Thursday 26 January 2017

Journal52 #2: Hope, Catching Up

Once again, I stepped out of my comfort zone to attempt an art journal page with Journal52 using only a one word prompt; Hope.  I am still a week behind, but catching up rapidly.  I really had no idea where I was going with this page at the start, just that I was going to use a mop up page from my journal.  By the end though, I was extremely pleased with the result; the quotes say it all!
The mop up page which was the starting point was mostly covered with Stormy Sky and Forest Moss distress ink with a little Tea Dye, left overs from making a card using my gelli plate a couple of weeks ago.  I had also used it to brush out the left over ink from my stencil brushes and to clean my brayer.

I added some Stormy Sky distress crayon around the edge, blending it out with a damp finger.  As the Tea Dye and Forest Moss crayons aren't yet available, I used the sprays to add further areas of interest.  The resulting dribble caused by the Forest Moss reminded me of a fork in the road, which gave me the idea for my next step.
For this I cut/tore the map from the Postale Tissue Wrap designed by Tim Holtz and applied it over the bottom half of the page, covering the fork in the road, using Matt Mod Podge.  The torn upper section, helped to create a softer join between the top and bottom sections of the page. I also sealed over the top of the tissue wrap and along the join with Mod Podge as I wanted to use some of my Pitt Big Brush Markers in Earth Green and Cinnamon (the closest match to Forest Moss and Tea Dye distress). 
I also added some additional Stormy Sky distress crayon to areas.  As I had sealed (and dried) the tissue, I could add the Big Brush marker and blend it out with my finger before it dried.  This only works on a non porous, sealed and DRY surface.  If the surface is not sealed, the markers won't blend out and if it is not dry, your nibs will be damaged.  Looking through my stamps, I found the perfect quote to incorporate into the page from the Words for Thought stamp set designed by Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous.  It ties in perfectly with the images and also with my thoughts about art journaling.
The Tall Text stamp set (also Tim Holtz) was used to stamp the word HOPE and some appropriate words from the Chit Chat idea-ology sticker pad above and below finished the quote and tied everything together.
If you look closely, I over inked the H in HOPE a little too much and caught the upper edge when I stamped it; hence the addition of 'embrace imperfection' below.
To finish off, I sealed the sticker words with Mod Poge, ensured everything was dry and blended some of the Earth Green Big Brush marker around each word sticker.  I can't believe how quickly this page came together.  Everything just seemed to fall into place; my fastest art journal page yet.

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