Hello creative souls, Tammy here again to share another colorful Art Journal Page with you. This one is a little bit grungy but still packs a colorful punch!
TCW provided me with some awesome goodies to play with but the art and opinions are solely my own.
This page captures how I feel about Art Journaling…..and so I used one of my favorite quotes. Art Journaling is an important part of my mental health and wellbeing. It allows me to explore and process and brings color and light to my life. It definitely helps me to keep the darkness away.
Let’s take a look at how this page occured….
I began by applying a layer of TCW9001 White Gesso with a large brush to my Large Dylusions Art Journal.
Once dry I began to add patches of color – I applied with a white brush and just scattered each color over the page.
I used Dina Wakley’s ‘Lemon’, and Dylusions ‘London Blue’ and ‘Fresh Lime’.
I then added Dylusions ‘Postbox Red’ and ‘Crushed Grape’.
Once dry I grabbed a few of my favorite TCW Stencils and using a make-up sponge, I dabbed paint through the stencils in small sections.
For this step I used the same colors as before but also added in ‘After Midnight’ and ‘Bubblegum Pink’.
The final step in creating the background is to add some white paint back in over the colors. This step allows the colors to lift – it brightens them up. For this part I used TCW876 ScreenView.
When you have popped on layer upon layer of color, you will be left with something like this….. stunning!
Background is done….now time to do something with it!
I selected an image by Michelle Grant Designs. You’ll notice I often use these images – they free me up creatively. I’m still a newbie when it comes to painting faces and figures so this prevents me from getting bogged down in this step. These are downloadable images that you print. So easy! Alternatively you could use a stamped image or draw something yourself.
To ensure the image doesn’t just looked plonked onto the page, I create a shadow with black paint around it – and then once dry adhere the image with TCW9011 Matte Gel Medium – I apply it with my finger all over the back and again over the front – this seals it and allows me to add color.
Now it’s time to embed that image into the page. To do this, I used TCW876 Screen View in both the 12×12 size and the 6×6 size. I applied this in two ways. Firstly, like above where I dabbed black paint through the stencil using a make-up sponge, and secondly, I added black paint with a dry paintbrush and working laid down the stencil and with a wet baby wipe removed the paint through the stencil.
These are two techniques I use all the time and I love the look of them together.
I also added black to the edges of the page to create a border. I love the grungy look that adding black paint over the top of color gives.
Now it’s time to add a bit more color back in to the page.
I began to add color to her face – I just paint over the top of the image and then go in with pens later to bring back the detail.
I also added little squares of color by using the TCW876 Screen View Stencil – laying it over the girls hair area and rubbing paint through individual squares using a cotton bud.
This step is the one that pulled it altogether! Love that moment when the magic happens.
To finish it off, I went in with ‘Life of Color’ Paint Pens and added in the face details – I also added detailing to the hair, some scribbles and flicks to the background.
For my journaling, I added some personal scribbly journaling around the edge of her hairline and then added a quote, adhering it with TCW9011 Matte Gel Medium.
Ta Da!! There you have it!
I hope this page has inspired you to create some colorful and grungy art!
We absolutely love seeing what you create…..so don’t forget to tag #tcwstencillove on social media so we can see it!
Tammy Klingner aka Tambarambaa