Art Journal Page: Resist Worry



I took the opportunity to play with oil pastel resist in my art journal yesterday. The text and line border were written straight to page with white oil pastel, with the colour (distress stain spray) added over and blotted off. I ironed over the oil pastel, soaking it into newsprint paper to remove most of the pastel. I then doodled the border over the dried colour and tried to darken it after.

What I should have done… is darken the border area and then doodle over. Having said that, I found that using PanPastel over the top and then wiping over with a baby wipe revealed the white ink again. I’ll also iron off the oil pastel last, as that’s most likely to keep the contrast better, particularly on the edging where I did some more messing about with colour.

Anyhoo, now I’ve had a play, and learnt from my ‘ah well’ moments I’ll be setting it as next month’s art journal session technique. Continue reading

Brusho Paint Crystals are go!

Ever since I came across the name ‘Brusho’ and saw what Eileen Goodwin had done with them, I just had to have a play! For the unfamiliar, Brusho paints are water-soluble crystals of glorious colour which can be sprinkled onto a wet surface, or scattered dry and then spritzed, or indeed just mixed with water to make a watercolour paint. These are three cards I made this evening, on my first journey with the starter kit. The quotes are courtesy of Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous. For the first two, I stamped over and embossed with white embossing powder. For the last, I tried the faux batik approach, which I was less happy with, in part due to the wrinkled watercolour paper I was using – but that sort of goes with the sentiment of the card! And I love the effect, definitely on my to-play-with-more list!