One of my artsy friends posted a project she did a while back with the prettiest blue ink, butterfly Stamps and sheet music and I’m grateful she allowed me to give it a try and I absolutely love it! I haven’t had this much fun making a layout in a long time. I’ll admit, at first I was only going use this project for my YouTube channel but by the time I finished, I realized it was too easy and too fun not to share (hence the screenshots). I’ve also linked the video down below.
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The journal I’m working in is the the Dylusions Creative Square Journal from Dyan Reaveley for Ranger. It has the best mixed media cardstock to work with but the pages are a cream color. I added a strip of masking tape down the middle to protect the string binding (if it gets wet too much the binding can come undone) and painted over the pages with a generous layer of TCW 9001 White Gesso to not only brighten the page and add contrast to the blue ink I was going to use but to prevent any ink that may want to bleed through. I knew I was going to be using a lot of ink!
Towards the center of the page, on both sides, with a palette knife I added TCW9005 White Modeling Paste through 6×6 TCW278 Circle Explosion Stencil. I use three circle stencils throughout this layout and this one, with the biggest circles, I used in the middle of the layout.
For the last stencil, on both sides of the edges, with a palette knife I added TCW9005 White Modeling Paste through 6×6 TCW361 Tiny Circles Stencil. These little dots make such a huge impact in the final result! I heat set the modeling paste to make sure it’s completely dry before I add the ink.
Before adding any ink, I sprayed the layout with a few spritzes of water onto the page first to allow the ink to spread out a little instead of residing to a puddle.
Using a blend of Daler Rowney’s fluid acrylic ink in Rowney Blue, Process Cyan and Indigo, I dropped the ink using the built in dropper over the page. I used Titanium White Golden fluid acrylic to lighten up any dark places and a straw to help move the ink around the page.
While the ink dries, I use a variety of 2″ circle punch, 1″ circle punch and a circle maker (the blue compass pictured on the left) to create and cut a number of circles from sheet music. I find my sheet music in thrift stores through old music books and hymnals but you can always print or stencil them out if you need to.
Not pictured- I coated each circle with a watered down layer of TCW 9001 White Gesso to brighten up the cream colored paper. This also will help in blending the crayons in the next step.
Once I pasted the circles down over the page, I used dark blue and black Marabu Mixed Media Art crayons to darken the edges of the circles bu=y drawing around the edges of the circle and blending inwards with my finger.
This step really helped those little modeling paste dots POP. I used a metallic white watercolor cream from Brea Reese and lightly went over the top of the modeling paste dots- especially the little ones so they wouldn’t get lost in the background. I also traced lightly around the edges of the sheet music circles again.
The butterflies are mixture of: wall stickers from Dollar Tree, Tim Holtz stamp set and a mini black silhouette butterfly stamp- both stamped with Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black.
I stamped the “fly high, fly far” word sentiment from TCW2210 Uplifting Sentiments 4×6 Clear Stamps across areas of the page using Ranger Archival Ink pad in Jet Black.
For the final addition, I stamped Fly High, Fly Far (to match the previous stamped word sentiments) with Tim Holtz Tall Text alphas in Ranger Archival ink in Ket Black on scrap paper and pasted them in opposite screeners of the page. I then went around the edges of the sentiments with a black Marabu crayon.
Below are the final project pictures. Just look at all the texture!!!
Don’t forget to check out the video friends!
Renae Davis, The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member