I haven't used a lot of pink in my art journal so far, but this art journal page is the exception!
Quote: "In the end, we regret the chances we didn't take, relationships we were afraid to have and the decisions we waited too long to make." - author unknown
Kind of makes you wonder what in the world we are all waiting for, doesn't it?
I got through the first few steps before I fired up the camera, so I'll give you a quick summary. Using Yarka pan watercolors, I painted a background of turquoise, teal and magenta. Next, using an old credit card, I smeared gesso over the dry watercolor base. I used a colored pencil to draw the grid lines on the top and bottom, and Sakura glaze and souffle gel pens to draw the dots and squares on the grid.
I wanted to do something different than the usual, so I rummaged through my bag of quilting scraps and found just the right colors. I stitched the patches to a piece of scrap paper.
I continued adding more scraps until I had an arrangement I liked; I then cut away the excess paper.
Usually, I use liquid matte medium to attach collage elements, but this piece was heavier. I painted matte gel medium on the back (the paper side) and attached it to the page.
Using FW acrylic inks, I brushed on some accents.
You may have noticed the pencil lines in the second photo from the top. Originally, I was going to paint ribbons, but I decided to draw an intricate pattern instead. I used a blue Sakura Pigma Micron pen.
I added some dots to the pattern with a white Souffle gel pen. I printed out a stock photo of apple blossoms that I altered in Photoshop CS5 (I added a cutout filter, which made the blossoms look like a fabric print.) I tore pieces of the photo and adhered them with liquid matte medium. Using the My Underwood font, I printed the quote and cut it into strips. Since I was attaching it to fabric, I used gel medium as my adhesive.
I outlined some of the flowers with a white gel pen and added the dragonfly. Using the cap from a small spray bottle, I dipped it in gesso and printed the circles.
I enhanced the edges of the quote strips and the dragonfly with pastel pencils. When the gesso circles were dry, I added the stripes with Glaze gel pens. I then tore pieces of turquoise tissue paper and adhered them to the edges of the page with liquid matte medium. I smeared gesso, tinted with magenta acrylic ink on a swatch of bubble paper and stamped it on the page. I wrote "so Jump" with a Bic wite-out correction pen. In the places where I wrote over the fabric, the correction fluid sank in and didn't show up. I used a liner brush and gesso to go over it. I lined the edges of the script with a black Glaze gel pen.
I hope you have enjoyed creating with me. I love it when you visit the studio. Have a lovely weekend and I'll catch up with you again soon.
Until next time,