June 15, 2016

Art Journal Page - A dream is a wish your heart makes

A quick post to share my most recent art journal page using my 1st Penny Black Stamp...
Art Journal Page
Art Journal Page
I didn't really know where this was going when I started. I only knew I wanted to use my new flower stamp and work in my style. I am ALL about stamping, stencils, throwing in paint, and embellishments. Mixed media is just awesome! You can throw anything in the mix and it's all good!

The first step I took was to paint on a layer of gesso. Once the gesso dried, I applied acrylic paint with a sponge. The type of paint I used is really cheap paint from Walmart called "Apple Barrel".  I think its craft paint to be honest. The first color I applied was a plain yellow. The second color I applied around the outside of the page is a plain brown. This combo of brown and yellow is one of my faves. I never cared for brown until I started playing around with it. Brown goes with soooo many different colors! The dark brown around the edges just makes the yellow center burst yellow burst!

The next step was using my new Kaisercraft template. (the clock stencil) I used vintage photo distress ink with this stencil, and applied it with a makeup sponge. While I had the vintage photo ink out, I went around the edges of the page for added depth. I then applied black archival ink through a checkerboard stencil randomly. You can also see a script stamp on the page. I used black archival ink for that.

Now for the heart...I cut the heart out of a folded piece of paper like you do in 1st grade. Yep, fold a piece of paper and cut. The heart was painted brown with craft paint, and inked with archival ink through the checkerboard stencil. I set that aside until I was ready to piece everything.

The flowers on top of the heart are a Penny Black Stamp. This is the first Penny Black Stamp I own! It was delivered last week and I'm super excited about it! So, I stamped the image and colored it in with colored pencils. Once I cut the flowers out, I inked the edges with Victorian Velvet Distress Ink all around.This is a clear stamp FYI. I do like it, but, I do believe that the rubber cling stamps are a much crisper stamp.

The next step was to assemble/glue everything.; the heart first, and then the flowers. I adore embellishments, so I glued the pearls in the center of the flowers. The sticker quote is Tim Holtz, and it says " A dream is a wish your heart makes".

Every single time I read that saying, my mind finishes the phrase and goes right to thoughts of my Grandma. If you don't know, the phrase ends with...when you're fast asleep. My Grandma had a huge hand in raising me. And she was my neighbor for 25 years until I got married. I was over my Grandparents house all the time. She was, is, and always will mean the world to me, and be a huge part of my life. When I was little my Gram bought me Cinderella (on VHS!). There is a scene where little birds are on Cinderella's lap and she starts singing to them...A dream is a wish your heart makes, when you're fast asleep. Me and my Gram would sing that song a lot, particularly in the kitchen. Love you Gram!

The last thing I did was go around the edge of the heart with a marker and blend it in with my finger to give the heart depth. It really makes the page come to life.
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