favorite word stamps (serious and silly) and lots of stencils, too.


I paired a Teesha Moore face (stamped repeatedly) with a favorite Tim stamp.


You have to wonder, don’t you? Besides using that stamp from my old-time stash, I broke in a new stencil that’s been waiting for awhile – Julie’s splat stencil – which I used for the September challenge (Splatters and Speckles) at The Artistic Stamper.


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