Hey! It has been crazy weather here in Virginia. Yesterday we had heavy snow, sleet, freezing rain, and thundersnow (that’s a little added bonus of lightning and thunder to go with the snow). For all my friends in warmer climates, I know, you’re jealous. Since it was an indoors kind of day, I spent some time in the studio art journaling.
A few days earlier, I cracked open a Dylusions Creative Journal that I bought forever ago. I have not art journaled in quite awhile, but it is one of my favorite things to do. I started with some resist images using large foam stamps (some of which I made-see tutorials). Then, I stamped a script background, glimmer misted, model pasted, taped…you name it. I was so excited. All the techniques I used to teach came flooding back. Maybe too much flooding… the more I added, the less I liked it. Ugghh… I remembered the golden rule of art journaling, if you don’t like it gesso it So, that is what I did. I used the cheap-o kind, so one coat didn’t completely cover it up, but I kinda liked it that way. I loved the texture and the little bit of color peeking through. Now this, I thought, was the beginning of an art journaling page I could like. So, from the ashes (or bucket of gesso) came this…
I haven’t decided if I am finished yet, but so far I love the vibrant colors and texture. I sprayed it with several shades of Glimmer Mist, added tags with gel medium, and used tons of rub-ons (the most highly underutilized papercrafting supply, in my opinion). I then splattered India Ink, added canvas & washi tape, and used a little acrylic paint. I wrote one of my favorite quotes on a shipping tag, and glued it in along with a resin key. Lily, my 6 year old, said the key was to unlock memories. She is my little mini me for certain!
Here are some early morning pictures, before the snow got really heavy yesterday. It is very beautiful, but I am glad it is over. Stay safe and warm! xx