With the wonderful sunny weather we have been having of late, I have been spending time in the garden sorting out the flower beds and planting the summer bedding plants. So today’s page is inspired by beautiful blue skies and a rusty metal dragonfly which adorns my flower bed (grin!).
I started by adding some torn pieces of sheet music to the page with Liquitex matte gel medium and then I covered the whole page with Bright Aqua Green and Swedish Blue Liquitex acrylic paint and Pébéo white gesso using a paintbrush, blending and varying the shades of colour across the page. Then I used a Shabby Harlequin stencil from Creative Expressions to apply Pébéo white gesso; I used my finger to apply the gesso so it varied in thickness and caught along the edges of the stencil to add more interest. Next I stencilled modelling paste using a Wheels stencil from Ranger by Dina Wakley with a palette knife and left it to dry. I drew a couple of big dragonflies onto thick paper and added some copper glitter glue along the body and head, and then I covered the wings with DecoArt crackle glaze. When the crackle glaze had dried I covered the wings with Iced Coffee Faber-Castell Gelato and using a wet finger smudged the colour into the cracks, wiping any access off with a wet baby wipe.
Then I used some Iridescent Rich Copper and Rich Bronze metallic Liquitex Inks, which I received for my birthday (grin!), to colour the dragonflies; I really like the iridescent quality of the inks and the way that they seeped into the cracks of the crackle glaze. To give the dragonflies more of a patina I also coloured them using a Sanguine Faber-Castell Big Brush marker and also Metallic Mint and Iced Coffee Faber-Castell Gelatos. I used the same Liquitex Inks, Faber-Castell Big Brush marker and Gelatos to colour the Wheels I had stencilled onto the page and I also splattered some of the metallic inks over the page along with some black DecoArt acrylic paint using a paintbrush. I then stuck the dragonflies in place using a UHU Stic and finished the page by stamping the sentiment “May all your wishes come true” using black Archival Ink.
You may remember my dragonfly from a previous post.
I bought him at a flower show and he always makes me smile when I see him floating over my flower bed!
Thanks for joining me today! If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you.
Here is a list of all the materials used to create this art journal page:
- Liquitex Artist Color Acrylic (Bright Aqua Green, Swedish Blue)
- Pébéo White Gesso
- Pébéo Modeling Paste
- DecoArt Media Crackle Glaze
- Liquitex Inks! (Iridescent Rich Copper, Iridescent Rich Bronze)
- DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (Black)
- Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Sanguine 188 B)
- Faber-Castell Gelato (Metallic Mint, Iced Coffee)
- Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
- Creative Expressions Mini Stencils (Shabby Harlequin CEMSHARL)
- Ranger Dina Wakley Media Stencil (Wheels MDS45588)
- Clear Stamp Set (Winter Woodland) – Free with Crafts Beautiful Magazine
- Thick white paper
- Violin Studies – Sheet Music
- Hobbycraft Glitter Glue (Copper)
- Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
- UHU Stic