[Challenge win: Top rocker at 613 Avenue Create challenge]
It’s Inspiration Station time! (This is where my sis and I throw themes at each other to inspire our creative sessions.) The theme this time was from my sister, who came up with a much better tic tac toe board than I did last time. My project uses the rightmost vertical line of elements – layers / one image / pattern paper.
This is the second of my recent gel-printing results that I made into an art journal spread. I went in without a plan this time as well – just like I did with the other gel-print – and ended up mostly overwriting the gel-print. When I’d watch art journal videos, I’d sometimes wonder why they would create so many layers that they end up obscuring the earlier ones. Now that I did the same, I have to ask myself – is this my creative evolution? (lol…) 😉
This spread started out as a ghost print that turned out well. (My ghost prints are usually pretty bad.) I tore up some pattern papers and pasted them onto the edges of the page. To blend them into the page, I brushed some white acrylics at their edges.
I then used some orange & teal acrylics for a paint-lifting effect, where I apply the paints on the page, place a stencil on it, and wipe away the exposed paint. Some of the paint didn’t go away as much as I expected, which resulted in quite a lot of the gel print getting obscured. I dabbed some dark blue acrylics through a stencil for a dotted pattern that connects all these elements on the spread.
I then die-cut some poppies for the focal image, and colored them using metallic acrylics. I used a fineliner, an oil-based marker, and a gel pen to embellish the focal a bit more. For the quote, I used a white marker on black background, fussy cut rectangles around the words, and adhered them near the flowers.
Somewhere in the middle of this session, I’d turned the page upside down. 🙂 (I work with loose pages, and don’t go through them in order, especially when working with gel prints.) There was no point trying to fix it though, so I just continued on the spread. That concludes my art journal story for today.
Thanks for looking, and I hope you are staying safe and being arty. Please do check out my sister’s card – her interpretations of our themes are always so beautiful!
With this spread, I’m also joining the following challenges –