Hi everyone! My name is Jen (aka ozegran)!
Today I'm using Pam Carriker's Door to Heart 9 stencil which I absolutely fell in love with the moment I spotted it!
So then came the art journal process!
I tore a page from my 160g (98lb) Canson Mix Media Watercolor journal and started on the background.
I decided not to apply gesso to the page but went directly to my background using Tim Holtz’s Distress Oxides in ‘cracked pistachio’, ‘mermaid lagoon’, ‘broken china’, ‘peeled paint’ and ‘peacock feathers’, and a 10”x 8” Gelli plate.
I applied the distress oxides onto the 10”x 8” gelli plate using a mini brayer, then lightly spritzed water onto the gelli plate. I had to do this a few times because my paper was larger than the gelli plate, but that gave it more interest I thought.
As the distress oxides are very muted I thought I’d add some Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magicals to add some shimmer to the background. I used ‘bavarian blue’, ‘Naples yellow hue’ and ‘bratwurst brown’. I strategically applied the Magicals where I wanted them based on the layout of the Door to Heart 9 stencil.
Then I turned to my favorite colors (blues and browns) and just go for it! So I positioned the stencil down onto the page, took some ‘paynes gray’, ‘prussian blue’, ‘mars black’, ‘burnt sienna’ and ‘iridescent copper’ acrylic paints and started sponging.
I wanted the door frame colored, so I took some Prussian blue and painted it as well as the steps.
Next I took some ‘pearl white’ Lumiere acrylic paint and swiped it over the blue which gave it some texture.
Once the base of the door frame and steps was done I decided to add a couple of birds on the branches. The stamps I used were from the ‘13th hour’ set by KaiserCraft. For this I heat embossed one bird and inked the other. I also had them facing away from each other.
I used VersaMark clear embossing ink and Ranger ‘turquoise’ antiquities embossing powder on one of the birds. The other I stamped with Ranger ‘jet black’ archival ink.
As soon as I saw this stencil I looked at the heart and immediately thought of the name for my page – LOST. So I decided to stamp the word LOST using VersaMark clear embossing ink and heat set it with Celebrations of Australia ‘saturn pearl’ embossing powder. The stamp set used was the ‘blind melon’ alphabet set by Traci Bunkers.
Now I needed to blend it all together so took out my water soluble oil pastel Portfolios in ‘black’, ‘cerulean’, ‘medium brown’, ‘rust’ & ‘white, along with a ‘prussian blue’ water soluble wax pastels by Reeves. I also added some Faber-Castell ‘gold champagne’ Gelatos to the mix!
You could tell where the steps of the stencil ended with a straight edge so I decided to blend the darker colors into that bottom left corner.
Once the shading was done I knew it needed something else added to it because it just looked too dark. So I took a white uni POSCA 0.9-1.3mm paint pen and added a quote along the right side, then took a white extra fine point Sharpie paint pen and defined the steps a bit more which gave them some much needed highlights.
Next I took some Heidi Swapp ‘gold’ Color Shine and added some splats, then watered down some gesso and using a fan brush added more splats!
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