Today's subject matter is IMAGINATION...such an important tool in creating art and in finding joy in your daily life. So I knew when I read Rhonna's blog post for Day 4...that I wanted to use these pages in my Art Journal for a collection of quotes that I love to read when I'm looking for inspiration.
Next, I found some "visual" inspiration in some art magazines and decided to combine two techniques; one being a "grid" layout from which I created grids by collageing old book pages in sections over my two journal pages. Then I wanted to use "silhouettes" like Dina Wakley's pages shown here in the current Stampingtons "Journaling" magazines.
For my silhouette shapes, I wanted a "male" and a "female" silhouette to write the quotes on top of...found this "Jay Leno" photo in the paper and couldn't resist it...not that you could tell once I cut out the image...lol First I blew up the found images on my copier to the sizes that would work within the grids I had laid out in my journal. Then I rubbed charcoal pencil onto the backs of the photocopies and traced over the tops of the images to transfer the "silhouettes" onto old man-illa file folders so that I could make a "stencil" and a "mask" for each male/female silhouette.
Once the white paint was dry, then I used the "masks" of the male/female silhouettes and outlined the white silhouettes with black permanent marker to give them some definition. Once that was done, I added washes of color to the grids by leaving the "masks" on top of the white silhouettes.
Next I applied spray inks...now usually I use the Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists...but I also have some Adirondack "Tim Holtz" spray inks that are bright colors and I wanted to try them. WELL...I soon discovered that these inks are harder to control and come out much "heavier" than the Glimmer Mists. So my "washes" of colors became very concentrated and the "text" was not showing through as I had originally intended. BUT that is what this journal is all about...learning and experimenting. AND AS I'M ALWAYS STAYING...BETTER DONE THAN PERFECT. Learn from it and move on!
So now I filled in the silhouettes with my favorite quotes. Once I was done with my "journaling" I added my finishing touches. You can see the "mask" here and how it was covering the white paint and I really liked how they ended up looking so I used the masks on my finished pages.
Watercolor Crayons were used to "highlight/outline" the silhouettes in contrasting colors. Charcoal pencil was added to outline and create depth to the grids...and finally white dots and rub-ons and gold leaf accents were added to some of the grids.
This was fun and messy...the spray inks and mists "intensify" with color as they "cure"...so it's fun to walk-away and come back and see the bright colors. I will try this technique again...but I want to try using my stamp pad inks with "daubers" to keep the colors opaque so that the text seeps through around the silhouettes more. Hope you enjoyed this long blog post...got a late start today...but that's what Sunday's are for!