This double-page spread is the first in my new Moleskine watercolour sketchbook. The orientation of the pages scared me at first because it’s not the traditional shape and I was worried that a two-page spread would be awkward in this format. I tried to carry the theme across the page length-wise using some textured modeling paste, tissue tape, stamping and stickers.
The spread started with gesso as the base layer to prime the watercolour paper. The paper curled quite a bit at the edges as more layers were applied so I’m learning how to control that a little better (this may be futile!). The paint layer is a combination of two colours of inexpensive craft paint that had a metallic sheen to them. The beauty about art journaling is that you can use what you already have at home as well as inexpensive products. They still get the job done! Next, I added some texture using modeling paste mixed with Ranger Perfect Pearls powder. I was disappointed that the shimmer of the Perfect Pearls didn’t come through in the modeling paste but you never know these things until you try them! This mixture was applied using a palette knife through a stencil. This layer was finished with purple paint splatters using the same brand of metallic craft paint.
Next came the ephemera. The images are from Graphic 45 and the ticket die cuts are from Tim Holtz. I doodled around the edges of the tickets and added the sentiments with alphabet stamps. The postage sticker is also Tim Holtz and the number stamps are from Bo Bunny. I finished the spread by adding the white border using gesso and an old credit card.
This spread was a learning experience as all of them are! The colours are a bit dark for my liking and working across a long, two-page spread was a challenge. On to the next!
DecoArt Metallic craft paints – Moss Pearl, Royal Ruby & Purple Pearl
Tim Holtz tissue tape
Tim Holtz Alterations Ticket Strip die cut
Tim Holtz Ideology French Industrial stickers
Bo Bunny typewriter number stamps
Graphic 45 “Come Away With Me” journaling & ephemera cards
Golden modeling paste
Ranger Perfect Pearls – Blue Patina