Here’s a page I had particular fun making in my 9X12 journal. I’m linking it to the challenges at Inspiration Emporium (one of the sponsors of our Compendium of Curiosities Challenges!), Art Journal Every Day, and Mixed Media Monthly. It started out with a few scrapes of modeling paste through one of Tim Holtz’s layering stencils. I added a bit of Primary Elements mists but decided they weren’t bold enough for what I wanted today, so out came the Dylusions Ink Sprays. How I love playing with them!
I placed a favorite StencilGirl Products stencil over the page, misted Dylusions Ink Sprays all around and then misted heavily with water to help the colors run.
A paper towel roll mops up the excess (yep, I saved that piece for something else – couldn’t throw away all that color!)
I didn’t like how concentrated the purple was so I went to a stash of stamped leaves (a Dyan Reavely stamp) and misted them with Pure Sunshine to lighten up that section. I went through a phase a few years ago where I stamped a bunch of images and then would cut them out while watching TV… it’s led to some very helpful moments in crafting to have that stash available.)
I added more stamps and stencils, including this StencilGirl one designed by Carolyn Dube. I don’t normally tape down but wanted to here because the word I was using was smack in the middle of the stencil, and I was afraid I’d tap over into another ‘unwanted’ word by mistake.
Wanting to give the stenciled butterfly (bottom right) a body, I turned to my Sizzix collection to see what I had that might work. Tim’s weathered clock hand and pen nibs were all good options.
As you can see, I went with the nib, and I also embossed it in a Texture Fade to make it stand out a bit more. Same with the letters “No” which were diecut to match the stenciled word.
In case you missed it, last week I put up a new Blended Batik Tutorial Video on YouTube showing a neat technique with Ranger’s Distress Inks. I started out on a tag, and ended up doing the technique in a larger art journal.