Today’s blog post is an art journal page. I had an idea rattling around in this little old head of mine involving a quote about learning to dance in the rain, no matter what life throws at you, and I thought that quote would work well with a ballet dancer and a big pink umbrella. So, I grabbed a cup of tea and pulled out my stash of goodies and had a rummage. For the products I used, please see the list at the end of this post. Here we go:
Using my large Dylusions art journal, I firstly, I applied some texture paste to the page through a brick patterned stencil. I masked off most of the stencil, as I wanted to illusion of it being cobbled path rather than a solid brick wall. I then got distracted whilst washing the stencil and made myself another cup of tea. By the time I got back to the art journal, the texture paste had dried – bonus!
I then covered the page in a thin layer of gesso and used my heat tool to dry it.
Now on to the painting. For the paints, I chose a selection from Docrafts Artiste range and, using a baby wipe, I kept it quite bright, with the palest colour (Storm Cloud), in the centre of the page and worked outwards, incorporating the grey and silver tones, before darkening up with the brown and bronze and then finally using the black. I heat set this layer before repeating the process one more time, to create more depth of colour.
Now to add some texture to the background. I used a myriad of stamps that I had in my stash, including script, ink splats, coffee mug stains, distressed textures and, using the grey inkpad, I stamped these randomly over the page and gave it all a quick blast with my heat tool.
I then decided that I wanted to bring some rainy elements into the journal page. I have a stencil, by Tim Holtz, called “Dot Fade” and thought that would look pretty cool coming down from the top of the page. I decided to use my Perfect Medium embossing ink over the stencil and then used clear embossing powder and melted it – I never get tired of watching embossing powder turn. The overall effect is subtle; but I am hoping that putting more dark ink around the top border later, will bring it out a bit more (she says with fingers crossed).
I also watered down some white gesso and, using a small paintbrush, I flicked small splashes of paint over the page, to add small flecks of brightness to the background.
Now, onto the focal image…I chose to draw mine; but you can use magazine pictures, etc in yours if you would prefer. Once I had drawn my dancer and the umbrella, I coloured them using acrylic paints. I used a mixture of the colours I used in the background with the addition of a pale pink for the dancer and then the Pebeo Dyna Violet Blue for the umbrella (just love the ways these paints shimmer and change colour in the light).
I cut out the dancer and the umbrella and gave them an edging with a brown inkpad, to grunge them up a little, glued them onto the page and then added more details using a black fine liner and my Signo white pen.
Once stuck down, I found that the dancer sort of faded into the background, which had dried paler than I had expected. So, using the grey inkpad and a blending tool, I added some shadow around her and then made that more prominent using a brown PITT pen.
I then decided that I wanted more shading on the dancer’s dress and so using the flesh coloured PITT marker (from Faber-Castell), I added a touch of shading to the very edges of her bodice and then around her tutu too.
Now…let’s talk about Distress Oxides. Another money-making gimmick, I said. Why would I ever need this product in my stash, I said. So, like every crafter, curiosity got the better of me and I ended up adding one onto my recent Amazon order, just to see what all the fuss was about………OH!….MY!…..GOD!….new favourite product!!! I love grunge and I love splatters – on the page, not on the carpet (that’s another story).
The oxides go onto paper like a dream, they blend beautifully and then you add water. I added some of the Vintage Photo Distress Oxide around the edges of the page and splashed some water onto the ink, using a small paintbrush. I left the droplets of water for about 10 seconds and then dabbed them off the page with a bit of kitchen roll and the effect is beautiful. Very subtle, but then you can build up the layers and create more depth by repeating the process.
So, I now decide to add some borders to the left and right sides of the page. In view that the page had a slight “Singing in the Rain” vibe to it, I chose one of the “Film Edges” stamps from Kaisercraft and stamped it using Jet Black Archival ink. I then used the same ink to add a depth to the edges of the page and make it even more grungy.
My final titivations were to add some Stickles glitter glue in Silver to the dress, bodice and shoes (which I smoothed out with my finger, as I just wanted the feintest shimmer). I then added some raindrops in the form of Glossy Accents, and, using a toothpick, I dragged a little of the droplet upwards to form a tail, to make it look more like a raindrop. I also added Glossy Accents over the umbrella handle to create a bit of dimension there too.
Have a good weekend folks and happy crafting, Gem x
Texture Paste; Ranger
White Gesso; Pebeo
PITT Artist Pens – Black, Dark Sepia, Light Flesh; Faber Castell
White pen; Signo
Glossy Accents; Ranger
Stickles “Silver”; Ranger
Clear Embossing Powder; Wow!
Metallic Black, Burnt Umber, Metallic Bronze, Storm Cloud, Mother of Pearl, Metallic Silver, Dark Grey, Rose Pink; Docraft Artiste
Violet Blue acrylic paint; Pebeo
Smokey Gray; VersaFine
Coffee and Jet Black; Archival
Perfect Medium ink pad; Ranger
Vintage Photo Distress Oxide ink pad; Ranger
“Life” stamp set; Kaisercraft
“Film Edge” stamp set; Kaisercraft
“Splats and Stains” stamp set; Crafter’s Companion
Other miscellaneous stamps from my stash, unknown brands
“Dot Fade” stencil, Tim Holtz
“Brick Wall” stencil; Imagination crafts