Art journal · Mixed media

Hold Your Head High | Art Journal

[Challenge win: Winner at A Bit More Time To Craft Extra challenge]

It’s been a while since I used my gel plate for something other than a background, so I made a spread inspired by a session from Birgit Koopsen on Creative Jumpstart 2020, where the gel-printed image forms the focal. I added the background after creating the gel-print.

Hold Your Head High | Art Journal | Anita

I started the spread with some journaling, and then created the art over it using supplies that I’ve used pretty infrequently so far since I never remember that I have them. I’ll unfortunately have to omit my usual summary of how I created the art since I used techniques from a class. Instead, I’ll just mention that I wanted to make a spread that reminds me to feel confident about all the well-deliberated actions and decisions that I’ve taken thus far, and inspires me to keep aiming for things that make me happy in the long run.

The (creative) outcome of the process turned out to have a slightly more distressed / grunge effect than I expected. Also, the background is not gel-printed, and I think using a gel plate for it would have made it better suit the foreground. However, all in all, I think the spread does suit the mood that I was going for, and that makes me happy. Ta da? I think so!


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

Arty Divas - Challenge 24
Arty Divas – Challenge 24
ABMTTC Extra Challenge for June - Anything Goes
ABMTTC Extra Challenge for June – Anything Goes
June Crafts Galore Encore Challenge #76 - Anything Goes
June Crafts Galore Encore Challenge #76 – Anything Goes
A Perfect Time To Craft Open Challenge For June, #6-2020
A Perfect Time To Craft Open Challenge For June, #6-2020
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Shoot For The Stars
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – Shoot For The Stars
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Anything Goes
Use Your Stuff Challenge #400 - It's a Girl Thing
Use Your Stuff Challenge #400 – It’s a Girl Thing

8 thoughts on “Hold Your Head High | Art Journal

    1. Thanks, sis! Yes, the distressed look was a surprise. I used different supplies than the tutorial did so I’d tried out a sample, but that didn’t give too much of a distressed vibe. 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Cris! I’m guessing the distressing won’t occur next time I want it to, lol… 🙂 I’m happy it turned out as well as it did this time.

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