Sunday 2 April 2017

Art Journal Prompts Week 2: Texture

I am still playing catch up with this weekly challenge, while keeping up with the new prompts each week.  I enjoy using texture on my art journal pages, so this prompt was right up my street.
I started with a base coat of white gesso in my 8" x 8" kraft card scrapbook journal, then added some Pebeo high density modelling paste through the mini Tracks stencil by Tim Holtz (THMS044).  This was paste which had been coloured for a previous project using a couple of drops of distress re-inker in Brushed Corduroy.  It had been sitting in a sealed container for over 6 months, but had kept perfectly well to use on this project; if anything it was easier to work with as it had thickened up slightly. I then added some torn up sections of Tissue Wrap (Symphony by Tim Holtz; sadly discontinued).
The next step, once dry, was to add colour using Evergreen Bough and Pine needles distress paint. It was dabbed on, blended out with my fingers, then dabbed over with a damp baby wipe.  Once I was happy with that, I added a branch, cut from self adhesive cork by X Cut, using the branch from the Autumn Branches die set by Sheena Douglass.  I then stamped some leaves in Emerald Green Archival ink using one of the Open Leaf stamps by Heartfelt Creations.
My focal point is one of the Scribbly Birds from the stamp set by Dina Wakley.  It was stamped onto Sheena's stamping card using Coffee Archival ink, fussy cut,  coloured using distress markers and a water brush, with distress crayons added over the top to give further depth.  The colours that I used were Festive Berries, Gathered Twigs, Hickory Smoke and Black Soot distress markers, with Brushed Corduroy replacing the Gathered Twigs for the Distress crayons.  The 'Robin' was added with distress collage medium and sealed with the same medium, as was the cork branch.  This allowed me to use Big Brush Markers around the elements to help them become one with the background, as well as adding depth of colour onto areas of the branches.
The final touch was to add the word 'Texture' using my favourite Claritystamp alphabet.  For this I used Versamark ink and Cosmic Shimmer Detail Copper embossing powder.  I then used my Signo broad Uni-ball pen to add a shadow to the letters.  Originally, I was going to add the quote about a bird singing because it has a song, hence the use of music in the background; however I decided that I liked the page just as it was.

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