Nicole here with you today to share a journal page I had fun working on. This page all started with a piece of patterned overlay. I was inspired to use it on a double page spread and this is what happened!
What you will need:
- Journal or watercolour paper
- Paints – I used a blue shimmer paint and also some Luminart Primary Elements pigments. You could use any paints or inks for this depending on what you want your background to be like
- Paint brushes, water
- Strong adhesive
- Elements to embellish the page with
- Stencil and background stamps
I started by putting down a thin layer of gesso on my pages to strengthen it up a bit. Once this was dry I started with a wash of blue paint. You can see in my image below I just put some paint from the tube directly on the page and then with a wet paintbrush blended it out.
The Luminart pigments I used have a fantastic shimmer to them. They are in powder form and you have to mix them to get your paint. It is a few extra steps but I love the effect they give so I think its worth it! I tried to blend my colours together, building them up a few layers to get some really nice colour. Step 2
When happy with the painted background stamp on your background stamp. I used a script stamp and teal stays on ink. I inked up the stamp, stamped it off on a scrap of paper and then onto the journal page. This gave me a more subtle stamping. You can see the stamping up close here but also the gorgeous effect the paints give in real life – this is probably the most true to colour picture I could get! Step 3
Lay down your stencil and ink through it. I used peacock feathers distress ink. If you wanted to do any more painting or colouring at this stage you would need to use a more permanent ink than distress ink, as this will react with water or water based items. I was happy to go ahead and use it though!
I really love how the colour of this came out over the paints…. Step 4
Gather some embellishments for your page. I stamped out a bunch of flowers that I coloured with inktense pencils and added some shimmer to with a wash of the luminart pigments again. I then cut them out to use on the page. I also gathered a few other elements and placed them on the page, moving things around until I had a layout I thought I liked. The blue overlay in the centre is the item that set me off on this entire page!
For some of the elements on the page, such as the journaling cards, I gave them a light wash coat of the same paints used on the background page. This tied them into the page better, they were cream coloured before and that didn’t really work.
For the overlay, because it was so delicate I was afraid it would not hold up to being folded in half and opened and closed all the time. So I used my guillotine to cut it in half. I was then able to glue it down on each side and avoid the seam in the middle. The gap is not that noticeable and at least I am happy it will stay intact this way!
You can see the shimmer on the pages in the completed image below….
Up close of the left page. I only stuck the elements down in the middle of them so that I could lift the edges for some dimension….
Close up of the right side page….
I hope you enjoyed this post on creating a simple page without the need for many supplies!