Hi everyone, today I would like to share with you my inspiration for the Lindy’s Stamp Gang November Color Challenge mood board! I’m working in a new art journal I created by altering an old book. How I did that I will share in a blog post next week!
Aren’t these colours totally fall, I love them!
This altered book journal is pretty old so the pages are yellowed. I started by preparing the pages so that they can take the mediums I will add later on. I have previously adhered two or three pages together using gel medium to create a thicker base. Now I apply my washi tape (this one is by The Washi Tape Shop) in the middle so my mediums don’t leak to another page. And I also apply clear gesso over both pages and the washi tape to prevent my mediums from soaking into the pages.
While the clear gesso is drying I’m working on creating my focal point. For this I stamp the image from the Woodware stamp set called “Hummingbird” onto some Strathmore Bristol Smooth Surface paper using Versafine ink and I clear heat embos afterwards using Lindy’s Stamp Gang “Clearly Clear” embossing powder.
Now I’m ready to colour my image: for the green colour I picked a Squirt in “Emerald Eh!”, my orange and yellow are sprays in “Mango Mania” and “Yellow Rose of Texas”. I coloured the image with these colours, water and a small brush. Mixing yellow en orange is not a problem, as well as yellow and green, but better not mix orange and green to much, or you create a murky kind of brown. That I why, where I transition the colours, I mixing in a little bit of the yellow.
When the colouring is done I add in some highlights using a white geld gel pen and I fussy cut the image leaving a small border.
Working in this particular journal is a bit out of my comfort zone so I tried to find a way to work in it that makes me happy: a bit of layering on a coloured background. For this background I first added some white gesso to my glass work surface, than I sprinkled some yellow and orange magicals on top using a fan brush. For the yellow magical I picked “Yellow Rose of Texas” and for my orange I picked “Mango Mania”.
Now I’m going to finger paint, which was totally fun: I mixed the magical a little bit (but not completely) with the white gesso using my finger, but not the yellow and the orange together, than I added the mixture with my fingers onto the prepared pages, making horizontal and vertical motions. In some area’s I just added the white gesso by itself and went over it with the coloured gesso. I also wanted the bacground text from the book to peek through a little here and there. Let the gesso dry.
After the gesso dried I applied some clear modeling paste over a stencil (TCW907s) using a palette knife and set that aside to dry. The modeling paste will turn clear when it is completely dry.
Time to add more colour to my background: I first started by creating three green area’s using the magical in “Greased Lightnin’ Green”. I applied the powder to my page using a fan brush and sprayed as little water as possible but still being able to move the colour around. On the left hand page I created the green area in a spot where the tail of the bird would be. I dried the pages with my heat tool.
When dry I added splatters with the yellow and orange magicals that I previously used as well as the green: for this add a little of the powder to a palette and mix with a little water to create a paint that you can splatter with a brush onto your project.
To finish these pages I now only have to adhere the bird to the left hand page using one millimetre thick foam tape and adhere my quotes (from the Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Small Talk sticker book) matted onto matching orange mirror card stock onto the right hand page using liquid glue.
I totally love how this page turned out! This was a fun experiment outside my comfort zone.
I wish you a creative day!
Lindy’s Stamp Gang products used on this project:
- Embossing Powder: Clearly Clear;
- Squirt: Emerald Eh!