art journal page – wordherder

imageIt’s been so long since I’ve had a chance to write a post, let alone do anything creative!  Time management needs to be one of my priorities 🙂

This spread began without any real plan.  I knew I wanted to use bright colours with lots of different layers.  I had completed the background about a month ago but I didn’t know how I was going to use it until I saw the term “wordherder” from another artist.  Unfortunately I don’t remember where I read it or who the artist was but i can only assume she was describing a way of creating an art journal spread, perhaps composing found poetry by “herding” together random words.  When I read the word, I immediately connected with it.  I feel like it describes a lover and collector of words and that ‘s me.

I began as usual with a layer of gesso and glued down patterned scrapbook paper and book pages with Golden Soft Gel.

imageNext I scraped on a layer of metallic purple craft paint with a palette knife.  I tried to make it light enough to show the patterns through.  Orange and violet were the next layers, also scraped on with a palette knife.


imageimageI used a stencil to add white circles with my fingertip and stamped the checkerboard pattern in purple with a Tim Holtz stamp.  I outlined the circles with black ink and drew a border around the spread.  The stamped black circles were made with black acrylic paint dipped in a paper towel roll.

imageThe final touch was gluing down the title and the other random words from Tim Holtz’s Chit Chat stickers and adding some blue paint splatters.


Liquitex Gesso

Scrapbook Pages

Book Pages

Golden Soft Gel (Matte)

Memento Ink – Teal Zeal

Americana Craft Paint – Melon, Vivid Violet, Orange Twist, Lamp Black

Metallics Craft Paint – Purple Pearl

Circle Stencil

Palette Knife

Tim Holtz Checkerboard Stamp

Golden Acrylic Paint – Cerulean Blue Deep

Tim Holtz Idealogy Chit Chat Stickers

Plastic Alphabet Die Cuts (I think these were Maya Road, but not sure)

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