Layer 1 – I always use gesso to prime the pages.
Layer 2 – Artfully arrange and adhere ephemera (scrapbooking papers, ticket stubs, stickers, postcards) with glue. I used artist’s gel medium to glue the paper down and then spread a layer of medium over the top.
Layer 3 – I added another light layer of gesso over the papers to mute the colors and because my gel medium has a gloss to it and I wouldn’t be able to write on the paper if it was glossy.
Layer 4 – I selected three watercolor paints and painted a ‘wet on wet’ technique, which is to say, I put water down on the paper and then spread a layer of my chosen watercolor over it. This helps to create interesting effects as well as soften brush marks.
I also wrote on the post card and added a postage stamp and a rubber-stamped postmark.
Layer 5 – I sponged on a layer of gesso over the paint color to blend the colors and soften it some more with a makeup sponge (seen on the left page). Please note that adding gesso over watercolor paint will cause it to smear a little. This is why using a makeup sponge comes in handy instead of a brush, it is easier to control the amount of smudging.
Layer 6 – I added acrylic paint using a medicine cup, a number and letter stencil, and bubble wrap. I made a mistake on one of the circles, so I covered it up with a “Bloom” sticker. I love that there really is no cause for concern with mistakes in art journaling.
I might go back at some point and add handwritten text, or some doodles. I never consider a piece really finished. Sometimes I want to do some art, but only have a few minutes to do it, so I usually find old pages I started and add details whenever the mood strikes.
Have I mentioned that I LOVE art journaling?