Wednesday, May 21, 2014

What Goes Around - an Art Journal Page

What goes around, comes around again.  Doesn't it?  That's been my experience, for sure!  What goes around is the theme for this week's art journal and video!

Created with flickr slideshow.

There are a lot of hidden layers in this layout.  They were all fun to do and I wish some stayed showing.  But that's the fun of Mixed Media.  You get to try all sorts of things.  If you don't like it, cover it up.  If you cover up something you love - you still know it's there.  And hopefully you took a video or pictures!

A few tips about this layout:

Soft (chalk) Pastels make a huge mess!  They're so much fun though!  Blend! Blend! Blend!  A paper towel works to blend them, but it's really too rough - it'll leave little pieces of paper behind.  Use a facial tissue - you get a much softer (and better) blend that way.  Be gentle - it's not brake dust!

After finishing any layer of chalk and/or oil pastels - FIX IT!!!!  Spray it with either a Workable Fixative or Hair Spray.  You'll save yourself a lot of headache later.  Some chalk will still come off, but it won't be anything like it would be if you didn't spray it.  SPRAY OUTSIDE!  And wait at least half an hour before adding your next layer.

Souffle Pens are very transparent when you first put them down - let them dry and see what happens!  I originally used Dylusions Ink Spray in Cut Grass to color in the leaves, but it just wasn't bright enough (i.e. opaque) to really stand out against all that red.  By using a green Souffle Pen, I got the bright green color and level of opaqueness I was happy with.

Materials List:

*Canson Mix Media XL Series 7x10"
*Dylusions Ink Sprays: Cut Grass
                                     Lemon Zest
                                     Pure Sunshine
                                     Cherry Pie
                                     Post Box Red
*Distress Stain: Spiced Marmalade
*Stencils:  Dylusions Chequered Dots
                Tim Holtz Bubbles
                Tim Holtz Splatters
                Artist's Loft Circle Template
*Stamps:   brenda lee - Spiral
                Dylusions - Further Around the Edge
                                   Around the Edge
                Tim Holtz - Mini Worn Text
                                    Seamless Experience
                                    Mixed Media
*Caran d'Ache Watersoluble Wax Pastels (crayons): Yellow
*Souffle Pens: Green
*Artist's Loft Soft Pastel
*Artist's Loft Oil Pastel
*Derwent Inktense Pencil - Chilli Red
*Faber-Castell Gelato - Cherry Pie
*StazOn Ink - Jet Black
*Golden Molding Paste
*Artist's Loft Course Texture Gel
*White Gesso
*Winsor & Newton Galeria Acrylic - Cadmium Yellow Medium Hue
*Liquitex Basics Acrylic - Cadmium Red Medium Hue
*Uni Ball Signo Angelic color White Gel Ink Pen
*Palette Knife
*Paint Brushes
*Water Brush
*Baby Wipes
*Paper Towels
*Facial Tissue
*Spray Bottle of Water
*Stencil Sponge
*Heat Tool

I really enjoyed this layout and I hope you did too!  Happy painting y'all!


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