Thursday, September 19, 2019

Mother Earth Mixed Media

Gather all your left over yarns, wools, ribbons, strings! For this mixed media collage, they're being used to create the hair of Gaia (Mother Nature) while texture paste is used to create the Earth. Most layers will need to be left to dry for quite a while, depending how heavy handed you are with paints and water. The hair took 2 days until it was completely dry but is so worth the wait!

Finished artwork of Mother Nature and the Earth mixed media made with ribbons, paint and texture paste

Arty Treasures used ...

- Strathmore Watercolour Paper
- Tim Holtz Distress Grit Paste
- White Gesso
- Matte Gel Medium
- Yarns, ribbons and string
- Sizzix's Tim Holtz Thinlits "Skeleton Leaves"
- Tim Holtz Sidekick Die Cutting Machine
- Dylusions by Dyan Reaveley Rubber Stamp Sets
... "Clockwork" or "Never Forget Your Sparkle"
- Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks
- Metallic Watercolour Paints
- Finnabair Art Alchemy Liquid Acrylic Paints
- Finnabair Art Alchemy Sparks Acrylic Paints
- Ranger's Tim Holtz Sprayer Bottle (for water)
- Tim Holtz Spatulas
- Finnabair Paint Brushes
- Tim Holtz AquaBrush (waterbrush)
- Black and White Paint Pens
- Dylusions Glue Stick
- Thermoweb iCraft Mixed Media Adhesive
- Tonic Studio's Tim Holtz Mini Snips (small sharp scissors)
- Ranger Craft Mat

All available at the 'Art by Jenny' online shop

How to make this mixed media artwork...

Starting out, I scribbled ideas and thoughts into my notebook and once I knew where I wanted to go, I sketched the idea onto a large sheet of Strathmore Watercolour Paper.

sketching out the plan for the mixed media artwork featuring Gaia Mother Nature
Above photo shows the sketched image with a few wooden embellishments. Normally I'd use a watercolour pencil to draw the outlines but as I needed face and hands to still be visible after the next few steps, I've used a 2B graphite pencil.

adding texture paste to the Earth for the mixed media artwork featuring Gaia Mother Nature
To create dimension on the Earth, use a spatula to spread the Tim Holt Distress Grit Paste (its a sandy feeling, thick texture paste) wherever you want land. This paste doesn't shrink so what you place down is what you get, whether raised for hills and mountains or smooth flat for the plains.
Leave to dry.

closeup of colourful chunky yarn, ribbons and string to be used for hair
For the hair, gather any leftover yarns, ribbons, twine and string. It doesn't matter what colour they are because it all gets covered with white gesso are being glued down.

yarn and ribbon for hair of mixed media artwork featuring Mother Nature and Earth by Jenny James
Use a good quality gel matte medium like Finnabair 3D Matte Gel or Ranger's Tim Holtz Multi Matte Medium to adhere all the strands in place.

yarn and ribbon for hair of mixed media artwork featuring Mother Nature and Earth by Jenny James
In the photo above, you can see how I've twisted and woven the ribbons, string and yarn to give an illusion of wavy hair. Use the gel medium to glue down any wooden bird embellishments or other findings into the hair.

coating yarn and ribbon with gesso for mixed media artwork featuring Mother Nature and Earth by Jenny James
Once the gel medium is completely dry, cover the entire head of hair with white gesso. Don't forget to paint gesso on the inside of the curls.

waiting for gesso and texture paste to dry
The above photo shows an overview of Mother Earth keeping an eye on the planet and her hair as it all dries.

creating the Earth with Texture Paste for mixed media artwork featuring Mother Nature by Jenny James
Back to the Earth, add 4 or 5 drops of Finnabair's Liquid Acrylic Paint in Ultramarine (blue) to the whole area. Spray the blue paint with 2 or 3 splashes of water and encourage it to spread using a flat wide paint brush.

