Art journal · Gel printing · Mixed media

Flowers and Hope | Art Journal

[Challenge win: Top 5 at Arty Divas challenge]

I’d created some good gel-print negatives and ghost prints in a gel-printing session recently, but I just couldn’t figure out how to work further with the prints. Finally, I just decided to create without worrying how. The result – this spread:

Flowers and Hope | Art Journal | Anita

I pulled this gel-print from the negative of my stencil. I used watercolors on the flowers and the rest of the background. My watercoloring is not even at level ‘amateur’, and I’m still getting used to controlling the water pressure in my water brush pen, so the results are not that great. But as far as I’m concerned, this session gets a passing grade since it helped me relax. 🙂

I added some torn washi tape to the spread, and used watercolor pencils on them, mainly at their edges, to soften their vibrant colors. I also softened the rest of the edges and corners by adding a light vignette effect using watercolor pencils.

Flowers and Hope | Art Journal | Anita

I stamped my focal image on a different paper, and used alcohol markers to scribble some colors in. I adhered the focal image to the page, and reinforced the lines of the figure (and added some extra lines) using a fineliner and a glitter gel pen. Oh how I love the glamour from the glitter! ❤ I also added some multiliner pen strokes to form a shadow (kinda) for the figure.

For the quote, I used a stamp for the first letters in each line, and handwrote the rest. I fussy cut rectangles containing parts of the quote, added some color to them using watercolor pencils, and pasted them onto the spread. I traced the quote with the same glitter gel pen. Some splatters in white and red acrylics, and the spread was done. Ta da!


With this spread, I’m joining these challenges –

Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #381 - Anything Goes
Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #381 – Anything Goes
Arty Divas - Challenge 17 - Anything Goes
Arty Divas – Challenge 17 – Anything Goes
ABMTTC Extra Challenge for March - Anything Goes
ABMTTC Extra Challenge for March – Anything Goes
Crafter's Castle March Challenge #27 - Anything Goes
Crafter’s Castle March Challenge #27 – Anything Goes
CraftyCatz challenge #498 - Anything Goes w/ optional Twine / Ribbon
CraftyCatz challenge #498 – Anything Goes w/ optional Twine / Ribbon
Crafty Friends Challenge 131 - Ladies / Girls
Crafty Friends Challenge 131 – Ladies / Girls
HLS March Watercolour Challenge - Anything goes w/ optional Flowers
HLS March Watercolour Challenge – Anything goes w/ optional Flowers
A Perfect Time To Craft Challenge for March, #3 - 2020 - Anything Goes
A Perfect Time To Craft Challenge for March, #3 – 2020 – Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Stencil Fun
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – Stencil Fun
Stamplorations March Stencil Challenge
Stamplorations March Stencil Challenge

21 thoughts on “Flowers and Hope | Art Journal

  1. Hello… Thanks for sharing your lovely journal page with us at Crafty Friends. It fits perfectly with our ‘Ladies/Girls’ challenge theme. Good luck in the draw and hope you will come back again soon.
    Diane Louise [Team Leader for Crafty Friends Challenge Blog]

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  2. Isn’t art a lifesaver? I absolutely adore this page! All the colors and textures are amazing together! Thanks so much for sharing! Thank you for joining us at Crafter’s Castle this month! I hope you join us again soon! Hugs! Mynn xx

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    1. Thank you so much, Mynn! Art is an absolute necessity, especially these days. I’m keenly looking forward to future challenges at Crafter’s Castle!

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