First up is an Art Journal page. I am particularly excited to share this project with you because it's my very first attempt at art journalling and also my first proper dive into Mixed Media. I say "proper" because I am not limited by size, dimension or bulk. It's not a card and will not have to suffer the brutal beatings of the postal service.
The desire to do an Art Journal does not by itself translate into a tangible project. Unwittingly I've done more to discourage than to encourage myself. Lack of idea, inspiration, knowledge, skill, supplies... any of these sound familiar to you? Yep - they are the lies we tell ourselves. Truth is - if you are a cardmaker like me, you probably have all you need to start journalling.
My inspiration hit me on a Sunday morning. While watching my Dreamcatcher dancing in the breeze as the sun rose in the background, I thought to myself " do dreams rise in the east too?" Boom! Art Journal! LOL.
I heat embossed the Teardrop Baroque Ornament, with WOW Ebony EP, onto a piece of vellum. I also heat embossed the tassels in the same way. These little elements are from Indian Textiles and Indian Elephant.
First, I primed the page with Faber Castell Gesso and let dry completely. Then I inked the background with Tim Holtz Distress Paints in Barn Door, Spiced Marmalade, Scattered Straw and Mustard Seed. The page was too "flat", so I used the Miniscript from the Mini Stamps Multibuy set stamped all over the page with Buttercup Archival Ink. Next textural interest: I added a couple of drops of Scattered Straw Reinker to Ranger Texture Paste and randomly applied it to the page with TCW Cathedral of Love stencil. The scene is set.
I fussy cut the Teardrop Baroque Ornament and supporting elements and coloured the large ornament on the reverse with Fabel Castell Polychromos before adhering it to the page with Ranger Multi Medium Matt. Next came the quote. I die cut the words "dream" and "east" in black card with WRMK Parade Lifestyle and the rest I stamped using Lawn Fawn Riley's Alphabet and Black Archival Ink.
Finally, I added the tassels by by stringing them through the points in the Teardrop Baroque Ornament and securing the ends at the back of the page. To knock back the contrast of the white string I added stripes with a Gold Sharpie. And it's done!
Here's a close up of the Teardrop Baroque Ornament.
Another look at the page:
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The second project is an easy one. This time I heat embossed the Teardrop Baroque Ornament onto some black cardstock using WOW White EP and coloured it with Faber Castell Polychromos. For a dramatic finish I added little dots a Silver Sharpie. And there you have it - a super simple all occasion card.
WOW June Challenge: AG + WOW EP
If, like me, you find Art Journals intimidating, I'd like to encourage you to give it a go. It can be a stratifying experience. Unlike a card, an Art Journal isn't going anywhere. It's for your pleasure and, best of all, you don't have to worry if the recipient is going to like it. Go on... just do it. I survived and will definitely make more.
Thank you for stopping by. Have a lovely weekend and ... live your dream!