Real life AJ page

Hello everyone and happy Wednesday!! Today I´m stopping by to share another peek into my art journal. This page started off with the blue background which I randomly applied (totally without any plan) onto the empty page with a thick paint brush.

Then I went away and came back to the page the next day. And when I looked at the blue „splat“, I could see a face in it. So I painted the eyebrows and eyes as wella as the hair and the mouth, where they seemed to emerge on their own in the blue colour. She turned out like this, because of the given tone differences on the background. And her facial impression is a very surprised/wondering one.

I wanted to concentrate on her and do very little additionally to the page. Thus, only added some spray ink thru a stencil as well as some heavy body paint thru another stencil (from my stencil line). I had a few random circles on my table, I they matched, therefore I added them.

The quote fits her facial expression so well. This quote had me thinking.. Why is it, that today, no matter where you turn to, you are quickly surrounded by fake people. Where did all the sincere people suddenly disappear to?

I´ll just leave that thought there and hope your day is a wonderful one!
xxx, Sanna

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Learn to rest Art Journal page – STAMPlorations mixed media tutorial

Hello everyone, it´s my turn again today to share another mixed media tutorial over at the STAMPlorations blog! Are you ready for the weekend and some creative time? I am! I love creating pages for my art journal lately, so I am always very much looking forward to weekend and crafty time. Today I´d like to share another art journal page with a motivational quote with you. Here it is:

I played with my stencils again and this time, instead of using spray inks to create the background, I used Distress Paints. I love how they also react with water  and create lovely blendings onto the background.

After creating the first layer, I went and added paint directly to the stencil, then pressed the stencil onto the page to make „letterpress“ patterns on top the first layer. Also I saved all the residue ink from the kraft sheet and the stencils by wiping and dabbing it onto a spare sheet of white cardstock. I always keep one around for paint residues like this. These random pieces can be added as bits or as a background to a future project.

Next I placed the stencil onto the page and dabbed some pink paint thru the flower stencil directly onto the page, creating flowers. I also started with the lightest tones of paint and gradually added darker shades to create more depth and contrast.

 One of the stencil got used as a doodling guide to create the leaf patterns here and there. Then I just simply colored (very randomly) them with a darker green tone of paint and a water tank brush.

 In the end I added several tones of spray inks as splatters onto the page and also drew some additional patterns with paint pens here and there.

Finally, all I needed to do, was to add the quote. I just first made sure the paint layers were all dry. Otherwise I´d ruin my pen with the wet paint. If you have tried to write on wet paint once or twice, you learn to be patient  :-). I´ve again recorded a start-to-finish for you to watch! Hope you enjoy the video!

Happy stenciling!!
xxx, Sanna

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