Anyway, here's this weeks page! The writing says: By your own soul learn to live/ and if some thwart you take no heed/ if some hate you have no care/ sing your song/ dream your dream/ hope your hope/ and pray your prayer - Pakenham Beatty. I came across that poem? quote?- whatever it is, this week. I had already been thinking along the lines of "be yourself", so it really stuck with me, especially since it basically means "forget the haters; just do your own thing."
This is how it started. I had used the under-journaling technique I talked about here and this is how it came out.
I didn't like it, so I played around with it some more and finally decided just to cover it. I used a bunch of random scraps- the only thing they had in common was that they all had at least some blue.
I used a light coat of gesso over top, but wiped it off a bit in some places to let the paper show through.
Then I used a technique I saw on Pinterest. The original page is here. Basically, instead of using modeling paste through a stencil, you use a glue stick. My stencil, however had dried paint on it and the glue picked up the color, which is where the red came from. I also did it with a clean stencil, but it's not really visible in the photo. I was originally intending to stick to shades of blue, but I kind of like how the red looked and decided to go with it.
Next I used sequin waste/ punchinella with some acrylic paint. I also put a few drops of spray ink at the top of the page, spritzed it with water, and tilted the book up to make it run.
I don't have any more in progress pictures, even though I did a lot of little things here and there. I'll try to remember everything. With a very thin coat of gesso, I made a place for the poem I found and wrote that in. The Just Be You was done with a Sharpie and I traced just inside the letters with white gel pen. I added the girl- she's from a catalog- and traced around her with a white gel pen. She didn't stand out very well, so I gave her a shadow. I used a black Faber-Castell gelato. First time using it, so I had no clue what I was doing, but I just played around with it until I was happy with how it looked. I also used it around the poem and around the edge of the page to give it a more defined look.
Here's the finished piece again:
I wasn't real sure about this page at first, but the more I look at it, the more I like it!