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Evolution Of An Art Journal Spread

by Pamela Young | September 24, 2013

Hi everyone!  Pamela here today to share a bit of my process and a few techniques with you.  Really...I'm just going to show you how my brain works when I am creating.  

So when I pull out my art journal, I always cover my pages with some gesso to create a rough blank canvas.

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The book I am using has a photo sleeve in between these two pages...in case you were wondering, and that second page in my spread actually has a folder.  

My next step was to add some patterned paper to my pages.  I pulled out the fun School Days collection for this part.  

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Because these serve as my background, and I like my backgrounds more subtle, I covered my papers with gesso.

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Next, I pulled out some fun treats from our swap partners.  I used a die blank from Spellbinders (the Birds One set) and some Mayan Gold velvet dimensional paint from Art Anthology.  I used the die blank as a stencil and painted around it:

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Leaving it like this:

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Then on the second page in the spread, I hand cut petals out of patterned paper from School Days and adhered to my page to make flowers.

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I painted around my petals and hand wrote the word blessed:

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I decided I wanted to tone down the black a bit, so I added stitching around the flower petals and painted more gesso over the word blessed.  

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I was much happier with that look.  :)  

Then I went back to my first page.  I decided to make the third bird in that row stand out, so I used my Birds One dies and cut a bird from patterned paper and added it on top of the third bird.  I added paint around the edges and wrote the words "stand out" underneath it.  

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One of my favorite things to add to my pages are ink rings.  So I took some Watermelon Colorations Color Spray from Art Anthology and sprayed some ink onto a small plastic tray.  I then took a random lid and dipped it into my ink to create my rings:

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I actually think I went a tad overboard on the rings.  I usually like to add 3 to a page or 5 to a spread.  I did more.  :)  So here's the second page with the rings and I also tucked some school photos from the boys into the pocket.  

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And then I also created some 4x6 cards to slide in the photo sleeves in between the two pages.  So here's what it looks like:

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Well there you have it.  :)

Thanks for stopping in today!!!

-Pamela

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