Art journal · Gel print · Mixed media

Fly Little Bird | Art Journal

[Challenge win: Top rocker at 613 Avenue Create challenge]
[Challenge win: Winner / future guest designer at Arty Divas challenge]

It’s fun to impose mini challenges on yourself once in a while. These days, I’m attempting to use a single stencil as much as possible for a given spread, and it’s amazing to me that ideas occur when I thought there’s no way I could stretch just one stencil for an entire session. And sometimes, ideas don’t occur, and that’s fine by me since having fun is the primary goal of art journaling, and the challenge is secondary.

Fly Little Bird | Art Journal | Anita

For this spread, I did manage to use one stencil, and created layers with it to make the background interesting. I started out by applying acrylic paints using a gel plate, and with more layers from acrylic paint lifting and pouncing, the background was vibrant in no time.

I stamped the little birdie on a different piece of paper, fussy cut it, pasted it on the spread, and used watercolor pencils and water brush pens to color it. I then used a fineliner to make the already scribbly stamped lines even scribblier.

For the quote, I used cling foam stamps and clear stamps with dye inks, and outlined the letters with a fineliner. Some white dots with marker pens completed the spread. Ta da!

With this spread, I’m joining the following challenges –

613 Avenue Create Challenge #233 - Anything Goes w/Optional Twist: Diamonds and Lace
613 Avenue Create Challenge #233 – Anything Goes w/Optional Twist: Diamonds and Lace
Arty Divas - Challenge 22
Arty Divas – Challenge 22
ABMTTC Extra Challenge for May - Anything Goes
ABMTTC Extra Challenge for May – Anything Goes
A Perfect Time To Craft Open Challenge For May, #5-2020
A Perfect Time To Craft Open Challenge For May, #5-2020
STAMPlorations May Stencil Challenge
STAMPlorations May Stencil Challenge
Time Out Challenge #162 - Free
Time Out Challenge #162 – Free

24 thoughts on “Fly Little Bird | Art Journal

  1. This is amazing Anita and you sure hit your goal! I love the way you used the stencil and all this texture. Adore that the colour of the bird really make sit stand out. And the sentiment is perfect for our challenge and the white dots just finish the journal with the perfect touch. Great to see you at Time Out x

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    1. Thank you very much, Sandie! It’s awesome to see the effects from layering, and I’m glad the spread turned out well.


  2. I love everything in your art work! The bird is very touching and wonderful, the background is interesting. Beautiful, Anita!!!

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  3. This is really a work of art. I love that glorious background, and twonderful coloring and expression on that little bird’s face. Love the lettering. Just an awesome creation and perfect for our challenge at Time Out. Thank you so much for playing with us.

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  4. Congratulations! You were chosen as a Top Rocker at 613 Avenue Create for the week: May 24-30, 2020! We apologize for the tardiness of this notification. Please stop by our blog and grab your badge!


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