So first up is my calendar spread for March. Here are the background pages:
I used a fave technique-dots of Folk Art Patina, Americana Snow, Golden Cobalt Teal, and Masters Touch Olive Green around the pages. I scraped over the pages with an old credit card, moving the colors to cover. I then used the Mini Cubist stencil with Dylusions Bubblegum Pink Ink Spray.
My pages ready:
I'm not going to fill the space along the right side until later as I may want to add some pics from the festivities of the month. I'll be checking out what others have done this month over at The Kathryn Wheel - Kate Crane's blog.
And now for some tag play! If you missed Carolyn Dube's "Use Your Words Workshop" you can still join this free series and be a part of the Flickr group too. It really was a fabulous series of videos and it's been fun creating from her inspirations!
For this part Carolyn suggested using three tags and creating similar-but not the same-projects. We started by applying thick coats of gesso around the tags and allowing them to dry overnight.
The gesso had been spread around with a palette knife. On the first tag I stamped into the wet gesso with a cork. For the center tag I mixed a bit of Golden Coarse Pumice Gel (think wet sand texture) into the wet gesso and on the third tag I just aded marks with the tip of the palette knife.
Now for some color!
For the first tag I colored with Caran D'Ache watercolor crayons and a waterbrush. For the second tag I used Dylusions Vibrant Turquoise and Bubblegum Pink Ink Sprays then added a bit of blue watercolor crayon on two corners for deeper color. On the third tag I again used watercolor crayons and a waterbrush.
Here is a detail of the third tag before adding water. You can really see the texture and cork marks in the gesso:
And here is a detail pic of the second tag:
Isn't that texture with the Coarse Pumice gel just FAB??? Here's another where I used the gel:
First I scraped the gel thru a words stencil and let dry. Then I sprayed with a few colors of ink sprays.
Now, as the workshop is about using words I finished my three tags with stencilled letters and a simple embellishment:
Ready to add to journal pages!
I'll be joining my friends at Art Journal Everyday, Kate Crane's Calendar project , Paint Party Friday and Inspiration Avenue.
Have a great weekend!
" Painting is easy when you don't know how, but very difficult when you do." Edgar Degas