Friday, July 4, 2014

Follow Your Dreams - an Art Journal Page


Finally!  I was finally able to carve out some time to actually get an art journal page done.  I've been making ATCs like crazy though!

This week's Summer of Color prompt was: Pink, Apple Green, with a smudge, splash, or pop of Dark Green.

I'd been eying the Distress Paint in Spun Sugar for a while, so I went back (yes, I did.  I went back.  Can you believe it?  I can't.  Man oh, man I'm going to have to go to so many meetings for this one!) to the art store to pick it (and a few other things) up.  I'd seen the amazing blog post Layering with Happy Colors by Paula Cheney and I just loved how it turned out.  Of course, somewhere along the lines I got my wires crossed and I thought she used Spun Sugar when in reality she used Worn Lipstick.  Oh well - that will just have to be another trip.  (Bad Brenda!  Somebody STOP me!!!)

So, anyway, with Spun Sugar in hand, I set to work.  I have to confess, after I got finished I wanted nothing more than a huge sugary pink and green cupcake!  That spun sugar is sooo pretty!  And because it was very very pastel, I decided to try something a little different.  Something out of my comfort zone.  In case you're unfamiliar with my portfolio, my usual work is loud, bright, messy, bold, and in your face.  Usually.  I love using paint straight from the tube with its full vibrancy and strength on display for all the world to see.  But, this Spun Sugar just isn't.  But still, I do love it!  I'd also managed to snag a bottle of Mowed Lawn Distress Paint.  Bingo!  Pink and Apple Green.  With a little Peeled Paint Distress Ink and Hookers Green tossed in, I was covered on greens.  Worn Lipstick and Victorian Velvet Distress Ink and I was totally covered on pinks.

I even got to use a few of my new stencils!  I wanted something light and ethereal.  And I really am very pleased with how this turned out.  Simple, yet full of layers and layers.  I'm happy!

Click through the slideshow below to see closeups of the page!


Created with flickr slideshow.


Why yes I did!  I even managed to shoot a video while I was at it!  But here's the fun part... Movie Maker crashed as I was thisclose to finishing the editing.  Yep.  Gotta love it.  I have to sleep so I'm not putting myself through this again tonight.  I'll try to get back to editing sometime this weekend, but it'll probably be Monday before it's uploaded.  Sorry y'all!

I've got to start reminding myself to add Ink Blending Tool to this list!

After that humongous painting I did last week, I ran out of Soft Gel Medium.  I use that stuff for all of my collage (unless they're super heavy or bulky - then I opt for the Heavy Gel Medium).  But I ran out!  I've seen a bunch of folks using Multi Medium and Matte Medium.  So I figured, why not.  It's a good excuse to use a new art supply.  (Like I NEED an excuse!!!)  I picked up a bottle of Liquitex Matte Medium and I have to say... I LOVE this stuff.  It's super fluid which makes spreading super easy, and it's not as "gummy" (because it's fluid) as soft gel medium.  I have also found that Distress Ink and Stains go over it a lot easier than they do the soft gel medium.  The bottle I picked up is the medium size (16 oz) and I got it for $24 (less a 40% off coupon - you do the math).  I have a feeling it's going to last me a fair little while - although, at the rate I'm going... maybe not!  But I do like working with it.  I haven't used it as anything other than an adhesive for collage but supposedly, it'll thin your paint and all sorts of stuff.  I'll let you know what my reviews are of it after I've given it a full test run.  There is one more point I'd like to make about this stuff though - it is SUPER sticky!  Once it gets on your fingers, your fingers will be sticky through several (I mean it - like several several!) hand washes.  You will get fingerprints and be stuck to your projects.  But if you can deal with that - then ok!  (I can deal with it)

I'm hoping (like cross my fingers, toes, eyes, and ears while I'm at it) to be finished with this next batch of ATCs this weekend.  The deadline for one isn't until the 15th and the other batch is due August 1st so I won't be able to post pics of them just yet.  But I'm sure I can find something to show y'all before then!

Y'all have a most happy 4th of July!  Laters.




16 comments:

  1. Yes, your dreams do know the way! I love that sentiment and your beautiful art journal pages! You rocked this SOC colors this week, my friend! Thanks for sharing your supplies and I can't wait to see the video, too!

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    1. Thank you Sharon! I'm hoping to have that video up soon. It's such a pain when software crashes, right in the middle of it!

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  2. Very pretty! I would never have guessed these were not your go-to colours! Absolutely gorgeous and nice sentiment too.

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    1. Thanks Cindy! I did enjoy these colors. They may become more go to than before. I really liked them. :)

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  3. Another really fun blogpost with lovely art and practical information. These Distress paints have such seductive names.

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    1. They really really do Sheila! I love all the names of the distress line.

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  4. Very pretty indeed. Love how you used these colors
    Nicole/Beadwright

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  5. Oh this is lovely, very sweet :-)

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  6. I love the quote you used and that butterfly almost has a glow to it on,my screen - just so lovely and delicate.

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    1. Thank you Carmen! It does seem to glow. I think this has been my favorite piece so far!

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