Monday, 26 March 2018

Creating A Night Sky with Distress Oxides and Acrylic Paint

This is my third journal page for the March prompt (Friendship) over on Nina Ribena's Art Journal Prompts and More.  I decided to use my Distress Oxides and some acrylic paint to make a night sky as the background for the quote I chose.  I took plenty of photos so that you can see how I built up the effect.
I worked on a piece of mixed media card (18.5cm x 19.5cm).  The first layers involved blending different colours of Distress Oxide over the page using a blending tool; I keep a separate foam pad for each colour ink.  I started with some Black Soot.
Next, I used Hickory Smoke, then went back to Black Soot until I was happy with the smoothness of the blend.
Wilted Violet was used to add a hint of colour across the middle.
Then some Fossilized Amber in the top right hand corner.
The last new colour that I introduced was Faded Jeans along the bottom.
The next four photos show the introduction of a water spray to build up interest.  I sprayed the page lightly twice, drying it with a heat gun after each application.  The final two times that I spritzed the page, I blotted it with a piece of paper towel before drying with the heat gun each time.



Next I introduced watered down acrylic paint and a fan brush to the mix.  First I used Pebeo Studio Dyna acrylic paint in iridescent silver.
Finally I used a Golden Hi Flow acrylic paint in iridescent gold.  By starting the splattering off to the left hand side, I was able to avoid too many large spatters.
To add the quote, I stamped the word friends in Versamark ink, heat embossing it using the Wow gold pearl super fine embossing powder.  The stamps used are from the Word Chain Alphabet by Claritystamp.
The remainder of the quote, "Good friends are like stars, you don't always see them but you know they are there." was added by printing out most of it in a small font using my Dymo Letratag, together with a sticker from the Big Chat sticker book by Tim Holtz.
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