No Rain…No flowers Art Journal Page

Afternoon all!


I hope everyone is keeping well.  We have woken up to yet more rain down here in Devon and I am longing for spring time and some colour in the garden.  I wanted to create a vibrant page in my art journal today to inject some sunshine into my day.


Firstly, I started by covering my page in white gesso; before applying acrylic paint with a baby wipe.  The colours I used were “Buttercup” and “Vanilla Bean” by Docraft Artiste.


I have had a pot of Americana Triple Thick Gloss Glaze in my stash for ages and have never used it, so I thought I would it a try today to see I could apply it through a stencil to create some glazed areas on my page.  It turns out that you can!  The only thing that I wasn’t happy with was that there were a lot of little air bubbles that appeared; so, next time, I will try using an embossing ink and clear embossing powder instead.


The stencil I used is called “Doodle Squares” (by Creative Expressions) and I added this detail to the top right and bottom left of the page.  I left it to dry thoroughly (about 45 minutes).  I then applied some “Wild Honey” Distress Ink over the top and wiped off the excess from the glazed area using a piece of kitchen paper.  In hindsight, I could actually have gone in with a darker shade to get more of a contrast.  Ah well…live and learn.  Not the most fascinating photo in the world here, but you can see the air bubbles I was talking about.  However, it does add  a wonderful glossy finish.


Using the same squares stencil, I applied some Wild Honey ink through the stencil in the top left and bottom right corners of the page to create more interest.


On a sheet of mixed media cardstock, I drew some cartoony style flowers (simple to cut out) and then coloured them using Kuretake Zig Clean Colour pens in “Light Violet”, “Light Pink”, “Carmine Red”, “Orange” and “Pink”, before colouring the centres with “Beige”.  I went around the cut edges of the flowers with a black PITT artist pen from Faber-Castell to hide the white raw cut edge.  I then stuck the flowers diagonally down the page from top right to bottom left using standard PVA glue.


The background needed a bit of something else, and so I watered down white and black gesso and some of the orange and pink colours used to colour the flowers, and added some splashes using a thin paintbrush.


The page needed a border, and I wanted something quite whimsical and cartoony to match in with the style of the flowers; so, I drew a border using the PITT marker pen and the made it into a black and white stripe design using white and black gesso.


It was at this point that I had no idea where the page was going and decided to have a cuppa!!!


Twenty minutes later and fully re-caffeinated, I decided to make the flowers into a garland by adding stems and leaves with my PITT pen and a ProMarker in “Pine”.


I added some shadow to the flowers using a grey watercolour pencil, which I then activated using a water brush.  I also added some highlights to the flowers and leaves using a white Signo gel pen.


Using the “Worn Text” alphabet stamps by Tim Holtz, I stamped out my quote.  I didn’t like the distressed look, as it did not go with the rest of the page, so I used my PITT pen to colour in the missing bits.  I also added highlights to the letters using my white gel pen.


I finished the page with some Glossy Accents in the centre of the flowers.  I hope you like it.


The sun is just starting to break through the clouds, so think I am going to chance a quick walk into town.  Have a lovely weekend folks! Gem x

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