This journal page is part of the Documented Life Project. The challenge for Week 7 is here if you are new to this process or want to play along.
February 8 Challenge (Week Seven) – Repeated Shapes.
This week's challenge was to put repeated shapes on a page and add color.
I didn't want to use a simple geometric shape. And the first thing I thought of as a shape, with the current weather was SNOWFLAKES. But I didn't feel comfortable drawing one, so I chose a stencil for the first layer of this design.
My inspiration is a quote I saw once, but don't have the author for, : "Love is like a rose in Winter. Only the strong survive." It seemed fitting for a week that includes Valentines' Day.
Here is the page I created in my art journal based on the challenge.
To start, a clear, heat embossed rose design is on all three corners of the page. The embossing is strong, like our rose, it will initially resist any mediums I chose to use on the page and 'survive'. After each application, I just take my shop rag and brush over the top of the roses.
Over the top I applied three different snowflake stencils and used spray inks in purples and blue.
Then I used a smaller snowflake stencil and pounced through the design with gesso and a sponge applicator.
Now I began to feel the need for contrast, so I used a torn spiral stamp to frame the entire piece. I also stamped little tiny, delicate snowflakes. both of these in Momento Mixed Media stamp ink in Elderberry (deep purple).
To make the largest snowflake design stand out even more as a focal point, I drew around the design with a thick black conte pencil.
The letters are drawn with a Montana paint marker in black and outlined in a white Montana paint pen as neccessary to help them stand out against the background.
And to bring the roses out more, I placed a pink spray ink over the tops in all three corners and let it sit there for a while to adhere to the surface before swiping off the excess.
We are expecting another 1"-3" tonight. Brrrrr. I am getting tired of Winter's cold temperatures. It's lucky that it's so pretty too. Also a great excuse to stay in and make schtuff.