As part of #ClarityOpenDayFestival we are sharing stories of pieces of art work that are special to us. This is the story of my first ever art journal page. I had
had an empty Art Journal for nearly a year and the pages had scared me
to death. By chance, I happened to come across the Mission Inspiration
group on Facebook and liked the idea of having to follow a set of
instructions to create an art journal page. I therefore accepted
August 2016's mission and I was really happy with my first attempt, using Clarity stamps of course!
I must admit that I didn't use the Moleskine journal that I had been hoarding. There's a local art shop which sells all kinds of spiral bound books and I came across one which was 11.25" x 8" containing heavyweight cartridge paper for the princely sum of £4.99; I snapped it up and created the whole page in one evening.
|Step 1: Use a torn up map|
|Map pieces plus gesso|
|Step 2 - Spray over confetti|
|Step 3 - Add stamping|
|Step 4 - Add tree|
|Step 5 - Add string|
The string needed to fulfil step 5 was used to add a 'sun' in the top right hand corner of the page; I wound it round and round in a tight spiral over matte medium. Some of the blue colour from the background spray came off onto the white sections of the bakers twine but I liked the effect - it made the sun appear 'hazy'.
|Step 6 - Add a focal point from a colouring book|
Now I must admit that I cheated a little for step 6; add a focal point using something from a colouring book. I don't have many; the two that I have didn't have any butterfly images and all the images were way too big for the page. I therefore found an outline stamp of a butterfly which looked as if it could have come from a colouring book, stamped it onto white card, coloured it in using water colour pens and a water brush and cut the whole thing out - one of the Cherry Green Butterflies stamps would be great for this. Before I added it to the page, I drew in the antennae using my Pitt artist brush pen.
|Steps 7 and 8|
|Step 9 - Ink the edges|
The final step was to add a quote or title; I had the perfect one by Claritystamp, which I added using black Archival ink then went over it with a black Pitt artist pen. It sums up how happy I felt at the end of the process, by not planning the page in advance, but by letting the instructions and the materials which I had at hand, lead me to my final destination.
|Step 10 - Add a title or quote.|