2021 Topic 6: Mandala Mix
I don't think it's possible to tire of watching people create with the Blackout Technique. Seeing Lynn's fabulous mandala emerge step by step is like watching real blooms emerge from a bud. Grab those white pens and have a go at trying this technique.
Hi everyone, it's Lynn Good (Memories on the page) with you today, and I'd like to share with you an art journal page that I have created for the topic "Mandala Mix".
I was immediately drawn to a technique that I love; colour, stamping and then blacking out the background. This was taught by Tracy Scott when she came to Australia (Pre Covid times!!). At the time, the class I did was the same technique but we blocked out the unwanted areas in white. Later I used black and found that the contrast is something that definitely makes my heart skip a beat.
I love the process of putting down the colour and having that "ugly" stage and then drawing it all together with paint pens - I have stage by stage photos below;
I started with Fresco Chalk paints and using my finger added lots of little areas on the journal page
I did not worry that my stamping was not 100% accurate. Line work would fix it and after the paint pens you won't notice.
The next step was to black out the areas around the stamping - for this I used Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics in Little Black Dress.
Once the black paint was dry I used a white paint pen to highlight the petals and add dots around the flowers.
I also used colour pencils to highlight the flowers and black paint pen to highlight the black areas. This is the process that I find so enjoyable. It is relaxing, it brings the page together by highlighting the flowers.
The final stage is to add all the circles in the black areas. This was done with moonlight gel pens and again very therapeutic.
I find this type of journalling fantastic - it gives me a great sense of completion and the pop of colours make me smile. I encourage you to have a go and I hope it makes you smile like it has me.
I look forward to seeing what you have created.