Art journal · Mixed media

Pursue Your Dreams

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

Here’s a recent art journal spread of mine –

Pursue Your Dreams, an art journal spread by Anita

Like it sometimes happens, this spread had a lot of misses going on, but in spite of that, it turned out okay in the end.

I started the spread by trying out a ghost print from a previous gel printing session. I’d used metallic acrylics on the gel plate, so I tried using black acrylics for the ghost print to make the colors and shine pop.

That didn’t really work out well at all, do I decided to do over, and applied black gesso over the print. Since the background was now black, I decided to try out a white-with-colors project. My intention was to pounce these colors through a stencil so the image is divided colorwise.

Pursue Your Dreams, an art journal spread by Anita

I first masked one half of a mandala stencil, and pounced some acrylic colors through the other half. Unfortunately, some of the paint made large globs, so I spritzed water over the paint instead, and made some drips.

I didn’t want to try pouncing white acrylics over the stencil again, so I traced the mandala lines with gel pens and glitter pens instead. I then made a different freehand mandala over the other half using white gel pens.

For the quote, I used a printed sentiment. I finished the spread with acrylics splatters and oil-marker dots. Ta da!


With this spread, I’m joining these challenges –

613 Avenue Create July Challenge - Anything Goes (optional twist: Black and White)
613 Avenue Create July Challenge – Anything Goes (optional twist: Black and White)
Arty Divas June Challenge - Anything Goes
Arty Divas June Challenge – Anything Goes
Happy Little Stampers July Stencil Challenge
Happy Little Stampers July Stencil Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Red, White and/or Blue
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – Red, White and/or Blue

10 thoughts on “Pursue Your Dreams

  1. Hi Anita!
    Thank you for the detailed instruction about how you created this beautiful piece. I love the concept especially – transitioning from black and white to color, “pursue your dreams”, when you move towards the right, (the colored area) your dreams have come to fruition. Lovely.

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    1. Thank you, Nancy! I love your interpretation. My original intention was similar to your thoughts, and although the process ran away from me, I’m glad some part of the intent still peeks through. ๐Ÿ™‚

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