JOY- An Art Journal Page

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I just uploaded a new video tutorial on how to create this art journal page. Watch and learn the techniques I used. Use the basic ideas and techniques and create your own unique pages.

For those of you who like seeing things written down I will give you the step by step here. First I gessoed my Canson Mixed Media page. Then I ripped up several music sheets into random sizes and shapes. Since I wanted to be able to see this later I removed the titles. Then I cut out a couple Christmas tree templates out of printer paper. I played with the height and width until I got what I wanted. Then I traced out and cut out the trees out of some of my Christmas themed gelli prints which I created with my GelliArts Gelli Plate.

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I set the trees aside and went to my computer and chose the font Candy Randy, which was a free font that I downloaded and installed into my Word program. It’s one of my favorites. I hope you give it a try.

I typically try several sizes out to see what looks best. Some say that’s my perfectionism coming out, others might think my indecisiveness is showing.

I print it off on paper that’s a bit heavier than regular copy paper. I find it stands up to the wet mediums/adhesives better than copy paper.

Now that all the pieces are gathered I go back to the background. Unsure of what to do I give it a “whitewash” with thinned down gesso. I want to add texture so I grab the Crafter’s Workshop stencil ” Mod Spirals” and dip it into gesso and apply throughout the page. See how wonderful the texture is. Then I spray it with my Lindy’s Starbursts. I use Steampunk Sepia and Cactus Gold. If you haven’t used these you have to give them a try. They are two-toned shimmer. You can achieve some wonderful effects. The third picture is a close up of the page. The picture doesn’t do the shimmer justice. But hopefully you can see how the glimmer and pigments get caught in the texture of the spirals and torn edges.I

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Then I grab my Distress Ink  Walnut and use the applicator to apply to the edges of the page as well as the edges of the letters and trees. This unifies the items.  I glue it all down using Golden Gel Medium. I used Gel Medium because I don’t want the Lindy’s Sprays or Distress Ink to reactivate. I emboss some snowflakes on deli paper and top off each tree. I also cut a tree stand from paper that I brayer off on while gelli printing.

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I outline each item and edge of page with my Stabilio All pencil which I apply, smudge and then activate with a water brush. I then decide to use my fine liner and apply a line of thinned black acrylic. I add splatters of black and gold. I took a close up so you can see all the texture and fine details.

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Here’s the link to my YouTube video.

Here is the page again. This would make a lovely Christmas card project as well. CreativeKady

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