Archive | July, 2013

The one with my final journal layout challenge

6 Jul

Happy  Soggy Saturday! It’s been raining for three days here in Smashville (Nashville for you non-hockey folks) and it feels like there’s no end in sight. Good thing I paint indoors!

This week, I went back my art journal and began the final layout in my 5 layout challenge (read the original post here). This is what it looked like when I started:

journal 5This wasn’t speaking to me even a little bit. So, I covered both pages with gesso and started from scratch.

J1aI decided to do some image transfers and used these two pages. If you haven’t tried this technique, I highly recommend it (although it requires a bit of patience)! I used magazine pages (you can also use book pages, images printed on your home printer, photos – I think the possibilities are endless). You start by applying a generous amount of gel medium (I used Golden Regular Gel) to the image. You also apply a generous amount to the page.  Next, place the image face down on the  page and smooth out with a bone folder (this is called burnishing). After ensuring the entire image is burnished, let it set for a few minutes, (that’s where the patience comes in). Finally, peel the paper off and the image is left in the gel medium! This time, I was going for more color than image, so I did’t let it set up too long.


I liked the colors and texture left behind, but it needed something….

J1So, I added a light purple color wash and I think it really made the background pop!

I wasn’t quite sure where to go from here, but I took inspiration from some of my other projects and decided to use my painted magazine pages to create flowers.

J3I had created these beautiful orange and purple pages for some cards and since I had leftovers, I went with that color pallet in my layout. I drew a bunch of different sized circles with my Winsor & Newton drawing ink, let them dry (very important or it will smudge!) and then cut them all out.

jOnce I had the configuration I liked, I used some scrap painted magazine papers for grass….


Drawing ink and paint to create the stems completed the layout.


J5Well, my challenge is complete. I started out with a single layout in 5 stages and now, they are completely different. Here are all five:

Challenge 11

Challenge 11

journal 4

journal 7

J4I think I like the blue one with the crow the best. Which one is your favorite? Share in the comments below.

Till next week.