Today I will show you a page out of one of my art journals, as well as my process of getting there. In this journal I used a hard cover book that we had in our house - it was one of those coffee table books that fill up thrift store book shelves - perfect for up-cycling into an art journal!
I often glue several pages together before I use them to make my surface sturdier. That can cause the paper to buckle, which just adds character and an interesting surface to work on.
This was a fun, messy page! I don't always write many words - sometimes just doing the page is all that is needed. However, I plan on writing a little in this one.
Here we go...
I began by adding gesso to the double page. It was thick in an area, so I heat dried it, creating some great bubbles.
Here's a close-up of the bubbles.
Using my palette knife, I spread some pink, purple and blue acrylic paint.
Next, I dipped the end of a paper towel tube into yellow & green acrylic paint and randomly stamped the page.
Afterwards, I used these two inks along the top and bottom of my page and allowed them to freely drip down.
I added some doodles using a black permanent marker. The thick texture created by all the gesso and paint made an uneven surface for my marker, which again, adds to the character of a project like this.
And here is the end result, awaiting some text.
Have fun creating!!