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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

In the Beginning

As usual, you can read about the spiritual meaning of this page on my other blog - here.  Here's an example of how much work can go into a simple-looking illustration.  Here's what I did:
  • White Gesso (Art Basics) I started by clearing the top and side of the page of unwanted printing by covering it with white gesso.  It took about 7 thin coats - drying between each one with my heat tool - to get the coverage I wanted.
  • Clear Gesso - Next, I put clear gesso over the whole page.  I was pleased to discover that by using the clear gesso over top, I could cut down on the "tooth" of the Art Basics white gesso (which matches my page color much better than the "Diana Wakely one that leaves a better surface).  
  • Scroll & Brush Markers -Using the Scroll side of my marker I wrote "BEGINNING" across the top of the page - then added "IN THE" at the top using the brush side of the marker.
  • Millennium Pen - Under the word BEGINNING, I added the words "GOD CREATED" with my Millennium pen.
  • Pastel Chalks - Using a dark blue and a bright yellow, I created the light/dark pattern you see on the page.  I went over the pattern several times - rubbing it in with a paper towel and with a stiff bristled brush.  I loved what I had when I was done, but the color still wanted to come off, and I sure didn't want it getting all over everywhere.  Soooo I:
  • Clear Gesso -  added clear gesso over the top of the pastel layer to protect it.  I applied it over just the yellow with one foam brush, and over just the blue with a second foam brush since I DIDN'T want everything to just blend together to some sort of green color.  Doing it this way kept the colors pretty separate, but still took color off, so they were not as vibrant as I had wanted.  Sooo I:
  • Scroll & Brush Markers - went over the whole with scroll & brush markers.  I used a paper towel to wipe off the excess as I went along which worked pretty well.  Since they are not opaque, the words are still visible, and the texture I had worked up with the pastels is somewhat there too - though admittedly not quite as nice.
All in all, I'm happy with the page, despite it's lack of perfection.  I learned a LOT in the process of making it!

Monday, May 30, 2016

My Instructor

This started as a page from a coloring book ("Beautiful Psalms: Adult Coloring Book" from Christian Coloring Books) that I added to my Bible (spiritual discussion here).  It started out as a full page, but I didn't care for the top part of it, so cut it off and covered the remaining bits I didn't like with white gesso.  

I colored the flowers, leaves & butterflies using my Scroll & Brush markers and the tip-to-tip blending technique.  Then I colored in the background with pastel chalks using a small stiff brush.  The letters looked a little faded after I was done, so I went over them with a black pen.  I finished off the flowers with some Jewel Dazzles for the centers.

I had originally planned to add it to my Bible with washi tape, but didn't like the way that looked because the tape is so see-through.  So, I added it to my Bible using Elizabeth Crafts double-sided adhesive - then decided to "frame" it on either side with washi tape. (After I took the picture, I added tape top and bottom as well.  Because I needed a very narrow strip at the bottom, I cut the tape lengthwise - about 1/4 of it for the bottom & the rest for the top.)

Sunday, May 29, 2016

One Hand Full

This page is the first I've done using acrylic paint (spiritual discussion here).  I didn't prep the page, though the paint probably could be seen as page prep as it probably wouldn't let much bleed through.  It's a bit hard to tell in the picture, but the pain is a pearlescent paint that I've had in my stash for some time.  

I applied the acrylic paint with a foam brush about 1" wide.  I started out just putting the color in the margin, but after I saw how well I could see the "header" words at the top of the page, I decided to just cover the bulk of the page with it.  The words are still VERY visible, and though you can see a bit of darkening of the page from the other side (shadowing) there is NO bleed through of the paint.

The lettering was made using stickers from my stash.  The flowers came with them so coordinate well.  I added a few stems & vines with my Scroll & brush markers.  I then outlined the letters with my Millennium pen and added a couple more words with it. That's it!  A very quick & easy page.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

What's Cookin'

I'm finding it interesting to see how many "secular" supplies from my stash find their way into my journaling Bible.  This quick little "snippet" uses HOTP Dazzles from a scrapbooking set - the "What's Cookin'" and the kettle (spiritual discussion here).  As you can probably see, I also used my Scroll & Brush marker to write "Time Management".  The aqua - both inside the pot & "Time" and the word at the bottom is a watercolor pencil - blended with Wink of Stella. 

What you DON'T see is that I had written something on this section of the page that I decided I didn't like.  So, even though I didn't prep the page with gesso, I did use some white gesso to cover what I didn't want, before adding my final lettering. (I used several thin coats.  I find it usually takes about 5 thin coats (drying between each with heat tool) to cover what I want covered.

Friday, May 27, 2016

See Good

Here's another quick Bible Journaling Page (spiritual discussion here).  Once again, I didn't prep the page.  
  • Lettering: Hand done with Scroll & brush markers, and another fine-line marker. 
  • Images: Stamped using my Scroll & brush markers for ink so I could fairly easily stamp them in color.  I simply put the stamp on my stamp block, colored with the markers (going over them again if needed) and stamped as usual.  I had done a couple of test prints on scratch paper to make sure it would work as I wanted it to do.  I'm glad I did that because I found it worked best to stamp a time or two on scrap paper to "season" the stamp, before stamping the final image.  
  • Stamps used: birds & nest from HOT "Sweet Tweets", wrapped package was a HOTP small stamp, music notes were from JustRites's "Musical Notes Labels Twenty".

At the bottom of the page I added this heart from a Wedding Scrapbooking Dazzles set (and more writing with a marker).  After I took the picture, I decided I wanted a bit more color, so colored the heart in with a pink marker.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Time to Dance

Today's page was a pretty quick one (spiritual discussion here).  I didn't prep the page, though it might have been a little nicer if I had. 

The picture was printed on plain paper and attached using a "cut-to-size" piece of Elizabeth Craft's double-sided adhesive.  (Better quality paper would have been better - didn't think about the fact that I might wanted more archival quality!)

The pocket watch is a small stamp from HOTP, stamped with StazOn ink.

"Time to" is from the same stamp set, but I masked the word "celebrate" off - then came back with just the lower line to finish it.  I hand-drew the word "Dance" with my Millenium pen.

I added color with watercolor pencils - using the same to highlight the text.  I blended with a bit of water, but added a bit more than needed on the pocket watch and it puckered the page a little bit.  That's pretty much it!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Do It

This page was first prepped with clear gesso (spiritual discussion here), and mostly used my Zig Scroll & Brush markers.

The lettering is hand-drawn using a marker & a Millennium pen.  I am not very experienced with lettering, so I always draw it out ahead of time on scrap paper.  This gives me practice with the caligraphy marker & helps me sort out the spacing.  I can slip the sample under the page & trace it if I wish, but usually I just eyeball it after I feel I've practiced enough.  I colored the letters in with another marker, highlighted the associated text with a lighter marker, and finished up with a Wink of Stella on the focal words.

The heart is a double-stick Dazzles heart (HOTP) to which I added very fine glitter and burnished it well.  Then I added vines with a green marker and added some little Flower Jewel Dazzles (HOTP).  

I wanted a hint of color in the background, so added a bit of distress ink using one of Ranger's small blending tools with foam pad.  To avoid getting too much color, I dabbed the blender on a piece of scrap paper each time I re-inked it, before taking it to the Bible page.  The gesso gave it more of a textured look than usual.  I'm not sure if you can see it in the pictures, but in real life, I see quite a difference when I compare it to In the Morning where I used no page prep.