Good morning lovely friends,
Today I would like to share with you my latest art journal spread called “Who She Had Always Been”.
Had lots of fun creating these pages and I love how they turned out. Hope you’ll like them too! 🙂
So why don’t you grab a cuppa and read the step-by-step “how to”?
I started working in my handmade art journal on two pieces of acrylic paper. I began by adding some collage elements (scraps of old book pages and cheesecloth) gluing them down using matte medium. You can barely see them now, but they are there, helping with getting rid of the “scary” white paper and adding a layer of texture as well. When the pages were dry I spread heavy modelling paste through 3 different 6 x 6 stencils from TCW and dried everything using my heat gun. The next step was covering the pages with a layer of gesso and some Finnabair clear crackle paste, preparing them for the first layer of colour.
So I started by spraying, splattering and dripping to my heart’s content using ColourArte shimmer mists (Namorado, Autumn Leaf, Sweet Whisper, Apple Blossom and Sea Foam), Ecoline (Deep Yellow and Turquoise) and SEI Tumble Dye spray in Black. When I was pleased with the result I left everything dry thoroughly.
Next, I sponged some super heavy white gesso to calm down the colours a bit and give the spread a “dreamy” look – a technique I absolutely looove and I use a LOT!!! LOL
Then it was time for some more collage elements, some shading using a Stabilo All pencil and the final touches using Inka Gold in Rose Quartz and Turquoise and ColourArte pure mica minerals – gold mixed with acrylic glaze.
I stamped the Donna Downey quote on watercolour paper and coffee stained it to match the background.
And DONE! 🙂
Hope you enjoyed the small tutorial and that I managed to inspire you a little.
Have a wonderful day,