Another art journal page — I could get used to making these! It’s nice to have a single starting point, a few ideas, and no finished image in mind and then just see where the page takes you.
This one started with a bit of spare gesso left over from prepping another experiment: I didn’t want to waste it so I mixed in a bit of Distress stain for colour and covered a page in my mixed media pad.
I’d seen a video where someone used water to lift colour from gesso coloured with Distress and wanted to see how well it worked. It wasn’t a huge success for this project, you could see the difference, but the colours were too light for the effect to survive through the addition of any more layers.
But I had a starting point.
Next, I reached for my trusty stencils and added Distress oxide to the page. I finally managed to pick up some Tim Holtz stencil brushes so I tested them out on this — neither of the stencils I used was particularly delicate, which is where blending tools can cause problems, but I was impressed with how easy it was to fade the colour out from a strong centre point. I’ll have to do some more testing to update my blending tests post from last year.
Then some stamping. I reached for my unused stamps pile and added the postal textures and the large fractured glass image.
And now it was all looking a bit too vivid, when my vague aim for this one was to be more subtle with the colours, especially after the bright journal page I did last time. So, I got out the gesso and selectively toned it down.
I did add some spatters with the Distress stain, but they almost faded away. I ended up adding some more splatters at the end with Distress paint instead.
Once I was happy with the background I could add the focal pieces, starting with the “inspire” definition. Next, I stamped the ravens and outlined them in white. I wanted to differentiate between the main raven and the others, so I used a black Stabilo All pencil and a wet brush to intensify the black.
For the border, I smeared on some white gesso and then a thinner edge of black pencil to finish it off.
The last thing I did was to make it more journal-y by adding an extra-scrawly version of my horrible handwriting to it:
“inspiration is everywhere, be ready for the spark that catches your imagination”
- Country View Crafts – June 2018 – written word
- Prep & Stick:
Liquitex white gesso
Tim Holtz – ravens
Blue Fern Studios – postal textures
Visible Image – how fragile
Visible Image – imagine, dream, inspire
Distress stain – wild honey, cracked pistachio
Distress oxide – wild honey, cracked pistachio, picked raspberry
Distress paint – mustard seed, picked raspberry
Versafine – onyx black
Versafine – smokey gray
Hero Arts shadow ink – red royal
Ranger archival – sepia
- Pens & Pencils:
Stabilo All pencil – black
Faber-Castell PITT artist pen – white