Hi everyone, today I would like to show you my inspiration for the HobbyVison (a Dutch craft store) Autumn Challenge week 2 for which the theme is “orange/brown hues and leaves”.
For today’s art journalling project I’m working in my altered book, the pages are yellowed and since the book is quite old I adhered two or three pages together (using gel medium) to create a more sturdy canvas to work on. In a couple of weeks I will go into more detail how I altered this book.
To get my project started I first adhered some washi tape in the middle and coated both pages and the washi tape with a layer of clear gesso. Now my project is ready to receive colour and other mediums.
While the gesso is drying I’m working on my focal point: I printed this digital image by Power Poppy (“Olive and Oak”) onto alcohol marker friendly paper and then coloured the image using my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.
I started with the oak leaves first: I used my GY3 marker to set my base, than filled in the rest of the leaf with my lighter GY1 marker. Next I’m adding colour with my DR7, BO4 and BO3 markers and going over parts that felt a bit harsh using my GY3 and GY1 marker again. This same way I coloured the other leaf.
For the olives I used a combination of greens and purples, be carefull with this, if you mix them too much you create brown! For this I started with the HB1 and DG1 markers. Building the colour with the LV3 and CG3 markers. Adding shades with the green DG4 marker as I go. Reusing the L V3 and CG3 marker and the HB1 and DG1 marker and adding in some brighter purple colours using the HB3 marker.
For the olive leaves I’m using GG1 and the brighter DG1 to start with. Adding shadows with the GG5 marker and mixing the darker and lighter colours together with the GG3 colour, adding a bit of the DG1 in later on still.
For the rest of the image I used DG1, CG3, BO4, DR7 and GB7. Finishing the colouring with adding some GY1 around the image. When the colouring is done I added back in some highlights using a white gel pen and fussy cutting the image leaving a small border.
Now that my focal point is ready I can work on my background: for this I’m first going to create my base: I add some white gesso to my glass work surface and sprinkle some of the following Lindy’s Stamp Gang colours on top: “Tea Pot Purple” and “Mango Mania”.
I now mix the colours and the gesso only a little bit with my fingers and paint the colour onto the pages of my journal, even adding in some white gesso here and there. Let this dry.
Next I’m applying some clear modeling paste (by The Crafter’s Workshop) over a stencil, using a palette knife, and set this aside to dry. This particular stencil is by AB Studio: ID-160.
Next I’m going to add more orange/brown hues to my background design: for this I picked the same LSG Magical “Mango Mania” that I used before and also LSG Magical in “Mission Bells Brown”. I first start with the brown colour adding it bit my bit to my project using a fan brush, working in one area at a time. I sprayed the powder with as little water as possible which makes the colour run and dried with my heat tool when I liked what I had.
When I was happy with the brown, which by the way has an awesom shimmer, I added some of the orange around the edges. I love how some of the purple still peaks from the background.
Now I can add my coloured oak and olive image on the left hand page using one millimetre thick foam tape. And as my finishing touches I splattered with som Ecoline White (100) liquid water colour and adhered a few sentiments from the Tim Holtz Idea-Ology “Small Talk Occasions” stickers onto some purple mirror card stock, cut it out and than adhered to my project using strong glue.
And that is it for today’s project! I wish you a creative day!