Our January Leading Lady, Virginia Lu is back for her sensational second performance! If you missed her smashing debut you must see it...CLICK HERE. Virginia continues with her awe-inspiring art journaling sharing techniques that can be used in so many different ways and projects!
Ladies and gentlemen, Virginia....
Hello Winnie & Walter friends! I am so happy to be here again...well, I am also feeling relieved because I wasn’t sure how you like art journaling! However, your positive feedback give me such a boost and I am happy to share some more. Let’s proceed to the Art Journal pages. You can see my progress through the following photos.
I am not an expert on art journaling. However, after playing and experimenting with it, my findings might be helpful to you if you are just starting out.
~theme: this will help you decide on your choice of stamps, stencils and dies.
~layout: think about the focus of your page and where you like to leave a space for art journaling.
~balance: it’s easy to add tons of details in one page. Remember to leave some “breathing room” for your design.
~colors: make your color choice with your ink pads, markers, and watercolors. That way, your page will come together easily.
~background first: start with the background that you want to create. Laying a good foundation is the key to a great page.
~embellishments last: after all the stamping and stencilling on the page, adding embellishments can be a lot of fun!
1. Apply Gesso for the base layer. Add old dictionary paper. Glue and cover it some more with Gesso. Let dry.
2. Stamp leaves with In Bloom: Renee's Blooms with assorted colored inks
3. Apply green ink with Scenery: The Leaf Effect Creative Screenings. I finger-paint mine with Studio Calico’s Audrey Mister Huey. Let dry.
4. Spray Color Shine (Heidi Swapp Creamsicle) on a piece of watercolor paper
5. Emboss sentiment in gold with The Big, the Bold and the Happy and maple leaf from Renee’s Blooms
6. Die Cut vellum with Goldie Trim Cutaways and add layers
7. Add tiny ink splatters with the help of a paint brush. Adhere maple leaf and sequins to the page.
The following page was also done in similar steps.
For this page, I applied Gelatos for the base. Because the colors were much brighter than I would have liked, I toned it down with another coat of Gesso. The white embossing was done with Mini Scenery: Do You See What I See?, Madison and Multifaceted. I created the vellum embellishment with True Multifaceted Star Cutaways and alcohol inks.
I stamped the word “peace” from Merry and Bright with Evelin T Designs. The silver DMC thread and sequins were added for the final touch.
Lastly, I created with Mini Scenery. This one was made with Madison. With the Canson card stock, I white embossed and colored the left one with Distress Inks. The right one was created with Spectrum Aqua Markers.
As for the sentiment and the bows, DCWV glitter paper was die cut with In a Word: Thanks Cutaways and Take a Bow Cutaways.
I hope this post inspires you to try a few things. Let’s keep an open mind and EXPLORE together. Please don’t forget to stop by my blog Yes, Virginia... to leave me a comment for your chance to win a $30 gift card to W . & W. gift shop. I appreciate each and every comment from you! See you next Saturday Jan. 16.
Here is a peek of next week’s post!