I've been using 7½" x 10" composition books for the past few years, as art journals. And I love them! What I usually do first is to put gesso down on the pages, to make the paper sturdier.
But what next?
Stencils have become one of my favorite methods of getting a second layer into my journal. Very often I'll pull out my ink pads and ink sprays to add color and depth. There are many items you can find around the house, like screens and washers, to use as stencils which make perfect backgrounds.
Then there are thick Mylar stencils. These are a bit expensive so I'm careful with what I buy. I must admit, I've found that bigger stencils work better than smaller. If I want to use a specific part of a stencil, I'll either apply color with an applicator or mask off the sections I don't want to use and spray my inks on the page.
But I've found it hard to spray liquid inks through stencils because everything gets so wet! Sometimes I'll take a paper towel and blot or rub over the stencil, which leave the design on the page. That's what happened here with my green spray "Cut Grass" from Dylusions. Because I put white gesso down first, my green has tinted to a lime color as I rubbed over the stencil.
I continued to add things on top of my page: tape, paper and glue. I had glue on my mind because I was thinking about Glue It Tuesday! So this page became a spread! Usually, when I feel I've worked enough, I'll stop. The worst thing to do is not know when to stop! I've done that before... Nowadays, I'll walk away from my artwork (and blogging) and return later to see how I feel about it.
All I needed to do was write in the date (and here, a title) - that's always important to me!
This post is for my favorite weekly prompt: AlphabeThursday.
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