Hello everyone and welcome!! It's Laurie with you today and I'm super excited to share this art journal page with you! Full disclosure: I'm fairly new to the world of art journaling. My journal pages tend to lean towards cute, quirky and fun without any actual "journaling". But I always try to make the quote a little personal to reflect my mood or what's on my mind at the time.
I wanted to create a page that would simply make me smile. Normally, I would use a rainbow of colours but I wanted to give myself a challenge and keep it fairly muted. I also wanted the focal point to be the star of the show!
I usually use a disc-bound journal system. This allows me to take the pages out, work on them and place them back. This has always seemed "safe" to me. If I didn't like what I had created, no problem, I can just get rid of it. So, for some added excitement, I chose to use a spiral bound journal! I chose some some nice muted colours for the background along with a bright pink for just a little added colour.
This is where I began. Ripping some old book paper into strips and using a gel medium to adhere them to the page (poof...the blank page has disappeared!). I added a thin layer of white gesso just to lighten things up a bit.
Once the Grunge Paste had dried, it was time to add the paint! I chose Koala, Eggshell, Waterfall, Snowflake frescos and for the little pop of colour...Orchid. I used a wee bit of water to thin the paint on the centre of the page and quite a bit of water to achieve the drip effect with the Waterfall paint in the corners.
As you can see, the texture of the stencil is awesome but I really wanted it to stand out a bit more. I lined the stencil over the paste and added some PaperArtsy Snowflake Fresco Finish Paint over the top. This really brightened the corners up!
Now that the bulk of the background was done, it was just a matter of adding some details, including the Orchid paint!
Using a silicone tool for mark making (Dina Wakley), I added dots of colour to the stencilled areas. This really gave it the small pop of colour it so desperately needed. I also decided to add a bit more Snowflake to the centre portion of the page using a small stencil from my stash.
Now, let's work on the focal image! I adore ALL of Zinski Art stamps but the cows from Set 34 had me cracking up!!
Rather than use only one image, I thought it would be fun to combine a couple.
All that was left to do was create a quote/sentiment and put everything together. The PaperArtsy Hot Pick 1605 had the most perfect quote for this page..."I See No Good Reason to Act My Age".
I stamped the sentiment out onto a piece of white cardstock using Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black) and trimmed each word apart so they could be spaced throughout the page.
This project was a lot of fun but it was also a challenge...which I really enjoy! Combining your stamp sets not only gives you more bang for your buck but also makes you think outside the box. The products I used here today are quite different from one another and truthfully, I wasn't sure how I was going to bring this all together. But they work beautifully with each other and I couldn't be more pleased!
I hope you'll dig deep in your PaperArtsy stash and challenge yourself to mix, match and make something amazing!!