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100 Days | Art Journal (11)

Alrighty, this is the final batch of my 100 art journaling sessions! Hope you’ve enjoyed joining me on my adventure, which I started writing about a little more than two months ago.

This batch has a lot of background creation on the actual journal pages. The focal items are painted somewhere else, fussy-cut and pasted onto the journal pages.

Gel prints and watercolors with stencils form the background for all three pages above.

I hand-drew the bird and trees, applied watercolors with stencils, and used gel pens on them. For the deep outlines, I used watercolor pencils and ran a damp brush on them.

I used scrap paper from previous gelprinting sessions to stamp the woman and the elephant, and then used more watercolors, gel pens, and fineliners to accentuate. I hand-wrote the quotes.

For the first page, I used modeling paste with stencils for texture, over which I applied watercolors. I don’t know why, but the modeling paste didn’t seem to harden well at all, and the texture flattened away while I painted. 😦 I painted the butterfly using a stencil, and used a fineliner to outline it, then fussy-cut and glued it onto the page. I also stamped around a bit with distress inks.

The second page has scrap paper from previous sessions as base. I applied white gesso and used acrylic paints over it, and used gel pens for more accentuation. I then stamped and colored the rectangle stacks, fussy-cut and pasted them on the page, and scribbled a quote within them.

I cut the tag from packaging cardboard, and punched in an eyelet. I used quite a few polymer clay components from molds here, as well as art stones and thread. I had quite a bit of fun coloring everything using metallic acrylics! I’m thinking of using this tag in my front cover page – let’s see how that plan goes.

Speaking of cover pages – I still have to make them. I wish I’d thought of including the covers in the 100 sessions, but a couple of bonus sessions can’t hurt, can they? πŸ˜‰ And then, it’s bookbinding time!

I’m happy with the progress I’ve made in these sessions, the things that I’ve tried out, and finding out what I like. To have more fun with mixed media, I also signed up for Creative Jumpstart 2020, where I get one tutorial per day throughout January. I plan to use my learnings when I create with mixed media next year. Exciting times ahead!

I hope you have a super-creative 2020 as well. Happy New Year!

Check out other posts in my 100 Days of Art Journaling series.

8 thoughts on “100 Days | Art Journal (11)

    1. Thank you Cris! Wish you an incredibly creative new year too!
      The challenge was a bit much for me as the days went by, though, since I’m not usually this prolific. πŸ™‚ However, if I got a chance to go back in time, I would definitely do it again!


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