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Art Journal Vol. 02 Layout 05 | Beauty in the Broken Places

Hi guys and Happy Monday! Today is back to school for us, and back to regular routine, and I am so happy about that. I am working in my art journal for today’s post, so have a look at my process:

For my layout I was inspired by the art and paintings of artist Kathe Fraga. Her blog is linked here: Kathe Fraga.

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I really wanted to create a crackled background on this piece, so I pulled out my crackle mediums and acrylic chalk paints and went to work. Those paints are available at Michael’s and AC Moore, if you live in the US, and they are typically located in the acrylic paint aisle. They are water based and really easy to work with.

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In order to bring out the beauty in the cracks created by the crackle medium, it is necessary to build up layers underneath and on top of the crackle. Then you apply the crackle medium, add a layer of contrasting color, then lighter color, on top. The cracks reveal the lovely colors underneath and add beautiful texture to your page.

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Once the background was completed, I layered flowers using the modeling paste directly on top of the cracked background.

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Of course one of my favorite parts about art journaling is applying the color to the images created by the modeling paste and stencils. I love the process of laying down the paint, letting it run about the page, lifting it back up, and laying it back down.

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I added the leaves using a gold texture paste from Faber Castell. That paste is available at Hobby Lobby and it is the thing that made this layout really pop. After I added the leaves, I went around the border of the page using the gold paste, and I added some of the paste on top of the crackled areas within the layout as well.

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My quote is just hand-written with a Sharpie marker, nothing complicated or too thought out. The original quote is from Pinterest, credit goes to BMM Poetry.

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I spoke about my emotional connection to this piece in the process video, so I do hope you will have a few minutes to have a listen and be inspired to explore the cracks both on the page and in life. Many people had such encouraging things to say about me sharing this part of my journey, and I thank you for those kind words! See you back tomorrow!

~Theresa

 

 

 

 

 

 

Art Journal No. 07 | To My 8-Year-Old Self

Hi guys and happy Monday! To start our week off with some inspiration I am working on an art journal layout using some products I still had from my May Gossamer Blue kits! Have a look at my process!

I was totally inspired by the happy lady included in the ephemera pack from My Mind’s Eye Hello Gorgeous! collection. She became the basis for this entire layout.

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Myprocess began with fabric washi tape and then layers of gesso, patterned papers, and tags on top.

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I also used my modeling paste and this lovely stencil from Donna Downey to add some floral embellishments and texture to the page. My favorite part is always adding liquid pigment (whether distress inks or watercolors or gelatos – in this case distress inks) and watching these elements come to life.

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I included some stamped images as well, as the stamp sets for May Gossamer Blue kits were fantastic. The hearts create adorable little punctuation marks around the page, drawing your eye to certain places. It is said that each creative piece needs a little black embellishment, and I would say these hearts are perfectly light-hearted and fun.

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I added a tiny bit of journaling which is a note to my 8-year-old self. My own daughter is now 8 and many days I see little pieces of myself in her. Sometimes I wonder, though, if I was as happy-go-lucky as she is, and I don’t think I was!

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It is ok to forgive ourselves, even today, for the things we carried as small children. And it is definitely ok to do so in a light-hearted way through self-expression and happy colors and fun embellishments. I am thankful for these mediums and for this little book, this messy little book, and I am thankful for you, dear reader, for being the kind of audience I can share this with. Have a great Monday and I will see you tomorrow!

~Theresa