Here's a page I had particular fun making in my 9X12 journal. 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.