Hi everyone. I am still playing catch-up with Barb's Art Journal Adventure over on the Joggles blog. For Week Two, the theme of her project was grids which I love but rarely use. I had bought a couple of fabulous grid stencils by Michelle Ward from Stencil Girl and had yet to use them so this seemed to be an opportune time. The other thing that I wanted to use was all the "table scraps" on my desk from previous projects. These were mop-up cards and book text from sprays, gel print scraps, and some corrugated paper. I also had some die cut or punched leftovers and some embellies which auditioned for projects but didn't make the cut.
I did it in a backwards way and if I did it again I would paint the whole page black with gesso or Dylusions Black Marble Paint and then pencil in the grid. Instead, I traced the grid and then coloured in the dark spaces between sections with a black Sharpie pen. Then I traced each section on the grid onto a scrap which I wanted for that space, both repeating the papers elsewhere and dry fitting as I went along. At this point, I was working with backgrounds only and not the things that were going to be added to them. Once finished, I used Scor Tape or Scotch Quick Dry to adhere each section to the page.
Now came the fun part. I started looking through the pile of leftover punched and die cut pieces and placed them where I thought I wanted them. I raided my sheets of Idea-ology rub-ons and snipped out sections to audition them. Several Idea-ology Big Chat Stickers were applied, choosing words with particular significance to me.
Some drywall mesh and cheesecloth scraps found their way onto some sections as well as a few Idea-ology embellies like the pen nib and the token. A few snaps were in my little box of things to put away so they carried through on the silver shine found in other places. Lastly my black and white doodle pens were put to work because the whole thing was looking a little too structured and neat to suit me. Although I could have kept going because I was having fun, I figured I'd better call a halt to my playing before I passed the point from like to not.
Thanks for stopping by today. You will certainly be seeing more grid work from me in the future. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Since today is Monday, there's a brand new Art Journal Adventure inspiration project up for week 6 on the Joggles blog today. I'm off to check it out!
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