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.

Spray Stains: Seedless Preserves / Mustard Seed / Twisted Citron
Oil Pastel: Cray-Pas Expressionist
White Pen: Signo Broad
PanPastel: Burnt Sienna Shade

Quick note on the colour choice… I wasn’t keen on the idea of the purple and green mingling to make brown (as they are complementary), so spritzed the yellow in the middle as a split complementary bridge. The doodling didn’t show up so well on the yellow and green, as there was less contrast, which was why I wanted to darken it.

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