Tuesday 7 March 2017

art journal prompts Week 1: My Word for 2017

I'm working in a totally random order to catch up with these weekly prompts from 'art journal prompts'.  This is the third that I've completed of the ten set so far this year, but if I work on two a week for the next seven weeks, I will have caught up.  With this in mind, and my determination to craft and share daily this year, I chose the word 'Create' as my word for 2017.

I'm not usually a 'pink' person, but I've been trying to get away from my favourite blue backgrounds recently.  Once again I worked in my 8" x 8" kraft card scrapbook, coating the page with gesso and drying it before starting.  The distress paints that I worked with were Spun Sugar, Victorian Velvet and Fired Brick.  I dabbed on colour starting with the lightest colour in the middle,  added darker colours towards the edges, blended them out with my fingers then used a baby wipe patted all over the page to create additional texture.  This created a 'marble' effect.

Next, I stamped the Impression Obsession Thin Stripes stamp randomly over the background using Rose Madder and Magenta Hue Archival inks.  This was followed by the Scattered Words stamp by Creative Expressions stamped in the same two inks.  I held both the stamps in my hand rather than put them on acrylic blocks, as I wanted a patchy, background look.

The next step was to create a focal point by stamping the jar containing pen, pencil and brushes from the Follow Your Art set by Woodware onto a piece of Sheena's stamping card, using Black onyx Versafine ink and heat embossing with detail clear embossing powder.  Once the image had been coloured with my Chameleon pens I coloured the 'jar' with my embossing pen and used multiple layers of clear embossing powder to create the glass effect.  This was then fussy cut and glued to the page using distress collage medium.  The focal image didn't blend into the page until I added Permanent Carmine Big Brush marker around the outside of the image and blended it in with my fingers.  I then added Caput Mortem along the bottom and blended that out.

As you can see from the photos, this helped the focal image become part of the page.
Before adding the 'Create' and 'Art' stamps from the Word Chain 1 set by Claritystamp (stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with Cosmic Shimmer detail white powder) and 'make time for your' from the Woodware set, I stamped the 'Draw it.  Paint it. Write it.' stamp from the Woodware set four times in the bottom left corner (Magenta Hue) and the upper right corner (Rose Madder).  This created a subtle border and reinforces my intention to craft daily this year; if only for 10 minutes.

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