I pulled out 3 stamp sets by Chocolate Baroque: Sunny Sunflowers, Summer Fairy Collection and Texture Fragments. ... and some stuff from my stash to make this piece:
1. Apply Faber Castell Gesso to the page and when completely dry, lay down the background with acrylic paints. I used Folk Art Acrylics in Evergreen, Midnight Green, Fresh Fern, Engine Red, Lipstick Red, Terracotta, Pumpkin, School Bus Yellow, Sunny Yellow and Yellow Lemon.
2. While that is drying, stamp out the sunflowers and leaves from the Sunny Sunflowers sheet and colour with Distress Inks. I used Mustard Seed, Dried Marigold and Rusty Hinge for the flowers and Shabby Shutter and Mowed Lawn for the leaves. Then I rubbed a little Ranger Distress Micro Glaze to fix the inks.
3. Using a stamp from the Texture Fragments sheet, stamp all over the background with Dandelion Archival Ink.
4 Cut out flowers, leaves and hand-drawn stems. Adhere to the page using Ranger Multi Medium Matte gel. When completely dry add shading and definition with Faber Castell Pitt Big Brush Nougat.
5. Stamp the fairy from the August Fairy sheet with Archival Black Ink.
6. Add interest to the page with Ranger Texture Paste on Tim Holtz Flourish Stencil.
7. Stamp the title with Archival Black Ink. The word "summer" is from the June Fairy sheet.
8. To finish the project: sprinkle watered down gesso, add Stardust Stickles and a gentle spritz with Perfect Pearls in Pearl for a dreamy misty look.
I like how the sparkly flourishes sort of remind me of cool summer breeze. In reality, it's fiendishly HOT in Portugal!
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If you are thinking about getting started on your own Art Journal... just do it! There's no right or wrong way ... it's a very personal project. That's how I view my pages. It is a snapshot of what's in my head and may not be to everyone's taste. But that's exactly how it should be. So go ahead and get inky and messy and have fun with it. It is mighty addictive!
That's all from me today. Thank you so much for stopping by and stay cool!