The future is beginning to look a bit more hopeful now that vaccinations are well on their way and the weather is improving here in the Northern hemisphere. We can begin to dream of summer outings and meeting friends. Coincidentally we have reached the following words in the poem by Ben Okri: “The wise say life is a dream; and soon the dream is done”. But I hope that instead our dreams will linger, so have made this a hopeful spread, colour and image wise.
For this set of pages I wanted to start with a collage, mainly because I had so much material lying around. I have been using my gelli plate a lot for #the100dayproject. As I hate to waste anything I also managed to add paint to deli and copy paper as well as on the gessoed canvas pieces that were my ultimate goal. So I grabbed a handful of those accidentally produced papers to start these two pages with. Of course I used a lot of StencilGirl® stencils during the gelli plate printing process. I can’t remember all but the main ones were Looping Leafy Vines, Trillium Pattern and Circles Circles. I also added some printed tissue paper.
Here is the tutorial:
1. Cover your pages (mine are 8 x 11.5) with torn pieces of the above mentioned materials using soft matte get, a brush and a credit card (to even out any ripples).
2. Spray on blue sparkly turquoise paint (I used Lindy’s Starburst one) through stencil Crackle.
3. Using a gelli plate add Deconstructed Floral Bouquet on top add a variety of acrylic inks on top using a brush to gently move the inks around. Take prints leaving the stencil in place.
4. Using the same stencil as in step 3 stencil more flowers on top of the previous layer using various colours of acrylic paint, with a cosmetic wedge.
5. Add vintage postcard to the right hand page, adding a vintage edge to the card with a stamp pad first. Use double sided tape to adhere.
6. Stencil on birds as shown using the large stencil from the February 2021 StencilClub set, using Titanium White acrylic paint and a cosmetic wedge.
7. Colour in the birds. I used Jane Davenport Mermaid watercolour markers. Outline them with a permanent black marker.
8. Glue on postage stamps, text of the Ben Okri poem, and more collage material as used in step 1 (I used copy paper that was gelli plate printed using Looping Leafy Vines).
9. Soften the edges of the collaged pieces with watered down paint, in a colour matching the background.
10. Spray on gold paint through Deconstructed Floral Bouquet. (I used Perfect Pearl Mist Sunflower).
11. Outline the collaged leave shapes with a white marker and the postage stamps with a black pencil.
12. Edge the pages with a stamp pad. I used Distress Ink Walnut Stain.