Hi Folks and welcome back to my blog.
Today’s post is a 6×6 inch art journal page, inspired by a stamp set by AALL & Create. I chose to use just the circle image, as well as Dream and Imagine. I wanted a grungy look to this piece and am really happy with the tarnished metal effect that I got using acrylic ink sprays that I made.
I am using Ranger watercolour cardstock as by base for this page. I did not apply any gesso to the page first.
Ok, grab and cuppa and here we go:
Texture – I chose a TCW stencil called “Riveted”, to give a bit of an industrial look to the page.
Whilst the texture paste was drying I made up my acrylic paint spritzers. To do this, I used 3 Mini Misters from Ranger. The recipe for the spray is one third paint and two thirds water. Then shake them well to mix the 2 together. The paints I used were Metallic Bronze from Docrafts, Mermaid Sparkle from Prima’s Art Alchemy range and Teal Metallic by Pentart. I the spritzed over the page, using a bit of water to help the colours blend more easily. I applied the spritzes in 3 layers, drying thoroughly in between each layer.
At this point the page was uber shiny (temporary blindness when the sun hit it kind of shiny). I wanted a more worn metallic look, so I used some Sea Spray (light aqua) paint by Docrafts and added touches around the page, smoothing it out with my finger to get a bit of a patina finish.
Time for some stamping. I used Jet Black StazOn for this, as sometimes I have found that the ink can smear when stamping on acrylic paint, especially when it has a sheen to it and StazOn does exactly what it says on the tin (also smells like Battenberg, not that I advocate going round sniffing ink pads!)
This is the first time I have tried AALL & Create and I can definitely say it will not be the last time that I use them. Really good quality stamps, which stamp perfectly. They are also just a little bit different from a lot of the stamps on the market, which I like; I think we are always on the lookout for something unusual.
Using the Sea Spray paint, I added a dash of water and added some splashes over the whole page to add some highlights.
Now to do something with the border of the page. Using Distress Oxides in Vintage Photo and Black Soot, along with a mini blending tool, I inked around the edges and also a bit over the raised areas of the texture paste, to make these areas pop a bit more and become more pronounced. The last bit was to add some Nuvo Embellishment Mousse in Cosmic Brown to add a touch of shimmer to the borders.
I added some more texture, through the use of a couple of decorative brads from Prima and, suing my Crop-A-Dile, I added 2 eyelets before putting it into my ring-bound art journal.
I really like how it turned out – grungy and a bit of an industrial feel to it. Quite a simple unfussy page; but, that is what I was in the mood for today. I hope you liked it too. If you did, please like the post and follow my page, for further ideas and inspiration in the future.
Happy crafting, Gem x