Watercolor is such a beautiful medium and there are so many different brands and types to choose from. One of my favorites to use is Dr. Ph Martin’s liquid watercolor. For me it is extra fun because it spreads quickly and organically and stays very rich and vibrant.
To start this art journal spread I brushed fresh clean water across the page spread and then dropped 3 different Dr. Ph Martin’s liquid watercolors into the water on the page. I used my paintbrush to push the water and color around a bit to create a varied blue background. I clipped down the corners of my book and let this dry overnight.
The next day I looked through my magazine stack and found an image from one of my favorite fashion magazine (Nylon) I actually subscribe to this magazine just for the amazing images! I also went through my stencils and pulled out TCW2157 Take Delight and TCW2148 Rainbow Star because they both have dream like imagery and I love the styled text on TCW2157 Take Delight.
Next I cut the image and arrow out of the magazine page and put down my first layer of stenciled images. I used a white uni ball signo gel pen and an XS Faber Castell marker to add interest and fun dimension to the feather from stencil TCW2157 Take Delight. I also used the gel pen to add the stars and circles from TCW2148 Rainbow Star.
Next I added a layer of Indigo Golden liquid Acrylic and Acrylic paint pen in Copper to add contrast and a spray of Distress Spray Stain to add texture.
Once the paint dried I spent some time doodling a layer of shapes across the spread and added some doodle wings to the magazine image. I also used stencil TCW2157 Take Delight to add the word “delight” to the page. This adds balance to the spread and adds a focal image to the right side.
I added a touch of color to the wings and added a crown to the spread with a neon pink and orange gel pen. The color helped with the whimsical look of the spread and brought together the doodles, stenciled images and overall fun feel of the page.
Next I used Higgins Black Magic Waterproof Ink to add hand lettering to the spread. The next 4 images show this process. When you use the tip of the ink nib to write it creates a distinct and interesting style to your hand lettered words.
As you can see the hand lettering isn’t perfect but I think this process can add some interesting character because it is unpredictable. You can see the finished spread and a detail shot below!
I love how this art journal spread turned out! The stencils and doodles work so well together and the liquid watercolor created a dream like background that is bold, rich in color and beautiful! I would love to see how you use liquid watercolor in your art journal or in other projects so be sure to share your creations or thoughts on The Crafter’s Workshop Facebook page or by tagging The Crafter’s Workshop on Instagram, Twitter or Pinterest! Also tag me @Drawriot if you share on Instagram! Until next time, keep creating! ?
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