My project today features something I haven't done before - art journaling. There are so many wonderful paint/media techniques out there, and I want to try them all, so art journaling is the way to go. I can try out new techniques and then use them on other future projects, be they canvases, wood panels, etc.
This will fit the current challenge going on over at Frosted Designs well as their theme this time is "The Great Outdoors."
The background is various colors of Dylusions Spray Inks sprayed on a gesso base. Note to self: do not gesso the base first if I want vivid colors. It tones them down considerably, thus requiring more spray. I was wearing all colors by the time I finished.
I used a stencil to remove some of the color, then I stamped the hexagons in blue Archival Ink using Inspired By Stamping's "Hexagons" stamp set.
The sentiment speaks for itself.
The little birdie is from the Tim Holtz die, Birds, and I decided he should wear a party hat. He is perched on a branch and looking towards the tree, the branches of which have been stamped using the Inspired By Stamping set "Sweet Aviary." The bird's own branch is from this same stamp set, and both the tree and the branch have been stamped several times to get the proper effect.
The leaves are sticky back canvas painted with several colors of Gelatos, and the pink flowers are actually bits of white tissue paper with gold metallic spots which I sprayed with a homemade pink shimmer spray before tearing up into little pieces.
I drew the tree trunk freehand then applied gold and rust metallic pastes to both the trunk and the branches for texture.
This is an interesting stamp from the Urban Chic set from Stamper's Anonymous on which I applied metallic gel pens and then the date.
And that, lovely readers, is my very first ever art journal spread. Looking back, it's pretty simple without a lot of background texture, but that will change as I learn this craft. Baby steps.
Thank you so much for joining me today and I wish you a lovely weekend full of fun and crafting happiness!
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