creating the Earth with Texture Paste and paint for mixed media artwork featuring Mother Nature by Jenny James
While the blue paint is still wet, add 6 or 7 drops of Finnabair's Liquid Acrylic Paint in Pure Yellow onto the raised areas of the page. Pure Yellow can look slightly green in colour until water or medium is added, then it turns a gorgeous clean yellow. Its quite amazing!

creating the Earth with Texture Paste and paint for mixed media artwork featuring Mother Nature by Jenny James
Spray the newly applied drops of Pure Yellow paint with water and watch it spread. Use the paint brush to gently push it around if it needs a bit of help. Leave it to dry.
It may need more blue if the yellow got carried away but let it dry before adding any more paint or water.

hair texture for mixed media artwork featuring Mother Nature and the Earth by Jenny James
Using Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks or watercolours, colour in the background and all skin areas with a dark brown. Let it dry then add more dark brown paint into the shadow areas.
The hair was painted using a paint brush with Finnabair Art Alchemy Liquid Acrylic Paint in Avocado Green. Even though all the strands were covered in gesso, they all took on different tones, some soaking in more paint than others.

hair texture for mixed media artwork featuring Mother Nature and the Earth by Jenny James
I put on two coats of Finnabair's Avocado Green Liquid Acrylic Paint and it turned a beautiful dark green seaweed colour.
Leave it to dry!

Using the Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks, colour the background areas around the head and hands with dark pink and use orange in the triangular areas.

hair painting for mixed media artwork featuring Mother Nature and the Earth by Jenny James
Using the clean wet paint brush, dampen all the pink and orange to dissolve the paint and make them blend. Leave to dry.

hair highlights for mixed media artwork featuring Mother Nature and the Earth by Jenny James
Add more dark brown (Scribble Stick) to the face and neck leaving the eyes white. Making the shadows darker can create a more rounded look rather than flat. 
Colour in the eyes using Scribble Sticks in greens and blues with a round circle of black for the eye pupil.

Highlights on the hair were painted on using Finnabair Art Alchemy Sparks Acrylic Paint in Fairy Wings... a gorgeous shimmery pearlescent green paint.
The valley areas of the hair was painted sparingly with the Finnabair's Ultramarine Blue Liquid Acrylic.

The two little wooden birds in the hair were painted using Finnabair's Art Alchemy Metallique Acrylic Paint in Pearl White.

facial details for mixed media artwork featuring Mother Nature and the Earth by Jenny James
Finish off the face, making sure you let colours dry inbetween each layer. I've used paint pens for the eyelashes, eye pupils and white highlights. Scribble Sticks were used for the green eyebrows and heart shaped lips.

I didn't do her nose very well but I figure its art, not a photo - and besides, Mother Nature isn't a human so can look however she wishes to look!

colouring birds behind the scenes of mixed media artwork featuring Mother Nature and the Earth by Jenny James
Leaving the page aside to dry completely, stamp out a bird from Dyan Reaveley's rubber stamp set "Clockwork". Colour him in with Dina Wakley's Scribble Sticks (pink and brown) using a waterbrush to blend the colours.
You can use the waterbrush to take paint from the Scribble Sticks as well, a good way to add more colour to detailed areas.

painting leaves in behind the scenes of mixed media artwork featuring Mother Nature and the Earth by Jenny James
Cut out some leaves from watercolour paper using the Tim Holtz Thinlits "Skeleton Leaves" die templates (and die cutting machine).
Try to keep some of the leaves intact and separate the inners from a few others.
Colour all the leaves and spare pieces of watercolour paper with yellow and green Scribble Sticks.
Leave to dry.

painting leaves of mixed media artwork featuring Mother Nature and the Earth by Jenny James
Glue the leaves with separated inners to the spare watercolour pieces using Gel Medium or Mixed Media Adhesive. Scribble on some dark brown to the edges of each leaf while the glue is still wet. Use the waterbrush to encourage the brown paint blend into the outer edges.

