Seriously? art journal spread

Hi everyone! Happy Friday – I hope you’ve had a great week! I’m really excited to share an inspiration project for the Mixed Up Merchandise Printables DT. I created my second art journal spread using the most awesome 50s Ladies, Flower Seed Packets Ephemera #2 and Snarky Printables! I’ve been bitten by the art journal bug and I LIKE it, lol! UPDATE: Mixed Up Magazine has apparently undergone some changes and their blog has moved, so these links may no longer be viable. 


I began by fussy cutting the lady and several sets of flowers, and set them aside. I covered both pages with a light coat of white gesso and then adhered smaller pieces of vellum with matte gel medium which made some horizontal wrinkles in the vellum and added some very cool texture. I let that dry thoroughly and then added two more light coats of gesso, letting dry between coats. Using a spatula, I applied opaque matte texture paste over a Mini Harlequin stencil on both pages and let that dry.


Then came the fun part of spritzing the pages with water, applying the Stream and Lettuce spray inks and letting them run! I used the heat tool to speed up the drying process and re-applied the inks in a few places. I then randomly stamped images in black StazOn ink over both pages, and when that was dry, I adhered the lady (colored with Spectrum Noir markers), flowers and words. I did extend the phone pillar by cutting a length of plain white cardstock on which I drew some brickwork. I outlined the flowers with Memento Tuxedo Black marker and then splattered watered-down black gesso with a fan brush over both pages. I’m really loving how this turned out! Not too shabby for my second attempt at an art journal spread, huh?! :)


Would love to enter this art journal spread into the following challenges:
Mixed Media World #31 – Anything Mixed Media Goes with Twist of Moodboard
World Wide Open Design Team Challenge: #28 – Anything Goes

Mixed Up Merchandise Printables used:
50s Ladies
Flower Seed Packets Ephemera #2

Other products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Stampin’ Up Whisper White cardstock
Stamps: Paper Wings Productions Writing Backgrounds
Ink: Spectrum Noir- IG4, IG5, FS7, FS8, CT4, True Black; Stream and Lettuce Colorwash Spray
Accessories: White Studio Gesso, Ranger Opaque Matte Texture Paste, The Crafter’s Workshop Mini Harlequin Stencil, Liquitex Bright Aqua Green, Mars Black and Titanium White Acrylic Paint, Ranger Multi Matte Medium

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project! Be sure to check out all the fun Printables for your mixed media and collage projects at the Mixed Up Merchandise store! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time!

Scrappy hugs,

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