Art journal · Mixed media

Lost in Memories

[Challenge win: Top rocker at 613 Avenue Create challenge]
[Challenge win: Winner at 613 Avenue Create challenge]
[Challenge win: Winner at STAMPlorations Summer challenge]

Here’s a recent art journal spread that I made –

Lost in Memories | Art Journal | Anita

This spread was the result of another fix-up session. I started out by brushing gesso over my spread, and trying for a background involving paint lifting of acrylics by using stencils. I’m not sure what the problem was, but the paint lifting didn’t turn out well at all.

So I changed tracks, and decided to try out some light-and-shadow drawing over the failed background. I’d recently had the chance to check out some illustrations from The Sandman comics, and was inspired by the strong contrasts between light and dark that are used there.

I’m not so good that I can come up with something like that on my own, so I looked up some high-contrast monochrome images for reference, and penciled an outline on the background. I brushed some acrylic paints at the edges before I started the coloring.

Lost in Memories | Art Journal | Anita

I used a few shades of blue Copic markers to fill up the shadowed areas. Again, I’m not sure why, but the marker ink didn’t settle in some areas at all (like the shadowed cheek.) At this point, I just wanted to enjoy the coloring, so I didn’t bother much about it.

I added more character to the background by stamping on it using dye inks. I also stamped a quote using dye inks on a different piece of paper, used some watercolor pencils over it, fussy cut the words, and adhered them onto the background.

To complete the spread, I added some white acrylics splatters (though they’re not very visible.) Ta da!


With this spread, I’m joining these challenges –

613 Avenue Create Challenge #8 August 2021 - Anything Goes w/Optional Twist: Choose Your Palette
613 Avenue Create Challenge #8 August 2021 – Anything Goes w/Optional Twist: Choose Your Palette (Palette #3)
A Bit More Time To Craft Challenge - Aug/Sep - Anything Goes
A Bit More Time To Craft Challenge – Aug/Sep – Anything Goes
ABMTTC Extra Challenge #August - Anything Goes
ABMTTC Extra Challenge #August – Anything Goes
More Mixed Media Challenge - Anything Goes w/ Optional Brights
More Mixed Media Challenge – Anything Goes w/ Optional Brights
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Anything Goes
STAMPlorations August Summer Challenge
STAMPlorations August Summer Challenge

5 thoughts on “Lost in Memories

  1. I am blown away by your skills!!
    So glad you have shared this with us at 613 Avenue Create.
    Please come back again!
    The best of luck with your entry.
    Jackie, DT member at 613 xx

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