Weekend puttering seems to often result in art pieces that I like, often more so than projects that I plan in advance and carefully create. Maybe it is that when I don't plan, and just dive in, I am more relaxed and more in touch with my instincts than when I follow a careful plan. (Some carefully designed and planned posts were the Humong Star Medallion Choker and the Deco Dreams journal page.)
Similar to the process used when I created the Vintage Circus Journal Page, this page started with a "mop-up page" where I simply cleaned my paintbrush on a blank white page.
|A journal page background was created by using leftover black paint, |
and cleaning my paintbrush on top of the painted black pages.
|I selected a few background papers to go behind a copy of a vintage photo.|
I kind of liked the colors, and thought I'd use it as a base for a collage page. I rifled through my boxes of paper scraps, photos and ephemera and pulled out a few things I liked. Next, I "auditioned" them on the page to see what colors and shapes and images worked together.
|A leftover scrap of an original flora and fauna |
Photoshop collage was placed on the page first.
The background paper was something I created in Photoshop with many, many layers, using royalty-free flora and fauna images from The Graphics Fairy. The page had both a dog and part of a kitten. The dog ended up being covered, but I did take care to keep the kitten unobscured. The copy of a vintage photo of children was gifted to me in an art exchange, and had been sitting around in my art box for a while. The whitish paper (with a touch of blue) is painted deli paper. I intentionally tore the edges rather than cutting, and did not make perfect corner angles so that it would go with the roughly painted background.
|Painted deli paper was added to the page, with the vintage photo on top. |
It was intentionally not centered.
After I had decided on a few papers and adhered them to the page, it said "scrapbook" to me. Not that scrapbooking is a bad thing, but it wasn't what I was in the mood for creating. If the children in the photo were actual relatives and I were making a family scrapbook, I might have stopped here and called the page done. Since I wasn't honoring some of my own relatives, and was using the photo as a design element, I wanted to kick it up a notch. I decided to add some stencils. I started with the Ornamental Petals mask.
|I selected a stencil/mask combo and decided where it would be placed on the page.|
|The mask was used with white acrylic paint.|
|After the white paint dried a bit, I lined up the stencil to fit in the masked area.|
|With a dabber tool, I carefully applied brown ink through the stencil.|
|The first stencil/mask test (center left) was successful, so I repeated it on the right page.|
One stencil was not enough, so I added it in a few more places. The words of a favorite college art teacher rang in my head. In a world where the sophisticated fashion people were saying "less is more," my textile design teacher shouted repeatedly, "More is more!" and "Schmaltz it up!" I decided to add white Nuvo Drops to tie the elements together.
I glanced at the page late in the evening as I was walking by my art table, and decided it needed some washi tape. I knew that the beauty of washi tape is that if you change your mind, you can easily peel it off without damaging the layers underneath. I stuck on some beautiful yellow floral washi tape and went to bed. In the morning, I still liked the washi tape, so it stayed on the page.
|The yellow washi tape added a nice burst of color and |
enhanced the vintage look.
|Step one: testing the stencil with embossing powder over a base of white paint.|
|Step two: sprinkling gold embossing powder over the wet paint.|
|Step three: the embossing powder adhered to the wet stenciled image.|
|Step four: the heated embossing powder beginning to melt and shine.|
|Sections of a corner stencil were masked off, leaving a petal shape.|
|The final pages. On the left, the test area, and on the right, the finished journal page.|
Although the left side is somewhat imperfect and I didn't spend much time worrying about the design and placement of elements, both pages look good side by side. One of the quirky aspects of the page that I really like is that down at the bottom right corner, the little kitty face is still visible. How sweet is that?
|A little kitty peeks out from underneath the gold stencil.|