Art Journal Tutorial
Today’s art journal tutorial comes from my Guest Blogger spot over on Colour Me Positive. Lisa runs a weekly challenge blog which is always so very positive. I chose a quote that is often attributed to Abe Lincoln: “Whatever You Are, Be a Good One.” In fact, it may have come from William Makepeace Thackeray.
I’m a huge fan of Dylusions Ink Sprays. I am also a big fan of good old fashioned stamping, and this page gave me lots of pleasure to create. Here’s how I got started:
After applying the base layers of color, I used the Large Hall stencil from StencilGirl and sprayed Dylusions through it. See left photo, below. It can be tricky to work with sprays on top of sprays. For this reason, the page should be totally dry before you add another layer.
To put it another way, stenciling won’t be clearly defined if the page is damp. You can fix this by using an ink blending tool with an ink pad to create more definition. My photo (above, right) shows how the ink defined the stenciling.
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What can I say? I love the good old wood mount stamps.
I wanted that tag to melt into the page so I placed it on top of the page, replaced the stencil, and added ink with the blending tool again.
My favorite part of this project was incorporating tags for part of the quote. I loved using all sorts of stamps and stencils to create these!
Here’s a tip – one good thing to remember in art journaling is to use stencils across different layers. Adding just this small bit of stenciling across the page and the tag helps unify the layers.
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Thanks so much for the visit! Remember to check out Colour Me Positive and consider joining this week’s challenge. I would really love to see what you make with this quote as the inspiration.