Art Journal: Beautiful Greenery

When browsing through fashion magazines or shopping catalogues I like to collect pictures of models for using them on my art journal pages. In the finished projects the images look often very different from the original pictures; I fussy cut the models, glue them on backgrounds I have created, and paint and draw over the pictures. Witnessing that transformation happening on my art journal page is always so fascinating!

For the background of this page I used two green pigment inks (Tsukineko Memento Luxe) and a Carabelle Studio stencil. Before starting the inking I fixed the stencil on the art journal page with masking tape; that way the stencil stays firmly on it's place.

Ink could have been applied directly from the ink pad on the stencil, but with paint dabber I was able to have more control over the ink.

Then I fussy cut my main image and glued it on the page. Once the glue was dry I colored the dress with a thin layer of green translucent ink, and created fun highlights with yellow ink in the model's hair (All-Purpose Inks by Tsukineko: Spring Green and Lemon Yellow).

Finding new ways for using my stamps is another thing I like to do. For this project I could not find a leaf stamp small enough, so I used a Carabelle stamp set that had angel wings in it (same stamp set than I used for *this* card). I stamped the wings on green cardstock, and made some shadowing with light grey marker. Then I cut the leaves out. And yes, there were many (!!) of them.

I think that the hard work payed off; I think those feathers look very much like spring green leaves.

And here's my finished page:

Hope this inspires you to look at your supplies with fresh eyes; I'm sure you'll find many creative ways to using them on your projects!

Here's a list of supplies I used:

Memento Luxe – Pear Tart, Pistachio
All-Purpose Ink – Spring Green, Lemon Yellow
One Point Glue (for gluing the leaves)
Memento – Tuxedo Black

Pieces of green paper
Gel medium (for gluing down the fussy cut model picture)
Grey markers (for shadowing the stamped leaves)
Black watercolor pen (for shadowing the main image)
Stencil – Carabelle Studio
Stamps – Carabelle Studio (leaves/angel wings), Wycinanka (background pattern)

Have a nice day!
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