At Play Day, yesterday, I was mucking around in John's Art Journal and decided to use some of the new Graphic 45 release...Halloween in Wonderland. This is how far I got..
I,ve still got loads of doodling and the journaling to do, but I am really liking it so far.
So I thought I would do you all a step-by-step, along the same lines, but with one of my inky, painty backgrounds. So stand by your beds and here we go.
I started off by babywiping Lettuce and Espresso Adirondack dabbers over the pages.
I then added acrylic gesso in "the Dyan wiggle" using a Splodger.
Added Gesso rings using the dabber lid.
I then had a break for a late lunch. How gorgeous does that look..??? A little treat from Our Ben....
Its from the new cafe that,s opened up just below us. This is their sweet potato, feta cheese salad. Get in there.!!!
Anyway, to continue.....I then sprayed Pomegranate Altered Originals ink over a chipboard stencil and blotted with a kitchen roll.
Flip the chipboard over to create a negative image
You can make your own masks from your used sheets of Alphabet Grunge board. If you coat it first using Gel Medium, it will seal the Grunge enabling you to use the reverse as well.. My inks are really vibrant, but if you want a more muted effect, spray the colour (lime) and then immediatley spritz Granite over the top to tone it down.
Thats a cool colour isn't it...?? See..... two for the price of one!!! You always get brill value with our products, lol
I then mixed some of my Altered Original inks with some of my Blonde Moments Pearl Pigments, topped up with water in our large spritzers, to give you a shimmer spray. No need to have to splash out on ready made ones, just make up what you need, when you want it.
The shimmer gives a stunning contrast on the matt paint. I then sprayed the ink directly onto the pages and let it slowly drip down.
As you all know, I am a massive doodler, so this was the next obvious step for me.
I then sprayed the Granite inkthrough a chipboard stencil at the top of the page, blotted it dry and doodled.
When I get to this stage I can't help but sit there and stoke it, lol. I absolutely love backgrounds, can't get enough of them, and would quite happily make them all day. But a background on its own is no good, so onward and upward.
Onto the papers.http://shop.afth.co.uk/halloween-in-wonderland-collection-415-c.asp We ordered double the normal quantity, and they are skidoodling out of the door faster than you can say "white rabbits"....!!!! They are sooooooo lush, and I love the fact they are not just the "normal" Alice drawings, but have injected a unique twist into them. Don't be put off by the word Halloween in the title, as this is Halloween unlike any other.
When I have cut out my main elements, I always lay them down onto the pages. I don't stick them straight away, as I invariably move them around completely. I then stick all the elements down with gel medium. This is a fabby substance for sticking as it isn't actually sticky, so you don't get yourself into a right old 2 and 8...
Then, yes you,ve guessed it, more doodling. I like to draw outlines on any hand cut elements, and I also like to outline them completely. Never neatly mind you, I prefer the slapdash look myself, lol.
The bird cage was made by covering a sheet of Grunge Paper with gel medium and sheet music. I then ran it through the Big Shot using the Tim Holtz die. It was then given the doodling treatment and inked with Crushed Olive Distress ink.
I thought it would be funny to put the Cheshire cat in the cage and have it dangling down.
I then gelled a butterfly image to the Grunge Paper and cut it out.
I bent it around my fingers to make the wings curl, added some d/sided tape just down the body stuck it on Alices head. The image will flatten when the book is closed, but spring back out when open. You gotta just love Grunge don't you..??? I cut out two of the quotes from one of my Altered Originals Download sheets, and combined them together on the page. Added the ubiquitous doodling, of course...
I added more butterflies and insects to the pages, and journaled with a white souffle pen. One of my favourite pens in the whole world, you may remember. Along with the clear, black and white Glaze pens. It doesn't take a lot to please me, does it..???
And here we have it ....the finished piece.
I really friiiiiiiiiiiiiikkkkkkkkkkkiiiiiiinnnnnn adore it..glad this one is in my journal and not John,s lol. Is that bad thoughts..?? lmao. Heres some close ups.
Hope you enjoyed this and that I have inspired you to have a go....