Hello Beautiful People!
Do you like contrast? How do you use it? I really dig it and I'm learning to use it more. For this layout I worked on the outer edges with vibrant color left the center light. I used one of the brush word stencils I designed for StencilGirl®. I am just bubbling with joy and excitement as I'm typing this.
In my Jane Davenport 9x6" journal, I put a strip of journal tape to protect the seam from liquid. I then laid down a thin layer of gesso and let it dry overnight. I then stamped some of my hand-carved images in black.
Next I added areas of resist with a stencil (SC-01-2016 Shaw) and light molding past. NOTE: Be sure to clean your stencil and tools right away. I use a soft brush and warm soapy water get all the paste off.
Now to add color! I sprinkled colorbrusts and spritzed with water, allowing the colors to dry in between. I used a white paint pen to add some white lines. The flowers and bee (Stampin' Up! In Full Bloom -retired, can find used online) were stamped onto watercolor paper, sprinkled with clear embossing powder, and heat set. I then added sprinkles of the same colors that are in the background. After I spritzed water, I "kissed" the color rich piece of watercolor paper to a journal page down to pick up the excess color - that will make a lovely background for a future design. I used a brush to paint more yellow into the bees and added sparkle 3D paint to their wings. I then cut out the pieces.
The words are added with paint. To make the words crisp, I used the "dry brush" technique - only I didn't use a brush, I used a round blending tool. I dabbed most of the paint off and then dabbed the color into each letter. After the paint dried, I used Sharpies to complete some of the open spaces on the letters and add a white shadow to the letters in the darker color.
I actually made the colorful background a few months ago and had it as a draft post waiting for something else to finish it...I didn't know what, but I felt it needed something more. Little did I know I would have the awesome opportunity to create brush word stencils for StencilGirl®! You just never know what wonderful things are in store for you... I encourage you to continue doing what you have a passion for and know there's a connection out there somewhere just for you...
Shout Out: to the talented woman on Youtube who inspired the techniques I used in this layout. It was a random mixed media video I saw and unfortunately I was not on my device so I do not have it my history. If anyone knows that video (she used butterflies, where I used flowers), kindly include the link in the comments below this post.
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Take care and STAY POSITIVE!