First, I have to recognize a few people without whom I would never have bought my sketchbook and been inspired to play, since I have no natural artistic talent. These ladies are in no special order, they have all equally inspired me to pick up pen, paintbrush or marker and play, visit their sites and find some inspiration of your own:
Mia from the jadecow sketchesSo, I have an "art journal" (read sketchbook) that I have been
Sara from Miscellaneous Ramblings
Gentian from Drawing with a Squirrel
Cynthia from Journaling Arts
Leigh Reyes from Leigherous (I adore her dragons)
I recently was inspired by Betsy Cañas Garmon over at Wild Thyme Creative to buy the book The Decorated Page by Gwen Diehn (buying your books from Better World Books supports world literacy projects). Combined with ideas from another book, Journal Spilling by Diana Trout, I decided to
Here are the results:
First I plastered the covers with molding paste. This is one of the really fun parts, making a mess.
I then scavenged spanish moss from our yard, which is an easy thing, since we have PLENTY to spare.
I used the moss to create a texture in the paste, pressing it into the wet medium and allowed it to dry overnight. Oh, yeah I also added a few baubles and some stamps from Sweden, courtesy of my friend and fellow blogger, Lady Dandelion, THEN I let it dry.
Watered down acrylic wash on the front and heavier, less diluted, on the back.
Lastly a coat of my new favorite thing - iridescent medium. I just love this stuff!! I'm pleased with the result. Another time I'll show you my doodles and artistic attempts.