I haven’t made a full-on technique heavy page in a while, the kind that involves paint, gel medium, inks, wiping up the mess I made afterwards, and the feeling that I was Picasso for a day.
I was coming home from a meeting at work and I was waiting for our hospital shuttle that day, I realized I was an 8-minute walk from my local art supply store. I had about 40 minutes or so to spare so instead of people-watching, I went over to Blick and got myself some modeling paste and a tube of titanium white acrylic paint. I had some techniques I had been wanting to try from some back issues of Somerset Memories. The guy at the store was kind enough to offer me an extra large plastic bag for my purchases when he saw I was also carrying some three-ring binders I got as part of my committee responsibilities. If there is one thing I love about this city is that almost every business establishment is big on customer service.
When I got home, I whipped out my stencils, got my acrylic paints together, and got my hands dirty.
I used some white acrylic paint to wash over my patterned paper. It was a sheet of Bo Bunny that had an image of blue tinted bricks on one side and a rather bold pattern on the other that I was not so excited about. I mixed some red and white paint to get the pink and mixed it into the texturing paste and used a Studio Calico chevron stencil for the background. I then misted the page with some Heidi Swapp Color Shine mists in Gold and Chartreuse and some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Banana Pudding (my husband again commenting on how the company names their colors based on food). Using this as a base, I layered a doily and a book page from my monthly kit as a mat for my photos. I Used some coordinating paper and sticker embellishments from Bo Bunny’s Ambrosia collection, and some flower embellishments and a couple of butterflies. I painted the chipboard title with acrylic paint to coordinate with the page as well.
I remember now why I loved doing these pages. I realized I miss wiping ink and paint off my hands after and the beautiful textures I end up with. Most of all, I enjoy how this lets me be spontaneous and keeps my hobby exciting. I think I just might start making these pages more often.