For this project I began by laying down a thin coat of gesso on my mixed media paper so that my inks and colors rest on top of the surface rather than absorbing down into the paper. This way use less product to achieve the deep colors I love. Using a wide brush in the RB Classique™ Angles set, I brushed thinly and quickly but completely to get a full coverage.
Next I applied watercolor crayons to the surface with no particular pattern in mind. You will see below that once water is applied and the colors are all blended it looks NOTHING like the pattern. I used the RB Classique™ Angles brush to get a smooth blend of the colors.
Next I grabbed my Mixed Elements Honey Comb Small Stencil [I just can't get enough of this stencil] and began layering mists on the background I had created. For this technique I applied a LOT of mist in some areas and dried it with my heat tool to create those darker pools of ink.
For this journal page I will share a quote and only need a single element to the side that enhanced my page. I love this Blooming Daisy Stencil| ST-502 in the medium size for this project. It's almost the full size of the page and it complements well with the whole natural feel of the Mixed Elements Honey Comb stencil that I've used. Using gesso I painted several layers through the solid part of the stencil to provide a lighter area to paint over the sunflower so that it will pop rather just blend in. There is so much ink on this page that the wet of the gesso mixes with and activates the mist below making the gesso appear blue green!
Next I layer on acrylic paint to color the daisy to look like a sunflower using the small brushes in the RB Classique™ Angles set.
Using the tip of the brush I added little "seeds" to my center.
Using the detail portion of the Blooming Daisy Stencil I misted a copper sparkly color, blotted it and then went back with a white mist...you can just see a hint of the details. I printed off my quote, misted it lightly with the colors I had used, cut it apart and adhered it to the page.
Finally to add some pop to the colors I went around the words with a white paint pen and a Payne's grey brush pen. I added Payne's grey to the edges of the Daisy as well to help it pop!
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