Art Journal Page: Deep Waters

It was a ‘watersolubles’ theme at Art Journaling last night. In between diagnosing a broken Mac (it was one of the RAM cards that died) and having the car serviced (it was a VW diesel engine…), I grabbed an hour or so to do an inspiration page:

It reminded me that all watersolubles are not created equal, with some water-soluble wax crayons barely moving when wetted, even on watercolour paper, and others wandering off and doing their own thing quite happily. It also is worth noting that, to get best effects, you should gesso or otherwise seal your journal page unless working in a watercolour paper journal.

In the above example, I used the blues on watercolour paper before drying and cutting out the letters on my Silhouette Cameo. The background is a combination of colour and graphite watersolubles over gesso, overprinted with acrylic paint. Handwritten text and outlines finished off the layout.

Used in this layout:

  • Daler Rowney Aquarelle 300gsm Aquafine watercolour paper
  • Lyra Aquacolor wax crayons watersoluble
  • Lyra Graphite Crayon (2B) watersoluble
  • Ranger Distress Paints: Hickory Smoke / Weathered Wood / Tumbled Glass / Picket Fence
  • Kaisercraft Clear Stamps: Crackle
  • Posca Pens (1M / 1MR)