I did this double page in my journal about 2 weeks ago, but never got around to putting it up. Sometimes I feel brave enough to try and paint a person. They usually never have faces (I’m not THAT brave yet! LOL). I really love the way the colors came together in this page. I was in a calm and relaxed mood when this was being worked on, and I feel like that carried over in my choice of colors and words.
I hope you all have a great week and find time to make something pretty as well! 🙂
I hadn’t planned on working in my art journal today. In fact, I was tied up all morning with a scrapbooking project, but after I knocked that out I found a chipboard sign I had bought last week at Hobby Lobby for $4. My plan was to paint it really cute and put it in the little bare spot on the wall of my laundry room. I am horrible about hoarding paper, so I reached into my pile of scraps for a large sheet of the paper they use to wrap up your breakables at Hobby Lobby (by the way that paper makes a fantastic paint tray! Great for blending and squirting paint all over it, then just roll it up and trash it when you’re done!). I got out a few of my new Dylusions spray mists and went to work on the sign. When it was done, I actually thought the paper beneath it looked better than the sign did! So what did I do? Tear it into a size that would fit into my art journal, then I went to work on the page. This page probably took me about 10 minutes to do. And it felt great to get something done in my journal, especially since I hadn’t planned on it. If only every page came together so easily!!
Over at Club CK, there was a great tutorial by Kim Watson on using modeling paste and stencils on a scrapbook layout. I thought this would be a great approach for na art journal page to add some nice texture. I used a grunge diamond pattern stencil from Crafters Workshop, as well as a sort of bubbly stencil along with Liquitex modeling paste. To add color I used a mixture of alcohol inks, spray mist, and Pan Pastels. I’m a huge fan of anything by Napoleon Hill–I find his words so inspiring and thought provoking, so I used one of his quotes on the page. I hand lettered the entire thing–a lot of work, but I like how it came out.
© Melissa Johnson
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