Mixed media · Gel print · Art journal

Love Yourself

[Challenge win: Top rocker at 613 Avenue Create challenge]
[Challenge win: Spotlight at Arty Divas challenge]

Here’s a recent art journal spread of mine –

Love Yourself First, by Anita

I started the spread with a lot of gel printing fun using acrylics and stencils. I also used stencils and acrylics without a gel plate. This started giving a grunge-y effect.

I then brushed some paint over the using a palette knife to add to the grunge. I also made some acrylics drips from the left edge.

Love Yourself First, by Anita

For the focal hearts, I used gel printing scraps, which I hand tore in keeping with the grunge spirit, and adhered to the background. I outlined them with a fineliner. I also adhered a fussy-cut printed quote to the spread, with some finerliner outlines.

I then added more outlining to the hearts with a Posca marker and a water-based marker, and spritzed water to dissipate some of the marker ink. That finished the spread, ta da!


With this spread, I’m joining these challenges –

613 Avenue Create Challenge - Feb - Anything Goes (optional twist: My Whimsical Valentine)
613 Avenue Create Challenge – Feb – Anything Goes (optional twist: My Whimsical Valentine)
A Bit More Time To Craft Challenge - Feb - Anything Goes
A Bit More Time To Craft Challenge – Feb – Anything Goes
Arty Divas Challenge - Feb - Anything Goes
Arty Divas Challenge – Feb – Anything Goes
CrafTangles Challenge - Feb - Celebrate Love
CrafTangles Challenge – Feb – Celebrate Love
Happy Little Stampers Feb Stencil Challenge
Happy Little Stampers Feb Stencil Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Art Journal
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – Art Journal
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Anything Goes
Stay Crafty w/ A Blog Named Hero: Feb Challenge - Anything Goes
Stay Crafty w/ A Blog Named Hero: Feb Challenge – Anything Goes

14 thoughts on “Love Yourself

  1. Awesome paint and ink work!
    So glad you have posted this to 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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