I’m Shereen, married to Aftab and mother of two grown up children. I’ve been a doctor, a business woman, a stay at home Mom and finally doing what I love best which is ‘making pretty things’.
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Sharing with you an art journal page that I did today. And I must admit I do like this business of art journalling quite a lot.
I used some Dylusions Paints to color my background.
I hadn’t used my Dylusions paints despite having them lying around for the last many weeks. Like the rest of Dylusions products the color palette is very vibrant. These are acrylic paints which are very richly pigmented and a little goes a long way. These paints also blend easily on a gessoed surface.
I started by applying a generous coat of White gesso on the surface and let it dry thoroughly. Actually when I finish a layout in my journal I apply gesso to the next layout and leave it to dry. This way I have a gessoed surface ready when inspiration strikes. Speaking of inspiration this layout was inspired by Nika Rouss. She has a wonderful blog which you must visit and has tons of You Tube videos. You can find the link to her blog at the end of the post.
The Dylusions colors I used are Fresh Lime, London Blue and Vibrant Turquoise and Cut Grass. I applied these with a distress pc. of distress blending foam and blended the colors using the foam and my fingers.
I drew the flowers with a pencil using a 12×12 inch TCW stencil ‘Blazonry’. You can free hand these too but I’m not too confident of my drawing skills. I covered the flowers with two coats of white gesso. This allowed me to color the flowers using a water based medium which in this case were gelatos. I applied yellow, orange and pink gelatos to the flowers and blended them with my finger. As these are water soluble I applied a coat of matt medium on top to stabilize the colors.
Next I added some visual texture to the flowers. First I stenciled some white gesso through a Dylusions Stencil ‘Holes’ using the smaller holes. Next I stamped a Tim Holtz cling stamp. I use cling and clear stamps without an acrylic block when adding texture as it allows me to use parts of the image depending on my project. I used Ranger Archival ink in Jet Black for stamping. This is permanent and doesn’t smudge or smear if you add water or medium to your project. I added some more texture to the flower edges using a small border like stamp also in Jet Black Archival Ink.
Next I added stems. I used A TCW 6×6 inch stencil ‘Stacked Triangles’ with Black acrylic paint for this purpose. And I loved the result. I stamped some ‘Pod Branches’ (don’t know what else to call these) from an old Hero Arts clear stamp set. I varied the length of these by using portions of or the whole image depending on how long I wanted it to be. I applied white gesso inside the pods and added texture with a small text stamp again using portions of the stamp to fit the space.
I added some leaves at the base of the flowers. I drew the leaves and applied white gesso. I used the edge of a Donna Downey Stencil ‘Poppy Collage’ to added small dots with black acrylic inside the leaves. I colored in the leaves using purple and blue water soluble crayons. Once dry I applied matt medium on top to seal the water color.
I used the same stencil with white gesso to add texture to the background, using only the edges of the stencil. I added further texture to the background using Dylusions paints through a TCW 12×12 inch stencil ‘Tile Texture’.
I shaded the flowers around the edges using PITT artish Brush pens in brown and red. Finally I oulined the flowers with my black POSCA acrylic pen.
Supplies Jet Black Archival Ink, White Gesso, Matte Medium, Stencils: Tile Texture, Stacked Triangles, Blazonry, Poppy Collage Dylusions Paints: London Blue, Vibrant Turquoise, Fresh Lime, Cut Grass