Last week Terri Sproul gave viewers a lesson in building layers for an art journal page background. To build the background she used a variety of stencils with distressed ink, ink sprays, acrylic paints. She added oil pastel designs and stamped images. Finally she used water colors for dripping and as a wash. The result was a beautiful page which gave thanks to an everyday thing for which Terri is grateful: coffee. She challenged viewers to create their own Thankful journal page for something little in their lives.
This seemed like a messy, delightful way to spend an afternoon, so I happily entered my “Cindi Room” to try my hand at building layers. Here are some of the things I used in my journal.
In addition, I used a bunch of stencils, oil pastels, and watercolor paints. Here’s what happened.
The everyday thing I am thankful for is a warm bath (a shower counts too!). The quote I used is, “All a woman needs is a good bath, clean clothes, and for her hair to be combed.” – Hedy Lamarr
This page was every bit of fun that I expected it to be, especially when the white acrylic paint added as a resist (white circles and dots) showed up after the watercolor wash was applied . The wash also brought some disappointment, however. On the left page, I guess I used too much water because where I used the distressed inks, the stencil images just disappeared. That was a bit of a bummer.
Overall the page was a lot of fun. The Tuesday night shows with Terri Sproul are fun too. Hope to see you there!