In the photo, the colours look a bit murky but the Gel Medium dries completely clear with a matte finish, allowing all the colours to show beautifully.

behind the scenes of mixed media artwork featuring Mother Nature and the Earth by Jenny James
On your craft sheet or paint palette, add some gold metallic watercolour paint. Either drag the side of the leaf across the gold paint and / or use a brush to paint it onto edges of the leaves. Try both ways and see which way you like the best.

In the above photo with the leaves, I've also applied gold watercolour paint to Sizzix Tim Holtz Thinlits "Adorned" shapes and have saved them for another day.

bird close up mixed media artwork featuring Mother Nature and the Earth created by Jenny James
Once the leaves are completely dry, trim off the excess using Tim's Mini Snips. They're sharp and easy to use for detailed fussy cutting. 
Using the brown Scribble Stick, roughly colour around all the cut edges of the leaves.
Place three of the leaves under the bird and stick them onto the hand, another leaf near the thumbs and two more on the top left hand corner of the page.

finished mixed media artwork featuring Mother Nature and the Earth created by Jenny James
Using the black paint pen, write some words, draw some leaves and add curly tendrils all around her head and hands.

Thanks so much for reading and checking out my artwork. Hopefully the instructions are easy enough to follow and inspires you to have a go :) Have fun!

Have a wonderful, happy creative day!
:)
Jenny

Friday, August 2, 2019

Haiku Art with Watercolours

Haiku Watercolour Painting by Jenny James - Dragonflies Hover Above the Waterlilies Hungry are the Fish
Dragonflies Hover
Above the Waterlilies
Hungry are the Fish
by Jenny James

Who knew I could write poetry? There's a first for everything! My watercolour painting skills are constantly improving too, proving that with practice one can achieve anything.

This is my Haiku Art Page created for Pam inside her book as part of the Australian Art Journal Swap group (click here to check them out). Today's blog post is more of a journey through how my painting was created rather than the usual step-by-step but it still includes helpful information and useful tips.

Haiku Watercolour Painting by Jenny James - sketchbook image of starting out initial ideas
In the beginning... it always starts with scribbling out ideas on scrap paper then nutting them out in my journal.
To make sure my elements didn't end up like cartoon characters, I used photographs I found on the 'net of fish, waterlilies, dragonflies and underwater views for inspiration and technical details.

Writing a poem with the correct number of syllables was interesting. Once I worked out what I wanted to paint or create (dragonflies and waterlilies) and realised it didn't have to rhyme, it was much easier.

Haiku Watercolour Painting by Jenny James - sketching out the design
It was planned to be a pair of koi (mine look more like giant goldfish) swimming with the dragonflies flying overhead, with the viewpoint being from underwater.

Haiku Watercolour Painting by Jenny James - water soluble pencils to start with
Less is more... so I started with water and pencils as I'm always heavy  handed when I use paint. I coloured in areas then used a very wet watercolour brush (with soft bristles) to dissolve all the colour.
I then waited an eon for it to dry. Well, maybe 10 minutes...

Haiku Artwork by Jenny James showing the Winsor & Newton Paint Sticks
Still trying to be "less is more" but pencils weren't giving me enough coverage, so dug out my Winsor & Newton watercolour paint sticks... I've included this closeup to show the amount of paint used, hardly any compared to how I usually work. I love the texture of pencils and paint sticks on rough paper!

Haiku Watercolour Painting by Jenny James - waiting for paint to dry
I painted more water onto the page (dissolving the paint sticks) and let it dry again... the second fish decided it didn't want to join us, so that's where the quote is going.

Haiku Watercolour Painting by Jenny James - more layers of paint in blues and greens
"Trust the Mess" ... that's what we're told to do so many times with abstract art and other types of creativity, but its harder to do than waiting for paint to dry! lol :) Took a couple of hours this time.
This photo is showing what happens when you give up on micro layers and just go for it. Thank goodness its meant to look like water hey? At this point, I felt happy with the clouds and tiny forest in the background but the rest is such a mess!

