I indulged in a few new art treats. “Printmaking Unleashed” by Traci Bautista is a great book about mark making and will teach you how to leap out of the box with what you use to create your pages. Some art books are heavy on imagery but short on tips and techniques. This one is loaded with tips!
One of them was how to create stamps with hot glue! Aaah! I fell in love. You just make hot glue patterns on parchment paper, making sure to connect the lines. Once they’re dry, you peel them off. She offers a few ways to use them. Once the leaf was dry, I painted the flat bottom side, placed it on the painted journal page and rolled a rubber brayer across the top.
For the background of the page, I marked off some of the areas of the journal page with painter’s tape and had a bloomin’ good time creating marks with the hot glue leaf stamp and a couple new stencils. The stencils are part of the Tim Holtz collection…burlap and dots …you can find them at Michael’s. I went a little crazy with the art treats but they’re worth it. I’m loving them.
finally…a little fun with texture using wood icing. You just place the stencils on the page, tape them in place, put some wood icing on a spatula, and spread it evenly across the stencils to create the texture. You can also mix paint into the icing.
And last but not least, I’m sitting here with a bowl in my lap that has the names of all the people who entered to win a free spot to the 21 Secrets online art journaling workshop. I loved reading your favorite breakfasts and got inspired by your color combos. I wish everyone could win.
I’m now going to close my eyes, rustle my fingers around and pick …and the winner is Xylia! Congratulations Xylia. I’ll send an email and move forward with the details.
Have a beautiful week everyone!