Hello, Nancy here with a tutorial for a monochromatic art journal page.
It’s sometimes quite a mystery to me where the inspiration for any piece of art comes from. For this particular journal page I knew I wanted to use black & white, having just found some fun black and white paper tape. I knew I wanted to use The Crafter’s Workshop black gesso and I had an idea about what stencils to use; the rest just grew from there.
This journal page turned out to be an exercise in perspective: some might read the message as “Always Number 1.” Others might see “Not Always Number 1.” So, you see it’s “Not Always Black & White,” as still others will first notice.
The Crafter’s Workshop provided me with some product to create this project. The opinions I share are solely my own.
art journal with 140 lb watercolor paper
foreign newspapers & vintage text
packing tape image transfer
alphabet rubber stamps
black Staz-On ink
Cover the journal page with newspaper and text using glue stick to adhere.
Coat with The Crafter’s Workshop clear gesso, and as the newspaper will wrinkle, flatten with a brayer after you dry with a heat gun. (If you use the brayer while the paper is still damp it can peel up and stick to the brayer.)
Dry brush with The Crafter’s Workshop white gesso, first in a horizontal pattern, then vertical. Allow to dry.
Have fun applying black & white paper tape.
Use a palette knife to apply The Crafter’s Workshop light & fluffy modeling paste through a portion of the Heart Key stencil. Let dry thoroughly. Shade the raised dot pattern slightly with Staz-On black ink on a foam applicator.
Add an image with a packing tape transfer.
Add message to the page with rubber stamp alphabets and markers.
Add a tiny pop of color by drawing a heart from a string; color with red pencil. Ink the edges of the journal page with Staz-On black ink.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial and try a little monochromatic fun for yourself!
See you next time!