As a welcome distraction from the Valentine’s madness of hearts and candies, Jennifer from the Art Elements team came up with the theme of Letters – which can be interpreted in many different ways, romantic or otherwise. It’s inspiring how a tiny letter is the building block for a word, a paragraph, an epic. How that initial letter leads to a chain of correspondence, a flood of emotions, a lifelong friendship. When one takes that first small step, great things begin.
A while later, I came across this beautiful and inspiring mood board on Mixed Media Place.
I tried to visualize my thoughts in the colors that inspired me from this mood board, and ended up with something that I’m satisfied with.
I started out the page with some gel prints, and brushed on acrylics over it. I then moved to applying acrylics on stencils with a sponge. I really need to work on this technique – the white acrylics spread out a lot under the stencil. (Did I get somewhat better when I tried with black? Hmm…) In any case, I completed the background by stamping some circles on it.
On a different piece of paper, I stamped an abstract human figure and applied some watercolors on it. I fussy cut the figure and pasted it as the focal image, and added heavy outlining with watercolor pencils and some water. I also added some highlights with a gel pen, and finished with a few splatters.
I handwrote the sentiments on the page itself at first, but couldn’t get them to be very visible, so I overwrote those with rectangles containing the same sentiments. I outlined the rectangles with watercolor pencils as well. I’d initially thought of practicing hand lettering for this page – since ‘letters’ is, after all, the theme that got me going, but I forgot all about that while I tried to get the background and composition to my liking. I guess I’ll do that another time! 😉
So that concludes my art journal page.
Check out the theme reveal on Art Elements, and go blog-hopping to feast your eyes on various letters-themed arty projects!
With this project, I’m also joining these challenges –