Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Sketchbook Pages: Seven (Little) Things I Love

I didn't take too many "in progress" photos of this page, but I really like how it turned out. The colours are lovely, and the layers really hold your attention. Again, like yesterday's page: lots of favourite supplies and techniques and no plan before jumping in.

I started this page almost immediately after finishing the Purple Musings spread. After journaling on that spread, I really wanted to start another right away. Lucky for me, I often mix more paint then I need for a project and smear the rest onto random journal pages. This was one of them. I don't even remember what I used the pinks for originally... regardless, they ended up on this spread (probably over a year ago). Eventually, from another page in the book, some black ink seeped through and made an interesting Rorschach along the top crease (pro and con for taping the spine before using ink!).

Layering washi tape on both pages (and holding it all down with a layer of matte medium) was my first step. I used all my pink / purple tape, along with some black, yellow and orange:
Next, I toned everything down with a translucent collage using tissue paper in a lovely peach (that totally matched the paint!) and handmade paper (packing paper painted with gesso circles and dots). I added some texture with a triangle stencil and some gesso and then pulled out my white Sharpies. I figured some circles would work well with those on the handmade paper, so I drew some in, along with doodles in both white and gold. The seven circles made me want to fill them with words, so I decided to do "Seven Favourite Things". I started out with a grey Sharpie but didn't like the lack of contrast, so I went over the words with black. Some black doodles and black and white rub-on borders and I called it a page:

  1. paint (pinks, leftover from other projects)
  2. black India ink (inadvertently seeped through from another page)
  3. washi tape
  4. collage (tissue paper and handmade paper - hand-painted packing paper)
  5. triangle stencil and gesso 
  6. doodles (white and gold Sharpies)
  7. journaling and doodles (grey and black Sharpies)
  8. rub-ons
  • gesso
  • acrylic paint
  • India ink
  • stencil (triangles)
  • washi tape
  • tissue and handmade papers
  • Sharpies (white, gold, black, grey)
  • rub-ons

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