So I finally purchased an Art Journal book. I choose the Strathmore Mixed Media book from Michaels because it was recommended by one of my favorite Mixed Media Artists, Wilna Furstenburg. I have done many solo pages with intent to bind, but it wasn't happening....
The book was about $24 at Michaels, but I used a coupon graciously handed to me at the store. (for some reason there wasn't any 40% off coupons posted anywhere last week?).
So I had this blank book - and well I just stared at it for a few days. Now what? I wasn't sure where to start... Today I have 50 things to do and finally I was inspired (isnt that always my case? procrastinate life for art).
Technique is typically my starting point on my paper & hybrid pages, and I recently watched Wilna's latest video (here). With that inspiration and some Heidi Swapp mists, I was on my way.... I decided to create a stencil using a cut file from Wilna's Art Class 1, Creative Life file. I cut it out of Canson Watercolor paper (just like she does). I then mixed the molding paste with gel. I struggled here trying to keep the stencil down and spread gel, so it is pretty thick in some places, and didnt stick in others. I think because the mists are metallic but I actually love that. I cut out some dragonfly's from the silhouette store (dragonfly bunch Design ID #11422 by Cali Arroyo) and I removed the swirlies in them. and choose to leave them white like the text - I didn't want to add another color to the page.
The dragonfly's are a bit hard to see because they are white on white so I left the photo a tad darker so you can try to see them.
Page 1 done. It was pretty exciting, I am looking forward to page two - (I am not happy about drying time - but I assume that is God's way of getting me to do laundry and other chores done too).