Haiku Watercolour Painting by Jenny James - photo of my workspace
This is my favourite palette! This pic was after adding pink gouache to the petals, brown to the stems and shadows in the water.
Things we take photos of when waiting (again) for paint to dry...!

Haiku Watercolour Painting by Jenny James - work in progress
I really love painting with watercolours... especially when its working! Above is showing that messy page after it dried completely (lovely!) and includes the details added - lily pads, flower and leaf stems, bit more blue in the water and reflections under the waterlilies, forest and lily pads.

Haiku Watercolour Painting by Jenny James - Dragonflies Hover Above the Waterlilies Hungry are the Fish
The flowers are painted using the magenta paint and brown for the shaping and shadows.
All that's left to do are all the bubbles, the fish's details and other bits and pieces.

Haiku Watercolour Painting by Jenny James - adding details to the fish
Here fishy fishy... meet my giant goldfish eyeing off the dragonflies above. The bubbles have white paint pen highlights and brown paint underneath to make them appear round.

Haiku Watercolour Painting by Jenny James - finished picture of dragonflies hovering over waterlilies
Sorry, no progress pics for the dragonflies.... they weren't behaving! Thank goodness they turned out ok... especially after they'd dried. When the wings were still wet, they looked really dark but dried with a satisfying transparent finish.

To make the dragonflies, I used a sharp black water-soluble pencil to draw an oval for the abdomen, long super skinny tube shape for the body and long triangular ovalish shapes for wings. Add a bit of green to the body then using a fine wet paint brush and blend out the colours trying to keep the black to the outer edges.
Add fine wobbly lines for the wing veins and antennae using a very fine paint brush (or pen) in black. Eyes are spots using white paint pen.
I used more pencils and watercolours (using a dry paintbrush)  to add depth and shadow to everything.

Haiku Watercolour Painting by Jenny James - finished picture of the hand lettering under the waterlilies
The lettering for the quote is drawn freehand with pale blue pencil then I went over it (sort of) with black pencil. Then using the blue pencil again, I added extra words to make the dodgy bits look like they were meant to be there (of course they were).

Haiku poems need to have a certain amount of syllables in each line... 1st is 5 syllables, 2nd is 7, 3rd is 5. Thankfully it doesn't need to rhyme but it should make a bit of sense and relate directly to the artwork. Definitely a challenge, but one I enjoyed :) You should have a go too!

Then the 3 little fishes with their teeny tiny bubbles were drawn in too, just because. The writing is all a bit crooked, but then again, it is underwater! lol :)

Haiku Watercolour Painting by Jenny James - finished artwork of dragonflies hovering over waterlilies with koi fish
So this is my finished artwork for the theme, Haiku Art Page.

Thanks so much for visiting and reading my blog post. Hope my instructions help and it inspires you to have a go. The main thing to remember with watercolour painting, is to let the layers dry completely before adding more colour. Unless you're trying to create marbled blends then that's a whole other way to play!

Have a happy creative day!
:)
Jenny

Saturday, July 13, 2019

How to Make 3D Bees

This mixed media tutorial featuring honey bees and sunflowers was created using Sizzix Framelits "Entomology" by Tim Holtz, Dylusions Stamps "Sunshine Girl" and Ranger's 3D Clear Foam Tape... plus repurposed packaging (black card and cellophane) and a few other arty treasures.

mixed media artwork by Jenny James featuring sunflowers, bees and their hive
I used the black cardstock from the packaging of the Darkroom Door large stencils... its quire a solid colour and the card is smooth and sturdy. When I want to colour my die cut shapes, I usually use Tim's packaging as its a light brown with interesting texture or start with white watercolour or mixed media paper. But bees are usually brown or black and yellow :)

First thing I did was trim the black cardstock into 2.5" strips. Using my Sizzix Sidekick with the bee from Entomology Framelits and the two cutting pads, I cut out dozens of bees. Even one bee at a time doesn't take long. I cut out heaps of ants too but didn't end up using them for my page.

