Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Friends ~ inspired by two Vera Lane Studio Images

Hi everyone! I created another art journal page in my 6 x 6 inch watercolour book, again featuring images by Vera Lane Studio. The images for this page are called Adorabelle (the one with wings) and Margaux (the one with a cup on her head). I've been having fun both with this size of page and also playing with messy wet layers since the watercolour paper can handle it.

Margaux and Adorabelle were printed onto Neenah Solar White cardstock and coloured with Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils. Their lovely dresses were paper pieced and shaded/highlighted with the same pencil brands plus a little white Posca pen.

They were then fussy cut leaving my usual white border and then matted with black cardstock and trimmed out again. This guarantees they will stand out against the background.

To create the background, I smushed three separate layers of Distress Oxide onto my craft sheet, one at a time, spritzed the ink with water and then dipped the page into the diluted ink. I made sure to dry in between each layer (Broken China, Cracked Pistachio, then Wilted Violet. This kept the layers distinct and the water also activated the oxidation effect. Once the last layer was dry,  Deep Purple Archival Ink was applied through Studio Light Mask MB04. Forget-Me-Not Archival Ink was used to apply the Carabelle Studio repeated star stamp in several places. Jet Black Archival Ink was used to stamp the TH circle star images. Texture Paste was scraped through Dina Wakley's Plastic Canvas stencil to create dimension and texture.

Margaux and Adorabelle were adhered to the page after the bottom two quote sections were glued in place. I wanted them to have places to rest their stylish shoes so they weren't floating. All sections of the wording were printed on white cardstock, trimmed close to the letters, and matted with black cardstock to help them pop against the busy background. A doodled border was added to the outside of the page before Black Big Brush pen was used to darken the white edges.

Thanks for stopping by today. Margaux, Adorabelle, and I all appreciate that. It's always lovely to have friends visit. To all of my American friends, Happy Thanksgiving tomorrow. I hope your day is filled with family, friends, and yummy food.

Life is good; so is art.

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