A great big happy hello to you today. I am absolutely thrilled to let you in on some fabulous news I've been sitting on for a little while. Kim at Eclectic Paperie has invited me to join her amazingly talented design team (Thank you, Kim.). I can hardly believe it. I feel both blessed and humbled as this is a group of people for whom I have great respect and admiration and from whom I have learned so much in my pursuit of altered art and mixed media. I am so excited I can hardly sit still to write this.
Today I celebrated by creating an art journal using a bunch of products available at eP which I will list and link at the end. Art journalling is one of my favourite ways to create because it is pure play. Sometimes I experiment with a bunch of techniques and products, covering the gessoed page and then move on to other things. That was the case with this double page spread. I had applied paint to the page using blue green and aquamarine with some white thrown in for good measure. I painted and sponged and used my fingers but it wasn't speaking to me so I left it. Today, when leafing through the journal to find two clean pages, it caught my attention and I decided to go with it.
Using the 6x12" Dylusions Diamond of a Border stencil, Paynes Grey and Turquoise shade Pan Pastel were added over the stencil in random places and then to the edges of the pages. Neutral Grey Tint Pan Pastel was randomly applied to lighten some areas. Fixative spray was misted over the Pan Pastel before white gesso was sponged with Cut n Dry foam over the 5x8" Dylusions chequered dots stencil and then watered down to allow various size plastic caps to be dipped in and printed onto the background. The same was done with Dylusions Vibrant Turquoise ink spray. An old gift card was used with the two colours to create lines on the page. More of the turquoise Dylusions ink was sponged around the edges using a piece of Cut n Dry foam.
Once dry, the zigzag stamp from Dylusions Inbetweenies set was stamped around the edges using Ranger Archival Black ink. Charcoal pencil blended with a paper stump as well as black doodling with a Micron pen helped emphasize some of the pattern and texture. Drywall tape was roughly cut and applied on both pages. Paper from Lily Bee Design's Persnickety 6x6 pad was torn or punched and edged with ink before being adhered to the right page. A scrap of kraft paper left over from die cutting for a previous project was adhered to form a platform for Corrin. Because it was on one page, another scrap was adhered to the other page for continuity.
Curious Corrin, a Dylusions stamp, was coloured with Prismacolor pencils, adhered to the left page and given a crown charm. The sentiment which suits the look on her face (and me!) is from Wendy Vecchi's Tales of Art set. It was stamped in Black Archival, cut out, and mounted on washi tape. More bits of washi tape were added to both pages along with a black die cut arrow. White dots were added around the page to play up the zigzg stamping. The finishing touch is a Maya Road Mini Canvas butterfly which was sprayed yellow using Dylusions Lemon Zest spray ink. I needed a little bright yellow on that page to tie in with Corrin's dress and these butterflies take the ink so well.
I had an absolute blast completing this art journal spread and playing with some of my new goodies from Eclectic Paperie. To check out the products, click on the pictures below and you will go directly to the eP store. Thanks so much for visiting today and for reading this very long post. There's always so much going on when I get to play with my art journal. :)
Life is good; so is art.