Hello! I’m Samantha, known as Scarlyton in the art community, and I’m thrilled to share the process of one of my art journal spreads in Dina Wakley’s Media Journal. I enjoy creating layers with paint and collage elements, so I wanted to show you my technique. Work along with me to create your very own art journal spread!
Step 1: To create a layered effect, I started by lightly writing a secret message (this is a journal, after all!) in pencil and added the Cellular stencil across two pages with Ocean paint and the Ink Blending Tool on top of my writing. After the paint dried, I applied a thin layer of Turquoise with a brush. Before the Turquoise dried, I put the Tracks stencil on top and removed some of the paint with a wet baby wipe.
Step 2: Into water I dipped the Lemon Scribble Stick to scribble lengthways across the top of the page. Keep in mind, the more water used, the more translucent the pigment; I used limited water to ensure opacity. After covering the top of the pages in Lemon, I propped up the journal and carefully used the sprayer to create.
Step 3: Using the Mini Favorites (Spinners) stencil, black paint, and ink blending tool, I added the stencil on opposite ends of the pages. After they dried, I created scribbles using the Fudeball pen. Because I can’t get enough layers or stencils, I added Lime paint using the Plastic Canvas stencil with a paintbrush.
Step 4: Using the 1oz. Blushing paint, I used the fine tip to add dots across the Lemon on my pages. While that dried, I added sprinkles of pigment using the Blackberry Scribble Stick. Dip the stick into water and use your finger to tap the stick over the area you want to cover. Next I used the Fractured Circles and Cheddar paint to add a pop of color on the spread.
Step 5: Magenta is one of my favorite colors so I scribbled it on using the applicator tipped bottle. I wanted the bright color to sit on top of my heavy black for a vibrant effect. For detail, tiny crosses were added using the Fudeball pen. The Woodcuts leaves were stamped onto white cardstock using Archival Ink and pasted onto the page. I also glued white tissue paper with smudged Cheddar and dotted Blushing to the spread.
Step 6: To create a mini collage, I stacked the following elements: ruffled muslin, packing paper, hand-painted pattern paper (featuring the Mini Favorites – Halves stencil and Magenta paint), and tissue paper. On the tissue paper I wrote a quote from one of my favorite psychologists, Carl Rogers. I glued the elements together using the Ranger collage stick and affixed the entire ensemble using hot glue.
Thanks for joining me and I hope you create something beautiful! Don’t be afraid to add your own twist to showcase your talent and personality.