We have made it to the end of this year and that in itself is already much more of an achievement than in any other year. I hope you are safe and well and will continue to be so in 2021. Had we known what awaited us at this time last year we might well have wanted to take a rain check but sadly that wasn’t an option. Part of what has kept me going during this roller coaster of a year is my art and also the words of Ben Okri’s poem that I have continued to illustrate over the past months. Time and again I have been struck by just how appropriate each quote was to the situation we were living through and this last one of the year is no exception: “But there is nothing we can do, if we don’t begin to think anew”. I think it can be applied to both our personal lives and the wider world, and my hope for 2021 is that we made a start with that sooner than later. One of my New Year resolutions is to continue to illustrate this poem.
In the meantime art journaling is the perfect antidote to the harsh world we presently find ourselves in. Here is the tutorial to these pages.
1. Gesso 2 facing pages. I used ones from the ArtbyMarlene large art journal.
2. Add light molding paste to the pages through Crackle.
3. Spray the pages with water and drop acrylic inks on them. Let the inks run into each other. Leave the pages to dry thoroughly.
4. Using thinned down Golden acrylic paint in various colours and a baby wipe spread it here and there over the pages. Rub some of it off again using Big Tornado and a clean baby wipe.
5. Using stencil Building and spray paint, stencil on a collection of deli papers with various colours.
6. Tear pieces from the deli papers made in step 5 and adhere to the pages using matte medium.
7. Glue on (again using matte medium) pieces of a Stamperia rice paper sheet and colour with watered down acrylic paint (as in step 4).
8. Add the image from Land, Sky and Sea to the pages as shown using gold embossing paste. Pic8
9. Outline the shapes from step 8 with a permanent black marker.
10. Stamp on the words from Ben Okri’s poem (or any other words of your choosing) on a piece of vintage paper, using a variety of alphabet stamp sets. Spray with gold mica spray. Tear out and glue on as shown using a glue stick. Outline with black chalk pencil.
11. Outline some of the shapes from step 6 with a gold market.
12. Using the gold mica spray from step 10 and stencil Tropical Floral, randomly spray on the pages.
13. Edge the pages with a gold marker.