Art journal · Gel printing · Mixed media

Sing Like There’s Nobody Listening

[Challenge win: Winner at Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge]

Here’s an art journal spread of mine –

Sing Like There's Nobody Listening | Art Journal | Anita

I started out this spread by using the paint lifting technique with a stencil, which turned out to be a total failure. So instead, I pounced acrylics over a stencil instead, and then outlined them with a white Posca marker.

I used a new-to-me technique with a gel plate for the vignette at the edges – I applied some paint along a edges of a corner of the gel plate, then pressed the corner of my spread into it, transferring the paint onto the paper. It darkened more of the page than I’d like, but I think it’ll work out for larger spreads.

Sing Like There's Nobody Listening | Art Journal | Anita

I made the focal birdie on some rice paper that’s supposed to be thin and thus blend with the background, but it really isn’t – the edges of the paper are still visible on the spread. Anyway, I stamped the birdie using dye inks, colored it using watercolor pencils and a water brush pen, and added some outlines again using a black fineliner.

I tore the paper around the outline of the bird, and stuck it to the spread, then used more watercolors to blend it with the background. To complete the spread, I made some marks with a Posca marker and a black fineliner, wrote out a quote using the marker, and outlined the quote with a fineliner. Ta da!


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

613 Avenue Create Challenge #4 Apr: Anything Goes w/ Optional Twist: In the Garden
613 Avenue Create Challenge #4 Apr: Anything Goes w/ Optional Twist: In the Garden
A Bit More Time To Craft Challenge #138 - Anything Goes
A Bit More Time To Craft Challenge #138 – Anything Goes
ABMTTC Extra Challenge #April - Anything Goes
ABMTTC Extra Challenge #April – Anything Goes
Happy Little Stampers April Stencil Challenge
Happy Little Stampers April Stencil Challenge
More Mixed Media Challenge - Anything Goes w/ Optional Yellow
More Mixed Media Challenge – Anything Goes w/ Optional Yellow
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Add A Quote
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – Add A Quote
STAMPlorations April Stencil Challenge
STAMPlorations April Stencil Challenge
STAMPlorations April Theme and Photo Prompt Challenge
STAMPlorations April Theme and Photo Prompt Challenge

15 thoughts on “Sing Like There’s Nobody Listening

  1. three thoughts here. love the bird. Don’t you just love it when it’s a fail and then it turns out beautiful The best art happens like this! one more , sing and dance like they are watching and you don’t care.

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  2. Love your mixed media layering and stenciling, Anita. Great idea to outline all the letters in your wonderful words. Love your stamped bird too:-) So pleased you joined us at STAMPlorations Stencil. Love and Hugs..Nancy

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  3. Hi Anita! This is a lovely spread, I really love that you are always experimenting new technics and sharing your results with us. Love the sweet little bird (I have to agree with Mireya :).
    Congratulations on your win!!!

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    1. Cris, thank you for the visit and the comment! I wish I reused results from all of my experiments – it seems like I stick to only a few. ☺

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