Lori Wostl here, I was so excited to be named to the Design Team that I forgot that I would get to play with the brand new stencils! Are we in heaven yet?
My form of art is Art Journaling. I usually spend a few minutes a day for 3 – 6 weeks on a page spread, but with the new goodies I found myself in front of my journal several times a day.
My current daily journal is an old ledger book. Normally I prepare pages with gesso over a taped center seam. I have several page spreads prepared out ahead, but I didn’t have any with the new stencils prepped up and I just had to see what the page would look like with the stencil squeeged (yes that is a word) directly into the gesso layer.
It was so. much. fun. I fell so in love with the
Flower of Life stencil that it might just be the background theme for the entire year. (I got a little carried away making the gesso layers..) Try as I might I could not get a good photo of the white stencil on the white ledger pages.
So I broke out the dylusions ink spray in Fresh Lime, Crushed Grape and Bubblegum Pink.
They did the trick and instead of turning off the light and going to bed, I got out my heat gun (a rare occurrence) and threatened my pages with it. I can never remember if you can heat-dry gesso so – I never do.
I also tried out my black marble ink spray (dylusions) for the first time. If you look at the top picture you can see that I didn’t have any gesso where I sprayed the black ink and it didn’t go too well on that old, dry paper. This is the beauty of Art Journaling though – just keep going until you like it.
This is a page still in progress. You can see I started playing with the Sri Yantra stencil, also of the new Sacred Geometry stencil series, this time on top if the ink sprays. I also started collaging and adding bits of ephemera and pockets.
I will add much more with pen work, some ribbons and whatever else comes up this week.
I have also started adding onto the next page which is how my process goes. An interesting image shows up, and then an embellishment idea…the bodice is Key Lime Silks Acrylic glaze, a creamy, shimmering lusciousness of color and Viva Pearl Pen in Ice White.
I can see getting carried away with that white Pearl Pen too. The only thing that saved me was my granddaughter swiped it while I wasn’t looking. To see any of the details closer (especially the white Pearl Pen) just click on the image.
Thank you for reading this far. Check back in on my progress next Monday – I have several journals going at all times so who knows what will happen!