Friday 14 September 2018

Mixing Acrylics, Water Colour and Big Brush Markers on a Journal Page

I am still behind with the prompts over on Nina Ribena's Art Journal Prompts and More.  This is the final page for the August prompt 'On Your Travels'.  I decided to create a sea side themed page.  Now I just need to start on the September pages!
As usual I worked on mixed media card (18.5cm x 19.5cm) to fit in my 8" x 8" spiral bound journal.  I wanted to use a range of different media types to see how they would blend together on the page.  I started by smearing some Amsterdam acrylic paint ((270 Azo Yellow Deep) across the bottom of the page, blending it out with my fingers.
I then added in a darker and a lighter shade (231 Gold Ochre and 269 Azo Yellow Medium) using the same method.
For the sky, I chose to use water colour.  I scribbled Ecoline Ultramarine Deep onto my glass mat and blended it over the rest of the page using a wide water colour brush.
For the stamping I used a selection of stamps by Apple Blossom which were free with the Creative Stamping magazine.  They were stamped onto mixed media card using Onyx Black Versafine ink, heat embossed with detail clear EP and fussy cut.  I used Ecoline pens to colour the images in, this time directly onto the card for a more intense colour.
Before adding the focal images to the page,  I stamped various stamps (Ledger Script, Slight Alterations and Mixed Media) by Tim Holtz/Stamper's Anonymous over the bottom of the page.  I used Saffron and Dandelion Archival inks to tone in with the paint.
I did the same over the sky, but this time used Manganese Blue Archival ink.
The focal images were then added to the page using Cosmic Shimmer acrylic glue.
I wanted to add shading using my Faber Castell Big Brush markers.  These only blend out on a non porous surface, so I had to seal the page.  Before using matte medium, I went over the images which had been coloured using Ecoline pens with Distress Glaze, to try and minimise the colours running.  It wasn't 100% successful, but better than going straight in with the matte medium.  I blended the Big Brush markers out with a Pergamano blending pen and nib.
A sentiment from the same stamp set as the huts and ice cream van was added using Versamark ink, heat embossed in detail white EP.
To finish, three sentiments from the Small Talk Occasions sticker book (Tim Holtz idea-ology) were added to the page.  It seems so long since the summer holidays ended and school started again, even though it's only been two weeks.

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