I needed some inspiration so I decided I'd look on Julie Fei-Fan Balzer's blog. Her prompt was to look around your neighborhood. I cut a 4" x 6" piece of cardboard from a cereal box for my base and prepared it for some bright Dylusions sprays. Loved it. I was thinking maybe some houses and trees maybe? Slabbed some acrylic paint on bubble wrap and threw down a torn book page. Then I decided that I wanted to play around with some techniques so I rummaged through my Pinterest boards and rediscovered Linda Cain's tag and thought, "Oooohhh...pretty. I want to do that." Pulled out an open stencil and smooshed embossing paste through it. Nice, but how to add color? Didn't think distress stains would work here so I dabbed some distress paint over the stencil...eewwww...that wasn't working for me. In fact this is pretty ugly. Ruined.
But then I remember somebody commenting about one of the cool things about art journaling is that you can just cover it up if you don't like it. "Yes! I can do that!" (Bob the Builder just came to mind. Now that's a flashback! I digress...). Slathered another layer of gesso over the whole thing. It soaked up some of the Dylusions underneath - perfect. What to do with this formerly bright, vibrant color turned to more of a pastel pallet? I was thinking circles, looked for quotes, didn't find anything that resonated. Pinterest! I have a Well Said board so I looked over there and found it. Spot on for this piece and definitely in line with my own odd sense of humor.
I love this little guy (Heart Boy) from Stampotique. My kids gave him to me for Christmas. :)
The bubbles are a pinker hue in real life and to make them bubblier I took some Diamond Glaze and rubbed it over them with my finger to add some shine, added a touch of turquoise Dylusions on the bottoms and a smidge of clear Stickles for sparkle (okay, you can't really see it in the pics, but take my word for it that it's there).