Wednesday 12 August 2015

Mindfulness Matters - Art Journal Page

Wow, the process of creating this journal page was cathartic! Yesterday afternoon I took a much needed break from a bulk order of cat cushions, switched off my sewing machine and pulled out my paints!

I didn't have anything in mind initially and simply opened the page to the first available page, which happened to already have the background done from a previous playing session.

My state of mind at that moment, plus the background that was already there, quickly spoke to me and told me what to do!

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I used the following materials:
MEDIUMS USED: White Gesso, Black Gesso, Mod Podge Matte, DoCrafts Artiste Spritzing Ink (Ocean Blue & Hematite), DecoArt Crafters Acrylic (Flesh), Gelatos (Coconut, Red Cherry, Metallic Melon, Gold Champagne).

All products above available from That Craft Place.

ANYTHING ELSE: Old kitchen roll sheets, Dylusions Art Journal, Posca Paint Marker (Black), Molotow Paint Marker (White), 0.7 Pilot Liquid Ink Pen (Black).
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Summary Process:

Background (created at a previous play session): There was already some stencil / texture paste clean off on the pages so I covered all of this with scrunched kitchen roll sheets before spraying with DoCrafts sprays. Then I played with white and black Gesso till I had a background I was happy with.

Whimsical Girl: Outline of face and shoulders drawn onto scrap paper and glued to page. 1 coat of white gesso applied before painting the head and neck with the flesh coloured paint. Tonal interest and flushed checks added to face with Gelatos. Shirt coloured with a Gelato. Hair sketched with pencil.

Hair: I was going to undercoat with white gesso before deciding what colour to do the hair but once I started doing that, the Gesso picked up more of the DoCrafts spray than expected, a VERY happy accident! So I went with the flow, adding gesso and agitating the background Ink until I was happy wBlh the finished look!

Sentiment written with White Molotow Paint Marker and outlined with the Pilot pen.

I finished by outlining the girl and smudging with black Posca Paint Marker.
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Here are some more photos:

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Thank you as always for popping by.


  1. Love the background and the image is wonderful
    Linda xxx

  2. Beautiful art page and love the blue tones

  3. Hi Sam this is a gorgeous page. Hugs Jackie


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