Wednesday, June 4, 2014

I will

Over at OWL (one little word) the Challenge is the word will. I decided to create an art journal spread for the challenge.

I was really not sure exactly were I was going to go with this. I started by adhering on lots of scraps of paper. Looks a bit like a mess.

Next I watered down some gesso and went over the entire page.

I then let the gesso dry just a few minutes and then wiped it off. This left a nice cohesive start for a background.

Next I used a stencil to add in some more gesso for some extra texture in areas. I also went all around the outside edges with a Tim Holtz Bitty Grunge stamp.

I then took some spray inks from Dylusions and spritz the entire page to add lots of color. You can see in some areas where the ink dried lighter because there was more gesso there. The ares where I stenciled with gesso stayed even lighter.

I liked the background, but it needed something. So I just kept on messing around. This time I added in some white acrylic paint to a few areas with my fingers. Because the ink is water soluble it died the white paint and I was really happy with how it blended everything together. I then added in some drips of the Dylusions spray using a paint brush and water. I also added a complementary color, pink, by flicking on some Dylusions Bubblegum Pink Spray.

Still not really sure where I was going with this I decided to journal out my feeling on the word will. I used a piece of copy paper, some ink, and a wooden calligraphy stick. Next I decide to cut out a bunch of circles from the journaled page.

I laid the cirles onto the background and thought they were too white. So I used my gelatos and white gesso to add color to them. I them adhered them to the page and went around them with a black pen to pop them off a bit.

Lastly I added in "I Will" with a black Krink pen. I am pretty happy with how the page turned out. I am also submitting this to the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge Spray Inks. Be sure to chack out both challenges for more inspiration. Thank you very much for stopping by.


  1. Fabulous page. Thanks for joining us at one little word.

  2. Wow Stacy, this journal spread is awesome!! Thanks for adding the tutorial. I love the background with the flicks of pink and that you cut circles out of your journal page. The circles with the light and dark colors looks amazing!! Thanks so much for joining us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.

  3. WOW...amazing! Love the colors and all the pretty layering...oh and those shaded circles adds the right touch!

    (DT @ Mixed Media Monthly Challenge)

  4. Great art journal page Stacy! Love the color combo and the circles really pop on the page. Thanks for joining us in our first Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!

  5. Oh wow, this is the very definition of mixed media art journaling! I love how you have used so many different techniques here and showed us the step-by-step. It's really a gorgeous end result. Thanks for playing along with us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!

  6. This is gorgeous!!! I just love how you laid out your creative process and the end result is stunning too!

  7. wow wow wow! i just love seeing your process and the ideas that go into each step. your page is stunning! those journaling circles are a fantastic idea for the page. Thank you so much for getting inky with us at the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!

  8. Hi, Stacy! Hopped over here from the MMMC page - your pretty journal caught my eye! Love the colors and the journaling circles.

  9. ooo I love the word bubbles! This page definitely caught my eye at MMMC and had to pop over for a better look! Thank you for sharing your process! Have a lovely day:)

  10. This is so cool! I love the various stages and so happy you took photos. Beautiful! Thanks for playing along with the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge Blog,

  11. Fantastic page, I love the journaled circles!

  12. I adore this page. Thanks for the step-by-step. It's fun to see the process.