Saturday 1 April 2017

Art Journal Prompts 13: Use Your Scraps

I had absolutely no problem finding material for this prompt; two overflowing 'bit boxes' and another full of left over die cuts provided a host of resources!
As I was working with a kraft card scrapbook, I stuck down a piece of black patterned paper from my scrap box to cover the whole page and provide a dark background.  I then used a layer of kitchen towel, which had been used to mop up Brushos and Pixie Powders over the top two thirds of the page as a sky.  It was glued on with Matte Mod-Podge and sealed.

Once dry, I tore a piece of green patterned paper left over from a previous project and added it along the bottom of the page as the ground.  I had some dark waffle paper bits, so cut them into blocks and added them along the horizon as buildings.


I then looked in my box of left over die cuts and found the tree (XCut Woodland Trees), the church (Marianne Mini Christmas Village) and the two butterflies (Cheery Lynn Exotoc Butterfly 2), so added them to complete the picture.  I didn't have a quote in mind, I was just building up a pleasant scene using my scrap box. 
Adding detail 1
The next step was to add detail and shading.  I used a silver Permapaque pen (Sakura) to add windows to the buildings and the church, which were then emphasized with my Signo Broad white Uniball pen.  The tree and the ground were edged with a Big Brush marker, blended out with my fingers, followed by some additional distress crayon.  The buildings and butterflies were outlined against the sky in the same manner. I then used a range of Big Brush markers to add colour to the butterflies.  Finally, I added the word 'Scraps' using my favourite Claritystamp alphabet in Black Onyx Versafine ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  Some additional highlights on the lettering and butterflies with the white Uniball pen completed the page.  I was really pleased with the finished page and will definitely be using my scrap boxes as resources more often in the future.

Adding detail 2

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