I’ve been playing around in some journals trying to learn new techniques. I love the colors Donna Downey uses in her art along with the free style way she paints flowers and vines. For these pages I painted on some gesso and, once dry, randomly added some blue and green paint. I sprayed the paint with some water and then lifted some off with a paper towel to give it a mottled effect.
On one page, I lightly applied some gesso through a circle stencil and left the stencil on while the gesso dried. Next I put another stencil on top and sprayed some Dylusions spray ink on. I learned this technique watching one of Donna’s Inspiration Wednesday videos.
I found the ink will smear somewhat when adding other paint over it but I liked that effect. It really added color to the flower as I was painting it on. For places I didn’t want the ink to smear, I sprayed on a little clear acrylic matte coating. The flowers were painted with gesso and outlined with some neocolor wax crayons.
Here are some more pages. I don’t know why but after I get a background completed, I get stuck on what to add next. I have to leave it for a bit until something comes to me. I think I try to over think things instead of just letting go and painting or writing whatever comes to mind. I find it really hard to write down my thoughts in a journal. I do love quotes. My sister came up with the saying (Put a Little Sunshine in Your Shadows) and I thought of that when I did the page on the left so I added it up the side of a flower stem.