I made an art journal spread recently with all the shiny things to buoy my mood. I used my gel plate for some parts of the spread, but not for monoprinting –
I started by gesso-ing the page, and added some texture with modeling paste and a stencil. I dabbed acrylics around the textures, and metallic wax over them. I then used more acrylics through stencils, outlining the results with a fineliner in the end since they didn’t turn out as vivid as I’d hoped.
I hand-tore some paper rectangles, and used a gel plate with metallic acrylics to paint them. I crudely ran a Copic marker along their edges to roughly form some framing, and adhered them in an overlapping manner on the spread.
I then added marks, a quote, and some scribble-journaling on the paper tags using a fineliner, Posca markers, and a water-based marker. I added fine acrylics splatters to various spots on the spread, both directly and from a gel plate. I also added more marks to the background with an oil-based marker – I love the glossy shine from these.
Finally, I used some watercolors on the edges of the page. That completed the spread, ta da!
With this spread, I’m joining these challenges –