So, I finished the layout from the last post and didn’t want to leave anyone hanging, so……..tada!
After using the heck out of some gelatos and oil pastels, I stamped some Dyan Reaveley stamps, stenciled some partial patterns with gesso from Julie Balzer‘s tag stencil, and basically called it a day. While I was doing this, my youngest was sitting on the floor, icing her foot ( dance injury) , while we watched old Whitney episodes on my Kindle. Look at me, multitasking! Fun times!
While working in my Dylusions Art Journal, I had an epiphany. At least it was for me. I mean, there’s a better than average chance that someone way better than me has already thought of this, but I was really psyched when I thought of it. So, what’ s this earth shattering idea? Embossing with a stencil! So easy. Just lay your stencil down( in this case I usedJulie Fei-Fan Balzer’s heart stencils and a broken diamond stencil). I used a Versamark pad, but you could use an embossing pen as well to color it in. I then applied white and satin pearl embossing powders and voila!
Then I decided to do a resist with the big heart ,so I applied some gelatos and gave it a wipe with a baby wipe. On the second page I tried distress inks but I didn’t care for it, so I settled on ink sprays (October Afternoon) dried it then gave it a wipe. When I was done with that, I did some close sprays to get a drip effect. I don’t know how done I am with these pages, but I really wanted to share my idea with you while it was still plainly visible on the pages.
I hope you have learned something new. Now go play with your stencils and let me know if you have some creative ways to use them!
So, even tho it’s only been a few days since I posted something, I feel like that doesn’t count since it wasn’t a “real” post, just a PSA.
I am trying to break out of a bout of the “oogies” as Kathy Bates character in Misery, describes when she just lays around the house in her bathrobe and curlers, eating – I don’t know, whatever it is she eats (small children,motor oil, ??) Everything is fine as long as you leave her alone.
Well, even tho I’m not on the verge of committing violence against anyone (probably)- just leave me alone with my motor oil! I wanted to share my last journal page with you which is in direct contradiction to my mood right now-. Now, I just want you all to know, I do not draw, as these flowers will attest-but I figured, what the heck? That’s just what those random splotches of ink needed to fill up the awkward middle parts, so that’s what happened (just let it happen).
So, blah, blah, blah, yammer, yammer, yammer-on with the show and all that!
A couple of hints: The flowers are colored with Gelatos and the doilies are gone over with Distress Inks.I also started the flowers with Dr. Martins ink in blue.
Hmmm. So,maybe I will call this SASS (short and sweet Sunday). I just have an art journal page to share– the really poor handwriting says ” Sometimes I believe that I can do anything, yet other times I feel, I’ve got nothing good to bring.”
I have had way to many of the latter lately-that’s ok, right?
I will say the background started with some old dress pattern paper-and what follows is just a mixture of paint, sprays and acrylic ink. I did the circles first with a stencil, then outlined with brown acrylic ink and filled in with paint and gelatos. Thanks for watching and stay tuned for the next round!
I had so much fun making this- I wish I could say I had a clear picture in my mind of how this page was going to look, but I had nothing. I just started painting and spraying until it looked finished to me. In fact, when I do have a clear picture of how I want things to look, it almost never turns out that way-I can’t seem to translate what is in my head to the paper.
1. I colored a lot of random spirals with gelatos in green, blue, yellow, and orange. I mixed them with my wet finger and then sprayed with water to make them run a little. I dried that and covered a lot of it with a thin layer of gesso.
2.I added a couple of drops of Liquitex Acrylic ink (transparent raw umber) and used a straw to spray into cool spider patterns you have to blow hard and move your straw around for this) Don’t pass out!
3. Grabbed a Mister Huey’s zigzag mask( it has a real name, but I don’t remember and I’m too lazy to walk over to where it is and see) and place it wherever and spray it alternately with bubblegum pink and fresh lime Dylusions spray.
4. Get some random stamps images, numbers ,letters and some words and stamp them around-making sure to frame the photo. I also threw in some stamping with my baby dot stamp in various colors and places. It’s pretty subtle.
5. Did a couple of rub ons under the photo to help frame it as well.
6. Some decorative tape and Martha Stewart die cuts and place the photo (this one was printed onto regular copier paper because I wanted it to blend into the background as much as possible. I then put some gesso on the edges followed with strips of masking tape. Done!
So, without further ado (what does “ado” actually mean, anyway?- and why don’t we want more-I feel like there might be times when I would like a little more ado)