As a die cutting template is like a cookie cutter and presses out the shapes, the finished shape has two sides... the upper side has smooth rounded edges, the underneath has a sharper edge. I prefer to have the rounded edge as my right side.

Each bee had their stripes added using Pure Sunshine (yellow) Dylusions Paint Pen.

recycling and giving purpose to packaging
The wings are all cut out of cellophane, also from stencil packaging. Cello packets are found with all sorts of products, I tend to keep it all in a drawer along with acetate packing that might be useful. Its not hoarding at all, its saving and recycling!

Cutting fine cellophane can be done with a few sheets at the same time. How many will depend on your machine and thickness of cello you use.
The cello may get squashed together but separates again easily enough.

Iridescent shimmer can be added to cello with glitter glue or glue with dry glitter and left to dry. I used one called holographic glitter... so pretty! Being plastic, it can take longer to dry but is worth it.

Experiment with your glue as some won't stick to cello - but then if it falls of later, what a fab excuse to get out the glitter again! 

mixed media artwork by Jenny James featuring sunflowers, bees and their hive
The black bees had their wings cut off with fine sharp scissors. I felt so mean doing that, but reassured them that they'd all get new prettier wings!

At first, the two layers, cardstock and cello, were adhered together carefully lining them up so only the wings were showing. It proved tricky so I trimmed off all the legs from the cello bees leaving only wings with bodies. Adhering the two layers is much easier this way because if they're crooked the legs don't give it away!

finished mixed media artwork by Jenny James featuring sunflowers, bees and their hive
To add the bees to the page so they were raised, I used Ranger's thick clear foam tape, stuck just underneath the body hidden from view.

Shown above are words from Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Chipboard Quotes. I've trimmed one quote with sharp scissors so it could be stacked.
The pretty pattern under the quote is made using washi tape, trimmed to look like bunting.

finished mixed media artwork by Jenny James featuring sunflowers, bees and their hive
Close up of my bees... I added more holographic glitter to the bodies and antennae as well.

The sunflowers were created using the flower from Dylusions by Dyan Reaveley stamp set, Sunshine Girl. Each flower was coloured with various inks (yellow, brown, green) plus spots of white paint pen for highlights.

finished mixed media artwork by Jenny James featuring sunflowers, bees and their hive
Above shows my finished page featuring the swarm of bees taking the scenic route home.

The background was made using Dylusions Ink Sprays with Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Sprays. The page was upright so the sprayed ink ran down the page, leaving a stripy texture. Both sides of the page were coloured this way.

Once the spray ink had dried, which took a day or two because I was a bit heavy handed with ink,  I blended Dylusions Paint in Dirty Martini, Lemon Zest and White Linen through various stencils in honeycomb and hexagon designs.

finished mixed media artwork by Jenny James featuring sunflowers, bees and their hive
Here's the other side of the page ... The rough looking honeycomb is Finnabair Plaster Paste. I spread the paste on a stencil then pressed it onto the page like a stamp.

Also shown is a strip of Tim Holtz Wallflower Vellum Paper (left), Idea-Ology Journaling Card (under the beehive), washi tape and a hive made of sticky back canvas coloured with Derwent Inktense Pencils.

I hope my 3D bees and sunflowers inspire you to take the scenic route and get adventurous with your art supplies and recycled materials. Sing out if you need a hand and have fun!

Happy Creative Day!
:)
Jenny

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Book Art Journal Page - Underwater Library

artwork by Jenny James featuring Book Art with an Under the Sea Fairy StoryThis art journal page was created for the theme "Book Art". The artwork seemed to have a mind of its own at times, but like all good stories, had a happy ending.

My underwater world featuring adorable crabs, narwhals and bubbles of text was created using Tim Holtz Collage Paper, vintage book pages, Distress Inks and Paints, matte gel medium, Spray Inks, string, Finnabair stickers and a variety of stamps by Tim Holtz, Dylusions, Jane Davenport and Darkroom Door.

In the Beginning...

