Hi there Barakat Creatives! Ramona back, and I am excited to share another set of art journal pages with you. If you have seen my previous posts you know I am a passionate art journaler. I find that playing in an art book without too many expectations for myself has allowed me to grow creatively. I have been able to experiment with acrylic, watercolors, stencils, lettering, collage work and expressive journaling in ways I would not have done without my art journals. I am thrilled to share another layout with you, using the Rita Barakat Diva Stencil and Art-Foamies Fairy Wings.
Let’s Get Started!
First, using a sharp pencil trace the lines of the stencil on your page. Remember the lines don’t completely connect, so you will be filling in the spaces when you are done with the stencil.
Using a permanent ink pen ( I use a fine tip Sharpie) finish up the lining of your Diva stencil. You can also erase lines and alter the image if you would like. I generally start light with my lines, to get a feel for how the image looks on my page. After completing the line connections I go back and fill in the thick areas, like the lashes around the eyes, using the stencil for a reference. You can see how easy it is to get a beautiful face with the Diva stencil Rita has created. I love her joy!
I also stamped the Fairy Wings Art-Foamie for her wings. I used a corner of my under paper (yes, I save everything and use what I can!) because I like the splotchy way it looked. Once the acrylic paint dried, I outlined the wings with a ballpoint pen for definition and cut them out. Using Matte Medium I positioned the wings and smoothed them onto the page.
Splash of Color!
Now, you get to add the color to pages. Using watercolors I started by painting the face. Watercolor paint is so versatile, I am beginning to love them in my journals. I prefer a loose and free fill in my journals, so this was a great way to get that airy color but still look vibrant. Here is where it really matters what type of pen you use to finish up your image, as non-permanent inks will smudge with the addition of water.
Try to use the colors you choose in more than one place on your layout. Making sure there bits of color that repeat on both sides of the layout will add to the cohesive feel of your pages.
The Finishing Touch
Once you have your focal image filled in and your background covered, you are ready to add some finishing touches to your pages. This where you will decide what you want the sentiment to be. I often use quotes or loose journaling depending on my mood as I create. I just finished reading the book “Wonder” by R.J. Pallacio, and I have to ponder the message of kindness that struck a chord as I enjoyed that novel. I wanted this joyful image and bright color to remind me about kindness, and also remind me of my time spent reading and contemplating the book.
I enjoy how layouts may appear fairly general to the average onlooker, but when created with a purpose you will have a whole intention and memory associated with your pages. I used the lettering to fill the entire page, edging the pages with a few swatches of washi tape.
Take the time to play with art. Record things that you are thinking about, things that move you, and things that are part of your life. Not only will you create a keepsake for yourself and your family, but you will grow as an artist as you use new products and try new techniques.
Happy crafting! <3
Ramona is a mother to 3 boys (well, men at this point!) who craves creative time to express herself and make pretty things. You can stop by her blog for a peek into her life, or check out her artistic journey on Instagram.