Hi everyone. It's Week 22 of Joggles Art Journal Adventure and this week, my choice for prompts is the letter B. Now I could have done B for Bonnie but I happen to love bees since I am a gardener. I have the opportunity all summer to get up close and personal with them as they flit from flower to flower and I must say, they fascinate me. That's what I chose to feature on my art journal page this week.
I began by die cutting 7 hexagons from scrap paper, each about 1 3/8 inches big. These were laid out in a design I liked and lightly adhered with repositionable adhesive to the 6 x 6 inch watercolour paper background from my disc bound journal. I didn't want them to move when they were spritzed with Lindy's Stamp Gang California Poppy Gold, Marigold Yellow Orange, and Yellow Rose of Texas Starburst sprays. The hexagon masks were peeled off and the background was dried thoroughly. The honeycomb section of TCW Punchinella stencil was used to transfer a subtle tone on tone pattern onto the sprayed background using Sunflower and Pale Ochre Archival Ink.
To give the insides of the hexagons some interest and texture, Unity Cooped Up Notes stamp was applied with Pale Ochre Archival Ink through the hexagonal holes in the piece left from die cutting. It formed a mask leaving the openings clear but blocking off the background so I could stamp only the white areas. The hexagons were outlined with black Pitt Artist Pen and two Prismacolor pencils were used to shade around the outside edge of each to add dimension and depth. Rusty Hinge Distress Ink was used to edge the page and also to stamp the bzzz words in 5 different spots.
The bee was a free downloaded images which I printed to size and fussy cut leaving a narrow white border. It was then matted with black cardstock, fussy cut again, and popped up with foam tape. Mr. Bee's eyes were coated with Glossy Accents and his fuzzy little body and his wings were given added shimmer with Clear Wink of Stella. The gold sparkles remind me of pollen and I love the way it catches the light (even though that's hard to capture on camera). The wording was computer printed onto white cardstock, cut into phrases, and matted with black. Both Mr. Bee and the wording were popped up on foam tape. To finish the page, a simple border was doodled around the page and some black dots were added using Jet Black Archival Ink and a Paper Artsy Splotches stamp.
Thanks for popping by today to visit with Mr. Bee and me. We appreciate that. You can see how others in the Art Journal Adventure Facebook group respond to the Week 22 prompt, the letter B. Since B is my favourite letter, I can't wait to see what everyone creates.
Life is good; so is art.