Tuesday 18 September 2018

Art Journaling on Handmade Paper

I decided to try another art journal page in my birthday journal.  This time, not only did I work on a double page spread, but also directly onto the back of the first page that I created in the journal.  As this journal only contains hand made paper I was taking a risk, but not only did I love the new spread, but there was no damage to the page on the back.
I gave both pages a coat of Amsterdam clear gesso (Royal Talens) to seal them.  I had already stamped and coloured a focal image that I wanted to use: the Luna and Owl stamp from IndigoBlu (see HERE).  This was fussy cut.  I also stamped several images from the Witching Hour stamp set by Inkadinkado onto Sheena's stamping card and fussy cut those (Jet Black and Coffee Archival inks).  I laid these onto the page to get an idea of the layout that I wanted.
To create the background, I dabbed on distress paints and blended them out with my fingers.  From the inside  out I used Dried Marigold, Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge and finally Vintage Photo.
Next, I blended Coffee Archival ink through the Prima Crackle stencil in several areas.
For further interest, Orange Blossom Archival ink was blended through the Bubbles stencil by IndigoBlu.
Having added colour to the cat, hat and broom using my Ecoline pens and a water brush, the images were glued into place.
Before using my Faber Castell Big Brush markers and a Pergamano blending pen and nib to add shading around the images,  I sealed around them with distress matte collage medium and ensured that the page was thoroughly dry.  The additional shading in Terracotta and Caput Mortuum make the images pop.
Two more of the Inkadinkado stamps were added in the corners using Onyx Black Versafine ink.
To finish, the statement 'Appearances can be deceptive' was printed out onto clear plastic using my Dymo Letratag and added to the page.
I think that the concept can be interpreted in several ways.  Is she a good witch or a bad witch?  Maybe the cat is a bad witch and the girl holding the owl a good witch.  Which other ways could you interpret this?

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