I started with my favourite pages of recycled newspaper with a generous coat of Gesso. This makes the paper less absorbent which is perfect because I wanted a really muted look.
I coloured the pages with Scattered Straw Distress ink applied with a piece of Cut n Dry foam.
I then randomly applied ghost mask letters from Tim Holtzs Idea-ology range all over the pages.
I then applied Spiced Marmalade Distress ink, over the mask letters.
I then added Fired Brick Distress ink to areas.
I lightly spritzed the pages with water.
And removed some of the ink with scrunched up paper towel.
My favourite stamp of the moment, Slight Alterations was inked with Jet Black Archival ink and stamped around the edges.
The masks were removed to reveal the background underneath, and I framed all the edges with Red Pepper Adirondack Paint Dabber.
I wrote my words directly onto the pages.
And here's the final piece. I will probably go back and add more on later. I am not happy with it, but it says just want I want it to at the moment!! And I feel that its important to know that. Sometimes the doing is more therapeutic than the end result,
I then decided to do a similar layout in the Round the World Journal. This time I wanted the look to be a lot stronger so I applied the inks to card.
That is probably the fastest turnaround of a circle journal I have ever done. Received Weds, first set of pages finished yesterday, second set finished today, sorted and on its way by Monday.
Tomorrow is the regular Art Journals class in the studio, so there will be lots of creativity flying around, messy hands galore, lots of tears no doubt but also lots of joy and laughter. And with any luck if Jeanne (the chocolate lady) turns up , lots of chocolate. Yayy!!!! If you fancy joining us please feel free to turn up, no experience necessary, just a big heart and a sense of humour.!!