I always use some painter's tape on the back of a mask so it doesn't move around when I am pouncing on the white gesso for which I use a makeup sponge triangle... my very favorite paint applicator for stencils and masks.
To get a crisp, clean edge when I lift my mask I try to keep my daubing motions straight up and down, but I don't stress if my edges are blurry as this is only the background.
I continue moving my mask around the page, turning it up and down and all around and daubing white gesso over top until my inner artist yells STOP!
Now I have a happy, softly coloured background to use as a starting place to create my journal page.
Because I already knew that I was going to create a house and garden in this layout, before I added my elements I created a large sun image using the brand new ARTplorations "Just Flow" stencil and some Golden Iridescent Gold paint. I was not too worried about perfection as (again) it was only the background.
Next I began stamping and colouring all the images I wanted to use on this spread. I only use StazOn inks or Archival inks as they are both waterproof. (Very important when glueing down your images and adding paint afterwards.)
I love stamping on dictionary paper as it adds another layer of interest without me having to do any work.
For something different I cut out a simple paper house shape and used the same ARTplorations "Just Flow" stencil and some distress inks to create a background to fill in with some Zentangle patterns.
Once I had all my bits and pieces ready I assemble my page, moving things around until I like the layout and then (this is important...) GLUE THEM DOWN... otherwise you will just keep moving things around your page for days and days and days... Smile.
And once everything is glued down I go back in with my pens and coloured pencils and add doodles and lines and shading and most importantly the words and journaling!
before details and journaling is added...
After journaling and details are added
Well that's it for this month! I hope you enjoyed my little Art Journal lesson and that it maybe inspired you to go ask the question (and answer it in Art) "Where Do I Keep My Heart?" And please do share your mixed media creations with us in this month's Mixed Media Challenge where it is Always Anything Goes Except a Card (and you must use a stencil - any stencil)
|WHERE TROUBLES MELT|
|The BIRDS AND The BLOOMS|
Inks: StayzOn-black, midnight blue, brown; Archival-black
Paints: Golden Iridescent Gold acrylic paint; Peerless Watercolur Paints
Coloured Pencils: Prismacolor Scholar
Adhesives: ModPodge - Matte
Other: Black Sharpie Fine Point marker