Traveler’ Notebook | Art Journal | Flower Power

Its not the first time that I have said this but I am really enjoying being in my Traveler’s Notebook at the minute and trying to find my own style, for this weeks video I am using an insert from HobbyCraft which has water colour paper so is thicker and can handle a bit of mixed media, it means I don’t have to have 2 different books and can take it away with us, the only down side is that it only has 8 double page spreads which means they get used up pretty quickly.

If you know of any inserts that have paper which can stand up to some mixed media but have a few more pages then please let me know in the comments.

So I started by tearing up some tissue paper that came as part of a Muse Retreats box from the beginning of this year, I tried to follow the rule of three and to balance out the bright tissue paper I used some of the newspaper. I had to use glue stick as I had run out of matt gel. Then I went in with some acrylic paints, I loved the effect but the colours came out too harsh so I dulled them down with a layer of white gesso.

There were two large flowers on one of the leaflets that I fussy cut out and used in opposite corners, I had intended to colour these but I think it worked really well leaving them as they came. The business card I fussy cut the flower from and it injected a really nice pop of colour to the bottom right hand corner which I balanced out using one of the little decorative flowers in the opposite corner.

So that the whole page didn’t have the white look of the gesso I stamped some ink onto a piece of clear packaging and added a couple of drops of water that I then stamped twice on the page.

The photo was a bit lost on the page so I backed it on some flowery card stock and then on a layer of black to make it the focus of the page. I used some black ink and a small stamp to add a bit of texture that I then went in with my Posca markers in random locations just because haha.

I even broke out my typewrite to type a quote as I didn’t want to ruin it with my handwriting. I haven’t decided if the page is totally finished or not yet but thats what I love about art journalling, you can go back and add a bit more as and when you feel it needs it.

I hope you like this page and the process video.

Much love
Michelle xx

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