In the March/April issue of Somerset Studio is a wonderful article “Blogstock Divas – Manifest Journaling” by Elizabeth Bunsen. The concept of manifest journaling drew me in and I have been pondering it for weeks now. I finally sat down at the art table and decided to try my hand at creating this background paper. I pulled out a sheet of 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press watercolor paper and followed the ideas from the article.
Above is layer one and two. For layer one I used liquid waterproof ink and a bamboo calligraphy pen to write loopy lettered words. I let that dry overnight. I then applied masking tape and drywall tape to create a grid like pattern on the paper. I painted yellow tinted gesso over the paper and tape and let that dry then peeled off the tapes. Notice the texture from the drywall tape. Very cool. Once this dried I replaced the tapes in a different pattern and then began to paint areas with Golden tube acrylics.
I then pulled out a selection of stamps, stencils and other oddities to stamp with using the Golden acrylics and StazOn ink. I also sprayed liquid watercolors to give the page a bit of a graffiti look. Once these layers had dried, I retaped areas and then pulled out the liquid ink and bamboo pen and wrote more loopy lettered words on top. I will be adding a bit of gold Luminiere paint to add some sparkle. I will art the backside of the paper in the same way and then cut/tear the sheets into smaller sheets to create a handmade journal. Click here to go to Background Pages – Part Two.