"Life is a balance of holding on and letting go." - Rumi
I have a plaque of this quote hanging on the wall in my craft room - I have always intended to make an art journal page using that quote, and today I finally did. Honestly, it's kind of appropriate for me on this page. I used to be very picky about how my stamped letters appeared on my cards, ATCs and other artwork. But as you can see here, they are not even close to perfect! I'm going to take you through the crafty steps I took on how I created this art journal page.
STEP ONE - smudging
The first thing I did was rub several colors of distress inks across the page. I used evergreen bough, shabby shutters, dried marigold, squeezed lemonade, and ripe persimmon. I could never re-create the same background - that's what makes it ART, right?
STEP TWO- spraying
After I smeared and smudged the inks onto the page I sprayed the page with water. I did give it quite a good dousing. The page curled up almost all the way, but when it dried it flattened back out. This muted the background colors a great deal and gave the page a more blended look.
STEP THREE - background stamping
I actually did this part while the page was still a little bit wet. I stamped the stylish numbers and the loops with text in ripe persimmon on the bottom as well as the balance sheet (get it?) in dried marigold. And on the top I used the geometric drawing, loops with text and scratch marks with the evergreen bough. Since the paper was still wet I was able to blend the stamps in a little bit - I used my finger and rubbed the numbers, geometric drawing, and scratches just so they would show up a little bit fainter.
STEP FOUR - letting go
I used StazON ink to stamp the quote. I stamped the quote onto the page (I temporarily lost the "l" so I had to go back once it was all done and put them in.)
STEP FIVE - stamp, paint, and glue
I wanted to include an image with the quote, and right nowI have quite a few butterfly stamps flying around as teacher appreciation gifts, and the swallowtail just seemed to be calling my name. I again used STAZON to stamp the butterfly, cut it out, and used some watercolor paints. Then I glued the butterfly right to the page. Thanks for flying by, I do hope you've enjoyed this quick tutorial - I think I might just use this quote again on another page.