Thursday, 22 March 2018

A Layered Background With No Destination In Mind: Art Journal Page

Masterpiece or work in progress?
I started this page at a journal meet up while away from my desk.  I had taken my Strathmore Visual Journal with me, together with my Royal Talens Ecoline pens, some Spectrum Noir sparkle pens, my mini Archival inks, a folder of Stampers' Anonymous Tim Holtz Background stamps, tins of Distress crayons and my Tim Holtz mini layering stencils.  I had absolutely no plan or destination in mind when I started.  I finished the page when back home in my shed and there are not as many photos as usual of my steps, as I was too busy playing and chatting to think of taking many while I was out.
I started by scribbling the Scarlet Ecoline pen onto my craft mat, picking up the colour with a water brush and adding areas of colour all over the page.  Next, I filled in the gaps in the same way using the Pink Garnet sparkle pen (Spectrum Noir).  Once the page had had a little time to dry, I added stamping in Archival ink (Plum and Vibrant Fuchsia) using stamps from the Documented and Ledger Script sets held in my hand (Tim Holtz/Stampers' Anonymous).
I went back over the page with one of the Leaf Prints stamps in Cactus Flower Archival ink to create more depth of interest.  Next, I rubbed Wilted Violet Distress crayon through the Tracks mini stencil (THMS044), blending with my fingers.
That is as far as I got while I was out.  The next day at home, I added Shaded Lilac Distress Oxide through the Dotted mini stencil (THMS100) and Picked Rasberry Distress Oxide through the Stitches mini stencil (THMS099).
I deliberately left some of the areas a little more bare in order to add the heat embossed images from the Theories stamp set (TH/SA).  The two images were stamped multiple times in Onyx Black Versafine ink using the TH stamp platform, then heat embossed in detail clear powder.  The quote didn't need stamping as many times, before being heat embossed in the same way.

Now I just have to decide whether the piece is still a work in progress, or whether I have finished a masterpiece lol.
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