Journaling without words is tough for me. How about you? It goes against some inner idea of a journal I cling to even though I know and believe there are absolutely no rules to art journaling. I tend to hesitate and hem and haw over whether or not to include at least a single word.
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For this one, I started playing in my large journal with Dylusions Ink Sprays. I chose Lemon Zest, Vibrant Turquoise, and After Midnight. These three colors are part of Diane Reaveley's “Cool” palette, and they play really nicely together. I added some White Linen ink spray too, which is opaque, and helps lighten areas that may be too dark.
After applying modeling paste to the page, I let it dry completely before bringing in the ink sprays. I really love the way the stencil (StencilGirl Products) plays with the color and the paste. I added black modeling paste with a craft knife through an extra large (Donna Downey) rose stencil, and it really popped over the Dylusions colors.
The numbers are from another stencil (Tim Holtz) and I added just a few of them using Archival Inks with an Ink Blending tool. Here are a few closer shots. I felt once the black paste and that bold stencil took over, there was no need for a word.
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