Choose 2 contrasting blue paints (I used Tim Holtz Distress Paint in Peacock Feathers and Tumbled Glass). Drip small amounts of both colours onto the surface. You don't need much if its a fluid paint.

artwork by Jenny James featuring Book Art with an Under the Sea Fairy Story
Using a seasponge press lightly everywhere all over the page, covering the whole surface but at the same time, leaving speckles of white areas here and there.

If you don't have a seasponge or a coarse sponge, scrunch up a dry piece of paper towel (kitchen paper) so it has a rough, random appearance.

artwork by Jenny James featuring Book Art with an Under the Sea Fairy Story
Next, spray or splatter the surface with Dylusions Ink Spray in both Lemon Zest and White Linen.
Mist with water to blend (it breaks up the blues) and then spray or splatter Dylusions Ink Spray in London Blue.

Lightly press paper towel over the whole page to reduce any puddles of excess ink. Some puddles you might want to leave as they'll dry eventually. Our paper towel has wavy lines embossed, so any marks left behind would look like waves.
Alternatively, select another sheet of paper and press over the whole surface - this gives you a second background to use another day.

Sprials shown in the photo above are created using a thick black foam stamp with light blue Distress Paint (Tumbled Glass). In hindsight, white would have looked better as the blue appeared to blend into the background (it was too similar).

Leave to dry for a few hours or a few days... time depends on availability and how much paint / ink was used! While waiting, create all the scenery and characters.

Creating Characters...

I'm not fond of ripping up books, even ones I don't like so I'm grateful to have been given a few pages as part of a swap. Stamping out text, script and sheet music with an Archival Ink beforehand would give the same effect.

artwork by Jenny James featuring Book Art with an Under the Sea Fairy Story
Using a blue coloured pencil, I drew dozens of scribbly circles (bubbles) and a daisy (which was turned into more circles). Use a regular, non-soluble pencil so it won't disappear if it gets wet.
Each circle was cut out by hand with scissors. Use up the page by drawing more circles and cutting them out. All leftovers were kept to one side (they get turned into rocks and seaweed).

artwork by Jenny James featuring Book Art with an Under the Sea Fairy Story
I don't have a before and after photo of the stamped narwhals, crab and books ... but this is how they were made :
- Stamp the narwhals and crab in black Archival ink onto readymade pages or stamped paper.
- Stamp the Open Book and pile of books in brown Archival ink.
- Cut out the animals using fine pointed scissors and dust all edges with Distress Ink (Walnut Stain, dark brown).
- Blend grey Distress Ink (Pumice Stone) over the abdomen of the Narwhals (making sure to leave their fins clean).
- Blend Distress Ink over the page sides and spines of both book images using a warm brown and very dark brown Distress Ink (Vintage Photo and Ground Espresso).
- Splatter lightly with water, then once dry, blend Black Soot roughly around the same areas to give a mottled, rugged look.
- To give a vintage look to the pages, lightly blend over brown and grey ink before gluing in place.
- Once the books are dry, give them another blending of ink to deepen the colours.

Set all elements aside while finishing the background. Don't throw any bits out just yet!

FYI, the stamps I used were ... "Narwhal" by Jane Davenport, little crab from "Under the Sea" by Dyan Reaveley, both books are from Darkroom Door (Bookworm stamp set and Open Book frame stamp).

The Background...

The background should be dry by now. To make it more like an ocean, print with various stamps using a mid green Archival Ink Pad (for the illusion of undergrowth and seaweed).

artwork by Jenny James featuring Book Art with an Under the Sea Fairy Story
The writing you can see scattered across the page is the background image from the Tim Holtz Entomology Stamp Set (the gorgeous insects collection).
The halftone dots across the base of the page is from Tim's Psychedelic Grunge Stamp Set (one of my faves, it has such groovy textures).

artwork by Jenny James featuring Book Art with an Under the Sea Fairy Story
Using a gel matte medium, I glued down torn pieces of Tim Holtz collage tissue "Melange", a beautiful design, full of butterflies, moths and music.
You don't have to worry too much with any of Tim's collage tissue papers, when glued down in this way the design remains the focus while the opaque paper seems to disappear into the background.

