Art journalling… Gesso and recovering old work… Documented Life Project Journal 2015

Yes another art journal page! I am slightly obsessed! This is the one I finished, mid tidying on Wednesday and was sitting on my tidy desk at the time.

I suppose this is still a page inspired by Rae’s challenge to use gesso last week… And I did indeed start it with that in mind, but then created the moon page and thought this needed something different. Then I noticed Documented life project also had gesso as the prompt for week two so I guess it counts for this too!

So I am going to share the final picture first then the little process pics…


This is a page in a journal I started last year where the pages are a little cleaner and not as layered as in the other journal. The good thing about this journal is the quality of the paper is fab and so in this case the only gesso I applied is the leaf through the stencil.

Once the gesso had dried I started adding the ink… Here are the little process pics…


First up I added some Perfect Plum ink using a sponge. It was a sponge that was already blue with ink so it wasn’t a perfectly true colour, but it brought out the texture of the leaves, and added some colour to the edge.

I wanted my colour to the edge, so I got out the Elegant Eggplant ink and dragged some of that around the edges with a wet brush. Then I stamped all around the edge with the text stamp from French Foliage. I wanted a bit of a contrast colour next so the splodges from the same stamp set were stamped in Rose red all over the right hand side.

Then I rescued the girl! She was a watercolour I did maybe two years ago in an old sketch book so I cut her out and mod podged her into the space on the left hand side.

The finishing touch was the quote from the Feel Goods stamp set.

I know I am not the best face or detail painter, but love the way she sits in this page. A perfect resting place for her I think.

Happy crafting!


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