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Friday, April 24, 2020

Journal Covers - Wellspring 2020

I don't know about you but this Covid 19 isolation has really got me feeling the need to be in my craft room lately and work on art journalling pages so I decided to join an online classroom course that runs for 18 weeks, May to August.  It's called Wellspring 2020 by Artful Academy.  In their words - '18 weeks of uplifting, empowering, thought-provoking, life-affirming art lessons themed around mental wellbeing'.  What could be more perfect for this time!!

As part of the prep work we created a journal cover, the lesson was by Alexa Doebler called 'Make Art'.  I couldn't decide on a colour scheme so I made two!  I loved this sentiment for the front.  On the back cover I stamped 'Wellspring 2020' at the bottom.  I'm really reealllly looking forward to this course!

Sunday, April 19, 2020

You Are Sensitive And That is Okay - Art Journal Page

I was feeling restless and wanted to do something but I didn't know what I felt like doing.  And I felt this way even after browsing Pinterest and Youtube for inspiration.  Finally I saw a video with this background technique (applying paint with a gel press) and decided to give it a try........this page actually came together so fast I didn't even take many progress pictures!

For the background I decided to apply paint to a 6 x 6 gel press and water it down before pressing it randomly onto the pages.  I used Dina Wakely paints Olive, Peacock and Fuchsia (I did not gesso the pages so you really see the texture of the paper).  It was quite bold so I toned it down a bit by rolling a brayer with some white paint.

I have been itching to use some of Dina Wakely's tissue paper girls and decided on this one along with a sentiment that really resonated with me that day.  I adhered the tissue paper with matte medium under and over the image.

I almost left it alone just with the images adhered, but decided it needed more.  I added some black washi tape, some colour to her eyes and cheeks and some paint splatter with the fuchsia.  Dina calls it 'the pox' :)  And then I thought I was done, lol.  Actually I was afraid if I did anything else I might ruin it!!

But as much as I loved the pop of black, the more I looked at it, it seemed too harsh against the background and just felt undone.  So I left it for a few days.  I finally decided to add Umber paint (diluted with white paint) through a stencil, some coloured washi tape and then a little more wash of white over everything.  Some Frayed Burlap and Black Soot Distress Ink on the edges for a border, white gel pen strokes over the face and the washi tape and I was done - for sure done!!  Love it!!

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Don't Wait for the Storm to Pass - Unity Planner Journal

A page for April - this year is quite different then any me or my family has lived through.  Thankfully we are all healthy so far during this Covid 19 pandemic.

She was coloured with copics and then I masked her and ink blended two colours of Distress Ink for the background.  I added clear Nuvo Drops to the rain drops.

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