To make rocks and seaweed, fussy cut and tear the leftovers you put aside earlier into strips and odd shapes.
Glue down using the gel matte mediums and then add the crab, books, narwhals and bubbles to the page.

Thankfully the gel medium takes a little while to dry so you have time to move elements around until they're where you want them. Don't forget though, that tissue and vintage paper is fragile when wet!

Leave to dry, overnight if you can... with so much glue and paint, it might take a while! At this point in my page, I wasn't fond of the colours... but thankfully once dry, it was more olde worlde than grey grunge!

Adding Details and Other Elements...

Using Walnut Stain Distress Ink or dark brown watercolour paint, add shadows to the crab, rocks and seaweed with a paintbrush.

artwork by Jenny James featuring Book Art with an Under the Sea Fairy Story
The quote on the right hand side are from stickers by Finnabair (Sentiments Sticker Book) and says "Give a Voice to Your Story".

artwork by Jenny James featuring Book Art with an Under the Sea Fairy Story
Add Ranger's Glossy Accents (a 3D shiny varnish) to edges of most of the books (not all) and other areas to give the impression that they're all wet.

For a mini bookmark, add a tiny paperclip from Tim Holtz's Idea-Ology collection tied with a Distress Ink stained piece of muslin.

artwork by Jenny James featuring Book Art with an Under the Sea Fairy Story
The narwhals had a pretty glitter glue on their horns then a splash of Glossy over the top.
The crab was given shiny eyes and had his book dunked in "water" aka Glossy while all the bubbles were coated with Ranger's Gloss Texture Paste.

artwork by Jenny James featuring Book Art with an Under the Sea Fairy Story
The above photo shows the whole page so far... just when I thought it was finished. But then I had a delivery in the shop of a whole new collection of arty treasures... Tim's groovy Idea-Ology Baseboard Dolls and the gorgeous Transparent Wings! The page didn't feel finished anyway! lol :)

Finishing Off...

I simply had to use the Wings and Baseboard Dolls somehow, so chose the one seated and gave her wings so she could fly!

To make the ocean coloured string, I started with a yellow one and stained it using Peacock Feathers Distress Ink Pad. Tap the ink pad onto the craft mat. Loop the string into a curl and smoosh into the ink on the mat, then spray with water. Move the string around in the puddle of watery ink. Wipe up the excess ink or the string will be too soggy.

Add a 20 cent piece sized puddle of gel matte medium to the craft mat and mix in the string until it is coated with the glue.

While the glue (gel matte medium) is still wet, curl the string around and around on the page to represent waves in the sea.
Being a matte medium, it will dry clear and blend into the background. If you used other kinds of glue, they may remain visible even after they're dry.

artwork by Jenny James featuring Book Art with an Under the Sea Fairy Story
Dolly's Transparent Wings were coated with iridescent glitter glue underneath so the veins of the wings weren't covered. Her dress has splashes of Glossy Accents (it got everywhere).

How not to add Dolly : I glued the doll down with gel matte medium... then lifted her to add the wings, then lifted her again to add the glitter glue to the wings... then once more to add the ends of string underneath. I don't recommend this "technique" but luckily she's a tough dolly and didn't hurt her a bit!

Its a better idea to apply glitter glue to the wings and let it dry before adding the wings onto the doll or the page.
When staining Paper Dolls or Baseboard Dolls, decide on a colour before starting because it doesn't come off again!

artwork by Jenny James featuring Book Art with an Under the Sea Fairy Story
So here it is... my finished art journal page. Click the image to view bigger. I always find it interesting to see how the artwork changes with every layer and element added.
For me, this is a little friendly crab telling stories and sharing books with his fairy and narwhal friends while hanging out in an underwater library. Maybe its a poetry reading!

Thanks so much for visiting and checking out my journal page. I hope it makes you smile too!

Have a wonderful, happy creative day!
:)
Jenny

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